I don’t know whether it was the scalloped red frill or the primary colour palette, but something about Melissa by Panache’s younger brand Cleo called to me in this soggy dog of a Spring. There’s something infectiously cheerful about this bra. There is something incurably damp and sorry about my commute. I needed her.
With her bright blue fabric, bright red frill, and cute berry print, in my usual 30G Melissa is the very epitome of perky. She’s extremely firm in the back and gives an almost artificially round and firm uplifted shape at the front. The cups are true to size (although perhaps shallower at the bottom, which creates that amazing apple-shaped cleavage), and the skinny straps help make it feel daintier than a standard boulder holder.
Sadly, she’s not for me. Although I love shape and the brightness, Melissa is taller in the centre than I find comfortable on my short and bony ribs. And it could be the rainy day blues talking, but something about the way the popsicle cute print looks on my body that makes me feel ancient….
There’s no question she’s a cracking little bra – but sadly, Melissa is not for me.