Frankly. I haven’t worn a minimiser since I was in my teens. At that stage, I didn’t even know what one was. I was “fitted” into it. That’s right. A lady in a shop decided that my 14 year old boobies needed padding down (I was about a D-cup by then), and so she fitted and sold me a minimiser bra. Talk about making my choices for me! After I realized what it was – I then rejected it and didn’t look back.
As I mentioned in my last post – Simply Be sent me a range of bras to try – including a Plunge bra… and a Minimiser. My initial reaction was to say, “thank you, but no thank you”, and send it back. But then I tried it on and thought about what I could wear it with.
The Minimiser by Shapely Figures - £22.00 - £28.00
The fact of the matter is, I have very large breasts. My boobs size me up in almost all hard tailoring or non-stretch fabric. Even where I prefer tighter fits – my breasts dictate if I have to go up a size or no, thereby ALSO dictating if clothes fits me in a body-con kind of way, or perhaps in a looser kind of way. Some clothes are meant to be body-con.
The Minimiser 2-pack I was sent by Simply Be came in black and mint green and I tried the green first. LOVELY. Very, very comfortable. I'm wearing a 38H here and found this size a little bit generous in the back. I wore it on the second set of hooks, but possibly could have sized across to a 36J as there is quite a bit of stretch through the back. The cup shape is rounded and nice and flattens the breast towards the sides a little bit, but without making my boobies look like massive, flat pancakes. I was surprised that I actually didn’t mind the look (it seems to be quite subtle in the flattening) and it meant that I could wear a dress that was tight in the bust with a little more ease.
There is no padding in the cups and the material is soft on the skin. The straps are fully adjustable and feel soft against my shoulders. While I prefer the look of normal structured bras and my more forward-roundy-bursty-outy breasts, this Minimiser was the most comfortable of all the bras Simple Be sent across. The shape is good and while I did have quite a bit of room through the back – the cup fit well.
If you have any dresses at home that you feel may be a little tight through the bust – I’d say give a minimiser a go. For me, a minimiser bra will never be an every day choice, but I am pleased to say it IS now a choice. A comfortable one, at that!
Someone asked about my photos for these posts. I took these getting ready in the morning or as I was getting undressed at night - hence mirror based photos. I've also chosen photos that I'm not looking at the camera because it felt weird to post my smiling face, looking at you all, in my boobage glory. It isn't my natural blog style - the bra posts - and although I feel confident doing them, I'm just not USED to them! It's a different style of blogging and indeed, it makes me respect the "Bra Bloggers" even more than I already do!
Thank you also, for all the positive feedback. xxx.