Cleo Bella arrived yesterday and it was comfortable enough to immediately put on and wear out! I don't usually have enough confidence to wear a bra until I've tried it on twice.
Really pretty. The yellow butterflies and aqua back are my favorite design elements. The shape is similar to the Ellis, but more closed on top. The closed-on-top aspect can offer an odd shape when combined with the usual Cleo front, center, lifted approach. Since I have a short root, it really works for me.
The gore tacks perfectly, but I didn't need to do any bending outward at the gore tips. The wires are slightly wide ...for me, but since they angle lower, I don't get any armpit stabbing, so it's ok. I'm pretty assymetrical, so I have some slight gapping on my smaller side, and some slight quadding on my larger side, but that's about as good as it gets for me without an alteration. The gapping is less significant than it is in my Cleo Ellis or my Cleo Lily Parrot colorway (don't have gapping in Lily Aqua). The band is more immediately comfortable on the loosest hook than the Melissa or the Ellis were on first wear.
As far as fit, this is my 2nd favorite after the Melissa. As far as shape, third after Melissa, then Lily. As far as aesthetic, 2nd favorite after Ellis. As far as comfort, this is second after the Cleo Lily, but I get the feeling it will be my favorite after a wash. Overall, this is a great addition. I feel extremely supported and cradled in this bra. It makes me happy to wear it. Read more 170 more words
I absolutely adore this bra, but sadly I seem to be between sizes in terms of cup depth. The 30DD is definitely too small for me - quadboob and too low under the armpit (I tried the Melissa in a 30DD and the Bella is definitely tighter in the cup). The 30E fits like a dream in terms of wire width and wing height, but it's too deep for my shallow boobs - the mesh top section gapes a lot, especially towards the centre of the cups. I also tried the 32DD, and whilst it's definitely shallower and therefore less gapey in the cup, I can fasten ...the band on the tightest hook with comfort, and the band rides up if I bend forward. The band is more generous than models like Melissa - Alexa would be a better example (in fact, the 30E Bella fits me like the 30DD Alexa - which I didn't keep).
I think anyone with shallow boobs is going to find this bra gapes in the top section. However, the shape is so good otherwise (think high and front like Melissa) and the print so divine, that I'm going to keep it.
Edit: a couple of months and some tissue migration later, and this fits perfectly. Hurrah!
The wires are wider in this cup than the 28DD Marcie, so it goes back a little bit too far for me personally, but it's not uncomfortable, especially because the fabric is thicker along the wire channels.
This is NOT the same shape as the Marcie, I have now determined. It's still not bad for even breasts but it genuinely fits a lot more like the Cleo Meg Balconnet (6751) due to the fabric on the top being firmer and more closed on top.
After finding newer Cleos having looser bands, I thought Bella might be the same. I'd say this bra doesn't run big in the band! I'm more of a 30E with a comfortable underbust measure of 28-30". I could hardly fasten this bra alone - I wore an extender with it. Unfortunately the cups were wide on me, despite always using the extender and trying to bend them thinner once. I could bend them to around 5", but they returned to their original width of around 5.5" with wear. The wideness was a problem, and I couldn't get the top portion of the cup to be as wrinkle free as my Lily or Marcie.
I ordered this bra along with Zia (30DD), one more bra: Cleo Bella balconnet in the same size, because the price was super ok and I wanted to experiment a little, knowing that Bella is a little more open on top.
As I said in the previous reviews http://bra.pe/SDQq/ and http://bra.pe/SDQw/, , I have even to slightly FOB breasts...or this is what I believed. Buying this two bras with that little difference (openness of the top part of cup) made me confused about my boobs shape..and that's because Bella fits me better than Zia in the upper cup.
As you can see in the pics, ...the fit is really great!! I fill completely the entire cup, its bottom, its top. The outer edge of the top isn't resting on my flesh like the Zia's and the lace forms no slight wrinkles.
The appearance under clothes is soooo beautiful!! My chest never looked that great in an unpadded bra, seriously. Even my mother couldn't believe that I bought soft bra (without padding). Shape is very round and lifted and it looks like the bra is enhacing the size.
Underwires:I have this problem with Zia too (Bella has identical wires), and I concluded that I will have it with the majority of Cleo bra: judging from the light red marks they leave around my chest, I can say they are wider by 1/2 cm than it should, on my bigger boob. I find it to be minor thing as I feel it doesn't change the support or anything. I'd wish the wires had aprox the same width, only the ends would go straight up and not diagonally (the last aprox 1 cm of them in the armpit area).This would be perfect, so that I just ordered Freya Arabella to make a comparison between Cleo bras and Freya's.
Also, the materials are excellent, very sturdy and resistant. Read more 207 more words
I got this bra knowing that is the same cut as the Cleo Melissa, which fits me like a dream. The top edge of the Bella is a little bit more closed off, so it is more prone to slight wrinkling/cutting in when I breathe deeply or move around, but it is a perfect fit when I am standing straight, and the wrinkling/tightness is not noticeable through clothing.
Like all Cleo bras I have tried, this one is beautifully made and detailed - reinforced seaming, padded straps, unique trims. Panache does not skimp on quality, even for their juniors line. The band is nice and firm and seems like it will keep it's shape. The cups give a great rounded and projected shape.
The wire channels are a little too long for the wires, and sometimes I can feel the wire through the channel, so I might sew them in place and add some moleskin pads.
If I disregard the too tight band, I am getting a pretty decent fit. Had I not gained those 2kg in the last three months this bra would probably be near perfect. Currently wearing it with an extender. The wires are a little bit wide, so might need to bend them inwards after I take the measurements. Cleo bras fit me best when I am losing weight, not when gaining. I am getting more upper fullnes and somehow my roots become taller. Update 2016: It's time to let this baby go - just not getting the desired fit with this bra.
I really don't know what's going on with this bra. I'd say I definitely need to go up a cupsize, but there may also be a terrible shape mismatch? The band length is good. I measure 25 underbust, and this fits very snuggly on the middle hook. The straps a re fully adjustable, which is great for short people like me. The cup width seems to be spot-on for me too. It's just the cups. I don't get the cups. My small side fits okayish - there are wrinkles along the outer edge, which isn't unexpected given how little tissue I have out there. There's also a bit ...of wrinkling around the lace at the apex, but overall it's okay (this boob measures 5.8" around.) Big sister (7") also has a bit of the wrinkling on the outer edge, and a bit down near the wire too. There's another wrinkle in the top lacey section, inbetween the two seam lines which cut in and I think give a bit of inside-the-cup-quadding. And then most of my boob seems to be making it's great escape out the top, and over the top of the wires, and everywhere. Everywhere except where I want it to go - into those loose wrinkly areas on the side. It makes a very odd shape, and is not very comfortable. Really lovely pattern though, and getting something that fits in the band and wires is a pretty rare feat for me. My big boob just really doesn't want to be friends. Read more 147 more words