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Lily Balconnet Bra (7351)

AW2013-AW2014 - Unpadded balconette with a decorative ribbon at the cups; available in multiple colors and prints More...
This bra is discontinued.

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  1. 8
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    30E

    Fits

    I've read that this bra is an improved fit version of the Meg; for me this proves true.

    Where the Meg seemed to run large in the cup, the Lily seems more true to size. For comparison, I wear a 30DD in the Meg (though it's a tiny bit too small, the E is far too big). Perhaps the upper section of the cup curves in less sharply than the Meg too, though this might be my imagination.

    The fabric of the Lily has marginally more give than the Meg, but it's still not the most forgiving of bras; if you are very FOT or, conversely, shallow, this ... may not be a good fit for you. If your size fluctuates during the month, then it's probably going to be one of those bras which only fits you perfectly for part of the time.

    Overall I find it a comfortable everyday bra which gives a similar shape to the Meg, but fits more true to (Cleo?) size. Stretchy band (think Lucy not Melissa) may be an issue if you are sub-28, but it's nothing like Freya/Fantasie. Appearance-wise it's pretty but nothing stand out.

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    Updated on Sep 21, 2013 Flag this


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  2. 6
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    30F

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    I own this in the old-school parrot print colourway.

    QUALITY: It's nice! Maybe not as luxe as some other $$$ bra brands out there, but it feels sturdy, there's no loose threads or unfinished, itchy corners (cough, Freya), and the elastic holds over over time admirably. It was designed with a real person wearing real shirts in mind, and the seams aren't obtrusive under shirts - even the flashy pink stripe at the top of the cup is just sheer fabric, not ribbon, so it doesn't poke out or interfere with the rest of the cup construction. The fabric is a little acrylic and stiff, which is weird ... when you first put it on, but as your tissue relaxes into it, it becomes a perfect and secure fit.
    COMFORT/FIT: This is the best fit in a bra I've ever had. The gore doesn't dig, the band is just snug enough, and while I get some puckering at the top of the cups, it disappears after a few minutes of wear. I wish the wires were padded up just a little more - the wires can dig in the underbust after a long day. I highly recommend this bra for people with close-set boobs and with centered/evenly full tissue.
    APPEARANCE: I'm so down for these parrots. The print is kind of busy, but as long as it doesn't interfere with the bra's functionality, I truly don't care. The pink ribbon at the top makes your boobs look like luminous, perfect spheres through the power of forced perspective, and the shape this bra gives under shirts is great - rounded, lifted, and unlike many other unlined bras, your nipples aren't the center of attention when it's cool out.
    IDEAL USES: Boppin' around town, lookin' cute, day-to-day boob business
    KEY AESTHETICS: Modern Independent Woman, Abbi From Broad City, Cold Brew & Cults Concerts, I Own A Succulent Garden And Also I Do My Own Taxes, I Have A Record Collection But I'm Not Going To Be A Douche About It

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    Updated on Mar 13, 2016 Flag this


    • I love this review :D I just wish the lily didn't wrinkle weird on me :)

    • Lily parrots is super sturdy. I wore mine weekly for over a year before I had to start moving the hooks to a small setting.

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      I got a Lily Swan print set listed for sale in the sister size to this, 28FF. Just an FYI ;-) The Lily's are classic, well made and give a great rounded shape to those who have the even fullness and short roots they demand.

    • KEY AESTHETICS: are you stalking me? (minus the cold brew..give me blazing hot coffee, or give me death)

      Thanks for this review, I really want to try this bra and it is helping me to make a decision. :)

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  3. 5
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    30E

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    Well, this is my last of the four reviews, and I waited this long because I wanted to write about my first experience with taking in a band! I finally worked up the courage to take this bra apart (somewhat), because it wasn't doing me any good sitting on my floor and not being worn. First of all, thank you to RubensNotRaphael for selling me this Lily. Lily is basically my holy grail bra, and as we all know, it has been discontinued for several years now and is becoming increasingly difficult to find. (I may be hoarding two Lilys in 28FF that are too big ... for me ATM, but should I ever gain boob weight, it will be perfect lol.)

    I decided to take in the band from the hook and eye attachments, because I didn't want any bulky seams where some other folks prefer to just fold the band over itself, and I would also prefer that the straps are closer together in the back rather than further apart, which I feared would happen with some other methods. So, you can imagine my hesitation at taking in a bra band for the first time since I would be permanently, irreversibly chopping off a length of the band. My first step was to try and guess how much I should take off. I measured 0.5" inward from each attachment point of the hook and eye tape on either side of the band and marked with tailor's chalk. Then I ripped out the original seams so that I could fully remove the hooks and eyes. I chopped off approximately 0.5" of the band, but left 0.25" outside of the chalk mark, which is the part that would go back inside the hook and eye tape. Then I just folded the band over itself a tiny bit in the middle (horizontally) so that the top and bottom edges of the band would fit back inside the hook and eye tape and used a zigzag stitch to secure. I did this for both sides and gave it a try on - it was much better already, but still a bit too big. So I repeated the process, taking approximately another 0.5" off each side. This time, the band is nice and snug on the first or second set of hooks! Hooray, my experiment was a success!!

