Note: The items in this review were provided to me free of charge for review purposes. As always, all opinions are entirely my own.
Now that my coverage of Curve NYC is mostly complete, I'm happy to be back to writing reviews and the first piece of lingerie on the docket is the lovely Mirabelle bra by Avocado. If you couldn't already tell, I have a major love affair with Polish bras and this luxury lingerie brand has been on my radar for a while, so I was thrilled when Avocado sent me a new bra to review.
Avocado's bras come in different shapes denoted by letters, such as A, H, and K, which represent the different unpadded balconettes offered. Luckily, Mirabelle comes in both the A and H styles, so if you're in love with the design, you have two chances to find a perfect fit. (I really wish every brand released a design in multiple cuts!) In terms of sizing, Avocado uses straight-forward European sizes with no double letters for cups and centimeters for band sizes. Based on my measurements, I was sent the A shape in a 60G (roughly UK 28F) to try. This cut is plunge-like with higher cut cups and narrower straps than the H shape, which is reminiscent of the Cleo Marcie and Panache Envy designs.
The fit of the Mirabelle was absolutely perfect on me. The A cut is projected, narrow in the wires, and gives a soft and understated shape. This is not a cleavagey or 'going out' bra, since it lifts, supports and separates, but for all-day wear, it's very comfortable and looks great under clothing. However, I will note that I have just enough immediate projection to fill out this bra when standing up straight, so if you are on the shallow side, the A cut may not be for you.
I found the band to be on the looser side for a 60, but it didn't ride up and was still very comfortable. I think this is due to how soft and stretchy the material is in the back, which adds to the overall comfort of the bra. It has the standard construction of three columns of hooks and eyes with two rows.
I can't say enough good things about the quality and construction of this bra. I'm also very happy that the straps are fully adjustable and that the cups are not too tall - these features make Mirabelle very petite-friendly, for those of us lacking in height or with short torsos.
The design is darling - black and charcoal grey sheer lace with floral embroidery and bright pink accents. It falls on the sophisticated and fun side rather than in the sexy category, and I love this aesthetic for my day-to-day lingerie.
Unfortunately, Avocado bras are not available in any shops near me on the East Coast, but one of my favorite Bay Area boutiques, A Revelation in Fit, carries a great selection of Avocado designs. In fact, when I visited there in September, I was able to try on a number of Avocado's offerings and pin down my ideal size and shape. To learn more about the shop, check out my review. Perhaps ordering directly from the store would be a great option for the US-based ladies. Avocado bras come at a higher price point than Comexim and Ewa Michalak, but the beautiful designs and luxurious fabrics more than make up for the price difference.
Have you tried Avocado? What do you think of Mirabelle?
Additionally, I'd like to share a special sale offer from Avocado with you!
To enter the competition:
Recommend Avocado Lingerie to a friend and ask her to write your name in the comments section when she places her order. Both you and your friend will receive 10€ vouchers to use towards your next Avocado purchase and you will enter the competition to win a beautiful new Valentina set!
Every time you recommend a friend, you get another chance to enter the drawing for the Valentina. The winner will be chosen from a random draw of entries.
The discount will appear automatically in your shopping bag once you log in or register on the Avocado website.
This offer ends March 22nd, 2015. Happy shopping!