If you have bigger boobs and play sports, you know that good bounce-containment options can be hard to find. (Basic sports bras don’t always cut it.) It might also be a challenge to get dressed: Sweaters can look lumpy, while skimpier pieces are equally tricky if you don’t want thick straps showing. Enter the minimizer bra. A good minimizer will comfortably compress your chest and can take inches off your bust line, creating a smooth silhouette so your clothes fit correctly.
It can take some trial and error to find the best minimizer for you, but we’ve pored over reviews to round up eight good places to start. Scroll down to see our top picks, whether you want something sexy, simple, or sporty. (And for more cute underthings, here’s our list of the best lingerie and the best bras on Amazon.)
The Lacy Option
This bra is unlined, and reviewers insist that it still minimizes without the padding and has the added bonus of comfort.
The Supremely Comfortable One
This is designed to provide an invisible look underneath clothing while still offering support, and reviewers love how comfortable it is. One satisfied customer even wrote that wearing most bras is a form of torture for her but wearing this one isn’t. Do you need higher praise?
The Sexy One
Who said a minimizing bra can’t be hot? “I am large-chested, and it supports me just right without being tight,” writes one pleased reviewer. “It lets my breasts sit [the way that feels] most comfortable. I love love love it.”
A Sleek T-Shirt Bra
Fans like how soft this bra is. One brutally honest customer wrote, “I finally don’t feel like a walking circus tent,” adding, “The straps are padded so they are less likely to cause welts in my shoulders like the ones that are permanently there. I’m so thankful to have taken a chance on this.”
A Supportive Sports Bra
This bra offers support without the suffocating feeling of some sports bras, thanks to its breathable open-air mesh bust. Customers gush over its fit and say it is perfect for moderate exercise. One wrote, “No longer do I have to stuff myself into three sports bras, crushing my bosom and my soul, to be able to get a good workout.”
If You Want Lots of Compression
Customers love this bra for its comfort levels and and secure coverage. One reviewer explained, “It is supportive, offers great coverage, and does not give monoboob.” Added another: “This granny bra is the best thing that ever happened to my huge ta-tas.” (If you want something similar that’s less of a sports bra, this also seems promising.)
The Best Strapless Option
For busty women, strapless bras have long been the enemy. Thankfully, this one works — reviewers noted that it lifts, supports, smooths, and minimizes your bust line up to 1.5 inches. It even comes with removable straps that adjust any way you please.
An Option That Clasps in the Front
This bra is both comfortable and functional. One customer gave it her sincerest seal of approval and wrote, “I have NEVER loved a bra. I would tell my husband that I wanted a boob job just so I could [keep] the girls where they belonged … Then I found this gem and couldn’t be happier.”
If You Hate Padding
This bra will do its job without any padding, wires, or other uncomfortable elements. One customer wrote a hilarious and star-studded review titled, “Suddenly. Out of poorly fit darkness, there was light. Bra light.” You should probably read the whole thing.
This article was originally published June 22, 2020. If you buy something through our links, New York may earn an affiliate commission.