Don't be fooled by the obvious fit issues, this bra fits. It's just not meant for my boobs.
This bra is made with so little room for upper fullness only the FOBest of FOBs should consider it (also short rooted girls). The top panel has no give at all and so it cuts in fiercely into my tall, shallow roots. But otherwise, this is a perfect fit. It's heartbreaking because it reminds me of 32FF - Fantasie » Alex Side Support Bra (9152) -- thinking back to it, that bra also fit, it was just a little too closed on top for me.
What makes matters worse is that it's ...perfect otherwise.
The band is very tight for a 30, but it's somehow comfortable. I think in the photos it's pretty visible how much it cuts into my back 'fat' but at no point did it feel uncomfortable. I'd recommend this bra if someone is a 26 band... you can easily get away with a 28 because it runs very tight. Looking at the measurements, I'm unsure how I was even able to fasten it *but*, weirdly, I did so without much issue. The way I put on a bra is lean down at 90 degrees, put the wires in my imf (this is the only way I can put on a bra comfortably because otherwise the wires will press on my breast tissue while I try to do the hooks), then in that position reach back and do the hooks, and I will tell you, with tight bands I struggle, often. Not with this. Whoop whoop, in they go, easy.
The cups I really think are true to size, they're just not meant for me. Nice narrow wires (actually, same cup width as my best fitting EM wires), perfectly hug my boobs around. There is enough projection at the wire for me, which is also a rarity. The only issue, the top lace... just too closed.
The gore is narrower than most UK brands, and it tacks very firmly, but not uncomfortably.
And the weirdest part is, the straps are only partly adjustable, and when I loosened them before I tried it on I was 100% sure that there is no way they will be comfortable... but the elastic seems to be more elastic-y than most other bras I've tried and again, it's not at all uncomfortable, it doesn't pull on the band, the straps are just wonderful.
It is such a weird bra!
I think this is why this bra feels comfortable, because it technically fits, and the only actual discomfort I get from it is the cutting in. So I'm unsure if sometime in the future if I lose volume it will fit. Because the cups as they are right now are fine, it's just (I feel like I'm repeating myself lol), it's just too closed on top.
Now a couple of things: I wouldn't recommend this bra to petite women as the cups are extremely tall on the sides and the wires are filling the wire channels all the way. The straps are a little wider set, but not as much as say my 30GG - Curvy Kate » Dottie Balcony Bra (CK6201) or any of my EM bras. And finally, the shape is the Fantasie shape, so slightly east/west, and slightly minimised.
I got this bra at Brastop for GBP7 and thought it was a steal honestly. Couldn't resist getting it. And for that price it's okay that it doesn't fit, I've been wondering about Miss Mandalay bras for a while and now I know https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> I don't know if trying a 32GG or 30H would be better. The wires, as I said, are kinda perfect width. I really just think it's a shape mismatch. Read more 519 more words
Short roots, functually full on bottom , center full . Need a lot of immediate projection. The good----- stays in my IMF so good immediate projection. Accommodates my center fullness well, wires enclose each breast without pressing slightly on one side. Gore is a little shorter than many and that is always a plus for me since I have so little room for gore. The very narrow deep cups are great, no wrinkling at the side. The bad---- Straps are too wide and where they join the cup cut in under my arm. Cup is too high under my arm and cuts in as well. Shape is very natural in a t shirt. May be a slightly minimized look. I normally wear a 28GG in a Cleo. This 30G fits about the same. I can't imagine anyone who normally wears a 30 being able to fasten this bra.
This is quite possibly one of my tightest bras in the band, which is perfect for me. My band measurement ranges from 26~27 inches. If you are a sub-28 band or "small 28" I highly recommend this. If you are a true 28, I advise you to go up to a 30 back as it is very firm. The underwires are definitely narrow which are perfect for me. I have two Paige bras- to me they almost fit exactly the same, but the material on the ivory/black colourway is definitely a bit stiffer, which I don't mind as it retains the shape better. Because of this, it almost feels ...like it is less roomy in the cup than the coral colourway. I have bottom-heavy breasts and this used to fit me when I was a 'true' 28F; nowadays I would fit in a 28FF or in this case, 30F in this bra because it is one full band size smaller. As you can see, it does cut me in a bit, but I don't get 'orange in the glass' at the bottom. It's a great bra if you're bottom-heavy. I would not particularly recommend it if you are full-on-top especially, and I would caution those who are more even too. The material of the bra is soft, but also has a stiffness to it. It definitely softens after washing, but it's not really a problem for me. Like others have stated, the mesh is not stretchy at all which prolongs the lifespan of the bra. This bra is on the more expensive side of full-bust brands, but you can really feel and see the quality. The shape this bra gives is slightly minimized, quite natural shape. The seams and ribbon does show under thinner and tighter shirts so I find it perfect for days when I can wear thicker sweaters and not have my breasts so showy. 'Subtle peaks' would be great words to describe it. I would also like the state that for my bony ribcage it has not caused any discomfort issues. Read more 231 more words
I'm crazy about the design and look of this bra/set. Unfortunately I did notice some fit issues: The band is very tight, which I actually did expect (and made sure to have an extender handy https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":D" />). By the photos, the cups seem to both cut in, and wrinkle just a smidge. It appears to cut in on my fuller on top side, which is also my bigger boob (left). On the right, I'm pretty flat out even/FoB, and it wrinkles slightly in the bottom somehow. Both cups wrinkle in the corners, but I never found that to be a problem/really even very noticeable. That's about it ...though. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
I tried it on, and realized that I didn't really like the shape it gave me. It's very natural, and my natural boobs are not something I've ever admired. It did give a slightly more teardrop, rounded out look, but also retained a lot of my natural shape. Regardless, teardrop is do-able.
