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Review: Miss Mandalay Paige

In the last few months, I've tried to push my lingerie boundaries a bit and try out designs I don't have much experience with. It can be an intimidating endeavor because I've been very happy with the companies I'm familiar with and I want to provide the most accurate and well-researched assessment of each brand. Beyond Claudette and non-padded Curvy Kates, I also had the opportunity to sample Miss Mandalay. I've seen their bras pop up on British retailers like Large Cup Lingerie and Bravissimo, but didn't consider ordering outside of my comfort zone. In a plethora of full bust prints, I became a total magpie and passed over the quietly sophisticated and feminine Miss Mandalay styles. Yet as my drawers brimmed over with clashing and competing patterns, I began to have a new appreciation for Miss Mandalay's clean lines and sweet sensuality.

Miss Mandalay Paige in Coral
Along with the Paris, the Paige is a core style for the company. Just like it's continuity sister, it's a sheer three part cup with an appearance that rests gracefully between a plunge and balconette. The style suggests an everyday sex appeal effect that I continually adore. In the past few seasons, the Paige has also appeared in bright, juicy colorways with contrasting trim. I've been watching their Facebook profile like a hawk (Hint: It's the best place to see what's coming from MM!) and in the upcoming months, their designs are leaning towards deeper hues and delicate retro-inspired prints. Of course, I'd never pass up gingham or polka dots so the new collection looks mighty tempting...if a little sweeter than what's out currently (i.e the reissued Amelie, the Paris in Black). The coral here is breathtakingly gorgeous in person and worked for me under thick white sweaters as a "flesh"/disappearing act bra.


With the exception of the occasional Panache style, Miss Mandalay is the only company I feel I could wear both my band sizes in. After receiving the Paige, I ordered a deeply discounted Paris to compare the fit with. The Paige above is a 28GG and my 'previous season' Paris was a 30G. Obviously, there was a slight difference, but overall I felt either fit would've worked. Thus, I'd suggest ordering larger if you prefer a comfortable fit, checking them out if you are looking for a sub-28 band, and consider how much longer a less elasticized band will last. For me, that's a long time! I loved the shape Paige provided, the cups cradled me perfectly and were epically comfy, even on the first day of my "test-drive". 


A note on bottoms...
In the lingerie blogosphere, and in my own attempts to puzzle out my underpinnings budget, I've witnessed an ongoing discussion of whether matching underwear are or aren't "worth it". My two cents? Yes... EXCEPT when they're not. I've seen way too many matching bottoms that look as if a designer, well, fell asleep on the job? If a bra is well engineered, stylish, and thoughtfully created, then it's matching piece should be as well. With Miss Mandalay, I was blown away by the panties. They were works of art all on their own! If you have gentle OCD like myself and like to invest in your foundation garments, Miss Mandalay creates sets in the truest sense.


Great news for American readers: If you're stateside and would like to try Miss Mandalay, I saw that Journelle stocks one style and Large Cup Lingerie ships for free - a treat that's hard to beat when ordering from the U.K.!

Miss Mandalay Paige c/o Miss Mandalay

6 Comments

  1. I'm so glad to see this bra worked so well for you! I just recently got my second Paige in this colour in the mail. Needed to size up in the cup, I missed wearing it so much! I definitely agree about the "disappearing" quality of this bra. The seams hide really well under clothing, and the colour is just subtle enough.

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  2. Its sooo pretty this one =)
    Ive ordered the paige in yellow a week ago and just wait for the package to arrive now..

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    1. I agree, its just so pretty and soft looking. I can imagine it will translate super well to yellow. Thanks for reading!

      -Mr. Underpinnings

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  3. Lovely! I really like the color as well. I've yet to try Miss Mandalay yet, but the brand is on my wishlist for sure. Great review! :)

    XOXO,
    Amber
    http://www.scarlets-letter.net

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    1. Thanks Amber! And thank you for reading :)

      -Mr. Underpinnings

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  4. Great review. This bra is beautiful! x

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