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Fits ribcage0.0
Stretched Band82.0
Band Length60.5
Stretch ratio1.4
Cup width15.0
Cup depth31.5
Depth ratio2.1
Wire length35.5
Cup height0.0
Cup separation2.9
Gore height0.0
Wing height0.0
Strap width1.7
Hooks2
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Labeled as

Index28:13
EU60J
UK28J
FR75J
AUS6J
US28J

Review

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Used to fit

Appearance: Dark blue, unpadded three-section cup bra. Little pink flowers on the cups and a pink bow on the centre gore. Flower embroidery on the sheer upper section finished off by a line of cute little dots running along the upper section, both in pink and purple fading to baby pink. This "fading" actually put me off a little at first but the colors suit me very well.

Pros:
- Perfect, Apple-Like, Gorgeous, Amazing Rounded Shape! I love this bra!
- lots of uplift
- fully adjustable straps
- lightweight, a little sheer but no nipples on show
- centre gore doesn't poke and fits my close-set breasts
- the wires don't poke my armpits (I'm petite, height-wise, at least)
- doesn't show much even under tight-fitting tops :)
- so far, I think all of the fashion colors are pretty

Cons:
Now this will be somehow a long story. I've had tons of issues with Lucy, even though it is the best-fitting bra that I own.
First, some things that I can't change about Lucy (only Panache can do that *not-so-subtle-HINT*)
- The band is rather narrow and has only two sets of hooks and eyes. Curvy Kate makes nice bands with 3 sets of hooks and eyes and even though the fit of their bras is simply WRONG on me I can tell how much more comfortable wider bands are.
- The wires are too wide. I have space left at both sides but since I bent the wires I don't think it affects the fit or the support of the bra.

But now I will come to the main issues that I had with Lucy. These are my personal experiences and might not affect you at all.
When I purchased the Lucy I deemed her pretty much the best fit I could get from a bra. The cups fit, no fourboob, no band riding up, no wires poking me in the armpits or the breastbone.
After wearing it for a couple of times, though, the bra started chafing and rubbing and leaving angry red marks that itched like crazy. I never experienced such pain from wearing bras before. I only recently discovered the reasons for this thanks to Emily from dimpseybrafit.blogspot.co.uk, whom I feel truly grateful towards. Do check out her blog.
- The wires are only lightly padded. This means if you don't have much on your ribcage to cushion you from the wires, they can very uncomfortable.
I could resolve this issue mostly by bending the wires. That doesn't make them any more padded but at least they fit the shape of my body now. I first bent the wire to make it curve where my ribcage does, then I bent the ends of the wires so that they now face outwards a little.
- The band is little too loose for my 27.5 inch ribcage. Which is why it started moving around on my back. It didn't ride up but it was loose enough to cause friction.
I need to wear it starting on the second hook.
And this may sound incredible but as soon as I ditched my extender (which I used to lessen the strain on my skin while still being able to wear a bra - didn't work) and tightened the bra, I felt better.
My skin has recovered and I can wear Lucy all day, if necessary.
It still isn't the comfort bra of my dreams but it has become one of my favorite bras and I wear her regularly.

What I wanted to mention, too:
I would buy another one when this one dies, maybe in white or another fashion color.
(Only.... why does everything have to be purple in 2013?)
I had a chance to try the black Lucy in 30HH once. The band was of course too loose and rode up but I experienced quadboob even though the cups should have the same volume as those of my 28J. Maybe the black ones run a little tighter in cups.

UPDATE: My boobs grew a little, so I quadboobed out of Lucy. I used BrasIHate's center gore alteration to get a some more space. I took in the center gore only a tiny little bit, probably not even one cm, but that was enough. A little goes a long way ;)
Still, this alteration changed the cup shape, and I would prefer being able to just order a 28JJ. I could try the 30J, but altering a band is much more complicated than just taking in the center gore. Cleo, why can't you just make bras up to a K cup? Sigh.

Updated on Jun 07, 2013 Flag this


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