The Ellis has a beautiful floral design and embroidered upper panel. Traditional three part construction balconette bra. I have heard that cleo bras have narrow wires. For me they were on the wider side as I prefer the wires on Polish bras. The cups are great for projected breasts. Bra is smooth under thin fabrics. The bra almost gives a more conical shape; it's not very rounded. If you prefer a less rounded shape this is a good fit.
Since I received this bra used it has stretched out a bit and it fits best on the middle set of hooks.
In addition to the underwire being too wide for ...my preference I would prefer it have three hook and eye closers instead of two. The band is nice and supportive but I think it would have better support for anyone above a UK G cup with three hooks. The gore is also too high for me. I'd prefer it be 3". As someone with full on top breasts I prefer stretch lace for the upper panel, and also prefer a full cup style over a Balconette style. I do get a bit of overflow, but not enough to justify going up a cup.
Ellis (and Cleo in general) is good for people who find Polish wires too narrow, but British wires too wide, wants a smooth look under clothes, has wider shoulders, is full all over/full on bottom, likes a Balconette style, and prefer a less rounded shape. Read more 138 more words
Yay, finally this bra is mine! I've loved this design since I first saw it, but it was already discontinued by then, so it's taken me years to find one in my size. The one I have now I got from violetknight and it's in excellent condition.
The 32E is exactly the right size for me, and the fit is great, with one exception: I get some in cup quadding just above the horizontal seam. This is a new problem for me that has started to pop up after I lost weight and went down 2 cup sizes, especially in Cleo bras that used to ...fit me perfectly. I think it has something to do with the position of the horizontal seam that now cuts straight across my areola and the fact that there's less tension in the lace top part of the cup than there is in the stiffer, bottom part of the cup. I am going to attempt to fix this by taking in the lace part a little. Let's hope it works, because I love this design so much! Read more 77 more words
Aww! This is such a pretty bra. I wish I could just parade around in it for everyone to see. I think I'm getting pretty good at estimating how bras will fit based on measurements because this one is a pretty good fit. I have a bit of extra fabric in the top lace section, but not extremely. Definitely feel pushed up and forward in this one. The color and print is very nice and I like the embroidery on the lace. After wearing it for a day I noticed something interesting. This bra gives me very minimal red marks, which is new to me. My other bras always leave red marks that take a little while to go away. The marks this one gives me are very faint and I believe this wire sits directly on my IMF. Love this bra.
Cleo Marcie cuts are a strange kind of bra family on me. Actually I do find the whole bra family extremely strange. It has so much room near the gore on top it will even gape on full on top boobs when moving around. But if sizing down I would instead quad. And this Cleo bra cut is the cut that is told to work best on shallow boobs. I find that completely logic. But I would want to act that I don't think this cut looks good on anyone in a larger size. Definitely not above 30J and sister sizes but hardly in the smaller sizes ...either. It's simply constructed imo very very weird. You can either choose between quadboob if sizing down, or incup quadboob if sizing up.
Also the cup depth on these bras are huge. Put over knee and side seam stretched out it's 33 cm in 32H.
I actually thinks this bra is more supportive in a too big size than a fitting one. When one forces boobs forward that much and leaves so much room on top boobs are very far away from the body. That makes them very unsupported. The far apart straps and the two hooks and eyes will have a hard time holding boobs up if they are not very small or very firm.
The bra is a maximizer which is also why it's smarter in the smaller than the larger sizes. Under clothes the gaping won't be shown and since I like the pink flower print showing through a white top I actually consider keeping it and just fold the lace slightly inwards double on top to take away the extra space there. That way it turns a little higher on the sides and lower in the front which is what I need https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
I also cannot stop thinking about how that bra could should be changed to work in larger sizes because I cannot decide whether it's the bottom parts that are too high or the top part that simply are too generous. Or both.
It's a good bra for close together boobs. It's a good bra for firm boobs. In smaller sizes it's a good bra for shallow boobs. But as a whole this bra cut simply doesn't make much sense.
I know there are many that thinks that it's good that bras are made in a higher cup size. But I would say in some cases it's just giving false hopes and more of the bra being a pretty garment than a bra. And it does look weird on almost everyone above a G cup.
