Nutshell: a great bra and under $35.
And a real find if you're petite with some projection.
Misterious Rose (that's the actual spelling) is elegant. Sheer black lace and a deep crimson and black pattern. The colors are very deep, functioning as a black bra alternative. It's a beautiful bra, with enough practicality and comfort features to make it a good everyday choice. Quality is fairly high.
As always, getting decent pics is a bit of a non-starter. So here's a better look at the colorway:
Comfort & FitCups. Narrow and projected. Less so than Gorsenia, more so than UK brands. Though in many ways, they remind me of a far more comfy (& non-jiggly) Panache Jasmine. The lace is thin and stretchy, which is something that always makes me happy, and there is no strip of elastic to defeat the ability of the upper cup to expand for a full-on-top shape like mine. But, since it is stretchy, it will also conform well to full-on-bottom shapes. The unique feature is the thin vertical foam that forms the outer 1/3 of the cup, giving a very forward shape. There is zero east-west wideness going on here.
|Note the vertical foam outer cup|
Wires. Perfect. Low and on the soft side. There is no digging or poking as they come nowhere near your armpit. If you are under 5'5", or just tall but short-waisted as I am, this is cause for rejoicing. They conform to my body without me having to bend the outer tips at all. I find this to be the case on all the Rosmes I've tried. Their wires are lower than Gorsenia, and together with the stretch lace, this makes them a far more universal fit.
Band. I like Rosme bands. The outer band is soft microfiber, but it is lined with a very fine mesh that is non-irritating. They keep their shape and do not stretch out over time. They also lack that awful tiny, biting elastic edging found in Freya and other UK brands. They have only two hooks, which is just not a problem due to the other good design features.
Shape. Rounded and lifted, but not orb-like. It reminds me of the Fantasie T-shirt bra shape that is also narrow and centered from the front and little projected from the side.
There's really only one - & it probably only affects me and other tall peeps.
Straps. There is that hated ring-connector and, unlike my other Rosmes, in this style it sits perilously close to the top of my shoulder, rather than down over my back. It doesn't cause serious discomfort, but it keeps the Misterious Rose from what would otherwise be holy grail status for me. But again, if you're petite, this will be a non-issue. And on the plus side, the front part of the strap is lightly padded, while still being quite narrow.
When Do I Wear It?Surprisingly, as a T-shirt bra. It is unexpectedly perfect in that regard. Though only the outer 1/3 is foam-lined, the seams lie completely flat and disappear under knits, while also falling at just the right spot to provide a little extra nip camouflage. And the non-wide shape is slimming and makes T-shirts drape nicely, reducing the blocky look.
Size: 40H (Euro) Fits true to size. This equates to a 38GG UK. With Rosme, it's important to determine whether a style contains stretch lace or not. Several styles are rigid lace and those are for full-on-bottoms only.