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The best minimizer bras of 2024: 10 expert-approved options for large breasts

Shop the best minimizer bras from brands including Vanity Fair, Wacoal and Soma.

Three models wearing minimizer bras.
The best minimizers are still plenty pretty, experts and shoppers say. (Amazon, Soma)

If you have a larger chest and want to make your bust appear less pronounced, give minimizer bras a try. Not only do they comfortably compress your chest to make your breasts look inches smaller, but the best minimizer bras limit bouncing and are stylish too. That's right: These full-coverage undergarments are no longer the ugly, utilitarian bras of the past. This season's crop of minimizer bras comes in a variety of colors, styles and shapes that look just as good as the other options in your lingerie drawer.

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To find the best styles that will contain bounce and leave you with a smooth base for your clothes to fit and flatter, we consulted bra fitters, designers and our own team of shopping experts. From comfortable seamless options to pretty feminine styles, these are the 10 best minimizer bras to shop for 2024.

Fabric: 78% nylon, 22% spandex | Sizes: DD to H | Colors: 20

If you’re aiming to downplay your cup size, this minimizer from Vanity Fair may be just what you’re looking for. This full-coverage bra, also a pick on our overall Best Bras list, can minimize your bustline by up to 1.5 inches. Along with a built-in underwire, it boasts non-padded cups that comfortably cover and support your breasts. 

"Depending on the bra style and if you need a larger cup size, you might look for side panels or a wide back band and straps," said Elisabeth Dale, author of The Bra Zone and founder of The Breast Life. "These details are more critical in bras for people with fuller busts (anything over a DD)." This bra delivers, with extra side and back bands made from a four-way stretch material that smooths any bumps and bulges. 

One happy customer reported: "Full coverage, minimizing and comfortable! Best bra I've found in a long time. I am very large-chested, and it is extremely difficult to find comfortable, affordable and nice bras! This checks all the boxes!"

Pros
  • Full coverage
  • Comfortable
  • Smoothing side and back panels
Cons
  • Some shoppers dislike the underwire
$21 at Amazon
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$50 at Freshpair

Fabric: 87% nylon, 13% elastane | Sizes: A to H | Colors:

Kimmay Caldwell, undergarment educator at HurrayKimmay.com, said you don’t have to choose between fashion and function — especially when it comes to this pretty minimizer bra. "This one comes in fun colors and has a shiny cup! So fun. It has thinner straps, a cute applique, and the cups really get the job done. It's slightly less full coverage than some other styles," she said. 

The cups are unlined and have no padding, so they add support without adding any bulk. This seamless bra is also designed to reduce breast size by up to half a cup without flattening your chest.

"This bra is so comfortable and so beautiful," raved one shopper. "I cannot [believe] that at a size 38G, I have found a bra that fits this well and comes in such amazing colors with such a beautiful strap! I am so happy!"

Pros
  • Stylish
  • Comfortable
  • Supportive
  • Seamless
Cons
  • Hand-wash only
$38 at Amazon

Fabric: 34% polyester, 41% nylon, 25% elastane | Sizes: C to H | Colors:

Dora Lau, founder of Dora L International, an intimate apparel design, development and sourcing company, is a big fan of this Soma minimizer. "It does a great job of minimizing your shape and is super comfortable for all-day wear," she said. Its Powermesh wings and U-shaped back work together to smooth you out and leave an even base for clothing. 

"This is no joke, this has to be the best-fitting bra I have ever had in my entire life," raved one shopper. "I'd bought one to try it out, and within three days I ordered two more online. It's amazing how well this fits me and my only regret is that I didn’t purchase these sooner."

Pros
  • Smoothing Powermesh wings
  • Comfortable
  • Supportive
  • Adjustable straps
Cons
  • Comes in only two colors
$64 at Soma

Fabric: 62% nylon, 38% spandex | Sizes: C to J | Colors: 14

Caldwell swears by this well-loved Wacoal bra for minimizing your chest up to 1 inch while maximizing comfort. Not only does it fit like a second skin, fans say, it has a breathable mesh back to prevent bulging. It also made our list of Best Support Bras

This bra is also a hit on Amazon, with over 2,000 five-star ratings. One fan reports: "So comfortable. I wish I knew about minimizer bras years ago. Makes my chest look smaller, and super-comfortable. It is also pretty. Good riddance, Victoria’s Secret."

Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Supportive
  • Breathable
Cons
  • Pricey
$72 at Amazon

Fabric: 71% nylon, 29% spandex | Sizes: C to G | Colors: 2

Two of our experts recommend this style from Wacoal. As Lau puts it, "It’s a really effective minimizing bra." Caldwell agreed, saying, "Wacoal is great at making minimizers. Though this one is plain, it's highly effective and has a great size range. The scalloped straps also avoid any bra slider mishaps. Plus, the cup is firm." According to the brand, the bra can reduce the bustline by up to 1 inch. The thick straps are fully adjustable, and there is a hook-and-eye back closure for a customized fit. 

