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Bras » Cleo » Lily Balconnet Bra (7351) » 28G 28:9

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Fits ribcage69.7
B. perimeter27.1
Stretched Band71.8
Band Length57.4
Cup width13.6
Cup depth25.8
Wire length26.0
Cup height17.1
Cup separation1.9
Gore height7.8
Wing height9.5
Strap width1.6
Hooks2

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  1. 3
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    Didn't fit

    I have wanted a Lily for over a year now. Specifically, this print. I finally found a 30F Aqua Lily here for cheap a few months back, but said Lily was a titch too small, so I’ve been searching for a larger cup size. Then I go found this sister size. Which was a gamble with a smaller band. I waited in anticipation for this bra. My tracking number was positively infuriating. Then, rather by surprise, when I’d been complaining about it taking so long and no updates for days, it suddenly appeared in my mailbox!

    It’s a beautiful, gorgeous bra. I love the print and the shape and ... everything! It’s my mythical unicorn bra. 🦄 Except for the size. I knew that it was a gamble from the start with the 28G as I was told by the seller that the band was 28”... a number that also coincides with my snug under bust measurement. The 28G is technically my size based on measurements, but I am also a sub 32 band and I’m one that can’t do a lot of squish...I can fit loose 28s or tight 30s sometimes needing 1 row of hooks from an extender, but this one requires a full extender and I’m super worried that the tension is going to damage the hooks and pull them out...my 30F navy Marcie already has hooks that look like they want to come loose and I’ve been wearing with the extender mostly with 1 extra row of hooks (but at one point was 2) for nearly a year now. And that one stretched to 28.5” new where this Lily was a hard pull to 28” to the point I marked at 27.5” but feel like it’s closer to 27”.

    The cups fit pretty well when I have it on without the extender, but I’m definitely getting a bit of gapping when I have the full extender in use. My smaller boob has some gapping regardless, but is exaggerated the further the hooks are. And I definitely can’t wear it that tight more than a few minutes at a time. But I need the tension for the best cup fit. All the pictures are with no extender, btw.

    I’m still going to keep my search for the 30FF (possibly 30F in one of the larger fitting colours/prints) and hopefully find something that will work, because it’s so beautiful and it’s a great shape and fit for me. In the meantime, I have my contingency plan for this bra that I am pursuing. I’m glad I scoped out an option before I bought this bra. I was a lot more confident knowing that I had a plan for it if it didn’t work, and I was afraid that it might not.

    Sad to see it go away again so soon, but I’ll be getting something that I know will fit. So it’s still a win.

    Please have look at this beauty and weep with me that my rib cage is just a little bit too big for it...

    😓

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      When I first saw the thumbprint photos, I thought it was a chili pepper print and I was so excited. 😍 It is still very pretty!

      Sorry it wasn't a perfect fit for you. Hopefully another will come along soon that will be. 💙

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      Thanks. I am a bit sad. I mean, I could keep it and wear it out, but I am afraid that I will wear the hooks out before I even get to use the loosest hooks on the bra. Wearing the extender using one row of hooks is fine, but I don’t want to use the whole thing. Especially when I can trade it for something that I know is going to fit.

    • 1

      I wish I could think of a way to stretch the band out quickly without distorting the wires or risking hook damage in the process.

      If the only concern is the hook connections, you could always add a few stitches to the hooks & eyeloops to strengthen them, right?

      No worries though, I'm sure another one will surface soon and it will fit you perfectly. 💙

    • 1

      It's very pretty and this colour definitely suits you well. Too bad about the band :(

    • 1

      Sorry it didn't work out. Hope 30FF shows up soon!

    • 3

      Thanks. I’m swapping it for an Ewa. And who knows, maybe after the person who I’m swapping with wears it out, it might be stretched out enough to swap back. I am sad but confident in my decision to keep looking for the best fit of the Lily.

    • Update: I’ve added some new daylight pics with and without the extender so you can see the difference in the cups and possibly see the strain on the hooks with the extender (just imagine it worse on the hooks without...maybe I’ll redo that picture later)

      Apologies for the slightly lower picture quality...they were taken with my iPad which is older than my phone so it’s not as good of a front facing camera, but I can use the case to stand it up hands free and use the timer. Sooooo.....

      I’ll see if I can add more pics later to include more details.

    • Full back shot without the extender is up. I don’t know how well the strain is showing.

    • 1

      This looks perfect on you. Too bad the band doesn’t work. But it’s funny how it doesn’t even look tight compared to this one: http://bra.pe/X0Ur/

      Don’t worry about the hooks. They look strained even worse on most of my bras. I just pushed them back in and bend them a little wider at the bottom and they haven’t come out once even on bras that I can’t get on without my boyfriends help.

      If you are still looking for a 30F there is this:

      https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cleo-by-Panache-Lily-Underwired-Non-Padded-Balcony-Bra-7351-Aqua-Pink/192822394791?hash=item2ce51c3fa7:m:mP6IqScNP83ZJ5GfWI5MIlg:rk:3:pf:0#shpCntId

    • Thanks aboobaccount I actually have a 30F in aqua which is a little bit too small which is why I opted to try this one even though I was a little bit concerned about the band being too tight.

