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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.
Updated on Dec 02, 2014 Flag this
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
Yes! I am so excited to find a near perfect bra.
Let's get into why I think it's "near" perfect.
I have high roots, and have to hike up any bra I wear fairly high on my body. Luckily, I also have a long torso, so it doesn't make me look odd, but in some bras, it can be uncomfortable under the arms. This bra doesn't bother my armpits, but the straps could stand to be a smidgen away from my arms. It's not horrible, or a deal breaker, but I would want a tiny bit of space between my arms and the straps. Which is amazing, since ... I do have wide shoulders, so ... That said. I do have a bit of room on my highest and smallest breast at the very bottom of the cup which causes my tissue to slid down and therefore the wire is not in the fold. I'm thinking the ONLY way to remedy this is to get one of those silicone pad/ bra cookie/chicken cutlet type of things and just slide it in, and therefore it would keep my breast tissue up, and the bra would do the rest. Really like the way the bra rises up and out on an incline from the bottom, it helps keep my soft breast in place better than bras that my tissue just sits into, if that makes sense.
All in all, I really like this bra and want to find the other colorways available.
Updated on Feb 19, 2015 Flag this
Parrot print from SS2013
Fits well. The band is slightly too loose on the loosest hooks but it is used so that's fine. Wires are good, as with all Cleo bras. Enough bottom projection for me. Straps are placed further in than my 30G Cleos, so I think for future purchases I'll stick with a 32FF (yay happy armpits!).
The only real issue I have is that my left breast (bigger one) gets some overflow where the seams meet. I think this has been described as "in-cup quadboob". To combat this I had to loosen the strap quite a bit. I washed it today and I tried to stretch the seam a little so we'll see how that works.
I thought the pattern was weird in promo pictures and all but it's actually quite charming in person I can't wait to get my hands on the magenta/orange colourway coming out in May!
Updated on Apr 17, 2014 Flag this
The pink Lily fits pretty much the same as my other 32FF Lily in the parrot print, which is to say it doesn't. This one seems to be older than the parrot one, though, and the age definitely shows in the fabric and band stretchiness.
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The band is stretched out from wear
Updated on Apr 01, 2018 Flag this
I think Lily will always be a shape mismatch for me. In theory it should work - it used to be widely considered the diagnostic bra to try for narrow, projected, and even shapes - but it just doesn't. I've tried several different sizes over several sets of body measurements, but all of them are pretty much the same on me - in-cup quad with an empty top section. I could size down a cup to fill the top section, but then the quad would look even worse. Then there are the strange wrinkles on the sides of the cups... really not sure what causes those.
It's really a shame because the parrot print version is super cute, and sturdy, too. This bra was apparently quite used when I bought it, but you can hardly tell.
Updated on Apr 01, 2018 Flag this
Fits true to size. Works well for projected, somewhat narrow, and short rooted shapes. Pity it's been discontinued!
Updated on Mar 26, 2017 Flag this
This bra fits true to size in the band and the cups.
I'm somewhat narrow, short rooted, mostly even, and quite projected, and this bra works very well for that.
Updated on Jul 09, 2016 Flag this
The Lily has been one of my go-to bras for a long time. It gives a rounded shape with a slight peak and it's smooth under most clothing. I really wish they had continued to make it, and made it in neutral colors! I don't understand the decision to discontinue when it seems so popular.
I think this would make a great first unlined bra for someone who's used to molded, since the fabric is so smooth. The design is also really cute, I love the blue and pink.
The comfort is okay; a little problematic for me with my sensitive skin and sensory issues because of two things that ... Panache/Cleo seems consistent with: high gore and elastic around the band. The gore I can bend outward but the elastic I can't fix. I wish they would switch to a more all-over stretch fabric to distribute the weight better because the elastic really cuts in/chafes.
The fit has become more tricky as my asymmetry has gotten more pronounced--my right side has a little wrinkle at the top and the larger left side is flattened a bit. For now it doesn't seem very noticeable through clothing so I'm not terribly bothered.
IMO the wires are average width and it's one of the more rounded, projected bras that aren't Polish. I just really wish it didn't have the Elastic of Death.
Updated on Dec 19, 2015 Flag this
This parrot print version seems significantly more open on top than my blue and pink version. It fits a lot more like I remember my 32FF - Cleo » Maya Balconnet Bra (7471) fitting, I can't fill the tops of the cups. For those who want one of these and need more room on top, choose the Parrot print one!
Updated on Dec 19, 2015 Flag this
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