*Warning, long review: Ever since first seeing promo pics of this bikini, I've been drooling over it like crazy. I love the look of longlines!! However, longline bras normally don't tend to work on me, mostly because of bands flipping up. Furthermore there was hardly any review/measurement info available on Cassie. So I was a bit hesitant. Then Evadne wrote a review on it - around my size range - this was really helpful and made me want it even more..
Sadly this beautiful bikini was quite pricey, so I took some chances hunting down a cheaper one. Having learned it ran small in the band ...but large-ish in the cups, I thought I would need a 32FF (normally I'm 30GG but I have a bigger band / smaller cup-tolerance policy for bikinis). As this size was already sold out, I tried a 20% discounted top from Bellelingerie in 32F. However that turned out to be waaayyy too small - 2 sizes at least.
Everything else seemed either sold out or full price https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> But then - miraculously - a 35% discounted 32G turned up on Amazon!! With matching bottoms, similarly reduced in price! Divine intervention? So anyway I couldn't resist ordering the full set: top, brief and high waist brief https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" />
*add drumroll.....* This 32G works well on me and I'm REALLY pleased with it!!
Technically it's still slightly too small - some quadboob going on. But since Cassie is quite FoT friendly, it mostly looks cleavage-ey https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" /> Wires are perfect, they encase my tissue brilliantly. Surprisingly the band does not even flip up on me! (so far - walking around in it at home). However the band really is quite tight indeed; normally I mostly wear 30 bands but in this, sizing up to 32 was inevitable - and I would even consider a 34! Think this runs like a 30GG?
Slight point of (self)criticism, the chub on my tummy is not really flattered by the tight band. Pictures might look ok, but admittedly I didn't upload the least flattering ones. Still, the 32 feels extremely sturdy and not uncomfortable at all. Like something I could really splash around in! (*last time I went swimming in a Pour Moi bikini, I actually lost both my top & bottoms underwater, when diving off a 20ft / 6m diving board.. > embarrassing < So sturdy tops are VERY welcome https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_razz.gif" alt=":p" />*)
About the bottoms, I was unsure whether I would like the high- or lower waist ones better. Got both in size 14/L. Turns out, even considering the belly issues I just mentioned, the low rise bikini bottoms are my preferred choice! In a weird way, the high raise ones seem to accentuate my hip/stomach area? Apparently I can't pull off the real pin up look. So anyway, I'll be keeping the low ones and reselling the high waist ones (UK size 14 / L - running kind of tight in the waist).
All in all, recap: I don't mind the quadboob. Band is tight, but feels fine. Tummy chub I'll just have to get rid of https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" /> - or if not, I think I'm still ok with the way this bikini looks. Fabrics are great, thick and seem to have long-lasting potential. Print and colours are everything I hoped for and more. Very vibrant and cheerful https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> Wow, this bikini is SO pretty imo! Really lived up to my expectations. Love it <3
My quest for full sized bikinis continues and it brought me into this Cleo Swim beauty! Fits very similarly to Maddie from Cleo, and one needs to size up! Despite being a size too small, this bikini looks gooooorgeous on!
I can't write a full review yet because I haven't worn this beauty in the water yet, but I'm going to include some other measurements for the body of the swimsuit, and relate that to my own body measurements so you can get an idea of how it fits. First of all, my own measurements are roughly 25" waist, 38.5" hips, and 5'2.5" height. I definitely have an hourglass figure. The body of this bathing suit is roughly 19.5" long, laid flat, from the top of the gore to the bottom of the crotch. The length of this suit fits me well in the torso. It is the ...smallest bit loose around my waist, and measures roughly 12" flat, however, the material is extremely stretchy. The hips fit me well, measuring roughly 14" flat across the top of the leg seams.
As for the bra fit, it's not bad! I got this suit at a discounted price on /r/braswap and I was unsure how it would fit since I also have the original Lucille bandeau top, and I have to wear that in 28G. However, this fits a little bit deeper and narrower, or at least feels like it, compared to Lucille. However, I wouldn't call these cups deep by any other comparison. They are still quite shallow, especially at the underwire. I have a fair amount of empty space at the bottom of the cups. The band is pretty stretchy, and if I feel like I need to after I actually go swimming in this, I may take the band in to make it feel more secure. The gore gives the illusion of tacking, but it's a soft tack, and I think the bottom of the "gore" floats. Speaking of which, I measured the gore height from the top of the gore straight down to the parallel of the lowest point of the underwire. Read more 208 more words
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. Read more 340 more words
I love this top. I feel pretty confident about it staying up without the removable halter strap attached, but it also adds a nice amount of support.
The cups are tall enough to not dig into my roots or create fit issues like some other bras do.
The back plastic clasp admittedly is somewhat hard to close on my own; maybe it's just me and maybe I'll get better with time. I definitely cannot fasten it behind my back like I do with normal bras, and unfortunately have had to gently twist it around after fastening on the ...front/side. It may be helpful to have help in putting it on!
The bandeau twist is very cute. This is a VERY cute top and I have no regrets in buying it! I'm waiting on the longline, that in theory I liked more, but who knows! I have certainly fallen in love with this one.
I feel pretty secure in the 30 band even though I prefer 28s (since this was discontinued, it was impossible to find in 28E so I had to settle for a 30DD!).
This bra (and something I noticed with the Lucille--I don't own the Lucille but I have one coming!) looks like it's sitting below the inframmary fold, as if it slid down due to lack of projection. HOWEVER, it is not! It just appears that way because of the extra fabric below the wire.
