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Cute bra with a (mostly) good fit. Cups fit nicely, although I do have just a wisp of overspill at the top on my larger side. Underwires are not un-comfortable. I did notice that one of the underwires in the center gore area, the top inch of it doesn't quite touch my sternum. This only happens on my larger side, the wire on the other side touches fine.
Profile view is nice and fairly rounded, definitely not pointy! I wish it was a bit more lifted, but it's not bad. View from the front is a *tiny bit* wider than I like, but not enough to be a deal-breaker. ... Bra does allow a little bit of bounce from time to time, not terrible, but it just does not keep you concrete still.
Straps are too far apart (which is an on-going problem for me), but the Lucy straps sit EXTREMELY far on the sides of the cups. Using a strap accessory in the back stops strap slippage, although the straps do slightly cut into the fronts of my armpits a bit (again, something that isn't extremely un-common).
Though the bra does fit, I have decided to return it as it's not exactly what I'm looking for at this point. I would definitely consider picking one up in the future, though.
(Just for reference, this review is for the Yellow color of the bra. It's very bright and cheerful!)
Updated on Apr 17, 2012 Flag this
SS12 Yellow "fashion color" version.
Band length: 59.2cm
Cup width: 14.3cm
Cup depth: 29.4cm
Wire length: 28.3cm
Cup separation: 2.5cm
Strap width: 1.5cm
Other sizes in this review found here: 30FF (http://bra.pe/R4C/) & 30GG (http://bra.pe/R4E/).
I've noticed Panache bras are made wildly different from style-to-style as well as by season. So I got a 30g, a size I thought might work and one cup down and up from it to compare. I am happy to say the 30g works well. The 30ff band is nice but the cups cut into tissue giving a bit of quadraboob. Unfortunately, I couldn't tell if the "30GG" would have been more appropriate: I ... firmly believe it is actually about a 36GG just MISLABELED!!! https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_surprised.gif" alt=":O" /> If you look at the size measurements an average band can be about 7" or 16cm smaller than the "band size" to allow for stretch & support. If so, this bra is definitely far too large in both band & cup to be what it says. Sadly, this makes a comparison of all three an impossibility with what I ordered.
This if the first time I bought the Lucy style because I fell in love with the idea of a bright yellow bra! The material could be more supportive and I will not consider even the lightest jog for the train in this bra. It gives me a beautiful round shape where Freya's do not. The underarm wire is just right and although I can fit my pinky finger into the gore I am still pleased with the overall fit of the 30G.
I'll keep an eye out for more colors of this style in the future.
Measured unstretched before wearing.
Purchased early-April '12 from Freshpair.
Updated on Jul 10, 2012 Flag this
This is the first bra that I found that fit me really well. I've now had it for a month and I'm needing to loosen the straps because the top is cutting in (whereas before I needed to tighten them). I'm not sure whether it's because I've been gaining fat or because of shape changes resulting from better fitting bras. Either way, I love that it's a supportive, slightly whimsical bra.
It isn't the most comfortable bra I have - the straps are too wideset for me and the wings are slightly too high in a way that cuts into my armpits when I'm typing or writing. I've had ... this problem in a lot of other bras, so I think it's a combination of having high roots and narrow shoulders for me. The band feels rather tight and I'm more comfortable with an extender, even though my snug measurement is ~30.2in and the bra stretches to ~32.
I believe I have an average root width with projection, and the Lucy is just perfect for this combination. It gets touted a lot as a "full on bottom" bra, but I think you need to have a shape that is closer to even fullness because the upper lace is actually rather loose. I have the pink/white colourway.
Updated on Feb 17, 2014 Flag this
For some reason I can't bring myself to be very excited about the Cleo Lucy. I think the shape it gives my breasts leaves me underwhelmed and it doesn't feel as supportive as a Meg Balconnet or Natasha Balconnet. But I decided to give the Lucy a chance; surely there must be some spot for it in my bra wardrobe. After all, it seems like it technically fits in a 30G, my "default" size.
The color is cheerful and the material definitely seems softer than the aforementioned Cleo bras. The cups are a good width and the wires are the right length for ... me. If the cups were any wider, they would definitely be too wide. At this current width, they do a good job of reigning in my armpit-boob area. The wires come up at the right height in that they don't collide with my armpits. And the gore doesn't come up too high, in fact, it seems just right. In general, it's what I really like about Cleo bras: the length of the underwires and the height of the cups and gore are right in the comfort zone. The top of the cups are open and don't cut in, and the edges are a nice touch.
The Lucy doesn't really bring my boobs up front and center (as much as they CAN be put up front and center lol) like the other Cleos. Perhaps the shape is closer to my natural shape? Nor are my boobs smashed into my armpits.
Is the Lucy comfortable? Well, it passed my sleep test and "can I do push-ups in it?" test, so I would say it's up there, comfort-wise. My only complaint: after a period of time, the elastic on the bottom edge of the band in the back tries to roll up a little. I don't know if it has to do with the band tightness (I like a SNUG band) or if it is the nature of the elastic being so skinny. I should mention that because I like a snug band, and I'm in between band sizes (29 inches), I use the middle hooks.