    Now, the band measures 23.25"/59cm flat, and 26.5"/69.5cm stretched (a big emphasis here is that the band is really stretchy, so I can definitely pull it farther, but that would distort the wires and not be accurate to how much it stretches when I wear it)(PS. I measured in actual inches and cm's individually, I did not do a conversion, so the measurements may not be exactly the same). My stitching is NOT neat, but it does the trick! I am so happy with how it has turned out, and this makes me want to attack all my ill-fitting bras with the seam ripper lmao

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    Aqua colorway

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      Looks fantastic! Congratulations on your successful alteration/s :-)

    • Love4Pollinators Thank you! :)

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      Hooray! I'm so glad this worked out for you! Makes me feel better about it being a mismatch for me, somehow. I'm also super impressed by your sewing bravery. Rock on! Best!

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      Wow,
      it does looks pretty neat. I did you use a machine? And how long did it take you?

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      aboobaccount Yes, I used a machine. The total process, including ripping the original seams and then sewing everything back together, took less than an hour. I was also going pretty slowly since it was my first try, so I wouldn't be surprised if I could do this in about 15 minutes once I become more confident.

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  4. My measurements for reference: snug 32, BTT 30.5, standing 38.5, leaning 41, lying 39. Pendulous, projected, narrowish shortish root, FOB/even (I think). I have a lot of outside fullness.

    Well, this is a very cute little bra. I like the parrot print, which is actually much more subdued than my crazy neon Lucy or yellow Marcie. It's a very lightweight mesh construction, but damn, it does the job. Why can't every bra just lift like this? All my Cleos do provide a great profile, but this one is the best so far.

    The band is comfortably snug on the loosest hooks, not like my Marcie which still ... practically cuts me in half after six months wear. The wires are pretty much the perfect width. The gore tacks. The straps are nicely placed and fully adjustable. I fill the cups nicely, although I have to swoop and scoop more enthusiastically on my smaller side.

    There is virtually no wrinkling in the bottom of the cups. The most amazing thing, though (to me), is that they don't ride down at all throughout the day. I guess I finally got the magic combination of wire width and projection. I think this is why I find this bra much more comfortable than either Lucy or Marcie, because the wires don't move around and cause chafing. They don't seem to be any more padded or anything. The band under the cups doesn't even curl up. That might just be a first for me.

    Alas, it is not perfect. :( Thanks to the combination of Cleo construction and my soft tissue, I still get the in-cup quad boob going on. I wish Cleo would figure this out and fix it. People with squishy boobs deserve better!

    Except for that, I do love this bra. I think it is my best fit so far. So of course they're discontinuing it. Story of my life. :)




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    Parrot Print colorway

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      Along with the Panache Jasmine, the Lily was the best fit I had until I tried the Panache Envy. (All in 30FF, so we're pretty close in size.)

      Lily's wires ride down a bit on me (my biggest bra-fitting challenge), but my Envy wires don't budge all day, due to sufficient depth at the bottom of the cups. (The Envy is similar in construction to the Jasmine, which does ride down on me a bit, except for having that extra projection at the bottom.)

      So Envy and Jasmine might be worth a try, if you haven't already.

    • I actually do have an Envy in 32F which fits really well, too. (I'm a terrible slacker about adding my bras into Bratabase.) The shape is great right when I put it on. The only thing I find is that the material is a little too stretchy and tends to lose shape over the day. The Envy cut with stiffer fabric, but still the stretch lace on top, would probably be the best of all possible worlds.

      Also, there's a Jasmine I'm watching on eBay, but I sort of promised my husband I wouldn't buy any more bras before Christmas. ha ha

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  5. 3
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    32D

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    Currently the most comfortable bra I own - great for even/projected shapes with a need of narrowish wires, I would say. I really love the Lily in general. While this seems to be comfortable and loves my armpits, however, it does have wrinkling that I wouldn't expect in the cups, but I don't think it's enough to justify purchasing a size up or down as far as cup size goes.
    Lily is made of a pretty nice mesh, I would say, that doesn't scratch/irritate. It's a million times softer than any Claudette I've tried, and probably twice as soft as the mesh used in the Marcie.
    This provides a minimized, very lifted, very centered shape. I love it. Can't get enough of it.

    aqua/pink colorway

    Updated on Jul 10, 2016 Flag this


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      Looks beautiful. How is the gore width for you?

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      Thanks Love4Pollinators ! The gore width is narrower than the Marcie, so I find it more comfortable, personally. :D

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      My lily parrots has been a work horse. I only switched to the second hooks after a year. I've had it three and it doesn't get all the love it used to since I have more options now but I don't have any interest in parting with it. But please Cleo- fun but basic would be nice. I love the grey color way idea

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      My parrot one has been trucking since 2014, IIRC, and it has an alteration but ugh...I long for a 30DD/32D version! If not grey, maybe just.. plain colors that are a little more neutral LOL

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  6. 3
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    32FF

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    Sweet lord.

