You haven't experienced comfort until you have tried on this bra. Soft cotton jersey on the inside feels like your favourite lounge t-shirt, undyed cotton linen blend on the outside is soft and breathable. No more stickyness, sweating or itching. The natural fibers conform to your shape. Wearing this bra is like wearing your favourite pajamas, except with support for your boobs.
The band is nice and firm, the cups give a flattering natural rounded teardrop shape. The straps have the perfect amount of separation, and the underwires are a good medium-narrow width. The wires come up just high enough to enclose breast ...tissue without poking or digging in anywhere.
This bra isn't sexy or cute in the same way as most big-bust bras, but it looks VERY flattering in a relaxed, effortlessly sexy (maybe even a little androgynous) way that is nearly impossible to come by in my size. I think I'm in love.
Note that the sizing does NOT follow the standard EU size chart. I mostly wear 28GG/H bras, which would be a 60K/L in regular EU sizes. I got this bra in a 60J based on another user's tips and it fits perfectly. Read more 95 more words
I admire a pretty frilly appliqued rose-drenched bra as much as the next girl, but given my druthers, I'm pretty no-nonsense when it comes to underwear. I just want something comfortable and supportive. I have a number of skin sensitivities, in particular to polyester, which means I'm uncomfortable in most bras by the end of the day. A basic, everyday bra in a breathable, natural fiber, like cotton or linen, has been my dream since I started my bra quest. When I discovered my true size, it looked like finding a natural fiber bra that actually fit was a pipe dream. But it looks like Melissa has me ...covered! I still have to pinpoint my EU/Melissa size, but I really like the design and construction of these simple, comfy bras.
Melissa were a dream to work with--great email customer service in English and suuuuper fast shipping. I received the bras within a week! The prices are also quite reasonable, with most bras running for between 60 and 100 zlotys (about $20-$35 USD). Shipping to the U.S. from Poland is always steep (about 50 zlotys, or $15, almost as much as one of the bras!) but even when you factor in shipping, it's quite inexpensive. They also do custom orders, although I have not partaken of that. I did return some parts of this order to exchange for another size, so I'll try to remember to update about that experience when it is complete.
Anyway, this bra. It's too big. I overestimated the size on this whole order--I'm usually a 30F UK in unpadded cups such as Freya Rio, and I probably should have gone with 65G or 70F. The band is nice and firm, maybe a little too much so (but that's a good starting place for cotton, which tends to stretch), but the cup is too large for me in basically every dimension: a little too wide, a little too deep, gore a little too tall. (Tall gore is good for me generally, because I have soft breasts that tend to spill toward the middle, but I could use it being about 10% shorter so it's not pressing against my sternum.) I'm optimistic that sizing down a cup would fix all my issues. But this particular model was on sale & discontinued, so I'm keeping it anyway! It's very comfortable, and having a slightly too large bra can be useful for Certain Days of the Month.
Material: 67% cotton, 30% linen, 3% polyester
T-shirt friendly: Yes, more or less. It's a smooth fabric cup with a small amount of lace along the upper part of the cup. Potential headlights because it's unlined. Read more 335 more words
I really like the idea of this bra, which is made of mostly natural fabrics. I've written about the bra in more detail in the 80J, so here I will only talk about fit and how the bra holds up over time.
The straps are a bit of a problem for me on this bra. I have them fully adjusted but I think I could benefit from having them a tiny bit shorter. I expect I will have to alter them soon.
The band was very firm when I first fastened it, but in the space of time that it took me to check the fit - ...mere minutes - the band had relaxed quite a bit and I was already thinking that I should try the second hook. I think this is due to the natural fabrics which are used. I will be interested in seeing how this develops over time as this is one of the first bras I've owned which was made of largely natural fabrics. I am hoping that this will be much more comfortable in the summer.
I found that the right size for me was a direct band conversion from my UK size. In Panache I wear a 36G, and this is an 80G. I've also tried this bra in 80J, which I expected would be my size, and 80H. The band runs true to size with the larger of my two measurements, although as I indicated, it may wind up being too loose for this particular model due to the fabrics used.
These are my initial thoughts without having worn the bra yet.
Update: After four wearings, I find that I do need the second hook from the start, and if I were to wear it again without washing I'd need the inner hook the second time, so this bra does relax when you're wearing it. However, after that initial stretch to get it to the second hook, it hasn't stretched further. After each wash it is returned to the second hook, and the band feels quite firm while you are wearing it. It doesn't *feel* loose. It's as if it sighs and relaxes as soon as you remove it, something that I at least won't be doing with this bra!
The straps are too long for me and this does affect comfort as I feel a bit unsupported toward the end of the day. I need to alter it, badly. Otherwise, I love the feel of this bra against my skin, and as it gets hotter I am really looking forward to the wicking abilities of natural fabric. Read more 339 more words
This bra is too small in the cups; primarily, I think, there isn't quite enough center depth for my center fullness, so it cuts into my boobs and gives me some quadding. This was the most noticeable thing about it.
I really like this bra, but this is still one cup size too large for me. My size in Melissa seems to be firmly 80G. I plan on ordering this bra again one size smaller, as I'm eager to try a bra made mostly of natural fabrics.
The shape seems pretty good for me, although I could probably benefit from a little more immediate projection in the bottom of the cup as I'm getting a few wrinkles as my breasts are unable to settle into the bottom of the cup.
I ordered one band size up from my usual band of 34/75. In this case the band was quite comfortable, as opposed to the Melissa 0341, which was much tighter.
This bra is made of eco cotton and has side support. It was a good cup shape for me but one size too large. The label says 67% cotton, 30% linen, and 3% polyester. It has a thin lining of white fabric while the outside is more of a greyish yellow accented with white lace. It looks like a very comfortable bra, and with so much natural fabric I would expect it to be ...good at wicking moisture from the skin. As far as this type of bra (natural and aimed at comfort) goes, I think it looks quite nice. The straps on this bra are only half adjustable, and I already had to make them as short as they could go. The straps are wider on the non-adjustable part.
The website offers an English translation but I arranged my order via email without difficulty. I placed the order on 22 February and paid by bank transfer. The package was delivered on 13 March (within Europe). The time includes the time for the payment to be received, so it was quite reasonable. Read more 111 more words