Mimi Holliday 'Peacock' Shoulder Bra & Comfort Knicker Review
Disclosure: this lingerie was sent to be as a gift by Mimi Holliday. All opinions are my own.
Mimi Holliday was one of the first brands I discovered when I first got into lingerie. I still remember it as my first personal ‘luxury’ purchase: I was perusing the Christmas sales, looking to spend a gift card. I still distinctly remember the set that I purchased: silk chiffon, delicate lace, and Swarovski crystal detailing: to teenage me, Mimi Holliday's designs seemed the height of lingerie sophistication.
As time has gone on and I’ve fallen deeper into the rabbit hole in the lingerie world, Mimi Holliday’s designs tended to fall off my radar. As I became more familiar with the more experimental and luxurious designers on the lingerie scene, Mimi’s appeal faded: I still considered its designs pretty, but I just didn't have the same excitement as before. I no longer consider this a luxury brand, but rather middle of the market.
Although the initial excitement about the brand has lessened over the years, their pieces have remained a staple of my lingerie wardrobe. Its ‘comfort’ style bras are one of my personal bra holy grails: they are the comfiest styles I own and I know that I can rely on their quality and durability. That said, the brand's recent collections have piqued my interest. Alongside the expected Mimi flirty eyelash laces, polkadots, and bows, there’s been a move to some of my favourite Damaris silhouettes: cutouts, cage briefs, and V bra wires to name a few. ‘Opium’ in particular is on my wishlist. There’s something about the sophisticated minimalism of that sheer mesh and the naughtiness of the button-up knicker that I just adore.
When a brand representative got in touch to offer me a lingerie gift, I wasn’t about to turn them down. I receive an awful lot of lingerie to review that, whilst I enjoy the experience of discovering the brands’ products for in person, rarely actually gets any use afterwards. In this instance I knew that these pieces would go on to see regular use, and I wasn’t disappointed.
I was sent the ‘Peacock’ shoulder bra and classic style briefs in my usual sizes of 30DD and medium (I normally wear a 30D in other brands but tend to find Mimi Holliday cups a little shallow so usually size up, whereas with knickers I tend to wear a UK 10/12). The knickers are sold out, but the bra (now £26, down from £56) as well as a few other shapes are still available in the Mimi Holliday outlet. This bra shape is typically available in sizes 28C-30G, 32B-36D. Knickers are available in XS-L. Be warned though: certain sizes, particularly in bras, have a tendency to sell out quickly. Certain limited edition styles tend to have smaller size ranges, but many styles also have full bust options.
The ‘Peacock’ set uses a beautifully delicate abstract eyelash lace and teal silk satin. The bra is constructed with a darted cup finished with an overlock stitch with a small triangular insert of satin at the centre front of the cup. The bra cradle is constructed in silk satin lined with a non-stretch nylon, with the bra wing comprised of a colour-matched powernet. Garment edges are finished with a soft, plush elastic. The bra closes with a single row of hooks and eyes at the centre back. Bra straps have a satin finish and use gold-toned components. The knickers are made of a single layer of silk satin, with a pretty ‘X’ crossover of appliquéd lace trims. The elastic used is soft and plush and the gusset is lined with a colour-matched cotton jersey. Both pieces are made in China, as I'd expect a wired bra in this price bracket to be.
Both pieces are extremely comfortable and fit well, as I’d expect from this brand. The bra underband is comfortably firm on the last hook and the wires comfortably follow my breast root and tack at the centre front. The knickers sit flush without cutting in anywhere. It’s worth noting that the high bra apex is very visible in lower cut tops: I find this a positive as I think it’s a very pretty effect to have the eyelash edges showing. The bra cut also gives a much more ‘natural’ shape: although there is lift, it doesn’t give the rounded finish that you’d find in padded or more structured bra cups. Personally, this is my favourite style of bra. The lack of structure is very comfortable and I tend to forget I’m wearing it.
Both of these pieces have been getting a lot of wear, to which they’ve held up fantastically. Although I’m loathe to admit it even happened, they went through a washing machine cycle completely unscathed. The construction on both pieces is solid and reliable: raw edges are neatly overlocked, including the silk behind the appliqué. All stitching is neatly applied and I haven’t been able to find any flaws.
As I’d expect with Mimi Holliday, the ‘Peacock’ set is wonderfully comfortable and of an excellent quality. This is a brand I routinely recommend to friends and family: their price point is accessible to most, there’s a range of garment shapes to suit different body types, and their designs are pretty enough to make you feel that extra bit more special in your everyday wear. It’s a brand I know I’ll continue to buy regardless of future changes in lingerie tastes as they produce perfect staples for my personal wardrobe.
Readers: Have you ever tried Mimi Holliday? What is your favourite of their styles?