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.