Myth No.3 – A Minimiser bra will make me look smaller
For years, fuller busted women have been told to minimise, minimise, minimise and lingerie manufacturers have created minimiser-type bras to help them achieve this. A minimiser bra is designed to compress and spread your breasts across your chest to reduce the forward projection. This, they say, will make you look smaller and help you to do up your shirt button.
News flash! In what world is it more flattering to squash and spread your bust to the outside of your torso? Who really wants to look like a shapeless barrel?
We can usually spot a woman wearing a minimiser bra because you cannot see her shape. If her bust were lifted there would be a clear distinction between her bust and waist. A woman who wears size 14 clothes may need a size 10 or 12 bra band, which is one of the many reasons why the bra size is so often wrong …but that’s a whole other blog!
If you want your bust to look smaller and your body to appear slimmer, then you need to lift and separate your bust to reveal your shape. We are forever hearing the Trinny & Susannah’s of this world talk about making the most of your attributes and this includes your bust. Lifting your bust is one of the most effective ways to do this, and once you feel good in your bra your whole posture improves.
Now you may think this is an exaggeration but at Brava we repeatedly hear comments from returning customers like this: “People kept commenting on how much weight I had lost”. These customers had simply been fitted well and in a bra that suited their shape. Fit is crucial. If you haven’t been professionally fitted there’s a 90% chance that your bra is the wrong size and making you look bigger than you are.
We know many of our readers are from interstate and overseas and may not be able to visit Brava for a fitting, but we suggest that wherever you go to shop always ensure there is a decent range of D cup & above styles. If all that’s on offer are local brands such as Berlei, Fayreform and Triumph then this may not be the best store for you. Look out for the Freya, Fantasie, Panache, Prima Donna & Elomi brands that focus on and deliver high quality, larger cupped bras.
Try to find out the store’s quieter times so you have a fitter dedicated to you because it’s no fun being left in a fitting room half naked, with no help!