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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.
Updated on Sep 21, 2013 Flag this
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
Updated on Jun 22, 2018 Flag this
Find this bra at Nordstrom Rack. Sadly it was the only one in my size range. Tried to get a fitting but apparently the website was wrong and they didn't do fittings at the one I went to. The only girl who had any bra fitting experience use to work at VS... She tried telling me I needed a 34C when I was standing there with a 30E on... But this bra fit better then expected. I'm not a fan of unlined bras but I really like this one.
My only issue is I think it's to small in the cup because it does this weird wrinkling. Will add pictures tonight or tomorrow with fit check.
Over all I'm happy with this bra. Just wish the world would open their eyes to real sizes not matrix sizes...
Updated on Jun 22, 2015 Flag this
Surprisingly this bra fits me in the cups. I was worried it was going to be a little big, but it's not. There's a little room on my smaller side though. I wish I tried this sooner. I didn't try it because I thought it would fit similarly to the Cleo Maya
The band on this is a little too loose for me, but that could be because the band is stretched out from wear.
From trying the bra on to take pics, I think the fabric is a little on the scratchy side
Updated on Aug 12, 2017 Flag this
So, I for swapped this on a whim because I'd never tried the Lily in my size. It fits like a rounded, perfect dream! I could probably use a tiny tiny bit more room in the cup, but overall this bra is wonderful!
Updated on Oct 31, 2016 Flag this
Probably the best fit I've had yet, which was a bit unexpected. My boobs feel uplifted, rounded, and perky.
The color scheme isn't really my thing (I don't feel that magenta and orange go), but I don't have the money to be picky.
Updated on Jan 01, 2016 Flag this
My favourite bra. Fits perfectly..
Updated on Jul 30, 2015 Flag this
I just wish I could love Cleo like most people do... The bras just don't work for me though. Booo! This bra is too projected on top and cuts in a little to my tall roots. It's also a bit too wide at the gore and honestly brighter than I expected in person.
This bra needs to find a new home, unfortunately.
Updated on Jul 12, 2015 Flag this
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