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Fits ribcage0.0
B. perimeter0.0
Stretched Band81.0
Band Length64.5
Stretch ratio1.3
Cup width13.5
Cup depth24.5
Depth ratio1.8
Wire length23.0
Cup height14.5
Cup separation2.0
Gore height7.0
Wing height9.0
Strap width1.3
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MY SHAPE: round, projected, even, tall roots, close set, on the narrow end of average root width.

THE TAKEAWAY: Marcie shape + stretch lace = a winner for those who are even/FoT/or tall-rooted. Those who are FoB or have short roots might get a pointy shape with this. Comfortable and smooth interior cup fabric and stretch lace; good for those with sensitive skin. Band is stretchy; consider sister sizing down.

DETAILS: Stretch lace is love. Stretch lace is life. I can see why this comes recommended as a starter bra for those beginning their ABTF journey! I get a lovely rounded Marcie shape in this but with the added benefit of stretch lace, which is perfect for 1) dealing with a touch of asymmetry 2) my tall roots and 3) monthly size fluctuations. Other than the band running a bit loose (we can add Hettie to stack of Cleos with stretchy bands - ahem, Bluebell Marcie, plus all colorways of the Della and Blake), I have no major fit complaints. Hettie doesn't have a side sling, but it definitely pushes my breast tissue to the front. I would say that it minimizes the *width* of my bustline by moving the tissue to the center. In larger cup sizes, you might end up TOO front and center/busty for your liking.

Black/Pink colorway

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  • Very pretty! I'd have to lose 20 lb to fit one tho.

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    Loooks lovely on you!
    I have mine in Black/Blue and love it! however i bought used one, and I believe previous user washed in washing machine so it wrinkles a bit -_- and also im waiting for the teal version that is coming soon

  • martka00 I feel like the Hettie is a more accessible version of the Panache Jasmine. It gives a rounder shape than the Jasmine, with a more comfortable cup fabric BUT with the same amount of projection and front-and-center shaping. I'm not planning on keeping this colorway, just wanted to try it out for fun. I've got my eye on that teal one though! I might grab it in the spring :)

  • I've been interested in this bra for a while, but can't justify buying one right now, because I bought a lot of bras this year. So, is it more comfortable than Marcie? I like the shape I get in Marcie, but by the end of a work day, I just can't wait to take it off.

  • (more accessible but a smaller size range?)

  • dbmamaz by more accessible I mean the shape it gives is more acceptable, my mistake. A lot of people don't like the Jasmine because of the pointed/torpedo shape it can have.

    LadyInBlue what do you find uncomfortable about the Marcie? The wires? The gore? The lace on the cup?

  • ive tried 2 panache jasmine in 30f, and the light blue was too big, the pink one was good in cups but straps way too wide, and yesterday ive tried the dark blue and was diseaster as was so pointy. The 30F ive tried were fairly round and I liked them, so I need to try the other colours in 30E then!
    oh these bras drive me mad sometimes!! :D

  • The wires and the gore are OK, but I think the straps and band get somewhat itchy and annoying after a while.

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    LadyInBlue I pulled out my Bluebell Marcie to compare, and I think you will probably find the straps to be just as annoying (they seem to be made of the same material), but the band is made of a different, smoother fabric on the Hettie than the mesh on the Marcie, so that may be an improvement. In general, I found the primary difference in comfort to be the cup fabric.

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    The profile you get in Cleo Hettie is fabulously round, 100percentawesome ! Thanks for the review.

  • Hmmm, I may try it in the future, as my current bras start to wear out. I think I'm just getting spoiled by the comfort of my Ewa Michalak bras. Thanks for the additional info!

  • This looks like a terrific fit on you - I wish it had fit me that well!

  • Another one to try...

  • Also it sounds like this is one where you recommend sizing down in the band even more than on the Mimi, huh?

  • rainbrasspetals yes, definitely size down in this one. The 30 band was so, so stretchy. Do note that the construction of the top stretch lace changes over the GG divide; I believe it switches to a double layer of lace with an elastic edge that *may* cut in depending on your upper fullness. If you can sneak by in a 30G that's your best bet!

  • I usually take 32FF in Cleo; even the Mimi where that was too small in the cups was still kind of too big in the GG, so 30G is definitely my plan. :)

    But also thank you for that warning, that's good to know and sweet of you!

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Fit information

On Aug 2016 View measurements

Band fit:
The back of the bra is not at the same level as the front (rides up)

This bra didn't fit her, but these did