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Bras » Cleo » Lucy Balconnet Bra (5851) » 32HH 32:12

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Fits ribcage82.7
B. perimeter38.0
Stretched Band85.1
Band Length67.3
Cup width16.4
Cup depth33.1
Wire length36.1
Cup height21.0
Cup separation2.4
Gore height7.6
Wing height10.9
Strap width1.9
Hooks2

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    Used to fit

    I had to try several versions of the Lucy before I finally found my size at 32HH in this bra, but now that I've found it, I really like it! The wires are a bit wide, so it scoops up everything on the sides, but then is shapes it forward and lifts in to a round profile. I used to wear only molded or padded bras, and more recently started to try to find soft cup bras I like. I have several, but this is by far my favorite so far.

    The straps are comfortable, and the bright yellow color is fun and youthful. It's very thin material ... but feels sturdy. If I breathe in deeply and push forward a bit, then I get a tiny amount of quadraboob at the top of the cup because the material is not stretchy, but having tried cup sizes both larger with gaps at the top and smaller when I bubbles out, this is certainly the closest size for me.

    (Maybe that's how soft bras are supposed to fit? Mostly fine across the top edge, but slight cut in when you very deeply inhale? My other brand, frequently worn soft cup does this as well, but next size up was also way too big, so I assumed that's how it works.)

    I wear it under my dark tank tops and t-shirts and don't really notice the seams, and the lace detailing also hides underclothing neatly.

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    I modified this bra to take in the center gore to put the underwires directly next to each other and rotate the cups in slightly. It fits better in the sternum, though the wires are still a bit tall for me, since my breasts are so close set together. There's still a bit of cutting in across the top when I move, as the lace doesn't stretch at all. (can't take measurements sicne I forgot to take them before I sewed it smaller. D'oh.)

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    Didn't fit

    This bra makes my boobs too east/west. The center gore is too big. Somehow my breast sit very low on my chest. As if I'm wearing a band that is not holding and supporting nor lifting my breasts. The band fits just right. It's not big at all in my opinion. I have an old bra from lane Bryant that is a 38F doesn't fit, cup is way too small and the band is way too big but the breast sit in the same angle and in the same spot as when I'm wearing the cleo lucy 32HH. Is it MY BREASTS? Am I doomed to wear bras that fit me all the same. Regarless of fit. Ay it's so frustrating and discouraging all this searching.

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      You might want to do a fit request. Sometimes people have an easier time seeing the problem and they can recommend bras that fixed that problem for them

    • I did that last time and I didn't get much help in that department. dbmamaz

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      Your body definitely isn't the problem! It's the bra 's problem for being unsuited to your shape. The gore being too wide is a common problem with Lucy as far as I know. Lucy is also a bandless bra, meaning that the band just joins onto the cups at the sides rather than continuing underneath them. I have heard women who've tried various Cleo bras report that they get less support with Lucy because of this. The band is also angled very high with the way it's attached to the cups, which can make the band on the Lucy appear to ride up as if it's too big (even when going down a band size would cut in and cause pain). This could be another reason that you're feeling a lack of support and lift.

      This blogger likes Cleo Lucy and finds that it works well for her, but she notes some of the problems with it in this post: http://brasihate.blogspot.com.au/2012/01/cleo-lucy-review.html She also notes here that while she likes it, it definitely won't work for everyone and so she hesitates to recommend it in general: http://brasihate.blogspot.com.au/2013/10/full-bust-greatest-hits-bras-i-hate.html

      That said, if you're interested in recommendations for something that might work better, I don't think that's possible without more information. I definitely understand if you're reluctant to post a fit request. It seems like you need a bra that makes your boobs more front and centre, which I think is a tentative indicator that you need narrower wires and deeper cups (Lucy is known for being relatively wide and shallow compared to other Cleo bras). A wide shallow shape is more likely to push your boobs out to the side, which you noted in your post. The Cleo bra most known for being narrow is Marcie, but I'd be reluctant to recommend it to you as it is. Marcie's very popular among those it works for, but you need to be a particular shape and tissue firmness (from what I've seen) for that to be the case.

      Any chance you could tell us more about what you've tried in the past that didn't work? My own fit experience was very based in trial and error - looking at what was disastrous on me in the past helped me figure out more clearly what worked for me.

    • KeighleyKnight I've tried the marcie in a 32J and the cup was way to big. I swam in the cup. So I got a 32H to see if it would fit better and it fits, but it looks odd. Where the mesh meets the stretchy lace there's a quadboob effect. I've never experienced that. In my life. Idk if to go for a 32 HH i might need more depth. Again, im not sure im in search of my first good fitted bra in my 28 years of life. And so far im not aiming right. as for the lucy it's simply not for me. Like u said I have the opposite of what the lucy stands for. But at least with ur insight I now know lucy is not compatible to my breast. Thank you so much. You've helped me at least eliminate that bra from my list.

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      confusedboob No worries! Marcie is kind of weird like that - I tried one in 34GG when I was first fitted into a 32H, and got the in-cup quadboob as well. Then I got the babydoll in a 32HH later on, and I got the smooth rounded shape that it's known for - no in-cup quad at all. I remember dbmamaz had this happen as well a while back and we were speculating about what could be causing it. I think it's possibly one of two things - some kind of weird fabric tension issue around that seam, or Marcie only works for a really specific level of tissue density. If you can get your hands on a 32HH Marcie cheaply or to try on, that might be worth doing to see if the cutting in persists in that size, but you might get gaping on the top then if the 32H fits you all right aside from the quadboob.

