Kali was a tough one to get my hands on in my size (Amazon doesn't carry this in a 30D for some reason), but I was able to hunt one down and snag one from eBay thanks to the prolific UK lingerie resellers on that platform. I was thrilled to find that Kali fits the way I wanted Lucy to fit and looks adorable to boot!
First, I got really lucky, and my Kali came with a very small band, over 1.5" smaller than my Lucy in the same size. One issue I've always had in Lucy is that the band is too loose, and since it ... is not a full band construction, the cradle of the bra never felt like it sat securely, yet I have been unable to find a 28DD to size down to since the style is now discontinued. The band on this bra feels awesome. It's the same kind of powermesh as Lucy and Marcie, with nice firm elastic.
The cups though are the most important part of the Kali fit for me, as they addressed the problem I had with Lucy--cups that are too shallow and short. Kali has slightly deeper and taller cups than Lucy, and comparing the two bras in person, it's obvious that the two styles share the same shape, but both the bottom and upper lace cups are cut a little taller in Kali. Thus, the fit of Kali is a lot closer to the Marcie cup, which fits me perfectly. Since this bra shares the same cup construction as Lucy and Marcie with double layered mesh bottom panels and an embroidered mesh upper panel, I had no issues with gapping or wrinkling in the upper cup like I sometimes do with other Cleo 3 piece cup styles. Overall, the fit of the cups is amazing! The only thing I noticed is that on this particular bra, the right cup fits me a little oddly. This is pretty normal since my right side is almost a cup size less projected than the left, but I also noticed that the seam between the upper and lower cups is a little uneven on the right side, so this may be more of a sewing issue.
Aesthetically, this bra is super cute. I was drawn to the heart embroidery right away, and knew that I wanted to hunt this one down. I am pleased that the heart embroidery is as cute in person as it appeared online, and the small embroidered flowers on the lower cup in Lucy have been replaced with more hearts on Kali. There's also a cute little bow at the center gore and tonal picot edged elastic on the straps and lower band to up the frill factor, but these details are subtle and tasteful. So glad that this didn't turn looking like Frederick's of Hollywood!
Once again, Cleo unlined bras have turned out another winner for me. Now, if only so many of these styles weren't discontinued and were easier to find!
28E Revised Comments: Due to an increase in cup size measurement, this bra is now obviously one cup size too small. I can feel the wires dig into tissue at the sides, and the wires are obviously too short. There's some orange in a glass effect going on as there is quadding over the top especially at the center gore. Perhaps the 28E would work for me now although it didn't work in the past when I was a smaller size.
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