Boux Avenue Mollie Lace Plunge Bra is the perfect style to provide some every day 'oomph'
Creates impressive cleavage on smaller busts
Removable padding gives you a choice of different looks
Inclusive size range
Nice range of colours
Comes up small
Fabric quality could be better
By Jess Beech
Looking for a push-up bra that looks good with and without clothes? The Boux Avenue Mollie Lace Plunge Bra might just be the best bra for you. We’ve put it through its paces with real-life testing to give you the confidence you need to take the plunge (pun completely intended).
I have tested a wide range of bras, from dainty bralettes to supportive best strapless bras to find the top buys within each category. I’ll be spilling the beans on how comfortable they are to wear, how they look and whether they’re worth parting with your hard-earned cash.
Keep scrolling to see if the Boux Avenue Mollie Lace Plunge Bra is the one for you.
Mollie is Boux Avenue’s best-selling bra, with one flying off (both the physical and digital) shelves every 10 minutes. It replaced their previously popular Chloe bra, which was a very similar shape. So far, the Mollie has more than 500 five-star reviews.
With this in mind, it’s safe to say I was pretty excited to receive mine.
My initial thoughts were positive – the lace isn’t incredible quality, but good for the price, and soft, not scratchy. Size-wise, it looked similar to my other bras.
How comfortable is the Boux Avenue Mollie Lace Plunge Bra?
Boux Avenue Mollie Lace Plunge Bra Specifications
- RRP: £26
- Sizes: 28A-44E
- Padded? Yes
- Wired? Yes
- Machine washable? Yes
- Made in Bangladesh
Despite having a relatively small bust, it’s been a while since I tried a bra with this much padding – and it took a little bit of getting used to.
Each cup has a removable, tear-shaped piece of padding tucked diagonally across its edge, crafted from two layers of light, springy and spongy foam. This, teamed with the bra’s plunge shape and built-in padding, made for impressive cleavage and a considerable boost in the overall size of my bust.
Having said that, my boobs still felt very well contained (I’ve tested similar bras and found I was spilling out over the sides) and the Mollie bra created nice, smooth lines under tops.
How supportive is the Boux Avenue Mollie Lace Plunge Bra?
Thanks to the soft lace and fully adjustable straps, it’s both comfortable and supportive, features that have no doubt helped make it Boux Avenue’s best-selling bra for bust sizes DD+.
When I took the removable padding out, I found the bra gaped slightly on the cups, but this was easy to fix by tightening the shoulder straps. The fact the padding is removable would come in really handy if you had uneven boobs (and most of us do!), as you could keep the padding in on one side and take it out on the other.
What is the shape and appearance like?
As the name suggests, this is a plunge bra – characterised by the angled, cut-away cups that push your boobs towards each other. A popular choice for everyday wear, the wiring doesn’t come up too far in the centre, reducing the chance of them digging in.
The Mollie Lace Plunge bra is currently available in classic black and white, alongside a selection of colour-pop options, from pretty pastels through to bold brights.
What are the washing instructions?
Similarly to jeans, you don’t need to wash your bras every time you wear them. In fact, too much washing can cause the elastic to weaken and the padding to distort, shortening the lifespan of your new favourite bra.
Unless you have a stain to contend with or had a particularly active day, aim to wash your Boux Avenue Mollie Lace Plunge Bra after every third wear. Experts recommend hand washing your bras, but if you’re short on time, this can be popped on a gentle wash at a maximum of 40°.
It’s not suitable for ironing or tumble drying, so after you’ve reshaped the cups, leave on a flat surface to air dry.
Is the Boux Avenue Mollie Lace Plunge bra good value?
For an everyday bra, this offers really good value for money. The removable padding up to a size DD will not only appeal to anyone wanting to increase their cup size, but offers a choice of two different looks in one bra.
Is the Boux Avenue Mollie Lace Plunge bra true to size?
The only downside to the Boux Avenue Mollie Lace Plunge Bra is it does come up very small across the band – something that plenty of reviewers have mentioned on the Boux website, too. I’d recommend sizing up by one size if you’re confident in your usual bra size, or by two if you’re normally in between sizes anyway.
What else is in the Boux Avenue Mollie range?
Complete your set with a matching pair of Mollie briefs. Crafted from the same soft lace, a thong will reduce the risk of a VPL, while shorts styles offer more coverage.
Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC.
She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!
Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress.
The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.
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