I have tall roots/or prominent pecs, and I'm tuberous, so my shape is like a saggy downward slope. I'm not literally sagging, as my tissue stands out, but the shape of my boobs and lack of anything but tissue behind my nipples in particular makes them appear so regardless. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" />
My main problem remains my downward sloping high roots, which are visible under a shirt. Initially, scooping/swooping makes it less visible, but it settled and became noticeable in a few minutes..so, I hadn't checked whether it was visible in photos.
I wore it yesterday underneath 2 shirts (one had a built in "bra"), and that was the only thing that made my roots less visible. I'd imagine I'd do ok in a sweater, and I like the look of the bra on me without a top.
I modeled it for my bf, who ended up adoring it. For some reason, his favorites are usually the ones I'm a little unsure about. Maybe he senses my uncertainty xD Though this bra IS extremely beautiful and again without a top, I do think it looks pretty nice.
I love it, and I'd hate to get rid of it actually, but I'm not sure how often I can wear it because I'm just so self conscious about my chest as a whole.
The band is also about TTS 28, which I mentioned I had known and prepared to wear an extender. I think it'd actually work really well for someone in between 26 and 28, or a 28 who likes tight bands. The 30 would probably be ideal but I don't have any problems with extenders.
Even with the extender however, I find that the wires are a little bendy, and stretch to about 6-7"(even with the band extended so that it's fairly slack), which I think, contributes to a slightly shallow look I'm getting also. It's not like..hmm..VS or Tutti Rouge padded shallow look, and I get a little bit of cleavage from the shape, but it does push them down and out just a little.
Also, with the extender, the straps are just a tiny bit too wide, mostly on the left, and it's falling off my shoulder a bit.
It's a shame, because I'm so crazy about this set, but I'm not feeling the fit on me right now. But it's so pretty o_o Maybe it will grow on me.
It's hard to see in pictures because the tissue settles a few minutes after s/s. Maybe I'm just nitpicking. My bf was crazy about it, but I don't feel very confident in it due to my natural shape. I love this bra but man, I reeeeeally hate my natural toobs.lol
So yeah, I think this bra has a fair amount of projection, which is nice, but for me, the bendy-ish wires extend about an inch, maybe an inch and a half, from my boobs somehow. That causes a shallower look. It's not my favorite look, but I don't mind it. As mentioned, main problem are roots, not the bra.
Things I really like about the bra:
Beautiful fabric and design. The lace detailing has these adorable little flowers. My mom took a trip to Mexico a very long time ago and brought home a dress and a top with similar looking edging. I always thought it was a very pretty design.
The lace in itself seems to be really nice quality. Love the bows, and jlcl119 was awesome enough to put some back on the straps (I honestly can't sew even a stitch to save my life....yet). I'm such a sucker for bows and lace, I swear.
The cup material is a mesh. Very nice, comfy feeling. I love the cup design, and it works well to give me a more pleasant teardrop shape.
The cups are very close;wires touch. Perfect.
The material seems a lot nicer for a humid/suffocating PA summer day. Most of what I've been wearing isn't very breathable in the deathly humidity. I wore my padded Ewa to the city the other day and immediately knew I'd made a big mistake.lol I had kept my Freya Rio for this purpose, but the wires felt too rough to me.
The band is nice and firm. It seems very supportive imo.
And that detailing. Did I mention? It's super pretty. Love the frilly thong too. It's really girly, which, I love in lingerie. Sexy or girly, always. I hate my body type, limbs, and skin texture(my life consisted of gaining weight+losing weight rapidly), so I never let myself wear a nice girly dress or something along those lines, like I've always wanted to. I try to get that out with my lingerie when I can haha.
Straps adjust long/short enough for me. The straps seem easy to adjust, unlike my Deco Vibe which breaks my nails every time I try adjusting. I'm lower set, but I actually found that I needed to adjust the straps pretty short, especially after the extender.
