Another obscure Ebay find! I came across this beautiful bra for a great price and decided to try it because I was curious how it fit as compared to the newer Cleo balconettes. Surprisingly, it was still new with tags. Harry is an early model Cleo manufactured a long time before I even found ABTF & the world of bra-fitting, so it must've either been old stock or just sat in someone's closet forever.
The design is very lovely: semi-sheer white mesh cups with pale blue/yellow flowers and lacy tendrils. The straps have a pretty split detail and matching blue bows. I so prefer the sweetly feminine and ...understated look of Cleo's older models to the radioactive neons they use now! The band is TTS, versus Cleo's newer 28 bands that often run small. The wires are similar in width to my Marcie and Lily, and there's a decent amount of room at the center gore for inner fullness. There's some minor wrinkling near the wire on my larger side, which might suggest that there's not quite enough immediate projection for me. However, the shape it gives is great, very round and purple. Whereas Lily collects my tissue aggressively from the sides so that when I look down at my boobs they appear to have a slight projectile look, Harry distributes my tissue evenly across my chest. The result is an ever so slightly wider appearance from the front than in Lily. Read more 135 more words
My typical size is a 30E, and this was remarkably close to fitting for a 23D - yet more evidence that bra fits across brands/time are frustratingly inconsistent. The main issue was that it cut in under the arms. Really pretty bra if you're into the Rococo-era Skank aesthetic, and the single seam construction is really unique and comfy - just weird sizing. I wish Cleo would start making these again - I'd take a 30DD/E any day!
I finally got hold of a Cleo Harry unpadded halfcup bra in my sister size. Harry was the first and (so far) only unpadded halfcup ever produced by Cleo. As I love this bra style, this was a must-have.
The bra: First of all, it has same the 'oldschool' Cleo design as the other older Cleo models - George, Brooke, etc.: Sheer mesh, muted pastel colors and lots of playful embroidery and details. The wires are similar to the Cleo balconettes (George etc.) in width and length. They touch in the middle and the center gore is quite high but not poking. The cups are sewn of two parts with a vertical ...seam in the middle, and not particularly low-cut - they provide as much coverage on me as the Cleo balconettes do. I found I can go down one cup size due to the cut which is very open on top. The shape it gives is quite nice - lifted and centered, but not as rounded as the balconettes. The shape is a little pointy, it looks pleasantly natural.
The band is the only letdown - it's very loose and stretchy and not nearly as firm as the George's (or Marcie's) in a 32 - I'm currently wearing it on the innermost hook and I'm planning to take it in soon. Read more 108 more words
I haven't worn my Harry much before it became too small. It gave me a very nice round shape, however, and I think it's beautiful. It's a really good unpadded bra for wide root shallow breasts. The centre gore is narrower than in the Cleo balconettes, although the measurements don't show this: It stays pretty narrow all the way down.
The Cleo Harry fits similarly well as the Cleo George and Cleo Brooke, only the band ist a bit less tight (which is better for me). There's a bit much lace fabric in the upper half of the cup, but that's no problem.