    I tried this bra before in 32G, which was too big in the cup for me, but I got the sneaking suspicion that this would be a pretty great bra for me in the right size. It was difficult to find the right size anywhere, but I finally managed to track one down on Ebay.

    And as I said before: Sweet lord! Sweet lift! Sweet projection! This seriously is the most lifted and front an centre I've ever seen my boobs, and I love it.

    Even in 32FF, the tops of the cups still have a little bit of room left, So I'd say this bra is more FoT friendly that the Marcie or Minnie.

    The fabric is slightly nylon-y and scratchy, but very firm and supportive, so I'll take it!

    I'll be on the look out for more of these, so anyone who has a Lily in 32FF they want to part with: I'm your girl!

    Updated on Oct 13, 2015 Flag this


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      Amen! :)

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      Lily is a fantastic bra, it's hands down my best fitting unlined bra. I beg to differ a bit with the open on top determination, as it is not more open on top than the Marcie I've tried and the general consensus is Marcie/even more so the Minnie is the go-to Cleo bra for FOT shapes. What print do you have of Lily? The swan print, and to a slightly lesser extent the parrot print, is known to run more open on top and generally bigger all around than the aqua color. But typically Lily demands even fullness and short roots. If you choose to upload pics, I'd be curious to see them because IIRC, you don't have extremely short roots. But maybe you do! If that's the case, you'd likely get along well with Curvy Kate Bardot or Madagascar. Bardot is getting tricker to find since the black/purple colorway is discontinued and selling out rapidly and the AW2015 black/red colorway is brand new and selling at $72 at the moment.

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      lcl0706 I have the swan print version, so that's probably why I find it FoT frienly. I'm not super FoT by the way, more even with some upper fullness. I certainly have short roots, though how short I can't say. My boobs are definitely shorter than they are wide.

      I'll add some pictures later today.

    • Oh I see what you mean in the picture, but I don't see it in real life. I do get super round boobs in this one, which I also get in the Marcie. The Minnie and Kira bras give me a slightly more pointy profile instead, so I think those are more projected.

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  7. 2
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    30E

    Didn't fit


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      You may be having some in cup quad? May need to go up a cup size to allow for the padding. Looking at your side profile it looks like there is ever so slight fold back on your tissue. Did the cups feel like they were squishing your tissue? There is some bulge at the seams where the lace is which suggests too small cup as well.

    • Cleo Hettie is similar with stretch lace on top: http://bra.pe/MFGA/

    • Definitely in cup quadding to the extreme. I've only had one bra that fits, and only for a week, and am beginning to think it's too small (posting soon to follow), so I'm really not at all sure what the difference between a well-fitting and tissue-squishing bra would feel like. I've recently had some bad luck with sizing up in the cup and ending up swimming in fabric.
      Also, I think my breast tissue is just too soft for stretch lace. I've tried CK Ellace, Princess, Gia, all with a horizontal seam between two differently-tensioned fabrics, and all gave me in cup quadboob--even the ones in too big a cup. I just don't think stretch lace can work for me.

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  8. 2
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    28E

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    Excellent quality! And out of all the bras I've tried on, this is the most comfortable one. The gores were bothersome at first, but with wearing over time the fabric softened.
    Gives the best of support! The bra has a sturdy feel. I kinda like the design, the pink/orange color combo is cute. The bow in the middle is sort of sideways because the cup separation is so small, but I like the frillyness of the edges.
    The gores are the perfect width, my boobs are squishable and my roots so narrow that the wires have to be sort of rounded and smallish to be properly snug, and the Cleo Lily does this well.

    Updated on Dec 15, 2017 Flag this


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      Cleo is aimed at much younger women, hence the tacky patterns and colors. Too bad they are the best fit for so many less-young women (or less in to bright colors and weird pattern women)

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      Cleo Lily is sadly long discontinued, so if you find another in your size, you may want to snatch it up sooner rather than later. I personally love the "ugly" swan and parrot prints, but I agree that more options would be nice.

    • dbmamaz Ahh well that makes sense. Yeah, perhaps I can mail Panache and ask them if they can make some new Cleo Lilys but with a different appearance..? Hmm. I'll look into this.

      kohakuriver (ohh my gosh your username!!) Will do! Hahah naww, it's nice to hear that someone enjoys them :D It's a cute pattern but far from what I would prefer. Then again, I have a dream of becoming a lingerie model, so my tastes are a bit more lacy and decorative x)

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  9. 2
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    34H

    Didn't fit

    Ehh it works. But you may end up fighting a losing battle against the dreaded quad boob not to mention the oober skinny two hook band isn't giving you any leeway on the battle front of the severe frumpy look .

    Updated on Nov 04, 2017 Flag this


    • I loathe Cleo bands--two hooks and narrow does not create comfort on my body.

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  10. 2
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    30FF

    Didn't fit


    • If you ever decide to part with your red Marcie let me know!

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