I will update after swimming with it! Read more 149 more words
The Cleo Lucille bikini top is quite pretty and pretty cute, but this is one of the tightest 28 bands I've ever tried on. It's troublesome to wear for that very reason: it's just too tight for me, and there's bikini clasps rather than bra clasps. The design and feel of the bra is overall pretty good though! The colors are well chosen and combined. The straps are adjustable, the cups are unlined and have firm elastic that will stretch around breast shape but not lose support. The cup shape sadly didn't fit me, it was too short and cut off on the top for my (presumably) even vertical fullness. This bra won't suit a FoT shape.
I am shallow, slightly FOB/almost even, with tall roots and I get inner cup wrinkling and the top is too closed and cuts into my upper bust. This bra has pretty wide wires. The gore is too spacey for me at like an inch wide incl. wires. I'm definitely too shallow for this bra: I can't fill the apex of the cup so the extra fabric bunches up and looks like a pointy nipple. I'm not an expert but I think this bra requires more immediate projection than I have.
This is my first true-size swim bra, and as I anticipated the band is stretchier than regular Cleo bras but still solidly supportive and firmer than a typical Freya band.
In a nutshell, I would say this runs small in the cups.
I am currently a 28GG in Cleo's balcony bras (like marcie, etc.), this is after a recent weight loss that took me from 30GG. So, none of my bikini tops fit anymore (I have bikini tops in 30GG and 32G from Panache, Cleo, Fantasie and Freya). As such, I ordered this in a 30G. The band is about right. Fits tight and like a 30 on the tightest hook or a 28 on the loosest hook. The cups, however, are small and very closed on top. I would say it runs ...closer to a 30FF or a 28G.
I returned this back to Figleaves before measuring. I won't be reordering a 30GG. Turns out, I didn't love the pattern as much as I though that I would. Also, the quality of the top isn't nearly as good as say a Freya sweatheart bikini top. The straps were very thin and hard (IMPOSSIBLE) to adjust. The back fastener was hard to open. I didn't test it in the water, so I'm not sure about comfort while swimming or the feel of it when wet (some padded suits get heavy). Read more 103 more words
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.
I have some issues with the wires being pushed together and sometimes overlapping at the gore, not when I first put it on, but after wearing it for a while. The wires don't tack to my ribcage, probably because of the bandless style, the cups' width, my too projected boobs, or the too loose band. It also creeps down my torso because of the same reasons, creating an air pocket at the bottom of the cup, and spillage over the top of the cup. These are all things that appear after some time of wear, and especially when I'm moving around a lot, something which tends to happen ...more when I'm in a swimsuit (I'm not the laying-on-the-beach-tanning sort). This is a bra that would work well on people who are already friends with the Lucy family of bras, a cut that I'm largely incompatible with, or at least need a smaller than usual band in, to make it stay up properly. (Yay for narrow, projected boobs stuck on a tapered ribcage! Sigh.)
And a note on the appearance: very nice colour combination; aquas, pinks and yellows in an abstract watercoloury floral pattern, looks good on tanned and pale skin alike. Solid aqua for straps and the clasp at the back. So sad this doesn't fit me because it goes so well with my homemade swim shorts. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> Read more 125 more words
Perfect for shallow breasts. If you had luck with the Cleo Juna, Pippa, Maddie, and their related cuts, don't hesitate to try this one out. The band runs small and firm, so consider sizing up in the band if you're in between band sizes or prefer a looser fit.
I first thought this one was too tight, but it actually fits well even though it needs a bit of wiggling into. Since it will stretch a bit when wet, a bigger size would not fit me then. It will stay up well even without the straps. A very cute bikini. I think the bottoms run a bit large; I got one size smaller than my usual one and it fits well.
A very pretty bikini top, though not really comfortable due to being wide on my small frame. It's very similar to the Cleo Juna (6461) , so if you're a fan you might want to check this one out. Please read my full review for more info!
I picked up Lucille on deep discount during HerRoom's summer clearance sale. This is my first swim top from Cleo, so I went with my normal size of 28DD. While this print wasn't one I would choose normally, happily the fit worked out!
The fit seems to run pretty true to size for Cleo balconnets, although I am not sure exactly which block this is based on. The band is definitely true to size, and the cups fit me snugly, although this may be because the cup height is not very tall. I found the style to be lifting and supportive on me, and I ...definitely liked this fit much better than the Freya plunge styles I also picked up. These all have the same plastic snap back, which I found to be difficult to put on, however once they are on, they feel secure.
I like the fit of this top, but I am not a fan of the geo print or the little button details. For swim, I like simpler styles with no additional ornamentation, contrast binding, etc. I'll definitely look out for this style in the future and see if I can get it in a solid color or a print that suits me better. Read more 105 more words
Nice lift with no padding. I have shallow breasts, wide short roots. Fits small in the band, especially because its not stretchy at all. Similar fit to Cleo Lexi, but for the sane size, its a bit bigger in the cups and smaller in the band.
This top is cute, however, there is not enough center fullness for me in this size. The gore tacks, but the rigid cup edge cuts into my soft tissue and pushes my breasts over the top. Major, major quadding.
Projection seems great, and it gives a nice, round shape.
I normally wear a 32G in other panache bras, so surprised this was so small on me. Will try this in another size.
Me: short & narrow roots, center full, close set, pendulous, petite, short waisted, low set, fairly even fullness, narrow shoulders, soft.