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Melrose Bra (SB25)

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  1. 5
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    34K

    Didn't fit

    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 positives:

    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.

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  2. 4
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    34JJ

    Didn't fit

    I got this bra in a giveaway/exchange here on Bratabase. Previously I tried a size 34K which was too big. For more information about this bra in general, see my review of the 34K - Bravissimo ยป Melrose Bra (SB25). I took the chance to try this in 34JJ which I assume would be my Bravissimo size for all bras that have a band that runs very tts or small.

    The 34JJ fits better than the 34K, so there is that. I find the band very stretchy and it almost feels like it rides up. It does not really but I'd prefer a tighter band. The cups ... are a typical old school full cup shape which gives natural and not very uplifted look. The wires are too wide for me, like always. There is some wrinkling on bottom towards the sides of the cups and where the cup is empty. The cups are very tall. I can fit all my breast tissue inside of the cups, but the top section of the cups is pushing my boobs down.

    Today I wore the bra for a full day while doing some housework, I can say that I did not get any pain from it, so that is a good thing. It looked okay under clothing. I felt like I had to pull the band down a few times. It did not ride up much, probably not more than 1 cm. Also the bra got less supportive over the day, at the end of the day I was glad to take it off, it looked even more sad than in the morning when I took the pictures, almost downward pointy. I felt like my boobs pushed down the bra at the front.

    I think I could try a 32K or 32JJ even but I don't think I will bother. I don't like the shape it gives me and I think as soon as the cups are not on the bigger side anymore that top section would push my boobs down even more and there would be overspill.

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      This bra reminds me a lot of Fantasie Alex, down to the shape it gives.

      I have also encountered bra looking great when I first put it on, and then slooowly drooping until it looks more like downwards pointy than anything else. Haven't figured out why it happens yet...

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      Yep I agree the design of this bra is not ideal for your shape--the apex is lower than your own (even though the cup still has a tiny bit of extra room) and the upper cup portion is much flatter than you'd need. I am starting to think you also would benefit from wearing a 32 in most Bravissimos honestly, even if it requires some breaking in. And I'm FAR from a firm-band militant type as you know--I just think this seems like enough of a pattern for you to have some loss of support with 34s that sizing down would make sense.
      brasaremean yes I have that problem with almost all Panache bras, and many of the Fantasie balconnet/full cup styles. For me it is caused by the cup apex being too low compared to my own and the straps being too far apart (so I have to angle them in so much that it exacerbates the apex misalignment).

    • It happens a lot with my Ewa Michalak bras, wendybien :(
      pretty discouraging.

    • brasaremean oh dear, what type? The BMs or a different style?

    • The BMs. It feels like I should tighten the straps, but when I do, it's uncomfortable. Ah well...

    • brasaremean blah, that's annoying... If it's a recent issue, has your size or shape changed at all lately, do you think? Or maybe just how these bras are "aging" or changing with wear? Or have they always done it.

    • I have worn the bra for another day and I felt that I could already close it on tightest setting to get proper support from the band. The band on 34K felt firmer but that bra was nwt and this one is used. I think I'm in between 32 and 34 band now.

      wendybien I also think now that is why I have such problems with Panache bras, Tango is a full cup style too, like Melrose but rather than it is downwards pointy it's east west... I give up on Panache officially now, Panache Tango 30K tried to kill me today. I wanted to be a good bra wearer and not not wear the same bra in a row (Bravissimo Luxe Heart) but that 30 band... it hurt me in a weird way. I thought I have enough squishy fat so I would not get hurt by a band?! (Usually wires or straps attack me and give me pain) So no 30 bands for me. If the cup volume is not too big making a band feel bigger, then 32 bands should be fitting me. I don't know why I insist on wearing 34 bands in Bravissimo... they run tight and tts in most bras but before my weight loss I wore 34L, I used to break in my bands with the extender for the first few weeks. I lost about 8cm on my underbust, so why I would wear the same band?

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  3. 0
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    34JJ

    Didn't fit

    Bought from the internet for checking the size.
    As usually it is smaller as the Panache bras. It push down my boobs.
    The bra is similar to new Bravissimo Darcy modell, it is made from 4 sections.

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    30H

    Didn't fit

    Me: Narrow roots, narrow shoulders, evenly round, lots of immediate projection, slightly FoB, slightly centre full, never met a gore I didn't like, left-heavey by more than a cup size, 31" underbust, but prefer tight band with extender. Panache, Freya size 30GG

    More and more I am convinced that side support panels cut into immediate projection!

    Band is looser than Freya, Panache, and Curvy Kate - no extender needed.

    The wire is fairly soft and fairly U-shaped. The centre gore maintains its width for an inch and a half before it statres to curve out. The straps, of course, are too wide, but only just. I needed the cup size up I usually need in CK and Flirtelle, but it stall has an angled flatness to the top part of the cup that cuts at my centre fullness and accentuates the pointier shape.

