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Goddamnit Cleo. 32GG stretches over 34 inches, 30H stretches to 31.3 inches. I can't win, can I? All I want is this bra in a true to size band, is that REALLY too much to ask? I can fasten it (my tight UB is 30.5") but it doesn't feel comfortable. There is wire distortion that is pulling the cup shallower and it's also giving the cup a pointy shape that it doesn't normally have.
Partially adjustable padded straps. Cups narrow, deep. Cups made of two layers, bottom layer is a sturdy mesh, top layer is a geometric stretch lace. Side wing is a single layer of sturdy power ... mesh. Definitely doesn't allow as much room for top fullness as Marcie. Has a good amount of room at the bottom of the cup, but not as much as Lily/Hettie. Average amount of room at the center gore (it might be pulled more flat, will try again with extender and revisit this). Side seam but not side boning, two hook closure. Okay, with an extender the shape isn't as pointy and there seems to be a little more room at the center gore. Note - unlike previous Cleos I own this one has hooks with wide vertical spacing! My extenders don't fit well.
I bought this bra for the looks, no doubt about it. It's been described as a Bond girl bra and I do get that vibe. Cerise and light peach is a striking combination, the only decoration is a dainty leopard print bow which is just kooky enough for Cleo. The geometrical stretch lace top layer is tasteful and stylish. Hardware is a matching light peach.
Updated on Dec 12, 2016 Flag this
I bought this based on other reviews that said this was their perfect bra. It's actually pretty good. It has a bit of a sporty look with the plain ribbon lining the top of the cup. The material feels fragile to me; it reminds me of fabric shopping bags people bring to bag their own groceries. I suspect it's more durable, but I find it a little scratchy. I'm hoping it will soften with a few washings. As for the fit, I need a lot of projection and I wish this had a little more room at the bottom of the cup. I have a little bit of ... gaping and wrinkling at the top of my small side - more than I would expect with the bottom of the cup being so tight. The band seems to run true to size for me. Also, the straps are not fully adjustable, unless you force it up over the softer part of the strap. I'm short through the shoulders so I have these pulled as tight as they can go. The material on the inside of the strap is extra soft - nice feature. I find the gore a little tall and that will take some getting used to, as well as the very stiff wires. If I'm not careful, the gore and top of the cups can be seen with my v-neck tee shirts.
Updated on Oct 18, 2017 Flag this
Even to FoB, projected, narrow-ish...
I'm seconding the comment re: surprise over others' comments that it runs large in the cup. I accidentally sized up even 1 more cup from my small sister size (normally wear 32G, so I should've bought a 30GG rather than H), and I still noticeably quad on my larger size, while it fits perfectly on the other. However, I suspect that's partly either from my need for even more immediate projection, or because I'm a little high set. The cup depth isn't bad, but the wire still slips down a little (this is most of my bras for me though), so I lose some ... of the space my boob should be fitting into. Once I hike it back up, the quadding lessens.
Barring that, I like the shape. It's surprisingly the most pointy shape I've ever gotten from a Cleo, but not torpedo-like and it actually looks great with fitted shirts. Dare I say, it even has a slight minimizing effect?? The band is fine as a 30 for me (my btt underbust is 29.5, snug at 31.5) but I may still wear it with the extender. A little itchy at the gore/underwire channels too, but hopefully that will soften with washing.
Also, I have to say, I think this is my favorite Cleo design. It's the perfect level of girly/sporty with the monochrome mesh.
Updated on Oct 25, 2016 Flag this
I'm really surprised by how many people are saying this bra runs large in the cup. I'm slightly FOT, but not by much. Marcie fits me perfectly, but the Blake in the same size fits weird. It wants to cut in at the top, but then the front (just the front) slips down...I think maybe it's because it's stretchier and the band between the cups stretches wider? IDK. It seems a lot better if I pinch the fabric there. I might try to sew it later on, because I didn't notice any of this until wearing it out, so I can't exchange it at this point.
BUT the fabric is super comfy and the style is very pretty. I think it gives an overall good shape despite the weird slippage issue. It seems like in addition to being slightly more closed on top than the Marcie, it's cut a little lower, and the band runs larger/stretchier than most cleo bras.
Updated on May 14, 2016 Flag this