- Center gore comfort:
- Underwires dig into sternum, because they are too high
- Strap separation:
- Not a problem
- Top of the cup:
- Cuts into breast tissue (quad boob effect)
- Band fit:
- The band is definitely too big
- Cup's width:
- There is empty fabric on the sides (Cup too wide)
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Measure 28HH (28 comfortably tight band, 40 leaning bust); round breast shape; close set; and equally full on bottom and full on top. Trying 30H in Cleo Marcie (pink) and Cleo Lucy (blue).
Tried a 30H because I was told the wires looked distorted in the 28HH I tried from too small a band. Also heard that Cleo run quite tight in their unpadded bras. I also wanted to see if the wires would be better a larger band.
Sadly, the wires are still very wide (please stop pattern grading Cleo!) but not enough to make the cups collapse as in the 28HH which is great news. Moreover, while the straps are a little wide on my shoulders, it isn't too uncomfortable (or, at least, I've had worse) and the straps are soft underneath. The profile is wonderful and a typical round, uplifted Cleo look. The lace is stunning and I love the colour pink and quality the lace.
Being close-set, I found the gore is a bit awkward and painful, leaving a deep impression on my skin. It seems to dig into my skin at the top of the gore but it wouldn't stop me wearing the bra though and nothing some cotton-wool wouldn't fix. I found the Cleo Lucy's gore much more comfortable and barely noticeable comparatively.
It is slightly gaping on my right, smaller breast but I've heard this is common with this bra and I think this is more a shape than a size issue for me definitely due to the Cleo Lucy having the opposite effect (fitting perfectly on the right, slightly cutting off breast tissue at the top on the left). Just shows how asymmetry works in both sizing (my left is larger by one cup) and in shape (my left is far more full on top and bottom with the right bit more full on bottom).
I think I agree that Cleo unpadded bras might run tighter than normal in the band but, unfortunately, this has not worked out in my favour or is not tight enough for me. Even on the tightest clasp, the band rises a lot at the back so I'm going to have to return it despite everything else being great.
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Updated on Dec 22, 2013 Flag this