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This has a lot of the same fit issues as the 30E - Panache Swimwear » Britt Padded Bandeau Bikini (SW0823) that I also tried on (of course, they're both Panache), so I'm not going to repeat the whole spiel here.
This is also wide and shallow, but it doesn't seem as bad from the side as the Britt did (trick of the pattern maybe?). The wire is also quite a bit closer to my IMF than the Britt was. A lot of what you're seeing under my breast is band and not actually the wire.
The band is incredibly tight, it was really hard for me to ... fasten by myself, but once it was on it was comfortable. It doesn't feel too tight, just supportive. I assume it'll be looser when it's wet.
I really like the look of this top. Ideally I would like to size up to maybe a 30FF then bend the wires together, but that's not going to happen. I jumped, I bent, I shook, I ran, it doesn't move and neither do I (without straps) so it'll function appropriately at a water park. It's cute, and it was $11, so I think I'm going to keep it.
Update 7/31/15: I wanted to update after I used this and to comment on the bottoms.
The bottoms I got in a US size 6(S)/UK10. They're just as cute as the top and are moderate coverage and a bit more than I usually wear. I'd consider them on the lower end of midrise.
I have the same issue with these as I do most bottoms of any sort. If they fit my backside, they're too loose at the waist. So, I get no cutting, and when dry they look great. When I get in the water, the waist band flutters at my abdomen. I don't think they'd come off, but a tall person could probably see some extra pelvic flesh if they were looking at the right angle.
I'm going to see if I can do something about that since sizing down would probably give me quadbum.
So, the top and swimming. Awesome, the band loosened up in the water like I thought it might. So, despite the difficulty clasping it, 30 is the right choice for me. It's super secure and didn't move despite my throwing my kid around like a ragdoll and getting tossed by my husband in retaliation. After reading the reviews, I was on the watch for some fabric bleeding but I didn't see any. All in all it performed like a decent swimsuit should.
I'm $32 all in on this suit, and I'm pretty happy with it for the remainder of the summer.
Updated on Jul 31, 2015 Flag this
Super cute bikini top with nautical theme. I haven't had a bikini in ages, and this is my first bra-size bikini. Some issues, but overall I like it. The E cup is a little larger than I would have expected, but I didn't check measurements before I bought this , so that's on me.
There are some issues with the gore. I have wide-set breasts so the absence of a fully seamed gore between the cups lets tissue get pushed to the center. Not a bad look, but that means I have less tissue to fill out the cups.
As per usual, the right cup fits fine because I ... can fill it. The left cup has empty space at the bottom, so it wrinkles, and at the top, so it collapses in before the cup ends (cup too tall ) so it kinda looks funny if you look too closely. I can't quite reach the projection of the cups. jlcl119 suggested bending the wires to fix the fit, which I'm going to do, and if that doesn't work I think I might try to alter it rather than buy another bikini. I really like this one! I'm not giving up hope.
Updated on Jun 02, 2016 Flag this
I got this from swap, I had a Freya bikini that was much too small that I bought on vacation in a pinch because I had no swimsuit and was on sale. Since the Freya had a band that was torture to wear, when I was offered the Cleo Lucille, I jumped on it despite the measurement not being ideal, I figured at least I could comfortably close the band.
The Lucille is very cute, but it is not a good fit for me at all. The cups are wide and shallow, and the gore is very wide. If the gore weren't so wide I might stand a chance at making it work for me. It has straps as well, but it doesn't help enough to justify keeping it. It's really a shame because it is adorable.
Updated on May 27, 2016 Flag this
This swimsuit bra top is has a properly tight band, a gore that lays flat on my sternum, and cups that are perfectly wide. The cups are decently shallow, with slight projection. My main problem with this swimsuit top is that it cuts into my really, really tall roots. It actually would probably suit someone with tall roots; I just have really, really tall roots. Anyway, it is a very nice, high quality feeling swimsuit bra, and the bottoms are cute as well.
Updated on Mar 20, 2016 Flag this
I have wide, even breasts with tallish roots. Here comes the weird part: I normally fit into 30DD/28E Cleo/Cleo Swim tops. The original owner of this set said they thought it ran small in the cups; while waiting on it to arrive, I ended up snagging a really cheap 28E one, thinking I would sell the one that didn't fit. The 28E - Cleo Swimwear » Lucille Padded Bandeau Bikini (CW0063) fit, and I will reproduce the review below in a second. But, this 30E ALSO fits! The band is definitely noticeable looser, but somehow it fits! It doesn't ... seem to be too big! I retook my UB, standing bust, and leaning bust measurements and they are the same as always. I have no idea how this is happening!
Review from the 28E:
I have wide, even breasts with tallish roots.
I was worried that this bra would cut into my tall roots and look bad, but it surprisingly does not. On close inspection, I guess there is a very minor bulge, but I consider it to be virtually nonexistent.
From other pictures I've seen, it looked like the underwires were sitting way below the IMF fold due to being very shallow in the bottom of the cup. However, this is just excess fabric on the bottom that makes it appear that way.
The band is very firm. I feel very confident in wearing this as a bandeau by taking off the removable straps. I feel it fits similarly to other Cleo 28Es, though I will also be soon receiving a 30E, so I will be able to compare them.
The bra has one vertical seam in each cup, towards the center, on the outside and inside. The outside seam is covered by the overlapping fabric where the chevrons complete.
Updated on Mar 19, 2015 Flag this
I’ve always considered Panache Swimwear Lucille Bandeau Bikini Top (SW0560) as the most beautiful bikini ever designed. As I couldn’t buy it when it was available, I was happy to discover that Lucille was going to be resurrected in cleo swimwear collection.
What convinced me to the purchase, it was definitely the design. Unfortunately I didn’t know that the cups run THAT small. This is a very small 30e. The cups are quite large (the wires are too wide) and very shallow, this size runs more like a 30dd. I’m not sure if trying a 30f would resolve the problem, the wires would be even larger and the cups more covering. I’m rather convinced that the cup shape is not right for my breast.
Besides the cup volume issue, the band is firm, the straps are fully adjustable but very stretchy, I have to readjust them when they’re wet.
In conclusion, I probably won’t try the bandeau cut form panache anymore.
Updated on Mar 08, 2014 Flag this