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Bras » Cleo » Hettie Balconnet Bra (9011) » 28FF 28:8

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Fits ribcage70.8
B. perimeter27.4
Stretched Band72.0
Band Length59.3
Cup width13.9
Cup depth25.1
Wire length25.2
Cup height16.5
Cup separation2.0
Gore height7.6
Wing height9.4
Strap width1.3
Hooks2

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  1. 3
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    Didn't fit

    Since my 28FF Marcie gave quad boobs but the Envy was fine, I concluded that 28FF is my size, but I need the stretch lace for my top fullness. So, I ordered this bra which is supposed to fit my projected, fuller on top & centre boobs, with tall and narrow roots, close-set and soft tissue.

    I'm not sure what's happening here - are the cups too big or the wrong shape...? I'm having lots of wrinkles on the mesh portion of the cups. Despite this, I feel supported and my boobs look good. The cups are deep and narrow, and the stretch lace definitely accommodates my top fullness. The band is snug and nice.

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    Updated on Jan 16, 2021 Flag this


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      I think it looks pretty good! Maybe you could size down but I don’t think I would if it’s comfortable for you. Wrinkles like that aren’t necessarily a problem.

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      Looks great to me but I think it’s wrinkled because of the material being thin and silky. You might try a size down as this one is known for being a little bit big.

    • 2

      If the wrinkles do not show through clothing and you feel supported, I do not think they are a big deal. I had some similar wrinkles in Hettie, in a couple of sizes, despite KNOWING one size fit/was a smidge too small. I think sometimes fabric just wrinkles a bit, and it is not necessarily a fit "issue". Certainly in this case, it does not look like they are a result of a *functional problem* that would affect support or comfort, and they are minor enough that I would not expect them to be an aesthetic problem (showing through a shirt). It looks like it fits well enough that I am not sure another size would work better.

    • I'm glad to know the wrinkles aren't a big issue! Pretty sure a cup size down will be too small as I had spillage in the 28F Jasmine which is supposed to have even more room at the apex and top than the Hettie.

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  2. 1
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    Didn't fit

    I am happy I finally got to try this Cleo Hettie Balconnet Bra https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> I had the oppertunty to get this one in a 28FF for a very fair price, so even though I had a feeling it would be an imperfect fit on me due to the Gore, So many people refer to this bra in my size range that I wanted to know how it fit me for reference and help assessing shape/fullness because my breast shape has changed with weight loss.

    I got this bra in pink, I prefer a softer more dekicare pink personally, this brighter darker pink seems ... a bit more Youthful than my taste but that's okay. At a glance the construction of this bra reminds me of one of my prior Victoria Secret very sexy Balconett bras. That previous VS balconett was always top large in the band, but the cups were more ideal for me when I had more overall volume and upperfullness.
    Now that I have lost weight I have lost both size and volume all over and the upper part of my breast has softer and less firm tissue. (Depending what time of the month it is or weight changes, the area fluctuates some and may deflate or firm up a bit) I had a feeling this bra would have a bit too much upperfullness for me currently, which seemed to kind of ring true. I did somewhat like the stretch lace that made up the top quadrant of the cups. My nipples are spaced kind of far apart on my breasts, so I always have at least some centerfullness. I was very very center/innerfull before I lost weight, and possibly even as far as FOB FOT. The gore would gave been too tall and not close set enough for me before, but otherwise previously this bra would have been good before. Currently the gore is not the most ideal but I can tolerate it, but gore's can still push my projected soft tissue in weird directions in some instances. The slightly stretchy lace connects near the gore. Which is good because that's often where bras don't have enough rooms but I also feel like I need more support right there too than that material allows. I also think that this cup would jabe been preferable to me slightly shorter and closer to a half cup, which I show in one of my pictures. The cup width is decent, the wires pretty much narrow enough (I Am assymetrical and still trying to find my most ideal cup width between 5 and 6inches for both breasts. The band is firm enough but I may have worn it on the middle or tightest Hooks (it's a pre owned bra though so likely has stretched a little with wash and wear)

    This is a great bra for many. The fit was imperfect, mostly with the gore but also with other subtle parts. Size wise is a close fit, I think the 28FF is good for me in the padded Cleos but I think 28F is best for similar unlined bras of this brand. (My 28E is still too small) This bra feels better quality than my past VS balconett bra that it reminded me of, but I will admit I liked the "look" of the black lacy VS balconett better. I don't always adore the youthful bright colors that Cleo bras can sport. This bra may not be close enough to wear but I don't regret buying it for diagnostic purposes. In may end up trading it on here in the near future.

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    Updated on May 29, 2022 Flag this


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      Thanks for the excellent review, meganelaineshaw1 !

    • Just following up on our conversation Re your comexim, this is a good example of a tall(ish) bra it might be worth pursuing in a different size: the Hettie is known to run WILDLY large in the cup and that's what seems to be happening here... the snug band is compensating a tad but it's still just visibly too big in the cup (notice there is extra fabric both below AND above the breast, , the diagonal cup seam sits above the natural apex of your own bust and the slight indent at that seam indicates slackness in the fabric, whereas a well-fitting cup should fit with a little bit of tension).
      I know it's discontinued but if you find one in 28F or 30E I think you'd find a lot of the fit issues would be resolved, including hopefully that uncomfortable gore.

    • wendybien I wanted to try a hettie, the cups are a bit too tall and the gore is taller than I prefer. I am very short statured/short in the torso so cup height can be a problem. Pictured it's on a tighter hook, but wearing it breifly today while looking over some other bras I wore it on one of the looser two. I do think I marked this as not fitting. If I were to look for another hettie I would probably look for a 30F depending. But due to the Gore and a few other little minor issues,+ I am not going too try to find another. My underbust messurments are usually 27-tight but not break the tape tight 28 comfy 29 loose. I Have some back issues that cause my posture to shift, and on top of it another health thing that's caused me to look a bit Puffy recently especially between my rib flare but I am usually comfortable with 28 or 30 bands with a few outliers. I just was glad to try a Hettie but know this one doesn't fit perfectly, but I did find a winner today from someone with similar shaping so I'm happy

    • I'm also probably not looking for more unlined cleos they are difficult with my assymmetry.

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  3. 1
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    Didn't fit

    For whatever reason the gore tacks on one wire but not the other. I guess the separation is too much for me. I'm pretty close set. I do think the cups are too big for me as well. And as the other Cleo and Panache bras I've tried, the band is really tight and the wire is really stiff, making it uncomfortable on my ribs. Too bad because I like the way it looks.

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    Updated on May 18, 2022 Flag this


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  4. 0
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    Didn't fit

    Straps are too wide for narrow frame. Underwires are long and shaped for wide root.

    Updated on Jan 12, 2018 Flag this


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    Didn't fit

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    Added on Nov 20, 2018



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    Hasn't set fit

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    Added on Aug 20, 2017



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    Hasn't set fit

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    Added on Mar 11, 2022