This bra is absolutely a new favorite! I contacted Amazon about the sizing weirdness, and they confirmed that it was mis-tagged. Luckily, 28FF is the perfect size for me after some growth so it worked out beautifully. Kayla should fit those who fit well in Lily, but it's a bit more open on top and center projected. The band runs quite large, so be aware of that. I miss the old tight Cleo bands!
Cleo Kayla is actually more appealing in person than it is in pictures. When I saw the promotional images, I really didn't care for the appearance at all. I decided to order it because I thought the shape of the bra would work well for me. The light blue is actually nice, the multi-colored lower cup is shiny and super soft. The light blue stretch lace has some lime green accents, as does the bottom of the band. The adjusters, rings, and the bow on the gore are all a reddish pink. Per Cleo's standard, it has three columns of two hooks and eyes. It does have the ...padded straps that Cleo/Panache add for GG+ cup sizes.
Kayla has a stretch lace upper cup that, unlike Cleo Hettie, has NO trim on it, so it should work quite well for a variety of top shapes. It has narrow wires, plenty of room in the bottom of the cup and by the center gore. It gives a very uplifted, rounded shape that is typical for unlined Cleo's.
Unfortunately for me, it is just too small after my recent growth, and I sadly cannot find a 30HH at this time. My smaller right breast fits okay, but the larger left quads even with the stretch lace. When the new SS17 Kayla comes out, I will definitely be purchasing one. Read more 117 more words
I ordered Kayla and a Cleo Hettie Balconnet Bra (9011) at the same time to compare, and I wouldn't say there is a true "sister cut" relation between both, as they fit very differently.
There are some similarities, of course: Both are unpadded Cleo balconettes with a George/Marcie kind of cut pattern, and stretchy lace in the upper part of the cup (which George/Marcie do not have). They have identical wires and identical bands. Both are tight/true to size in the band.
The main difference: Kayla is considerably deeper in the cups than Hettie, therefore running notably larger. The difference is so large it's reflected in the measurements: ...Kayla has 1.6 cm (.75 in) more cup depth and 0.5 cm (.2 in) more cup height than Hettie in the same size. That's a lot.
I found a good fit in Hettie, while Kayla was too large. Sizing down would not be an option, because I need that wire width and side coverage (narrower underwires also means shorter underwires at the sides, and boob tissue might escape).
OTOH, if you find that Hettie is too small for you and you don't want to size up because the wires would end up too wide, try Kayla in the same size instead. It will give you the same underwire shape paired with a deeper cup.
The tl;dr version: Try Kayla if you need narrow wires and lots of projection in the cups. Be prepared that it might run slightly larger than other Cleos (e.g. Marcie), and can accomodate varying levels of upper fulness very well (due to the stretch lace part). Try Hettie if you are okay with medium to wide wires and average projection. Read more 197 more words
Short roots, full on bottom and center full . This is supposed to be the same cut as Hettie. It is close but the fit and feel is a little different.I think it could be the difference in fabrics. The wires are pretty good for the tons of immediate projection I need and also pretty good for my center fullness. Wires stay in my IMF although they don't feel quite as comfortable as the Hettie. The Hettie's wires feel almost a little padded. I think perhaps because the fabric is a little heavier than on the Kayla. The band is very stretchy and I can easily fasten it in the innermost hook. Very unusual for a Cleo. I have touching breasts in a bra, so very little room for gore . This fits like almost all bras I've tried, sits very slightly on breast tissue at the gore.
I recently went up a size, so it's back to the drawing board, trying to find new bras that fit. This one fits the bill! Really projected, fits similar to Lily but with a stretch lace upper. Annoyingly, I get that weird in-cup quadboob along the seam between the lace and the bottom of the cup. I was able to remedy this with a thin moulded foam insert that came with another bra. It hasn't affected the fit, so it's a good solution for me.
This bra is simply too big in the cups for me. I fit better in 28F in Cleo bras like Marcie and Hettie, but Kayla is just super deep. There was a lot of space at the apex and top lace. Band runs true to size. Not really a fan of the print but it's not too bad. The gore is horribly painful even when I wore it for just 2 minutes.
Me: very projected and narrow-rooted, even to FOT, center-full, soft tissue.
By all measures, this one fits. It fits better than any of my other bras. The gore tacks gorgeously, and the cups are great on the sides and top. The depth seems perfect at the apex and the top. (This is the only Cleo deep enough for me.) The cups have a little wrinkling in the bottom near the underwire, smoothing out as they approach the apex.
As well as it appears to fit... it's just not particularly comfortable. I keep putting it on then taking it off to put on something that doesn't fit as well but I like better: Cleo Blake, CK Portia, etc. I also like the Cleo Kayla in 30GG better even though it's pretty obviously too big for me. It's not as supportive because it's too big, but the band feels better.
Maybe there are subtle fit issues going on here that I can't detect with the naked eye, but can only feel.
This is a very good fit with enough depth at the apex and on top for my even-to-FOT, very projected bust. It's actually a little too big at most points of the month; this is my big-boobs-week bra. The stretch lace is baggy on me giving it a sloppy look, but it feels good. In G+ sizes, Cleo wires tend to be too long, but they're short enough on the Kayla - I don't feel any problems in the underarm area. Narrow gore, good tack. The band feels good, firm but not tight (maybe because the cups are actually deep enough!) Cleo offers some extra amenities at the GG level: 3 hooks and comfy, lightly padded straps.