The cut of these unpadded balconettes is based on the Marcie/George range, but it allows for a lot more upper fulness. If you don't have much upper fulness (like me; I'm neither FoT nor FoB), the top lace part won't lay flat on you. It's not really a sign of bad fit, and it's usually not visible under T-shirts.
Sizing down in the cup doesn't help in most cases, because it will likely give you a bra that's too small in the lower part of the cup, say: Narrow wires etc.
So - if you try any of these bras, you should either have a boob shape that is full on top, or be ready to tolerate some loose lace at the top.
This is my current best-fitting bra. The cup fabric is smooth and strong and molds me into a nice rounded effect. The band is tight, but not as strong as I would prefer. It is made of a mesh fabric and is a little too elastic. However on the tightest hook I do feel very supported. For reference, I have shallow, FOB, slightly wide-set, wide-rooted breasts, 26" underbust, and I like my bras so tight they leave marks.
Reviews for other sizes said this bra works better for FOT, so maybe I'm more even than I thought, or maybe the 28DD is cut differently. I don't really know. ...I have a related model, Cleo Ellis, and find the Izzy slightly shallower.
The contrast of black with tiny bright stars is so cute too... It looks better, darker in person than in the stock photo. The straps and band are hot pink and I think the bra would look more sophisticated if it were uniformly black with the stars... Am I suffering from confirmation bias or is every manufacturer pumping out mostly wild neon bras?? Next bra mission: find a black one. Read more 87 more words
Another really cute unpadded bra that really and truly fits! The other was my 30D - Cleo » Lucy (5851) , back when I could still wear a 30D. I was so happy they decided to offer a few of their 3-part cups in B and C sizes and I hope they'll bring them back.
Anyway, the Izzy is true to (Cleo) form. Short straps, tight band, excellent cup shape and lift. Truth be told, due to the band tightness I should probably be wearing a 32B in this particular model (and its clones) but I really don't want to do yet another ...return/exchange. Also, according to the measurements table here on Bratabase, the 32 bands seem to measure 2" larger on average than the 30s. This makes sense and it also means that they would probably be a bit too large for me. So I'll wear this one with an extender until it loosens up.
Bratabase will tell me this bra doesn't fit because in the fit assessment I checked off that the straps don't adjust long enough and the band feels too tight. However, I consider this a fitting bra because it's easy enough for me to lengthen the straps and add a band extender if I wish.**
** Update: Interestingly, when I put on my extender, the straps no longer seemed so constrictive. It looks like the strap lengthening probably won't be necessary. Read more 135 more words
This bra seems to run a hair large in the cups, maybe about half a cup size. Band is TTS. As others have said, it definitely has lots of room for upper and inner fullness. I have tall roots and am FOT, but the lace doesn't quite lay flat on me, especially near the gore. However, it's not very noticeable. Although the smallness of my 28DD Marcie is barely noticeable, I much prefer the Izzy and its looseness. The Izzy gives me what I would call the "natural round basketballs" Marcie shape that the Marcie itself did not.
Fits similar to Marcie, but more open on top. The band runs snug which I appreciate. It fits more like a loose 26. I took in some fabric along the top inside edge of the cups and now it is a marvelous fit
*Disclaimer: This bra is not remotely near my size but I have set the fit anyways to get the bra to 100%. I received this bra for my grandmother, who measures 27-28 inches in the ribcage with wide, empty breasts or extremely full on bottom.
This is a very cute bra, especially the print and overall design. I would say this bra is not for very full on bottom or empty breasts, a small bit of upper fullness is required but this bra ended up fitting my grandma better than the 30B - Cleo » Nyla Balconnet Bra (7571) of the same size. I feel like the only thing really off is the cups are pretty narrow and doesn't contain all of her tissue on the sides, but I have no idea what to look for in terms of extremely wide but probably flat bras.
Seems to run about a half cup size large. I would have returned for a smaller size but this size was on sale and the other size wasn't. Despite the largeness I still wear this bra because it gives great projection to my soft tissue.
The top of the lace has reinforced stitching which is fairly thick and firm. The way it is attached to the gore on one side makes that stitching stick straight into my breast tissue for about 1.5 mm before turning away from my chest to form the top of the cup. It's a tiny seam but with the firmness and the angle it jabs into me, it starts to be uncomfortable after a couple of minutes and after a few hours it's noticeably painful. It makes this bra impossible to wear all day, so I only use it for special occasions when I want the high projection this bra offers.
I bought this bra without knowing anything about it, just because I loved the stars. The fit is similar to Marcie, although the top lace is looser and seems to want a little more fullness, especially toward the center. It's not enough of an issue for me, though, to return it. The lift and support is still there. Initially, there was some odd wrinkling/in-cup quad-boob, but it was gone after one wash.
This bra is hard to review as it really didn't fit me at all. The band is definitely not firm. I would stick with your normal size for this bra. Mine stretched more than 30 inches brand new. The cups are very open on top and the wires are too wide for my frame. The straps are also too wide for me. I'm also not a huge fan of the neon and bright patterns.