This bra comes from VioletIridescence and is one of the bras I have been super curious about over the last year and a half. I considered getting a 30E from eBay once when I was smaller.
This is definitely an interesting style. It’s pretty old and among the only seamed half cups from Cleo that I’ve ever seen. It’s also from the era which has male names for the styles. I’m sure there’s a good reason why they have bras named Harry and George.
I was a little worried about it being too small in the band because it is a 28 instead of a 30, but it ...looked like it was at the lower edge of my stretched band comfort zone. It simultaneously fits and does not fit. I don’t think I have any problem with the actual band tension, but it’s quite a bit of pressure on my sternum as a result. I’m not sure if it’s a painful gore simply because it’s a bit tight in the band, too tall of a gore, or if it’s the trademark hard Panache/Cleo wires. It’s likely a bit of everything.
The cups of this one are too tall for me by a half inch or so, I think. My roots are functionally short because I have softer, deflated upper tissue. It’s not gaping a ton, though it is more noticeable on my small side. One thing that I have noticed is that I am sort of flattened in the middle near the gore. Is this a sign that it’s not deep enough for my center full tissue at the gore? I’m also getting a bit of a compressed look from the side, though I’m honestly not mad about that. It’s a good thing under specific tops, I think. Sometimes you don’t want to be looking like a bra tent. Wires are pretty good. Maybe a touch wide, but within my comfort level. Cup depth seems optimal so I don’t think it would fit better in a size down. It’s a tiny bit shallow on me which might be the 28 band. It’s still pretty projected at the wire, I think.
The aesthetics of this bra are stunning! I’m not usually a fan of white bras, but it’s got some pretty buttercup yellow and powder blue embroidery and the straps have a nice split detail on the straps. The half cup shape is really beautiful! I just adore how it looks.
Sadly, I don’t think it is right for me. I think I might have to take a break from Panache/Cleo as I am just not feeling well with the hard wires anymore. Not sure if it’s just summer or what, but I just don’t think I can tolerate it. I don’t think my measurements have changed but I’m due to remeasure.
I’m going to pass this set on, I think. I am just too sensitive for it right now. Read more 384 more words
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.