At February’s lingerie pop-up shop I had the pleasure of meeting Alexis, founder of Alexis Mera. Her stylish loungewear, produced entirely in New York City, is designed to go from “lounging to mingling and back again”. The mix and match collection includes boxers, joggers, tees, and other pieces that can transition easily from weekend wear to wear-around-town. The Spring/Summer 2015 collection features colorblocking and draper’s stripes in shades of black, gray, and white, as well as a lovely digital floral print with large roses in soft, muted shades. When Alexis asked me if I’d like to review a piece, I was drawn to the florals immediately.
[Note: while Alexis generously provided the floral boxers for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I purchased the Miss Mandalay ‘Amelie’ bra from Journelle with my own money under my real name. Neither Journelle nor Miss Mandalay is affiliated with this post.]
I tend to feature a lot of structured, overtly feminine lingerie and loungewear pieces here on Sweet Nothings, largely because I like lingerie that makes me feel like a fancy lady. I thought it would be fun to mix one of my more “special occasion” bras with the relaxed, casual boxer shorts. After reviewing the beautiful black/navy colorway for the ‘Amelie’ style by UK indie full-bust brand Miss Mandalay last year, I couldn’t wait for the release of this year’s ‘Powder’ color, a muted peachy-pink. This bra works extremely well as a “nude” for me, as the pale blush color matches my skin tone much better than browner beige styles. The pale color picks up some of the pretty roses in the Alexis Mera boxer shorts, and I love how the lush, almost Baroque floral print brings the slinky, casual jersey and the lace-and-satin bra into harmony.
I’m always excited to get to wear clothing that’s made locally. Because I wear non-core sizes in most things (not just bras), finding accessibly-priced locally made clothing can be challenging. Not only are all Alexis Mera pieces made in New York City under ethical conditions, but the company also donates a portion of profits to charity:
We value face-to-face communication with the factory owner and fair and ethical working conditions. On a mission to share our craft while contributing to the empowerment of young women, ten percent of our sales each quarter are donated to Women’s Charities that align themselves with our beliefs and values. This quarter donations will be made to Step Up, a women’s non-profit organization that believes all girls should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential. Join us in making a difference in a young woman’s life.
So what are the floral boxers like to wear? Answer: super, super soft, so soft, you guys, they are so SOFT. The fabric is lovely and lightweight, perfect for summer lounging. While these come up quite short on me (I’m 5’10”, and most of my height is in my legs), and as a result I probably won’t wear them out of the house (unless I’m at the beach or a pool or something) for fear of flashing people, I’ve been wearing them around my apartment pretty much non-stop.
The new Powder colorway for Amelie fits very similarly to the black/navy colorway I reviewed last year, so I won’t do a full review here. I stand by my earlier review, but this time I will note that since Miss Mandalay doesn’t offer this style in my new size, I’m wearing my sister size (one band size bigger and one cup size smaller), and as a result I do have to adjust the bra a little throughout the day. In particular, I notice more shallowness in the bottom of the cup, where I usually need plenty of room, so that’s something to watch out for if you, like me, need more projection there. Otherwise I get the same centered, smooth shape in an elegant satin-and-stretch-lace bra. I particularly love how slender and delicate the straps are. Full-bust bras usually feature wider straps, so it’s remarkable to find a bra with slim straps that somehow don’t dig or pinch!
Check out more goodies from Alexis Mera at the official site. Any pieces catch your eye for some springtime lounging?
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Bra: Amelie by Miss Mandalay in Powder ($80), also in Black. Available at Journelle in sizes 28 F-GG, 30-38 C-GG. Miss Mandalay is a UK brand, so the cup size progression is C, D, DD, E, F, FF, G, GG. For more sizes, colors, and styles, please visit the Miss Mandalay official site.
Boxers: Rugby Boxer Short (c/o) by Alexis Mera in Digital Print ($50), also in Black, Black/Stripe, and Grey Heather. Available in sizes XS-L.
Photos: Lydia Hudgens