    Excellent quality materials (except the wires) and three hooks and scalloped fully adjustable straps. I just think I need to give up on the side support panels design!

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    38FF

    Didn't fit

    This was the first bra I loved. Earlier this year, I bought my first set of bras that almost fit. Of these, the Melrose in Bloom was the most beautiful and most comfortable. It was never a perfect fit for me - the gore didn't tack, and the wires are too wide for me - but it's a wonderful bra.
    If you have a projected shape and average-width breasts that are slightly close-set, this is a spectacular option. Like many Bravissimo-branded bras, it also minimizes asymmetry an unbelievable amount.

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    32HH

    Didn't fit

    This bra was the second (fairly correctly fitting) bra I ever bought. At the time I was fitted into it I had been fitted as a 32GG in the Panache Tango II balconette in a store quite recently, and still had some tissue at the sides of my ribcage from wearing the incorrect size since high school. I'm mentioning this because the subsequent tissue migration I experienced over the six months after I bought this bra came to affect how it fit me.

    I'll start off by mentioning that it runs pretty tight in the band and cup. I'm definitely lucky that I prefer ... a firmer band, as otherwise this would have been unwearable. The fact that I filled the cups of the 32HH when I'd been sized at 32GG/H is also a testament to how small this is in the cup. I've heard this is the case with a lot of Bravissimo's own brand bras that are cut like this one. If anyone is interested in buying this one I'd probably recommend you go up a band from your normal size and keep the cup letter the same (eg. if you're a 30G, size up to a 32G). It was also rather horrible to break in. I'd worn it a couple of times since buying and made the catastrophic mistake of wearing it on a 20+ hour flight back to Australia from the UK. I don't think I have ever been so acutely aware of the fact that I was wearing a bra before. The underwires and band felt extremely tight and painful against my ribcage. (Additionally, the wires set off the metal detector at the airport.) I also experienced a lot of digging into my sternum due to the height of the gore. If you want/need a low gore my advice would definitely be to look elsewhere! However, once it was broken in I found the bra much more comfortable.

    As far as appearance goes, I had purchased the bra in order to have something close to my skin tone to wear under white work shirts. The beige colourway isn't unattractive - it'd be good for anyone who dislikes yellow-toned beige. I will point out that the top embroidered section looks a lot sheerer in Bravissimo's product photos (especially in the black and the purple fashion colour currently out) than it is in real life. This isn't something to wear under short-sleeved or tank tops either - it does look like a 'lot of bra' once on, and is visible at the underarms any time I wear something lower under there. It also has very thick (but fully adjustable and comfortable) straps. I would call the strap placement on the wider side, although it wasn't a problem for me. For a more utilitarian sort of bra, Bravissimo seems to have put some effort into making it a little more appealing - the detailing they've given it prevents it from looking too frumpy.

    Shape and support - this bra loses points in my book as I suspect many, many people would experience shape incompatibilities with it. If you have any kind of top fullness, give this one a miss. The bra has a four-part cup construction, using a side sling. On my fairly bottom-full shape, I get a lifted, natural sort of look - like the shape my boobs are without a bra, only better - but anyone top-full would get the dreaded squished-on-top triangle shape. (I suspect this is the source of the many reviews on Bravissimo's website saying that the bra gives 'pointy sandbag boobs'.) The source of this is the top embroidered section, which is made out of a firm mesh that has no give. I think also that this would be unlikely to work on someone petite or short-waisted - the underwires and also the wings come up fairly high on the sides (I occasionally still feel discomfort from it and I am relatively tall with a longer torso). It is however a very, very supportive bra and great for wearing to work and occasionally uni - I like to wear bras that I can run for the bus in - and looks OK under a t-shirt. I don't tend to wear this with anything super form-fitting though as I prefer to keep my 'round-shape' bras for that.

    Final note about the shape - it's pretty wide but looks less east-west from the front than the Tango does (I think this is the four-part cup at work). The wide wires were great for me when I still had tissue at the sides of my ribcage and anything narrow definitely felt too small, but not so much now. My breasts sit almost completely on the front of my ribcage now and there is significant empty space at the side of the cup. Finally, although I've had my issues with it since undergoing shape changes, I'll note that Bravissimo has certainly made a sturdy bra in the Melrose. I was subjecting this to heavy use when it was only one of two or three bras I owned and still wear it occasionally for work, and it still gives the same level of support as when I first purchased it.

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    32J

    Hasn't set fit

    Didn't write a review

    Added on Dec 30, 2016



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    36FF

    Hasn't set fit

    Didn't write a review

    White colorway

    Added on Jan 20, 2017



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    40H

    Didn't fit

    Didn't write a review

    Added on Nov 02, 2017



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    30H

    Didn't fit

    Didn't write a review

    Added on Dec 01, 2016



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