This bra is absolutely a new favorite! I contacted Amazon about the sizing weirdness, and they confirmed that it was mis-tagged. Luckily, 28FF is the perfect size for me after some growth so it worked out beautifully. Kayla should fit those who fit well in Lily, but it's a bit more open on top and center projected. The band runs quite large, so be aware of that. I miss the old tight Cleo bands!
I like the color combination. Not too boring, not too flashy and not super visible under clothes. They should really offer more styles like this. [rant on] I have enough colorful bras by now. Sometimes I feel like a 15 year old Disney princess when I open my undies drawer just from looking at all the crazy colors. [rant off]
Fit / Comfort
If fits similar to my Cleo Marcie (http://bra.pe/XYLq/) but with a little more space on top. The upper part of the cups is also stretchy so it doesn't cut in when my boobs decide to swell up a little during the day. But the stretchiness ...also makes it feel somewhat un-supportive when I bend forward. The lower portion of the cups is only a single layer of very smooth, almost silk like fabric. It's super comfy but it doesn't do much in terms of nipple control. The wires are exactly the same as the Marcie: very firm and narrow. While the band feels looser (almost like a 30) even though it has about the same measurements and is made of the same mesh fabric. But it's still snug enough to stay in place on the first hook. The straps are very long for a Cleo. I am about 173cm (5 feet 8 inch) and after about a month I had shorten them even more then in the pictures. I just hope they don't stretch any further since I hate it when the metal adjusters sit on my shoulders.
Cleo Kayla is actually more appealing in person than it is in pictures. When I saw the promotional images, I really didn't care for the appearance at all. I decided to order it because I thought the shape of the bra would work well for me. The light blue is actually nice, the multi-colored lower cup is shiny and super soft. The light blue stretch lace has some lime green accents, as does the bottom of the band. The adjusters, rings, and the bow on the gore are all a reddish pink. Per Cleo's standard, it has three columns of two hooks and eyes. It does have the ...padded straps that Cleo/Panache add for GG+ cup sizes.
Kayla has a stretch lace upper cup that, unlike Cleo Hettie, has NO trim on it, so it should work quite well for a variety of top shapes. It has narrow wires, plenty of room in the bottom of the cup and by the center gore. It gives a very uplifted, rounded shape that is typical for unlined Cleo's.
Unfortunately for me, it is just too small after my recent growth, and I sadly cannot find a 30HH at this time. My smaller right breast fits okay, but the larger left quads even with the stretch lace. When the new SS17 Kayla comes out, I will definitely be purchasing one. Read more 117 more words
I ordered Kayla and a Cleo Hettie Balconnet Bra (9011) at the same time to compare, and I wouldn't say there is a true "sister cut" relation between both, as they fit very differently.
There are some similarities, of course: Both are unpadded Cleo balconettes with a George/Marcie kind of cut pattern, and stretchy lace in the upper part of the cup (which George/Marcie do not have). They have identical wires and identical bands. Both are tight/true to size in the band.
The main difference: Kayla is considerably deeper in the cups than Hettie, therefore running notably larger. The difference is so large it's reflected in the measurements: ...Kayla has 1.6 cm (.75 in) more cup depth and 0.5 cm (.2 in) more cup height than Hettie in the same size. That's a lot.
I found a good fit in Hettie, while Kayla was too large. Sizing down would not be an option, because I need that wire width and side coverage (narrower underwires also means shorter underwires at the sides, and boob tissue might escape).
OTOH, if you find that Hettie is too small for you and you don't want to size up because the wires would end up too wide, try Kayla in the same size instead. It will give you the same underwire shape paired with a deeper cup.
The tl;dr version: Try Kayla if you need narrow wires and lots of projection in the cups. Be prepared that it might run slightly larger than other Cleos (e.g. Marcie), and can accomodate varying levels of upper fulness very well (due to the stretch lace part). Try Hettie if you are okay with medium to wide wires and average projection. Read more 197 more words
The Cleo Kayla is a really, really pretty bra, and for the most part, I really like to wear it. The stretch lace does a great job of encapsulating my soft tissue, full on top breasts, which is always a plus. The underwires are too wide, but that's something I've found is consistent with bras from British companies. In terms of quality, Kayla is decent, but I wouldn't say that it's a bra that'll last for an exceptionally long time. I'd say that I take pretty good care of my bras (hand washing them, not wearing them back to back), and I've just now reached the last set ...of hooks after a little over a year and a half of owning the Kayla; I have some bras that I've had for longer and worn about as much that are only on the first or middle set of hooks. Also, the bad does feel a bit flimsy, even when it's tight. The straps are very thin compared to most bras I have and are incredibly flimsy. Luckily, this doesn't bother me too much, but I could see how it could.
In terms of shape, the Kayla is very round for a non padded bra, which is exceptionally important to me as I love having boobs to the sky cleavage and a round, round, round profile (both not quite there for Kayla but are acceptable for my high standards) and basically live in Freya Deco Vibes. The Kayla is comparable to the Cleo Lily in this regard, in my opinion.
Mostly, I like the fit of my Kayla. One thing that I notice with it, though, is that my boobs tend to move away from the center after I've worn it, which is strange because in bras with lower gores like the Freya Deco Vibe, for instance, they move towards the center. I've attached some pictures of this. Read more 207 more words
Short roots, full on bottom and center full . This is supposed to be the same cut as Hettie. It is close but the fit and feel is a little different.I think it could be the difference in fabrics. The wires are pretty good for the tons of immediate projection I need and also pretty good for my center fullness. Wires stay in my IMF although they don't feel quite as comfortable as the Hettie. The Hettie's wires feel almost a little padded. I think perhaps because the fabric is a little heavier than on the Kayla. The band is very stretchy and I can easily fasten it in the innermost hook. Very unusual for a Cleo. I have touching breasts in a bra, so very little room for gore . This fits like almost all bras I've tried, sits very slightly on breast tissue at the gore.
I recently went up a size, so it's back to the drawing board, trying to find new bras that fit. This one fits the bill! Really projected, fits similar to Lily but with a stretch lace upper. Annoyingly, I get that weird in-cup quadboob along the seam between the lace and the bottom of the cup. I was able to remedy this with a thin moulded foam insert that came with another bra. It hasn't affected the fit, so it's a good solution for me.
I don't think it's my shape. Plenty of top wrinkling, due to a combination of stretch lace and my FOB. Wires feel uncomfortable at the sides...I don't think they're too high but they do dig. Gore is correct even for my close-set inner fullness. But the wire shape is more of a U, whereas I need closer to a sideways ). Even though I don't think it's too narrow on the sides, it's still too ...peaked at the front I guess.
Also, from the side I think the shape looks fine, but form the top they are impressive torpedos. I think this bra just lets my inner fullness take over, so all the tissue slumps into the center. Not a fan of what my tissue & shape do in this cup.
Much more comfortable than the Cleo Hettie to me. I think the band is stretchier on the Kayla compared to the Hettie, also the gore does not dig into my sternum as much as it does on the Hettie. I do get more gaping at the top lace on the Kayla than the Hettie on my smaller side. Both bras are sufficiently deep at the wire (immediately projected) hurrah! I think Kayla might have a slight edge in immediate projection. I will say this bra doesn’t feel super duper supportive, the lift and weight redistribution is pretty minor compared to my heavy duty lifter bras. It makes me wonder if there might be an inverse correlation between projectedness and support. Possibly the bra needs to squish the boobs close and out to the sides of the chest wall in order to redistribute the weight off your shoulders.