A minimizer bra is a bra that makes the bust look smaller and lends a more slender silhouette. Generally, a minimizer bra works by using strong material to compress the breasts and hold them tighter against the body, making them look one or even two cup sizes smaller. Unlike many compression sports bras, minimizer bras should not distort the individual shape of the breasts, and are therefore usually more attractive underneath clothing.
Many differently shaped women use minimizer bras to minimize the appearance of large breasts and keep their figure more proportional. They are especially popular among plus-size women who want a smoother, smaller shape. It is fairly common for a woman to wear both a minimizer bra and other shapewear, such as a tummy control garment, underneath dress clothing for work or for special events. Even without additional shapewear, the use of a minimizer bra can make shirts looser and more comfortable in the bust area and can prevent embarrassing mishaps such as popped buttons or ripped seams.
Some women, however, choose to steer clear of minimizer bras despite the apparent benefits. Some find that the compression is too uncomfortable to be worth the visual difference of only a few inches. Others find that they do not like the “squished” look they get and decide that it makes their bust look less proportional than with a regular bra. Still others are put off by the price, which can range from around the same as regular bras to twice or even triple the price, depending on the material, brand, and construction.
It is sometimes difficult to find the correct size when looking to purchase a minimizer bra, because many women forget that these bras fit a little bit differently than regular bras and end up buying the wrong size accidentally. Other women select the correct size at first, but then choose a size too large because the tightness of the fit feels awkward after only wearing regular bras. Many stores have attendants who fit customers for bras free of charge. Even when planning to buy online, it might be a good idea to get measured professionally first to avoid having to go through costly and time-consuming returns and exchanges through the mail. Sizing charts are also available, typically both in stores and online, that may help with choosing the correct size as long as the body measurements were taken accurately.