How to Make Your Boobs Look Smaller

It may seem like everyone is trying to make their breasts look bigger these days! Here at Hourglass Lingerie, we empathize with our bigger-bust ladies that are looking for a way to tone down their cleavage. We know lots of cleavage isn’t always desired with certain outfits, and sometimes it can even be seen as inappropriate. We want you to love your breasts, but also be comfortable and confident in your own skin! Continue reading to learn our top tips on how to make your boobs look smaller.

Have Your Bra Fitted

The very first place you should start- whether trying to make your breasts bigger or smaller- is making sure you are wearing a properly fitted bra. This is especially important for larger-busted women, as an ill-fitting bra will almost always make your breasts appear larger in an undesirable way. Keeping your breasts well supported and lifted helps give you the appearance of a waist by increasing the length of your torso. If you’re doubting your bra size, or just want to double check, head to our bra Sizing Guide or come on in to Hourglass Lingerie for a personal 1-on-1 fitting!

Minimizer Bra

Once you are certain your bra fits just right, if you still need a little downsizing, a minimizer bra will often do just the trick. The worst feeling is when you’re buttoning up that new blouse and just as you hit the breasts, the buttons are gapping. All women with larger breasts know that pain!

This is where the minimizer bra comes in handy. A minimizer bra spreads and redistributes breast tissue enough to create the illusion of up to two cup sizes smaller. It is constructed to redistribute the pressure across your chest while still maintaining a feminine silhouette. It also solves other common bra problems by contouring cups over the entire breast and eliminating any bulges or bumps underneath clothing.

Bras for large breasts are our specialty, so our top-pick minimizer bras are the Goddess Yvette GD6750 Sand Banded Molded Underwire Bra and the Parfait Enora 5272 Charcoal Minimizer Bra.

Don’t forget that minimizer bras are only meant for special occasions, not daily wear. Wearing a minimizer bra too frequently can cause soreness and pain in the breasts.

How to Make Your Boobs Look Smaller in Clothes? 

In additon to a properly fitted bra and a minimizer bra, you can make your breats appear smaller just by choice of clothing.

Some clothing styles we recommend to avoid include:

  • Tight fitting shirts (Enhances structure and will make your breast appear larger)
  • Crew neck lines, Turtlenecks, and Low cut tops (The longer the distance between neck to chest, the bigger the breasts appear).
  • Long necklaces (Draws attention to your chest).


Some bra styles that we recommed to avoid include:

  • Push-up bras, instead opt for full-coverage.
  • Avoid Heavy padding (It adds extra volume to your boobs, may want to opt with thinner bra, like a bralette).

Although these suggestions may feel that they are limiting your wardrobe, do not fret. There are still plenty of great clothing and bra styles that can reduce the apperance of breast size while allowing you to feel sexy, confident, and comfortable.

Some clothing styles that we recommend to opt for include:

  • Loose clothing
  • Scoop necks and V-necks (These styles draw more attention to the collarbone and away from the chest) *Note: Make sure that the neckline doesn't plunge too deep*
  • Darker color clothing (They visually make your breasts appear smaller).
  • Sports Bra (Just make sure that it is not too small or it will compress your breast).
  • Shapewear underneath clothing (Can help your breasts look smaller, define your other features and help create a smooth and sleek look!)

Breast Reduction Surgery

If you are seriously struggling with your oversize breasts and need a permanent solution, talk to your doctor about possibly getting a breast reduction surgery. A breast reduction surgery removes fat, tissue, and skin to reduce the size of breasts to a size more comfortable or fitting to the aesthetic of the person. We hope that with help from Hourglass Lingerie and our large-bust expertise, we can help you before it ever gets to this point, but this ultimately is the last step if nothing else helps.

Need Help With Bra Sizing?  

Attempting to size your own bra can be tiring and expensive. Check out our Size Guide for the best tips and tricks we recommend for getting it right the first try! Or, if you would rather have the perfect fit without the hassle of research, call and schedule your free, personalized fitting with an Hourglass Lingerie fit specialist.