Miss Mandalay is one of those brands that fell in love with the instant I saw it. I love the simplicity and beauty of their shapes, which stands out from the rest of the (often frou-frou) full-bust market. My only disappointment was that I thought I would never get a chance to try it because they are a full-bust brand and I am far from full-busted. Luckily, through some internet investigation, I learned that they do in fact make a size that I wear: 32C. Unfortunately, 32C is not a very popular size in a full-bust brand, so I couldn’t find it anywhere!
Therefore, when Miss Mandalay reached out to me about a sample for review, I jumped at the chance. Especially because it was their stunning new blue color, which I fell in love with when I spotted it this year’s indie lingerie Love Bomb giveaway in February.
Before sending me the set, Miss Mandalay warned me that even in smaller sizes, their designs are created to suit the full bust customer, so I was a little concerned it wouldn’t work for me, even in my size. Happily, when I tried it on it worked really well!
Sizewise, the 32C was a good fit, with the 32 band feeling true to size. The cups were also well fitting, with a shape that worked reasonably well overall; however, because my breast tissue is shallow and spread out, the ribbon at the neck edge cut in ever so slightly. It wasn’t enough to be noticeable under clothing or to an untrained eye, so it didn’t bother me and I wasn’t motivated to try a larger size, but given that the ribbon has no stretch at the neck edge, I would be wary about trying Miss Mandalay if your breasts are extremely shallow or extremely full on top.
The mesh that the bra is made of is actually extremely soft and wearable. The seams of the bra are not very obvious, which makes it a good choice for everyday wear under many types of clothes. I found the knickers also very comfortable (I tried a size M), without the tight elastic problem of my Love Claudette knickers despite the extremely similar styles. (NB: Miss Mandalay has been making this style for 5 years! Love Claudette is the newbie on the scene). Although they also used thick elastic to match the bra, it has very little tension, which prevented my leg from being squeezed to death– strangely, I object to that! I wore the set twice and had no comfort complains– I would highly commend Miss Mandalay for a corresponding ease and wearability to match the loveliness of their styles.
The blue color is even more stunning in person and works really well on extremely pale skin tones like mine! I was really happy I got to try this bra and I would definitely think about purchasing another Miss Mandalay set if I see any 32Cs floating about.