      I wear about the same size as you (32HH, sometimes 30J) and for a long time most of the bras I tried just made me want to give up - I got quadding in 32HH, but any 32Js I tried were massive on me. If sizing up hasn't been much help, I would say that 32HH is the right size for you volume-wise - you just need a bra that distributes the volume differently (narrow and deep as opposed to shallow and wide). It does seem like you need a narrow and deep bra, preferably one that has more openness on top.

      If you have narrow, deep boobs, unfortunately I think you're likely to struggle to get a good fit in a lot of the UK brands. You could keep trying Cleo, but a lot of the bras they make that are sister cuts to Marcie have the same issue with the seam in the middle of the cut. Cleo Lily/Erin/Meg is another of their bras with narrow wires, but considering that Floris was too closed on top for you I don't think those bras are likely to work well either.

      One bra that you might have success with is Panache Jasmine - I haven't tried it myself, but I've been told that it's narrower and deeper than a lot of other UK bras. The top section of the cup is made out of lace that tends to conform more to the shape of the breast than Marcie does - it's more forgiving of varying levels of upper fullness. Avoid it if you have soft tissue though - stretch lace is flexible, but the tradeoff is that it's less supportive of tissue that's not as firm. Here's a review of it: http://brasandbodyimage.com/2014/01/03/panache-jasmine/

      If you are at all in a position to do so, I would definitely recommend trying some of the Polish brands. Polish brands are well known for having narrow wires and deep cups, and the two biggest ones are Ewa Michalak and Comexim. I think Ewa Michalak is probably the best 'starter' Polish brand since they have more of a variety of bra cuts to try, so you can further narrow down what little fit issues affect you in more narrow bras. They're having a sale at the moment to clear out sizes that are currently in stock. SM/BM are the unlined full-cup cuts, with SM typically made of firmer fabric and BM using stretch lace; the padded cuts in our size range are S and PL, which are very similar to each other except that PL has a lower gore. I've tried the S, but none of the other cuts - it keeps my boobs very front-and-centre, and they have removable foam 'cookies' to help with asymmetry.

      Comexim is hands down my favourite brand. They offer customisation on their bras. It can be tricky to work out what alterations you need though, so my recommendation would be to try EM first if you decide to go Polish.

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    Didn't fit

    I have wanted to try Lucy for a while now because it looked so cute, plus I always considered myself to be full on bottom. This bra did not fit as fabulously as I had hoped. The gore is MUCH too wide, the wires are too wide, and the cups are too shallow -- all which gave me the dreaded "elf-shoe" shape from the side. I was oozing out of the center and top of the bra, and the wires were stabbing me in the underarm by the end of my first day of wear. Since this bra is one of the benchmarks for FoB shapes, I have ... finally convinced myself that I am of even fullness, not full on bottom as I had previously thought. I am guessing that my shape has changed a little over the past couple of years due to migration from finally wearing properly fitting bras.

    I have read that many people take in the gore on this bra to achieve a better fit when it doesn't quite suit your shape. I grabbed the sewing kit and went to work. After trying the bra again, I was much happier! It still isn't a textbook perfect fit, but it fits good enough now that I don't have any desire to get rid of it. The shape from the side is now more of a naturally rounded shape instead of the elf-shoe I had before the alteration, and the altered narrow gore works much better for my close-set breasts. The alteration also moved the wires away from my underarms so it's no longer uncomfortable. Also, it's the first bra I've ever had that didn't have a band under the wires, and I actually enjoy the comfort of no band there. The bra is very cute and I adore the bright purple, so it will get worn quite a bit during the summer. I love how the straps are moderately thin, so I won't mind too much if they peek out from under a tank top.

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    Didn't fit

    I know Lucy is for FOB breasts and I am FOT (and close set), but I really love the broderie anglaise on the Lucy and the purple colourway, so I bought it anyway, knowing it wouldn't fit right with the intention of altering the gore. I did alter the gore to make it as narrow as possible and it worked in making the bra better for my close set breasts.

    I am currently a 30HH and this is wearable if I wear it on the tightest hook. It is a bit big in the cup as well, but it's not too bad. The extra fabric wouldn't show under most tops.
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    Fits

    This is a tried and true favorite of mine. The Lucy gives a nice uplifted, rounded shape (slightly more natural than the Marcie from a side view). The band is firm but stretchy and the cups run true to size, so I'd recommend ordering your typical Cleo size. I've heard some complaints about the fabric. It isn't the softest material in the world, but if you are used to mesh bras, this shouldn't be an issue. The Lucy tends to come out with super cute colors every season so keep your eye out for them!

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    Didn't fit

    I liked that the wire enclosed my boobs but I was spilling out on the sides. The 32 band felt fine, it wasn't too tight, so I don't know if what was spilling was fat or tissue that could have been contained with a better fit. I was pouring out over the top but the bottom was completely filled unlike other bras in a 34 band.
    The fabric was a little itchy and scratchy.

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    Didn't fit

    Pretty enough, but so damn uncomfortable under the arms I can't keep it on! Also, I find that I prefer a complete bra band, both for comfort and for aesthetics. Fairly firm underwires otherwise, a good point in my book (looking at you, Freya), and the gore is fairly narrow. I didn't wear it for long enough to figure out whether it was narrow enough.

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    Didn't fit

    I like this bra. It fits really well around and the wires fit perfectly. The issue is some wrinkling at the top of the cup. I think it's more related to the bra being incompatible with my breast shape.

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    Didn't fit

    The wires are too wide for me, and the bottoms of the cups way too shallow. There's something wonky about the way the tops of the cups fit, too: sometimes cutting in and sometimes gaping depending on the position of my arms. The top might just be weird because I can't pull the underwires up under my roots, though. Overall, just not a great shape for me.

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    Hasn't set fit

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