Description: a purple molded-cup balcony style bra with black mesh overlay. Embroidered ribbons and check pattern on edges of the black mesh. Fully adjustable black straps with ruched ribbon detail on straps. Black mesh powernet band with 2 hook-and-eye closure.
Pros: The straps are fully adjustable and are thinner than most of my newer (/better fitting) bras. I appreciate the thinner straps because I will be able to hide them better during the summer with racerback or thin-strapped camis/tanks. I also feel as though they will be less of a hassle should I use a bra converter (again, thanks to the ruching and thinness). The ruched ribbon detail on ...the straps, while a bit of a pain at first to adjust, prevents the straps from loosening throughout the day. This bra doesn't poke or stab me under the arms and the center gore lies flat and does so without stabbing me as well. There is no quadboob (some with the larger breast, but a minor strap adjustment fixed that) or spillage and I feel secure in this bra. I can wear this with a v-neck,
Cons: It's a balcony-style bra, so the shape isn't my favorite, but I can see where in certain situations this bra will serve me better than others (office environments maybe?). It gives a "my-boobs-but-better" appearance under clothing and exaggerates my hourglass shape BUT it does give a little east/west point----not so much that my tatas are in my armpits, but enough to "push" an exaggerated figure 8 from the front (and make me think of torpedo-tits when I look down at my chest) and does flatten out the silhouette due to the lack of forward projection. The band is *FIRM* and runs a bit tight, I think. This may be causing some distortion of the cups/wires on me, but by the end of the day (even with an extender) the wires dig into my ribs HORRIBLY on my sides. I don't want to bend the wires because I think the overall effect of this bra is not the most flattering on me and I will probably let this one go in favor of the Cleo Marcie.
Technically this bra is a cup size and band size too big, but I got it at the silly price of 89 pence with free delivery (clearance sale!) so I thought I'd give it a try.. Luckily, it seems small in the cup and tight in the band so it fits pretty well. I'd say it feels smaller than the Freya patsy half cup in 30e; though maybe its just the higher gore stopping it from gaping so much at the top? There is a small amount of gaping but I usually get that with this sort of bra.
The ruffled material on the straps makes it awkward to adjust them. There is a bit of wrinkling in the cups but that's probably down to poor packaging and the postman shoving it through the letterbox without much care. The placing of the vertical seam in the cup gives a strange line to the otherwise lovely round shape (though only at certain angles).
Such a pretty bra and I really wanted it to work! I think I needed to re-measure myself before getting it because I definitely need extra length in the band. The straps were really tough to slide up and down to make longer.
I liked everything about this bra except the straps. They are thin compared to the "spongy" Freya Deco straps I'm used to, making the edges particularly slicey. The gore is too high and not tacking at all to my breastplate causing it to shift around during the few minutes I tried it on to look in the mirror. It's a shame because the cup detail and subtle pink embroidery is actually very pretty and the black mesh over purple cup is something that appeals to me aesthetically.
This bra is truly gorgeous, it's gotten multiple compliments from friends and even my boyfriend who's usually oblivious to bras commented on how pretty the embroidery is. The band is ideal for me, stays in place but doesn't dig in. I'm impressed how firm it still is despite frequent wearing, it doesn't seem to have stretched out at all. The cups are almost perfect. I get a tiny bit of gaping at the outside edges, worse if I hunch at all (I have this issue with most bras). Haven't been able to try a size down in this cut, but I think I might spill over a bit on my larger side. Gore is my preferred height (around 2.5in), lies flat, doesn't dig in at all.
At first, the centre gore wires were a bit pokey, but after a few washes/wears, that stopped for some reason. The band is very tight. I'm wearing it on the loosest hook which is awesome for me as I'm 26 underbust. The wires are a tad too wide for my root, but it doesn't bother me at all. I love the thin foam padding; I hate thick padding but I'm also not a fan of sheer/mesh material.
It gives me a great shape and some nice cleavage, and it's super comfortable.
My only complaint is that I can't wear it under lower cut tops, not even "low cut", just slightly lower than usual. I think that's because I don't have a tall torso and my breasts are higher up on my chest.
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LOVE this bra! Tried a few other Cleo's (Marcie, Bella) that I liked at first until the gore really dug in and left painful marks. Hesitantly tried another Cleo, same size (30E) and this one is perfect! Lower gore, kinda a demi cup feel to it. Lightly padded to give just enough oomph for a simple bra. It is gorgeous and despite having some lace detail, is pretty smooth under tight shirts. 30E fits true to size for me, definitely no room to "grow", perfect fit. Wires are wide enough for my wide set breasts but not too wide or high.