When I first got the Lucy, there was the tiniest bit of wrinkling at the top of the cups, at least if I hunched over. Wearing it now, there's no wrinkling at the top of the cups, but no quadboob either. Because of the smooth profile, I can wear it under a silk knit dress and there's no tell-tale bra signs, even with the lace.
Overall, this may not be the most thrilling bra, but it does the job. I can always use a decent unpadded bra that doesn't come up to my clavicle or stab me in the chest!
[UPDATE:] After having this bra for a bit and trying other unpadded bras from Kris Line, I've concluded that I can do better, comfort-wise. I think the straps are too wide set, because they kind of dig into the top of my armpits. And then the CUPS -not the wires- cut into my pec muscles, where the cups meet the straps. If I wear the bra for too long, it leaves painful red marks above the armpit region, where my arm meets my shoulder. Another thing I've discovered is that the gore is too wide, because after a while, the edges of the gore dig into breast tissue. It's weird, because I've never thought of myself as having close-set breasts, because they're kind of splayed. But the roots of my breasts are about a finger width apart, and the gore is just a little wider. I didn't pay attention to this until I started wearing bras with a super narrow gore like Ewa Michalak and Kris Line, and realized they are more comfortable there.
Updated on Apr 30, 2013 Flag this
I am petite (5'2"/157 cm) with narrow-rooted, projected, evenly full and close-set breasts. My most common problems with bras are wires that are too wide, gores that are too high and wide and stab me in the chest and sit on my breast tissue, and cups without enough projection.
I tried on the white colorway in 30F, which gave me quadboob, the white in 30FF, which was a bit big, the black colorway in 30FF, which seemed a little small, and the black colorway in 30G, which was a bit big. At the time I tried these on, the Panache Jasmine in 30F and Curvy Kate Lifestyle Plunge in ... 30F fit me well, and I would say I was on the larger side of a 30F so would occasionally size up to 30FF.
I believe my problems with this bra were simply a shape mismatch. The wires were quite wide on the white 30FF, which can indicate a cup size that's too large, however, the 30F cut into my breast tissue at the top while giving me an "orange in a glass" effect at the bottom, leading me to believe that this bra didn't have enough projection and top fullness for me.
The gore was a good height and width though. It did sit on my breast tissue slightly, but since it wasn't high, it didn't cause me too much discomfort and didn't stab me.
The black colorway runs small, but not a full cup size small, as the black 30G is too large. I'd say it fits like a 30FF 1/2, so if you're a bit larger than a 30FF but not quite a true 30G, the black colorway in 30G might work for you.
Updated on Mar 26, 2019 Flag this
Cup wires are wider than Marcie. The bottom gore is very thin/unlined/unenforced and cuts into my skin a few minutes after putting on the bra. I feel it the entire time cutting in me, so I have to put a piece of fabric/or tuck my shirt under the gore and even the wires sometimes. The wires are hard and not encased enough. and lays lower than my IMF and leaves red marks.
This is incredibly uncomfortable for me right from putting it on. Bought second hand/pre-worn, but this model just doesn't work for me. I believe a lot of it is due to the seperated pieces of band/gore, unlike all my other bra models. Also the flimsy/weak lace combined with the too hard wires.
May try to sew a dart in gore to see if fit is better, but overall a fail.
Updated on Jan 28, 2019 Flag this
I purchased two of these (purple & black) from another bratabase user. They fit perfectly EXCEPT for the width of the straps. Initially I found the straps on my other Cleos too wide but it didn't take me too long to get used to them and they are now the bras I always wear but the straps on these are really wide. To make matters worse, the edge of the strap has a built in serated edge - after 10 min all you can think about is taking it off. Consequently, I unpicked the sides where the straps attach to the cup and moved the strap in a bit. Unfortunately redoing the side elastic took a smidge of length from the top edge of the cup but it's not a quadboob and barely noticeable. They're now in constant rotation.
Updated on Jan 09, 2016 Flag this
S+s shows this as too wide in the cups, too closed in at the top of the cups, and FAR too tight in the band.
Updated on Sep 16, 2014 Flag this
Cups will only fit if the bra is tightened on the tightest hooks, which causes severe digging in of the wires under the cup.
Updated on Mar 30, 2014 Flag this
This has now become my favorite bra, surpassing my go-to Freya bras. I have tried other Cleo bras, but could not get any to fit; too tight bands (next size up way too loose) and gaping at top of cups being major issues. I read somewhere that the Cleo Lucy was the best for full on bottom breasts which I definitely have and decided to give it a try. I am so happy I did not give up on the brand. The 30 G, my usual Freya and Panache size fits beautifully, the band is firm but not too tight, the wires fit perfectly, the ... center gore is low so it works with my close together breasts, there is enough depth at the bottom of the cups for all of my breast tissue and no gaping at the top. This bra gives me the best support I have ever had from a bra and the rounded shape it gives is amazing. I have been ordering it in every color I can find. If you are full on the bottom and need medium narrow wires, give the Lucy a try.
Updated on Jan 15, 2014 Flag this
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