So yeah, verdict is: Adore the bra, hate my boobs + roots. And I really need to tone my arms. I'm having a low self esteem week/month so ignore me. xD
I'd recommend this to someone with close set boobs, needing some decent projection, and narrow to average/verging on wide wires. Since they're bendy, get your normal band size for slightly wider wires, and a band up for narrower. As I said, even using an extender to add inches and cause a slack band, somehow the wires still extended 1-1.5" away from my IMF. I do have an unusual IMF, but in my bras with 5" wires, they usually come closest. This one seems to measure about 4.7-4.9" actually, but I just feel they're pretty bendy.
I did some inspection, and upon stretching the band, there was a 2" difference in cup width where unstretched, the width is about 4.9". So roughly +2". Band stretches to 27.5/28", so on my current underbust of 29.5 (hello post sharkweek weight gain), I'm sure..that'd account for the 6-7" cup stretch. Obviously this should never ever be worn on my body without the extender to preserve the wires.
Recently had a similar thing happen with my Fantasie Rimini; it had 5" wires but looked waaaay too wide when I put it on somehow. That one looked absolutely terrible on me though and I hated it on myself since I got it.
I've cut out wires and bent them to my shape before, and got 5.3", so these issues I think are simply from wearing tighter bands /fluctuations throughout the day, and/or bendier wires.
Not a big deal, I'm most, most, most uneasy/self conscious about my roots/ribs/pecs "showing" and poking out above my boobs. Just imagine a typical slope, then at the boob it almost starts going straight down and becomes like upside down "7". The bra at least does a great job helping reshape somewhat. Just can't stand those roots. Stupid toobies. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" />
I want to quick mention cup depth also: I measured in the center, which was actually somewhat difficult because the wires, unstretched, are very narrow, and the cups are pretty projected. I got roughly 9" in the center, and about 9.5" on top. Strangely, my other bras with 9.5" on top, had pretty noticeable gaps, but this one doesn't at all. I'm mostly even and soft and the cup depth seems fine.
Anyway, I wore this most of the day yesterday. I went to my therapist appointment and after doing a double session(2hr), my back hurt. I think that had a lot to do with having used the extender to make the band slack. So idk. I think I'll give it one more try and see how I feel. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> I wore it an hour or two after my appointment, and decided to switch into a Comexim after returning from the post office. So, idk. I love it, but not sure it's for me unfortunately :, (
Overall, the bra itself is gorgeous. I'd be interested in trying another Miss Mandalay for sure. I think if I keep this I just need to do some layering with my clothes, or sweaters, to conceal my roots. Good thing August and September are right around the corner. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> Read more 1423 more words
It looks great, it fits great, it's a super cute and flirty bra. It's pretty comfortable except for the gore. I have a little divot in my sternum. Nothing extreme, but it's there. This bra happens to fall into that divot and dig up into the bony lip. It's kind of painful for me and I find myself taking it off shortly after putting it on. I don't know why it does this. I have other bras with gores the same height and it doesn't happen, but both this and the Paris I have just hurt me. Anyway, I have an olive based skin tone and am currently pretty tan (usually I'm pretty pale). Surprisingly, this bra functions as a decent nude as long as the top isn't too sheer. The matching ruffle thong is a piece of cheesecake girlishness. It's really a cute set.
I bought this in the violet/aqua colourway, and it is ever so pretty. It looks very opulent and well-made. The detailing is just enough without being over the top. I love the lacy straps in particular.
This is a must-try bra for anyone with sub-28 band needs. It is the only 28-band bra I own that I can wear on the loosest hooks. Amazing! According to the Bravissimo website, it would seem the small band size is a common issue for women who have tried this bra, so if you are a true 28-band girl that I think sizing up to a 30 would be a good ...idea. This fits me like a 26HH rather than a 28H.
The band is not only small, but very firm. There is very little stretch in it at all! This means it should last a fairly long time, another bonus.
The shape is natural but a little rounded. There are some fit issues though. I have a small amount of wrinkling where the strap meets the cup, and there is not quite enough depth in the bottom of the cup. I think this is definitely a better bra for those with a full-on-top breast shape. I did try the 28GG given the slight wrinkling, but had double boob and even less space in the bottom of the cup, resulting in more fit issues (and an ugly shape) compared to the 28H. Read more 132 more words
This bra would be best suited to even shapes with average width. However I slightly modified the cups by taking in the top portion so now it fits me fairly well. It's slightly too wide on my smaller side, since I'm quite narrow. However this bra has great immediate projection, which works well for my FOB shape.
Overall I'd recommend this bra to anyone who needs some projection. It's pretty, comfortable, and works well for FOB to even (if you don't mind a bit of alterations)