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I'm posting this for the hilarity of it.
Had I bought this bra (and my upcoming Lily) in 30GG, they probably would have *fit*. If they both came sooner, they also would have fit.
Unfortunately I ordered it a while ago and before I had this sudden growth spurt, and then it took a while for it to get here and so this is what I got.
That being said, I don't think the issues I have with this bra would be fixed with a different size.
For me, this bra does not allow for upper fullness. I don't care what anyone says, I don't even *have* a lot of upper fullness ... but look how closed the cups are on top. I'm not sure what kind of breasts I'm supposed to have for a Cleo bra to be honest. The shape I get is just... weird. Looking at this is like looking at Marcie when I tried it (and I so regret not saving those photos because those were tons more funny).
Anyhow. Three part cups with upper part being non-stretch lace. Invisible in the photos, but the different tension in the lace where there is and isn't embroidery cuts in in the shape of hearts, cause very soft tissue. This is the same thing I had with Fantasie Alex.
The wires are alright. They're not Curvy Kate wide, but they're not Ewa narrow either. Somewhere in between and I liked the wires.
The cups are actually quite deep, and they should technically fit. I genuinely don't understand the bad fit. I guess maybe I'm on my high tide days already? I'm gonna give this bra a whirl past period and update the review.
On my smaller side there's some major wrinkling at the wire going on. Actually I felt like my asymmetry was very pronounced in this bra.
The band is tight. Even with my measurements technically being a 30 right now, I'm just not used to bands that tight so this is where my issue was, not that the band was tight for a 30. The band is not suffocating me or making me feel uncomfortable, though. Just feels tight. It stretches out beyond 71cm but I didn't want to enter that in the database as the wires get slightly distorted. I initially thought this is why the bra fits so bad, but after putting an extender nothing changed.
The gore is... very wide. I measured it at close to 3 cm and this is the first bra I had that has a gore that wide. It didn't bother me, the gore tacks, but I felt like there was soooooome wire on breast tissue going on. A gore scoop and swoop fixed it but it's a thing to note. If I were to wear this bra, I would alter the gore.
The straps don't adjust long enough, the story of my life.
To be honest, nothing about this bra seems like it should be made in a cup over E-F. The straps are so thin even if they could adjust long enough they would cut in bad--the weight of breasts would just be too much for it. The double hookset is just not what someone like me needs (or wants). I often underestimate the extra stability from that third hook, but it is quite obvious I need it (as anyone with a fuller bust does). It makes me appreciate Curvy Kate cause for all their faults at least all their bras at my size range (and smaller even) have three hooks and wide straps.
The fun part: the colour is FANTASTIC. I am absolutely in love with it. I got this colourway cause it was the only one available, but I think even if that wasn't the case I would have gone for this one. The heart embroidery on the lace is fun and cute. Maybe some day I would call it juvenile, but I quite like it today, lol.
Overall, Cleo by Panache --> not for me. That's 0/2. I do have Lily still coming in, and we'll make a final verdict. But things aren't looking so good right now.
edit: I know the tone of this review sounds a bit frustrated but I'm really not.
Updated on Dec 17, 2018 Flag this
The cups do beautiful things for my breasts, and because of that I would LOVE to keep this bra. However, it might get sent back because its wide strap placement doesn't play nice with my narrow shoulders. For me, that caused puckering in the tops of the cups and digging in the armpits-- and it wasn't the underwire, it was the sides of the cups that were digging.
Also, as seems to be the tendency for Cleo, you might want to order up a band from your normal size. For instance, my snug underbust is 29", my tight underbust is 27.5", and I still could have done with either a 32 band or an extender in this bra.
Updated on Aug 19, 2015 Flag this
If you have close set breasts, the wires may bother you as they bother me. The first Kali I ordered was a 32DD and it felt like my breasts were being forced into my ribs. After putting my bra on backward and upside down, I learned I did not require a 32" band, and the cups were significantly small. Next, I tried the 30G after learning a boob twin had decent results with the Kali 30G. Of the four sizes (32DD, 30F, 30FF, 30G) this is the only band that doesn't feel too small. I assume my short roots finally have space to exist and don't ... require the band for "real estate." Additionally, this is only bra of the four in which the wires don't painfully push down on my ribs. Although the bottom and apex are filled, my short roots don't fill the top. The straps in this size are too wide set. And, the sides of the cup cut into my arm pit. However, despite these detractions, this is, by far, the most comfortable of the four. I have been thoroughly spoiled by Comexim, Anna Pardal, and Ewa Michalak: Cleo is not remotely comfortable, to me, compared to the aforementioned brands. I will wait for the made to order Comexim/Anna Pardal bras. Sigh.
Updated on Aug 01, 2016 Flag this
Fits well on my smaller side, but quads on larger. The mesh on the top of cup is not forgiving to assymetry. The pink is really neon, and the heart embroidery is kind of juvenile.
Updated on Dec 10, 2017 Flag this
Right shape, wrong size for me. I also tried this bra in a 30GG, which I kept.
My breasts are wide set and splayed with outer fullness, fairly dense, and fit in bras as though they're even (or near even). I also have a v-shaped torso. Band is on the snug/tight side for a 30. The red is prettier than I expected--between a strawberry and raspberry red, maybe?
This size looks really close in pics, but...too small in the cup. The wires are possibly slightly too narrow, the lace cuts in (mainly on my larger side, although with the way the lace is, doesn't look as bad as it is), and the gore lifts on my larger side, despite not having close set breasts/the gore not being too wide for me.
Updated on Aug 04, 2016 Flag this
I also tried this in 28GG which was really tight in the band.
This 30G fits better in the width of the band and cups seem fine. I'm little worried though that
it won't take too long for this 30G to start to ride up in the back and I'll have to go to the second hook.
Both sizes wrinkle in the cups under the arm and both come up pretty high under the arms. I'm only 5'1" and short waisted.
I have touching boobs, so the gore is too wide. Almost all bras have too wide a gore for me.
I've tried the plunges because of the lowered gore. They don't give me the support I need for my very dense breasts.
Updated on Mar 24, 2016 Flag this
I bought this in coral and it's really pretty. I love the details in this bra like the lace hearts at the top of the cup and the fact that there's a little heart that's embroidered onto the bow on the gore. All of this is why I was sad that it didn't fit the way I wanted it too. I read that Kali is a clone of the Marcie, however it didn't feel like that. The gore is shorter and the shape of the wires are curve out slightly more. It's not by much, but slightest difference can make an impact on the overall fit and comfort of the whole bra.
Updated on Dec 21, 2015 Flag this
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