The boobs I can imagine this bra being really good for is augmented boobs. The don't weigh as much as their size suggests and so they can benefit from the shape without demanding as much support. Read more 374 more words
The wires are a tad wide on me, but not uncomfortably so. It's most noticeable right after I scoop & swoop, but my breast tissue soon "settles" into the sides of the cups. Because of that, I'm going to say that it fits. I initially thought I had a wider root, but this bra has led me to believe that I actually have an average, somewhat narrow root (for reference, the wires on the Freya Deco are perfect on me.) The lace on top is a bit loose, but not enough to warrant sizing down (the 28DD would definitely be too small.) Other than that, the cups fit ...wonderfully, and the gore tacks. The best thing about this bra is how tight the band is. My underbust measurement is about 26-27" and this bra has a wonderfully snug band. One thing I must add is that the gore is a bit uncomfortable. It digs in, but not in a painful way. It just makes my sternum really itchy. I might try bending the gore outwards a bit and see what happens.
The bra itself is gorgeous. I'm not huge on pink, but I love the pastel color and the floral print. I realized after getting this bra that half of my bras are now floral prints... I might have a problem. Read more 112 more words
This is one of my favorite bras, and I have had it in two sizes because it's so pretty. However, the lace at the top is very loose and hard to fill. The band runs tight compared to other Cleos I've had. I also think the shape can be a little strange-- very narrow and projected looking under tops.
This bra is shockingly not alike anything I have ever owned. It's Cath Kidston-ish, retro-like, sweet and what not. It has laso a very firm band and projected cups, which is a new thing to me. The right cups wrinkles slightly, but that is due to my asymmetry. I think tissue migration will catch up someday. It feels very sturdy and good quality.
The Ellis was my first Cleo bra (because roses. I love roses), and boy am I glad to have it. It was a turning point for my braducation. After the Ellis, I got Melissa, Marcie, Bella, Lily and Meg, and now Cleo is my most reliable (and affordable) brand.
The fit is quite similar to Marcie, and especially its sister cut Melissa, with the one difference: the upper cup is a little too large/loose and wrinkles. I'm guessing it's more of a shape issue rather than one of size. I think it would work well on someone with a lot of upper fullness and maybe also a high peak. Still, the wrinkles lay flat and don't poke through tops, so it's not really a problem for me.
Weirdly enough, I can comfortably wear this in a 28 band, even though all my other Cleos are nice, snug and fit well in 30.
This bra is a conundrum. It looks like Minnie, it measures like Minnie, but it doesn't fit me like Minnie. I can't figure this out! Given my raves for the Minnie fit, which pretty much fit like a glove everywhere except the overly rigid lace upper cup, I expected that Ellis would fit the same, but there's something odd about this bra. While the cups do fit me perfectly, they are really uncomfortable. I feel like the rigid bottom cups, which are lined with powermesh, are pushing me up and in, and for some reason the wires also want to cross at the ...gore and dig into my sternum. Basically, it feels like wearing an uncomfortable push up bra, but this is just a normal unlined balconnette. I need to play around with the wires and hope that a minor adjustment will help improve the comfort factor, because this bra is so darn pretty.
It's so darn pretty that I ordered it blindly from a UK seller on eBay, so I can't return it. I simply crossed my fingers and hoped that it would fit, knowing that it is identical to Minnie. The one saving grace is that the upper cup, being embroidered tulle, actually fits me pretty well despite being on the tall side. It isn't too tall, like Bonnie, but is more like the George upper lace cup than the Minnie. I find that the embroidery on the upper cup is really interesting and unique as it uses three tones of thread to create dimensional open roses. The body fabric print is pretty as well, and there's just a simple two toned grosgrain bow at the gore. Nice wide straps and a full band with contrast dark pink picot edging make this bra girly AND functional. Love the styling, it's totally a Disney Princess or Barbie bra for adults. Sometimes you just want something princessy, you know?
Now, if I could only figure out the issue with the gore, tame these unruly wires, and get rid of this musty smell (seriously, how did this eBay seller store this bra?) . . .
Does anyone else have this issue with uncomfortable underwires at the gore in this bra? I rarely have gore issues because I am neither wide set nor close set, and everything usually tacks. Usually a gore issue on me is a surefire sign of a too tight band and/or unsupportive sides, but I don't think that's the case in this bra.
Update: Now that I measure 28E, the cups of this bra fit much better on me. I remember having some problems with the lace upper cup not being the right shape, but since the cups are now a size small, I can fill it out better. Unfortunately the 30 band is not ideal on me, and the gore is still quite uncomfortable unless settled in the right place. Read more 390 more words