The Melrose bra has been around for years. It is what I call the "old bravissimo full cup shape". It is different to their newer full cup shape on bras like Darcy, Selina or Urban Rose. The old Bravissimo full cup shape, features cups that are very tall and very deep at the bottom, then they are very projected which can often end in a pointy shape. (Bravissimo Dotty Spot was the worst offender with it's pointy shape)
The top section of the cups is very closed and will not allow for any full on top tissue in the correct size. It will push down your boobs or cut in, if any boob escapes these tall cups. The top section of the bra takes over half of the cups in a size 34K and looks nothing like on the store pictures where the lower section looks bigger than the top section. It does not look very flattering on.
The quality is really good. The fabric is sturdy and also soft-feeling. Nothing compared to that cheap slightly scratchy Alana fabric. The upper section is a lace fabric with zero stretch that is lined with another fabric with zero stretch. I could do without those scalloped edges at the band and under the arms, it can rub on skin while wearing making the bra uncomfortable. The band is firm and the shoulder straps are fully adjustable.
How it fit me/ the problems:
The cup of this 34K is really tall, even though I have tall boobs, it is too much. The wires are slightly too wide at the sides, they are very tall under the arms but gladly don't poke. The gore is very tall too, but lies flat and seperates the breasts. The cups are also slightly too big. That's why I don't get that extremely pointy shape or the cutting in. The bra does not look too big on the pictures, but I have adjusted the straps very short to get rid of wrinkling. I could even fit some extra paper tissues into these cups.
The band fits well. I think that if I tried this bra in a 34JJ, I could have the top section pushing my boobs flat. I don't know if there would be quadboob since I cannot imagine any tissue escaping these cups? I just imagine the bra being uncomfortable and giving a downward pointy - flattened on top shape. What I have to say: this bra has lots of room and lots of projection in the bottom of the cups! I don't get any wrinkling at all at the underwire.
The bra does feel supportive but I feel that size is not quite right. I don't think my boobs get the proper support in these cups, because the wires are too wide and the wrinkling on top. I think the bra would be very supportive in the right size but would not give a very much uplifted and round shape. I think the best shape to fit this bra would be: tall boobs but very full on bottom. Also wider shoulders would help too, because I found the straps too seperated and they cut into my arms.
Updated on Mar 03, 2019