- Underwire length:
- Runs too high under the arm, it pokes
- Top of the cup:
- Wrinkles, can't quite fill it
- Band fit:
- The band is definitely too big
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Here is my review:
At first glance, this bra doesn't look as colorful as the usual Cleo bras, despite the coral embroideries at the top of the cup. Don't be fooled though, this understated looking bra could become a staple in your lingerie collection. I know it is in mine !
The soft dotted grey mesh is lined with a very soft fabric at the bottom of the cup, which makes it non-sheer (on light skin girls at least). The bra's fabric feels thin but you can tell it's nicely made and I think it will be durable if handled with appropriate care.
It will be great in the upcoming hot days because it is light on the skin.
I like that the coral ornaments don't overpower the grey fabric cuteness. I especially like the bow at the center gore, because it's not made of fabric, but embroidery. It looks delicate and feminine.
The straps are extra-lined underneath the top shoulder zone with a soft fabric that helps avoiding pressure on the shoulders.
The same fabric covers the interior of the parts that would rub against the skin.
This bra is made to be comfortable.
It encloses perfectly my breasts.
I asked for advice on which band size I should order in the boutique I bought it from, and they told me Cleo in general had small band sizes. I had a problem about this with my previous Cleo Lucy so I took their advice and ordered a 34 band.
This size isn't ideal as I have to use the last row of hooks to obtain a nicely snug band. I bought this bra for a great price and it was the last in stock so I won't send it back.
As a consequence the underwires are also a bit too wide for me, and on my short narrow frame they're a little high and wide under the armpits (they have produced painful chaffing on one occasion when I had to wear the bra for 24h including night). They become uncomfortable at the end of a long day, but as I said I purchased a band larger than my real size..
(The good thing is that the band has not stretched out much after 6 months of wear although I'm wearing this bra every other day because I have only 2 bras)
The top of the cups that is made from embroided lace mesh looks a little strange : it forms waves but it's not because the cups are too big. I think girls that are fuller on top will like this as the top fabric is stretchy enough to not cut into breast tissue. I'm not too full on top so this is why it looks like this, BUT ! It is perfectly invisible under clothes, even a thin t-shirt.
EDIT : I gained some weight so the cup doesn't form waves on top anymore.
The coral embroidery doesn't show under white shirts. The polka dot does a little, but it's not obvious. The lace mesh looks smooth under clothes.
The cup size is great. It gives me a really great rounded, lifted figure. This is the thing I love about Cleo, after trying different brands I find that they are the ones that seem to really get what breasts like mine need !
And I have to say that after a few months wearing tired old self-altered bras I feel like a woman again in this one !
I would recommend it to any girl that want great shape from a cute everyday bra made from fabric that can actually let your skin breath !
One important detail could be changed about the brand @Cleo: they make wide-set straps, and I'm not the only girl that is complaining about the problem of slipping straps. Luckily the band doesn't really need them to support the breasts so they don't suddenly drop when one of the strap falls down.
But PLEASE Cleo, make some narrow(er)-set straps for your clients with narrow(er) shoulders, and you would become an absolute go-to brand for young women !
Updated on Oct 28, 2014 Flag this