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I have had a lot of bras come into my life this past month. The reining champion is currently 32FF - Cleo » Lily Balconnet Bra (7351) . In fact, I am wearing it right now (after taking off my Chantelle C Chic Sexy Plunge (3641) after it started annoying the heck out of my armpits - More on that in its own review.
Lucy is my 2nd in command when Lily is taking a much need rest after hoisting my lovely lady lumps all day, Lucy is ready to step in and sub.
Now with any sub, they just don't do it ... quite like your first choice, but you are so very glad to have them around.
Here are my (very few) issues with Lucy:
The very bottom of the cup does not have the same angle as Lily, so my soft breast tissue is more apt to slid down and push the cup with it even after scooping and swooping. I find that I have to adjust more often throughout the day to make sure my breasts are in the cups properly. Annoying, yes. Dealbreaker, no. It still does a better job than most of the bras I tried.
The other issue I have with Lucy is that the very bottom of the gore (the part that touches the top of my stomach) feels sharper than a razor as the day progresses. When I wore it the first time, I felt like I was being stabbed there. Its NOT the wire, its like the fabric is so thin and pulled so taut between the wires that it is less forgiving of my stomach area being slightly less than flat. I think its because its not a full banded bra like Lily. Maybe this will go away with time, and wear and washings, so I don't consider this a deal breaker either. For one thing, it does help remind me when my stomach is full.
Updated on Feb 21, 2015 Flag this
My first bra bought at my first real fitting - trial, error, and Victoria's Secret had me wearing bras with gussets an inch from my sternum that, somehow, also managed to cut bleeding welts into me unless I sewed padding along the band. After a few frustrating rounds with the internet and a tape measure, I drove two hours to Dallas and hoped they knew what they were doing.
I left my old 36DDD (hahahahaha) behind in the boutique's trashcan and walked out wearing this! My mind was blown. I honestly didn't believe that it would ever be possible for a gore to sit on my sternum, and yet! ... My boobs were not only facing forward, but I looked much narrower. I used to be very self-conscious about the way my chest's width overwhelmed my petite figure, but it suddenly looked like just an average chest.
The internet had told me to expect some discomfort as I adjusted to this new, tighter band, so I tried to tough it out as my new bra's band cut into my sides and left angry red marks on my torso that lasted for hours after it came off. I told myself that tissue would migrate or the bra would stretch out... rookie mistake.
And therein lies the learning experience - I'd finally found such a thing as too tight! I got a bra extender, so I still wear this model, but the next time I bought a Lucy, I ordered a band size up. Here's where it gets weird. I bought a white Lucy on which the cups ran small, so I ended up in a 34FF. But then I bought a red Lucy, and the 34FF cups were a size too big.
This is a great bra that does NOT quit. I should have worn it out four times over by now, but it's still just as taught as when I bought it. Don't expect this one to loosen up, because it won't.
Also expect the cup size to vary between colors. The bands seem consistently too-snug, but the cups seem to be pretty random, within a 2 cup size range.
Updated on May 30, 2015 Flag this
About me: size 30FF/G or 32F/FF but most comfortable in 30G. Very projected, close set breasts with short and narrow roots. Even vertical fullness and center full. Best fitting bra is Cleo Lily in 30G.
Even though I'm most comfortable in 30G for Cleo, I sister sized up since I read that the band ran a little tight. I'm definitely glad that I did, because the 32FF is even a little snug! I get a pretty round shape with cakes on a plate cleavage in this bra, but I have some quadding on my larger breast. Another problem is that because I'm close set and the gores are ... a little high, it doesn't lie completely flat on my sternum. However, there's only a slight lift. I think the projection is a little low for me, and the band digs into my skin in certain positions because of the construction, so while this feels comfortable at first, by the end of the day I'm dying to get out of it.
As for design, I have the white colorway and I think it's a little plain, but that's just a personal preference.
Updated on Jun 20, 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 fairly well for that.
I really don't like the bandless style of the Lucy. Because of my poor posture, the bottom of the gore cuts into my skin rather painfully.
Updated on Mar 07, 2017 Flag this
Acceptable fit. Band on the tight side. Center gore tacks a bit firmly, and wide-set straps can chafe at armpits. Medium-light support.
Lace and embroidery visible under all but the thickest knit tops.
Very good rounded, forward shape, with decent uplift.
Updated on Aug 03, 2015 Flag this
I got this bra in a transfer from another bratabase user in December 2014, and then I safely stashed it away and promptly forgot where I put it! So here is the 6-months late, long-overdue review for the purple colorway:
This is a cute bra, and I wish it worked for me. The cups are absolutely a no-go, and not just because they are probably 3 cup sizes too big (maybe 3.5 on my smaller breast). The top panel is set at that angle that always cuts me off across the top of my super-tall breast root, the same way all strapless bras, shapewear, and dresses do too. The ... wires slide down within 10 minutes to sit about 3/4" below the base of my boobs, and then the ends start to poke my sternum at the center gore. Plus, the band is just perfect on the tightest hook, so it wouldn't last long anyway.
The underarms are the best part! The wires come up really high but aren't uncomfortable at all. They are wide enough and the curve under my arm is a shallow-enough angle for my breast root. I wish I could superimpose them onto some of my other bras that fit everywhere else!
The matching bikini knickers are made of the same purple mesh. They are a size UK 12 and just slightly too big for my 39" (99 cm) hips.
Updated on Jun 16, 2015 Flag this
Cups were too big.
Updated on Apr 24, 2015 Flag this
Technically this bra fits. Unfortunately the fabric runs to high under my armpits and cuts in so it's not comfortable enough to wear. The straps also seem to dig in making it uncomfortable. It's too bad because I love the shape and weightless feel of the bra!
Updated on Apr 18, 2015 Flag this
A little tight in the band and the underarm area, and the gore doesn't quite tack. There's some wrinkling on the bottom of the cup, too.
Updated on Jan 24, 2015 Flag this
Beautiful bra. I got the Orange and light pink one. The mesh is soft and the seams don't irritate me.the cups are wide enough for me. The straps ride a bit into my underarms. The 32FF is distinctly too big in the cups, particularly the top embroidered portion. It's not just a little wrinkling, either. It stands away about half an inch. Ordered the 32f.
Updated on Dec 07, 2014 Flag this
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