"I'm a longtime customer of Wacoal's minimizer bras and this one is the best," raved one customer. "Fit is comfortable, great support and looks good with my clothes."

Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Supportive
  • Wide side wings
Cons
  • Comes in only two colors
$58 at Wacoal

Fabric: 48% polyester, 36% polyamide, 16% spandex | Sizes: D to H | Colors:

This T-shirt bra promises to reduce your bust by one cup size. "Many minimizers are known for being boring, but this is so pretty with a smooth cup that can go underneath anything," Caldwell said. It has a built-in underwire for added support and adjustable straps to help you find your ideal fit. 

"I've tried (seriously) at least 30 bras, all styles, sizes, prices, wired, not wired, full, minimizer ... you name it. This is the first minimizer bra that (1) did not flatten me out (2) or leave me looking saggy," raved one reviewer. "This lifted my breasts where they needed to be and gave them a sort of cone (not pointy, just not flat) rather than a flatter, rounder shape. Looks so good under clothes. The sides are high enough without being overkill, the straps are nice and wide, but not too much, and I like that it has two rather than three hooks. The lace is pretty but subtle."

Pros
  • Stylish
  • Supportive
  • Smoothing
Cons
  • Pricey
$105 at Amazon

Fabric: 76% polyamide, 24% spandex | Sizes: C to I | Colors: 12

This Chantelle bra is a favorite of experts and Amazon shoppers alike. "This is a breathable, really wearable minimizer that works as a great everyday bra. The print is pretty but smooth, the straps are thin but offer great adjustability and the cup size range is impressive," Caldwell said. The unlined minimizer has a leotard-style U-shaped back for extra support, and the seamless design makes it comfortable enough to wear all day. 

"Great bra — perfect for tee shirts or anything where you prefer a seamless look," wrote one five-star reviewer. "No band at the bottom of the cups to curl or dig. Great fit and support, very comfortable, the cups have two layers of fabric (no foam), does give some minimizing effect. I love this bra and will definitely buy again."

Pros
  • Supportive
  • Wide range of sizes
  • Comfortable
Cons
  • Pricey
$78 at Amazon

Fabric: 86% nylon, 14% spandex | Sizes: D to G | Colors: 3

Looking to make your bust and sides appear smaller? Lau recommends this Soma bra, which she said "is a great side-slimming bra and has a lot of comfort features." The seamless, unlined, double-ply cups promise to reduce the bust by up to 3 inches, while the ultra-wide padded wings help smooth out lumps and bumps underneath your clothes. 

"Did everything it said it would — slimmed down my sides and greatly reduced my bust — best minimizer bra ever," raved one shopper.

Pros
  • Minimizes up to 3 inches
  • Slims, smooths sides
  • Comfortable
Cons
  • Comes in only three colors
$50 at Soma

Fabric: 84% polyamide, 16% spandex | Sizes: A to G | Colors: 19

Want to minimize your bust while wearing a strapless top? Amazon shoppers say it's possible with this Delimira bra. The non-padded cups compress your chest, while the nonslip silicone lining keeps the bra in place and prevents it from sliding down. It has built-in underwire and side boning for extra support, and it comes with removable straps for when you need even more. 

"I normally only buy expensive minimizer bras, as I feel that they give the best reduction," wrote one reviewer. "I also am weary of strapless bras as it's hard to hold up DDs without slipping. However, this bra totally delivered. True to size, super comfy, supportive, never slipped, and minimized!"

Pros
  • Removable straps
  • Comfortable
  • Stays in place
  • Light compression
Cons
  • Doesn't look as good with the straps on, some shoppers say
$28 at Amazon

Fabric: 49% polyamide, 36% polyester, 15% spandex | Bra sizes: B to J | Colors: 12

All-around support is crucial when you're working out, and this underwire bra with wide, cushioned straps claims to reduce bounce by 83%. It also has encapsulated cups that support and compress each breast individually to prevent the dreaded "uniboob" look that even the best sports bras can create. Transform it into a racerback bra with the use of a J-hook. Smooth, flat seams aim to prevent chafing during workouts. 

"I don't know how they did it, but this bra has managed to be supportive and flattering at the same time, which I have yet to find in a sports bra up until now," raved one shopper. "Very minimal bounce when running. Comfortable to wear and my boobs look so perky in it!"

Pros
  • High-impact support
  • Reduces bounce
  • No 'uniboob'
  • Convertible straps
Cons
  • Pricey
$75 at Bare Necessities

How we chose the best minimizer bras

To figure out which minimizer bras are the best of the best, we talked to bra experts, fashion designers and our own team of shopping experts. We also asked which options are in their own lingerie drawers, because there's nothing like a recommendation from someone who actually wears the bra themselves.

