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What Is A Minimiser Bra?

Written on 09 August 2023

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Just like regular bras, minimisers come in a wide variety of styles, materials, colours and sizes to suit all budgets and they can be wired or underwired with complimentary matching knicker sets available too. If you’re having trouble picturing a minimiser, think of them as Spanx for boobs and you'll get the idea. At uplifted lingerie, we have a great selection of minimiser bras available to suit every budget, outfit, colour preference in a huge range of sizes from a 28D to a 42H. 

  • A minimiser bra is designed to make breasts appear smaller

  • A minimiser bra provides comfortable and secure support for larger breasts 

  • A minimiser bra smooths, flattens and redistributes breast tissue to change the way they sit 

A minimiser bra is designed to make the size of a woman's breasts appear smaller without causing discomfort. Usually purchased by larger breasted ladies, a minimiser can do wonders for women wanting to achieve a smooth look for a particular outfit, to overcome self-consciousness around having large breasts, or to feel more secure in the bra that they’re wearing.

The sought after minimising effect is achieved by combining clever design features and materials that work to evenly compress and distribute the breast tissue over a larger area meaning they sit closer to the chest wall than they usually would, thus appear smaller.  


Curious About Minimiser Bras? Here's What You Need To Know! 


Heard the term 'minimiser bra' and wondering what it's all about? Well, this piece of lingerie is a game-changer if you're aiming to make your breasts look and feel smaller, yet still want to be comfortable. Especially popular among those with larger busts, a minimiser bra helps you achieve a sleeker look under any outfit, boosts your confidence if you're a bit self-conscious about your breast size, and provides you with sturdy support.

The magic of a minimiser lies in its special design features and materials. These elements come together to spread your breast tissue more evenly across a larger area, making your breasts sit closer to your chest. The result? Your breasts appear smaller without causing any discomfort.

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How Does It Work? 

Often full cupped with wider straps and bands, a minimiser bra is carefully designed to provide support and compression in all of the right places to achieve a smoother, flatter looking chest without any pain or surgery! Although you can’t physically reduce the size of your breasts by wearing a bra alone, you can make them appear smaller by redistributing the breast tissue over a larger area to flatten them against the chest. This means that they will not project as far forward as they usually would without the support of a minimiser bra. As the benefits come from moving the tissue around, minimiser bras usually work best for larger, soft breasts which can be easily moulded and moved around. 


How Much Smaller Will I Be? 

There is no guarantee or one size fits all answer for this question, as everyone’s breasts are different. Generally speaking though, minimiser bras will usually create a reduction of around 1 inch which equates to roughly one cup size. This difference could make slipping into your favourite top or dress much easier if you’re rocking a large chest but it's worth noting that the reduction in size that you will achieve will depend entirely on how big and how soft your breasts are in the first place. 


Why Minimise? 

Some ladies feel self-conscious about their breasts, particularly if they are very large, and a minimiser bra can be a great way to help them feel supported and manage feelings of self-consciousness by reducing the appearance of the size of their breasts. Minimisers are also great options for exercise and all-day wear when you need a little bit more support than usual and can be a key wardrobe choice if you want to create smooth lines under a shift dress or drop a few cm to prevent your favourite shirt from gaping at the chest.


What To Look Out For

Whilst making breasts look smaller can be important for some, we think comfort is the most important thing whatever bra you're wearing. The next time you’re in the market for a minimiser bra you should therefore pay special attention to the straps, band and cups to ensure you can enjoy the maximum all-day comfort available, however big your breasts are. 


When it comes to chest support, the band of your bra (the bit that you fasten close) is the star player. The majority of support comes from a correctly fitting band which means that bras designed for larger breasts tend to have a wider band to increase comfort and provide the additional support that you need to help to keep your chest in the right place as well as reduce rubbing or chaffing which can occur if the breasts sit too close to the skin. 

Bra straps 

Contrary to popular belief, your bra straps are not designed to hold your boobs up! The main support will come from the bra band itself, but the straps will play a super important supporting role. Focus on bras with thicker straps that can take the additional weight of bigger breasts and always remember to adjust them to fit you. They shouldn’t dig in and you should be able to easily slide two fingers underneath the straps. 


Big breasts can often feel out of control when they’re not fully encapsulated by a full cup. To prevent the dreaded quad-boob look (where your breasts spill over the cups creating the appearance of two breasts on each side), you will need a full cup that keeps all of the breast tissue in the right place to create a smooth line under your outfit. 


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Now that we’ve shared our knowledge to help you answer the question of what is a minimiser bra, you will know that;


  • A minimiser bra is designed to make breasts appear smaller

  • A minimiser bra provides comfortable and secure support for larger breasts 

  • A minimiser bra smooths, flattens and redistributes breast tissue to change the way they sit 


Head over to the store at  to discover a brilliant selection of minimiser bras that will provide the comfort you need and the support you crave in styles and colours that you will love. If you ever need a hand in choosing the right bra for you, do get in touch as our friendly team love to help!  

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