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Full Bust Bra Review: Miss Mandalay Amelie

The Miss Mandalay Amelie is one of the best bras I've ever worn, hands down. I don't think that bras are good or bad necessarily, but I do believe in bra magic. Bra magic happens when you try on a particular style and it just works.  It's that ideal combination of fit, shape, and design that all lingerie bloggers - hell, all women! - are after. The Amelie certainly worked her bra magic on me. 



 The Amelie has a narrow center gore, a plunge construction, and forgiving stretch lace cups. The band and cups are both true to size. I tried a 28G, which has been one of the best sizes for me lately. The exterior side panel pushed me to the front while the lace gently held me in place. Like the Panache Andorra, it'd be great for anyone whose size changes slightly throughout the month. If you have close set breasts, the small divide in the middle is a godsend.


Beyond the superb fit I experienced, I'm completely enamored with the external side panel. Miss Mandalay has taken an element of lingerie construction that's typically integrated in the most discreet fashion and turned it on it's head. Instead of tucking it behind a larger design concept, they've made it the focal point of the bra's aesthetic. I live for moments like these in the industry. When a brand takes an old standard and reinvents in a pleasing, subtle way. It's not reinventing the wheel, but it's certainly fresh and slightly exciting to see something we're familiar with in a new way. Miss Mandalay isn't the only one experimenting in this manner. This year, Curvy Kate's multiway plunge will debut and Freya's Deco will reappear as shapewear. Only time will tell if these endeavors will captivate the market they're intended for, but Miss Mandalay has certainly succeeded with the Amelie.

And a big shout out to Cha, the owner of Large Cup Lingerie who assisted me in obtaining this bras for review. She was warm, courteous, and generally awesome every step of the very long way. 

{Miss Mandalay Amelie c/o Large Cup Lingerie}


8 Comments

  1. Yayyyyyy I've been waiting to see a review of this one! It's so lovely, and it looks fantastic on you. I hope they keep Amelie around as a continuity style-- I'd love to see some fun colors (I remember a stunning magenta and a bright ruby red). The construction and fabric all sound amazing. This one is definitely going on my next-time-I-have-spending-money list.

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    1. Thanks, Sweets! This is a fantastic bra, it would be craaazzzy to not keep this around as a continuity style -- some tasteful color options on this one would be to die for. Thanks for reading, girlfriend!

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    1. Hey Darlene! Yeah this one sits ridiculously well on me, and I've noticed this being a trend with all the MM bras I have tried. They are definitely doing something right.

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  3. Thanks for this review. I've been waiting to read more about this. Do you find that it fits like the Paris one? I'm trying to determine whether I should get the same size (my regular size) or to go one size up?

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  4. I am SO jealous this bra worked for you. The band was too stretchy for me, I would definitely need a 26. But the cups fit so beautifully, and design wise it is killer.

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  5. I feel like that's what a gun moll would wear under her clothes-in a good way! Very 40s.

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    1. I agree! I didn't think about that until now, but it's probably a big reason I liked it. I'm enamored of anything that reminds me of 40s style at the moment.

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