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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
Updated on Mar 13, 2016 Flag this
I'm finding lately I'm a 28G or so in molded cups, and a 28FF in most unlined bras. Is it common to be a size down in unlineds? Works the same for the Freya unlined bra I tried vs their padded half cups or Decos. Anyways, I searched high and low for a 28FF swan print and couldn't find it anywhere, and since I wanted to try this bra so bad and was so in love with the swan print, I settled on a sister size and prayed the band would run tight.
Well, it's not a tight band, but I've worn worse. It's on the ... middle set of hooks. I think the swan print is a love/hate thing - either it's your thing or it's not. I think it's quirky and cute and different.
I really, really, really like this bra. Even though it's not perfect, I like it a million times better than the Lucy, because it's not mesh and not lace and doesn't itch! At all! That's huge for my sensitive skin. I like it enough I've worn it the last two days.
There's wrinkling at the top in my smaller breast and minor quadding in my bigger breast when freshly scooped. I swear that's a problem in every single bra. My right boob would be swimming in a 28G or 30FF though. The quadding goes away as my boob "settles" - someone on ABTF mentioned it could be because I have soft tissue and it's easy to over-scoop tissue into a bra that isn't really breast tissue, and since my tissue is soft it settles down quickly. It made sense.
This is the narrowest cup width I've tried to date, measuring 5.25. It's not uncomfortable, although I feel like maybe the wings and/or wire come up a bit short on my left & bigger side. I took my 5.5" wide Deco off a couple nights ago and took pictures of the wire indentation marks and they're spaced away from where I believe my root is, and also below my IMF, so I really think narrower and more projection is better for me, assuming I've correctly identified my actual root.
When I raise my arm, there's a vertical wrinkle all up the side of the cup, I have no clue why. This is the first bra I've ever owned that brings my boobs to the center and into my frame. It's crazy! It feels like a very uplifted, rounded, centered shape, and it's good enough that I might hunt around for another one.
Updated on Jun 11, 2015 Flag this
I think this bra (Cleo Lily (7351)) is a good, sturdy bra. My only complaint is that I've grown out of the band, and if I use a band extender, the cups get too big. It's a very good, comfortable bra for those boobs who are wide set and heavy on bottom. The straps were slightly uncomfortable for me and dug into my shoulders a bit, but I do have low set boobs. I think if the band was not so tight, this would definitely be my go to bra!
Updated on Apr 19, 2017 Flag this
I love the Cleo Lily. See my other reviews for more info. I searched high and low for this swan print in my size, but I'm shrinking, and by the time this international order came in, it was already too big. I wore it once, but the sternum stabbed me because I didn't fully fill out the cups. For whatever reason, it arrived to me "new" with the Cleo tag cut out, but the size tag intact. For reference, this "charcoal" color is like the "soft black" color in hosiery.
Updated on Jul 09, 2016 Flag this
The Lily is my dream-fit bra. I sized up to a 32E in the aqua/pink colour way, since that was so tight in the band; this colour way appears to be looser in the band (and is pre-loved) so it's pretty much perfect on the loosest set of hooks straight away.
Gives the most glorious rounded, front-and-centre shape, and even rounds out my smaller breast despite the large discrepancy in cup size between the two. Much as I never really warmed to Lily's colour ways, I'm devastated that this one has been discontinued. The only thing that could possibly make it more perfect for me is if the wires overlapped down the length of the gore; other than that I don't have a single quibble.
Updated on Aug 06, 2015 Flag this
This bra has been a work horse. I've worn it probably every week for the last year and a bit and I've just moved it to the second set of hooks. I like the centered rounded shape and the print is cute. I wish cleo could put out something I could wear under light tees but at least this one works under darks. I get a bit of over spill the wrong time of the month but otherwise this fits well.
Updated on May 23, 2015 Flag this
This was the second bra I tried in my true size journey.
I'm not a big fan of the super bright blue and pink color scheme, but hey it was cheap on zulily so I thought I'd give it a go! This is probably one of the most comfortable bras I've tried yet. I find it very supportive and decent compatibility with my shape (FOB, close set, narrow, maybe short root?) if not a tad bit pointy profile from the side. Does give a very front and center appearance as with most cleos. It is kind of closed off on top which might be a problem for ... people with more upper fullness and/or taller root. I found the band to run on the smaller side of a 30.
I think my only real complaints is the gore being a bit too wide and that I could probably benefit from going up a size to a 30FF or maybe even a 28G due to some slight quadding and escaping tissue on the sides. I figure a size up would give longer wires to prevent that from happening.
Updated on Apr 17, 2015 Flag this
(This review is for the navy/parrot print.)
This is the first bra that's ever given me problems with its gore. The band feels perfect, but the gore presses so hard that it actually hurts. I think if it was slightly lower, it wouldn't be a problem. I tried gently bending the wires away and adding an extender, and so far it seems better. I'll see how it feels in a few more hours. (EDIT: So it turns out pregnancy has increased my underbust measurement by a couple inches, and I should really be wearing a 32E. I'm sure this has a LOT to do with why the wires are ... painful.)
Other than that, this seems like a good fit. For once, I finally have a bra in my true size that's actually an appropriate distance from my armpits on both the underwires and the sides of the cups, so I'm not getting stabbed or cut at all. It's also surprisingly soft for an unlined bra, so even if it was in my armpits, I don't think it would be intolerable.
The pattern and colors are so cute. I love the bright parrots against the navy blue, and the corral pink is a very nice accent color. Plus one for my blue bra collection! Weird how almost all of the fitting bras I have right now are blue.
Updated on Nov 13, 2014 Flag this
This is one of the two unlined bras I purchased recently, and they are the first bras I've ever owned that fit and did not have foam cups. I definitely enjoy knowing I have a greater range of options, and the fabric breathes nicely. The only downside is that the edges of the elastic, which I've noticed to be an issue for me with Panache and Cleo, are very sharp against my skin. After wearing most of my Panache brand bras for a decent portion of the day my skin is bright red, sensitive, and I'm more prone to skin irritations like ingrown hairs right at where edges of my straps and the bottom of the wings are in contact with my skin. This usually doesn't cause as much trouble after a few months, but it's still frustrating to some degree.
Updated on Nov 08, 2014 Flag this
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