Frequently asked questions about minimizer bras

What is a minimizer bra and how does it work?

A minimizer bra is designed to do exactly what its name suggests: minimize your cup size to make your bust appear smaller. "Minimizer bras ... compress and reshape the breasts and silhouette for larger figures," Lau said. "They offer reduction of bust projection and reshaping for those who have a fuller and softer bust. These bras usually have fuller coverage, so [they go] higher to contain the flesh on the upper bust."

Minimizers gently press on and redistribute the breast tissue away from the center of the body and closer to the chest. "This is accomplished by cup design, and sometimes a small amount of compression (not like a sports bra, though)," Caldwell said. "This can mean a minimizer will move the bust tissue toward the sides of the chest." In short, it does the opposite of creating cleavage.

What should I look for when shopping for a minimizer bra?

There are a few key factors to consider before you shop for your next bra, experts say.

  • Wings and back: The key to a good minimizer is that it reduces a projected shape into a more rounded one, Lau said. "The wing is the most important part of the bra because it anchors the bra — without it, the lift and support will be compromised. The back should be more of a 'V' shape, which will cinch things in."

  • Underwire: Caldwell said she prefers to fit folks with an underwire minimizer bra for the best effect, but there are wire-free options if you would rather prioritize extra comfort.

  • Cup material: Since the material of the cup makes up 80% of the bra, the right fabric is key. Lau suggested "looking for a material that's less stretchy, or more rigid and minimal stretch." Caldwell agreed: "While you may find a more flexible style, the material should be manufactured with little to no stretch, so it can slightly compress and contain the bust," she said.

  • Straps: Wider straps will make a minimizer bra extra comfortable and give additional support, our experts said. In particular, Lau recommended wide straps without stretch, saying they're more likely to give you the all-day lift and support you need.

  • Neckline: "The neckline should not be cut in," Lau said. A higher neckline will help contain the breast tissue and minimize the look of your cup size.

  • Size: As with any bra, finding your correct size is essential for staying comfortable and supported. "Bras are like shoes — the wrong size will feel awful," Caldwell said. Not up for a professional fitting? See below for more on how to measure your size at home.

Are minimizer bras comfortable? Can you wear one every day?

While you may think a bra that compresses your breasts would be uncomfortable or unsafe for everyday wear, Caldwell said that's not the case. "Minimizer bras are often a go-to basic bra for many folks, especially if the neckline of their clothing can accommodate fuller-coverage cups. The key to a comfortable bra is always a good fit — minimizer or not." Lau agreed: "Minimizers are meant to be worn every day, and should also minimize any breast bounce — a firmer cup and a supportive bra back will achieve this. As long as the bra cup encompasses the breast tissue, does not dig into the flesh and the wire is not sitting on the breast tissue, a minimizer bra should be comfortable," she said.

How should a minimizer bra fit?

"A good fit means a comfortable snug band that is not too restrictive, and cups that simply reshape the bust, redistributing the tissue rather than squashing it," Lau said. "A minimizer bra should make your bust look one to two cup sizes smaller, especially if you are a size DDD or larger. The most important thing is that you should not feel squashed or uncomfortable."

"It's especially important for a minimizer bra to fit flush with the body," Caldwell added. "A loose band, straps or cup will result in a less-than-desired effect, not to mention discomfort all day long." She also advised that "a minimizer bra is not a magic wand and will not instantly make your bust suddenly smaller. It might provide the illusion of a less-full bust without cleavage or forward projection. But it can always make [breasts] appear wider, as the breast tissue is moved out to the sides. Minimizers are most handy to avoid puckering on button-up blouses, or if someone prefers a less-full look in the middle of the body."

How to measure your bra size

While visiting a professional bra fitter is always an option, it's possible to get an accurate size at home, experts say. "First, you will need a tape measure (measuring unit should be inches) in order to take your rib and bust measurements," said Noemi Diaz-Justino, senior design director of lingerie brand True & Co. "Holding the tape measure parallel to the floor, wrap it snugly (not tight) around your rib cage. If the measurement is an odd number, add 5 inches. If the measurement is an even number, add 4 inches. Next, keeping the tape measure parallel to the floor, wrap the tape measure loosely around the fullest part of your bust. Now subtract the rib measurement (with the added inches) from the bust measurement. The difference will determine your cup size. The guide for cup sizes goes like this: 1 inch = A cup, 2 inches = B cup, 3 inches = C cup, 4 inches = D cup, 5 inches = DD, 6 inches = DDD."

Meet our experts

Kimmay Caldwell, undergarment educator at HurrayKimmay.com

Elisabeth Dale, author of The Bra Zone and founder of The Breast Life

Noemi Diaz-Justino, senior design director of lingerie brand True & Co

Dora Lau, founder of Dora L International, an intimate apparel design, development and sourcing company

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.