The Best Minimizer Bras
Minimizer bras are a blessing for us women who want to make our breasts appear smaller and look thinner. They provide more comfort and support than normal bras, make our clothes fit better thus providing confidence about our appearance.
Minimizer bras work by distributing the bust tissue more to the sides than upwards. They come in various shapes, designs and models. They are available with soft molded cups, fused petal concealers, pads, hidden underwires but also wireless, strapless, seamless and even more. Such as models with front closure or back closure. So how to find out which one gives you the best support?
Here are some of my reviews and advice to help you determine which minimizer bra is the best for you.
Tips to find the Best Minimizer Bra
First some general advice to find the bra that fits you best.
Make sure that before you go bra shopping you know your size. Understanding bra sizes is important when finding the right brassiere (which is just another word for bra :). Of course every woman knows there is a distinction between band size and cup size. No need to explain that. But what is important is knowing how to correctly measure these sizes. It seems that the majority of women do not wear the correct bra size which also lead to problems as back fat showing. If you are not sure about your size go to a specialty lingerie store or another specialist and find out.
Also, if you haven’t measured for a while, make sure to do this again before buying new bras. You might have lost some pounds, or gained. Your breasts might have altered a bit. Just to be sure, make sure to know your actual size. More info on how to measure further on this page.
Go for bras with adjustable straps. Not all bras have this feature but it is a crucial part of a well fitting minimizer. Also padded straps are a must for a minimizer bra. The padded straps will improve comfort and avoid pain straps digging into the back or shoulders. Minimizer bras should not be too elastic. When the cups are too elastic they will lose support over time. Also the center gore should not stretch because otherwise the bra does not keep its shape.
Only 10% of the support from your bra should come from the straps, the rest should come from the band..
My Experiences, Reviews and Advice
I mostly have a 36 DD(D) size and have tried many different models. To me next to the reducing abilities, smoothness and comfort are important.
The Bali 3562 and the Lilyette 921 are my favorites. The are very comfortable by holding my breasts in place and keeping them there. I couldn’t do without them and don’t want to think back at the time I didn’t wear them when I was constantly readjusting myself.
Seamless in the summer
In the summertime I prefer to wear smooth seamless T-shirt bras. The light padding and smooth cups make these are ideal to be worn under cotton and other thin materials.
The Oprah bra
Personally I don’t like the renowned ‘Oprah bra’, the Wacoal slimline seamless minimizer. For me it’s too thick and big, almost not feminine enough.
The Best Minimizer Bra Brands
Lilyette, Olga, Wacoal, Bali, Underscore
Popular and relative cheap minimizer bra brands are Underscore, Bali, Olga and Lilyette. Wacoal and Chantelle are more expensive brands.
Among the best minimizer bras are the models of the Lilyette and Wacoal brand. The Wacoal minimizer bra has been showcased on the Oprah show as a favorite and comes in sizes up to 40DDD.
Lilyette minimizer bras are much cheaper (sometimes up to 50% cheaper) and have a great value for money. The Lilyette models are available up to size 42DDD.
The Best Minimizer Bras
according to my experiences, my surroundings and online reviews
Lilyette is my favorite brand because of the price value ratio. They are perfect for my body.
A colleague of mine prefers Wacoal bras. She says she rather pays a little more for the bra she likes best. I do think this has to do with the fact that our sizes differ. Every woman is built differently. For her size (40 DDD) she is best served with Wacoal bras.
Below are some of my favorites and best reviewed minimizer bras.
Lilyette Minimizer Bras
I think Lilyette is the best brand when it comes to these kind of bras. Below are my two most beloved models.
Lilyette 921 Seamless Underwire Minimizer Bra
This is my #1! This bra fits perfectly, offers so much support and reshapes my bust in such a beautiful manner. I really feel more attractive and confident when wearing this bra.
Lilyette 428 Underwire Minimizer Bra
My Comparison with the 921
Also the 428 model suits me very well. I think this also is a model best recommended to women with bigger cups but smaller strap sizes. Some of the slightly larger women need to widen the straps.
Although I like this bra I prefer the 921 because it gives me more support. It feels just a little more like a bra while this bra sometimes is a little less comfortable. But still, this is one of the best I know of.
Lilyette 939 Strapless Minimizer Bra
My Favorite Strapless Bra
When I go strapless this is my bra. This bra minimizes at least one cup size, stays on its place and still provides the comfort of a strapless bra. No pain or discomfort at all even when I am wearing it for hours and hours. Really a great strapless minimizer!
I think a perfectly fitting minimizer bra is a godsend because it allows us to wear tailored button down shirts without worrying about the buttons popping open.
Padded or well shaped and fitting straps are a must because the weight of a big sized bust can cause discomfort as a result of straps irritating the skin.
Also for ladies with a C cup or even slightly smaller these bras can be a great solution to fit even better in a certain blouse or other clothing.
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