I’m a sucker for Mimi Holliday. The designs are gorgeous and I’ve been in love with the brand ever since my sister brought home one back when she’d been properly fitted. The materials are luxurious, the designs are unique and iconic, and they certainly are plentiful. What’s the drawback? Oh, that’s right- the price tag. It’s not common to find a Mimi bra for under $80, and a few of them reach over a hundred. I don’t know about you, but if I bought all the lingerie that I wanted from Mimi Holliday, I’d have to drop out of school and go to work as a circus performer (girl with a thousand bras, perhaps?). But when I saw the Paradise bra on sale on Amazon in my sister size, I decided I was going to buy it.
And I did- though it was not love at first
sight wear like I thought it was going to be. I think the bra is very pretty. It’s plain without being boring and the periwinkle color is marvelous against my skin tone. The straps were silky and felt great, the band had survived my altering the crap out of it, and the wires are wrapped in the same material as the straps.
The bra is lightweight and gives a nice round shape, but the cups are extremely shallow and very wide. More noticeable from the photo below, I get the orange-in-glass effect (but not as much as the Panache Clara, probably due to the stretchier lace of the Paradise). From a support standpoint, I really couldn’t see anyone over a FF wearing this. With only one seam running down the centre of the cup, it’s certainly not the most supportive bra in my collection. On me, the straps are very wide-set and I find them creeping into my underarms throughout the day. The only saving grace of this is that since they’re made of such a soft material, they don’t chafe or cause any irritation.
The band, unfortunately, is quite thin and feels a bit like a piece of string around me. There’s only one row of hooks, as well, so those who prefer wide bands should look elsewhere. However, one thing Mimi Holliday gets right is having four columns instead of three- which means I’m going to get more wear out of this bra than any other.
On Mimi Holliday’s website, it is stated that these models of bras work well for women with smaller breasts (as they have a special size range and bra model for FF/G+). I would have to agree, but I would also like to see the FF/G bra model in smaller sizes, as well- big boobed women aren’t the only ones who like to see that kind of support!
Overall, Paradise is quite comfortable. I wouldn’t call wearing it ‘Paradise’, exactly, but wide straps and shallow cups aside, it’s a very nice bra. I highly recommend it to anyone who is shallow, anyone who needs very wide wires, and who doesn’t have narrow shoulders. If you’ve tried Mimi Holliday, let me know what you think!