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It's a good sign when silent screams of glee start up as soon as you open a package. This bra is the brightest, most fluorescent green I've ever seen in my life. I own several bright green items, and they can't stand up to it. Obviously, no internet picture could possibly do it justice. It's most comparable to the edges of those see-through yellow-green LEGO parts that come with the space sets--their edges, not the clear bits.
However, I knew when I bought the bra that I might need to make an exchange. I have a lot of 30GG bras at the moment that I'm nearly, or already, quadding ... out of. The Cleo Lucy (5851) I bought this to replace is pretty far gone in that realm. I think I'm more of a 30H/HH in Cleo at the moment.
As with my original brush with the Cleo Lucy, it was very hard for me to tell whether this bra fit in the cup or not. I decided the Lucy was a perfect fit, not a quadboob disaster waiting to happen, and I was right. With the Kali, it was less clear-cut. I felt less positive about the cups than I did about Lucy's, but the Kali also seems to offer a slightly less round shape than Lucy, overall. I didn't want to go up in the cup and lose the iconic Cleo shape, as it's one of the major reasons I bought the bra. But I tried on the bra the next day and got some quadding, so I'll be going up a cup size.
As far as other aspects of the bra, either the scaling is really good or Cleo has calmed down with their wire width. I'm not getting stabbed in the armpit or underboob at all. This is surprising, given my usual experiences with both Cleo and Panache, as I need narrower wires and am short. The band feels like a very decent 30-back. I'm wearing it on the loosest hooks. Have I mentioned said hooks (and eyes) are orange, matching the front bow? I'm a fan, even though I plan to cut the bow off. Overall, this bra is pretty comfortable.
One of my major questions when I first saw pictures of this bra was whether the ridiculously ill-advised embroidery on the underside of its cups (can we start a petition?) would show through tight shirts a la Lucy's damned raised polkadots. They do, but it's not as bad an effect as with the Lucy. The leaves are a good deal more subtle. They don't look like a very regularly placed attack of hives, and I think there are also less of them. The leaf embroidery on the upper part of the cup doesn't show at all.
There is some wrinkling of the lower cups' top layers of mesh that might bother some people. I assume it's due to the cup shallowness I mentioned, even though I'm filling out the cup fine.
Updated on Aug 24, 2014 Flag this
I purchased the bright blue colorway...I just couldn't resist that color! This is my first 30H in Cleo. All of my other Cleo's are 30GG (or sister sizes 32G/34FF). I ordered both the 30GG and the 30H in this model and decided to keep the 30H. I had a bit of "quadraboob" in the 30GG. I wasn't surprised because I quad a bit in the 30GG Lucy also. This gives me a slightly different shape than the erin/meg/marcie/natasha styles. A bit more minimized. Don't get me wrong, this is by no means a minimizer bra! It's just that the shape I get is a little bit wider than those other styles. I have projected, narrow roots, with even fullness and soft tissue.
Updated on Jul 12, 2015 Flag this
I first tried it in the middle of the night, after a very long intense day, and the band was painfully tight, so I left it and tried it on the next morning. I must have been very bloated, because the next morning it fit perfectly. The band is snug, but is never too tight, which I love. The straps were too tight, so I had to untighten them all the way. They were still supportive like this, but I think they might be a bit short for some people, especially if you have intense shoulder pain. I have moderate shoulder pain, so some days I have to ... wear my straps off or longer than usual.
These straps I could definitely tighten a bit more if I didn't have shoulder pain. The cup fits fine after swooping and scooping, there's some gaping in the lace sometimes when I move, but it's only noticeable when moving my arms a lot and looking directly at the lace. I fill it after a few hours though, since my breasts swell a little.
The gore is too high for me, not high enough to feel pain, but at the end of the day or if I spend a lot of time lounging, it bothers me a little, the wires end up digging in. It's okay though, since I can wear it for a few hours and then take it off or change it.
Other than that it's extremely comfortable, super breathable, and it's soooooo pretty. It also gives me a pretty nice shape and lifts a lot more of my tissue than other projected bras. I doesn't show through most of my clothes (it's bright orange, so it does show through extremely thin shirts and white ones, but not through grey or other colours) and the embroidered hearts don't show either.
I definitely love it, and if I find more in different colours, I'll get them.
Updated on Mar 26, 2019 Flag this
Wires are soft and easily curve to your ribs but still are trying to reach your back. Itchy fabric. It’s a no for me
Updated on Dec 22, 2018 Flag this
FITTING: @ Marcie & @ Kali Cleo by Panache, unlined panel mesh bras sizes 34E-30H cups.
- Envied my friend who has the Kali, Marcie, & Lucy, Cleo by Panache Bras. She looks fantastic in them, they are her favorites, so I bought a couple. I couldn't fit in her bra, so I had to guess on fit & size.
- My comfort/appearance rating is based on my fit, not the bra quality. My breasts were too small and soft from weightloss, so my breasts don't do these bras justice.
- I haven't seen my friend's breasts naked, so I don't know her natural shape, but she had her correct ... size and all three Cleo models, Kali, Marcie & Lucy, looked very nice & round. Her breasts were well supported, they didn't bounce around when she jumped & her breasts are very large.
- Beautiful rich vibrant colors, cute embroirered patterns.
- The @ Marcie has more full coverage than @ Kalie. The 3-part panel gives a lot of lift & center projection.
PURCHASE: I was new to online shopping & wasnt aware that the seller on Amazon had a had a "no return" policy. I tried to cancel the order, but The bras were already en-route. I lost a lot of money! =, (
CONDITION & CARE: I hypoallergenic hand washed after trying on. Then stored flat in plastic on hangers to preserve/ protect mesh fabric and wire shape.
Thank you everyone! <3 BRATABASE! <3
Updated on Aug 13, 2017 Flag this
The only things I do NOT like about this bra:
1) the underwire length and height
2) the decoration and lining of the cups shows underneath shirts since it is unlined
It's a FUN bra, though, so the color and decoration are meant to be that way.
Updated on May 22, 2015 Flag this
The first thing that you notice about this bra is obviously the colour. I was looking for a neon yellow bra, and this is it! It's a great colour.
The straps are comfortable, though still too far apart for me (as with all my bras). The centre gore is good. I like all the little details, like the fun writing on the inside of the cups and the hearts and the little bow. It's the closest I've come to liking a completely non-padded bra.
Unfortunately, the cups are a bit big on me. The wires seem really wide and tall, kind of poking me in the middle of my armpits. The seams of the cup and the embroidery show from underneath all of the neon yellow shirts I own, and it's to wear with these that I bought this bra.
So I think my search for the perfect neon yellow bra will continue.
Updated on Dec 06, 2014 Flag this
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