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Date: 3/28/08 9:02 PM

Has anyone tried these? What were your experiences?
I'm 5'2" 40-30-40 (hey, I like round numbers!) and wear lots of knit tops over slacks.

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Date: 3/28/08 9:19 PM

I've tried them. I'm not a fan, unless I'm wearing a button-down top that pulls a bit unless things are squished in a bit. I've found that they're fairly uncomfortable.

Generally, I find that a well-fitting bra that lifts and separates properly defines my waistline better than a minimizer...

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Date: 3/28/08 9:43 PM

Likewise, not a fan. All they do is squoosh the breast tissue flat in the front, but the tissue moves sideways ... well, you get the idea.

Sometimes, they're useful (even necessary) as for sports, or 'heavy lifting' activities like hard gardening or home renovation, or any jumping and bouncing activity (like aerobics, tennis, jogging).

But attractive and slimming .... ah, no, definitely no. It is from minimizers or sports bras (same thing, in my opinion)that the fashion world developed the word "uni-boob." If you're looking to cut down "frontal projection," they work. If you're hoping to look slimmer or less busty ... no. The bras just alter frontal projection to horizontal smoosh. --Lily

Edited to Add:
I just reminded myself that you were asking in relation to knit tops. Ugh! Minimizers, and the breasts within, look their *worst* under knit tops, IMHO. --Lily


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Date: 3/28/08 9:49 PM

I never found a minimizer that really did anything but make breathing more difficult than wearing a corset. 8 )

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Date: 3/28/08 10:48 PM

Thanks! Y'all just saved me from the dreaded uni-boob

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Date: 3/29/08 0:07 AM

Hi sailor girl!!
40-30-40 is a nice shape!! Accent it with two, separate & proud girls!!
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Date: 4/15/08 3:09 PM

I like the ones I've tried, and never had the "uniboob" effect with them. However! -- I haven't seen a decent one for ages. Most of the ones I've seen that don't cost a small fortune have wires -- yuck.

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Date: 4/15/08 5:35 PM

I don't know how helpful minimizer bras are. A really good well fitting bra will however, make a woman look good.

Too many women wear bras that make the girls look disorganized. When the girls look organized it can help a woman look thinner.

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Date: 4/16/08 1:30 AM

minimizers always make me look fatter since they squish the boobs out to the sides.

I LOOOOOVE bras made by Fantasie of England (nordstrom carries them). Mostly because they come in my size and have lots of pretty styles.

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Date: 4/16/08 10:08 PM

Everything I've ever read about bras that slim you, recommend balconet (sometimes called balconette or balcony) bras. They provide lift without smooshing.

The problem is, I can't find true balconets anywhere near me. I have to go online or drive a while to find them at places like Nordstrom or other upscale stores. They're pretty expensive too.

(The bras I'm describing should not be confused with push-up bras which have lots of padding and cause bulging over the top of the cups. )

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