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.
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.!