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  2. 1
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    Fits

    I just received my parrot print Lily (thanks, Calluna), and it fits! It's super cute, too. It's the teensiest bit small on my larger side (minor quad boob), but if I were to size up, I would have gaping on my smaller size. The band is TTS, so I need to use the middle or tightest hook. I was worried it would be too open on top for my FOB boobs, but I have zero gaping.

    Updated on Mar 13, 2019 Flag this


    • I’m glad that it works for you. I am super sad I had to pass it up but I’m happy that it fits someone better than me in the band.

    • This looks great on you, and glad you have no gaping. Win!

    • Thanks, guys.

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  3. 1
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    Fits

    Magenta/orange colorway:

    I found this NWT very inexpensively on Ebay and thought I would give it a shot, as I love my Cleo Marcies but have had trouble finding a good size in Lily since it's been discontinued. Previously I tried a 30G aqua and a 30FF magenta, and neither seemed to work. This fits nicely with a couple hooks of an extender to start out, as my underbust is 28" and this one runs quite firm in the band, so I find the shape is optimal when it's not being pulled to max tension. I think my best size would be 30FF, the same as I take in ... Cleo Marcie and Alexa.

    I don't love the colorway at all (especially the neon orange straps) but I'm totally willing to overlook that because the uplift, centering and rounding this bra provides is just magical! It makes your frame look narrower from the front, and from the side it gives a beautiful globe-like profile. It feels very contained and secure, at the same time that it provides a very subtle cakes on a plate effect, almost like an unlined half cup would. There is excellent depth at the bottom of the cup and near the center gore, the fabric is smooth under shirts (even if the color is more difficult to disguise), and it's comfortable to wear all day. Overall, it's a great fit for my narrowish/projected and even shape, and I think it will be a great workhorse bra for me.

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  4. 0
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    Hasn't set fit

    Like the shape, lift, and firmness (stiffer fabric). Not a lot of projection, not pointing a little up or down - basically a round shape. Like the look under clothes, good for buttoned work shirts as well as t-shirts. New favorite bra for sure.

    Aqua colorway

    Updated on Aug 21, 2015 Flag this


    • If you grow weary of your Lily, I may be interested in adopting her :-) jimineymittenz

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  5. 0
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    Fits

    Perfect fit for projected, even, narrow breasts. This is my favorite bra.

    The band is rather tight. The cups are made of a not-too-stretchy material (yay) and it's not lacy (double yay).

    I love the shape this bra gives - the 3-part cut gives a lot of lift and pushes the breasts forward. It does seem to have a little bit of the center-seam quad-boobing effect, but it's not visible under even my tight tank tops.

    Updated on Feb 16, 2015 Flag this


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    Fits

    This bra works really well with my breast shape! I feel like the girls are happy when I wear this bra. It makes my boobs look AWESOME and way perkier than I ever thought possible, especially under shirts!

    Cons- the 28 band is a little too tight for me, but I might need some adjusting to a tighter band in general from the 34Cs I was wearing before. Also, the straps are a little wide for my frame. It's a little too soon to judge how uncomfortable that will be with daily wear.

    Other cons noticed - Wires are less than an inch too wide for me, but not really too bothersome. Wing comes up a little too high, but weirdly only noticeable and irritating on the right side. Some wrinkling in the bottom of the left cup, but I noticed I wasn't situating the bra exactly on my underbust line.

    However, I HAVE gotten used to the 28 band, or it stretched out a bit. Either way, the band size no longer feels too tight.

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  7. 0
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    Didn't fit

    Fits me well except on my larger breast, in that case I have a little stray tissue on the outside. Overall I really like this bra though.

    Updated on Dec 27, 2013 Flag this


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    Didn't fit

    In general, people say Cleo Meg is a tricky fit, you either get quadboobs or the top is too loose, but Cleo Lily is much easier to fit for most people. It is on the contrary for me. I can fit nicely in Cleo Meg, albeit a little space on top of my smaller boob, but otherwise it is fine. In Cleo Lily, I have quadboobs. Under loose top it won't show, but with tight shirts, if I pull my shoulders to fix my posture to stand straighter, you can see the quadding.

    I find the top of Cleo Lily is a bit too closed for my boobs. I ... would say I am even, leaning to FoT. The sides are also a little low for me, Cleo Marcie is higher. As for the wires, although I find the Lily and Marcie are of the same width (5.5"), somehow I feel that Lily wires go further behind my back than Marcie.

    I would say Lily would suit people who have FoB boobs, just like Cleo Lucy. Other than that, the shape, strap placement, etc are of the usual quality of Cleo. The fabric of Lily is softer than Meg.

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  9. 0
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    I would tell my friend that they should buy this bra because it is wonderfully comfortable and absolutely beautiful.

    Updated on Nov 12, 2013 Flag this

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    Hasn't set fit

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    Added on Aug 20, 2014



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