I finally found a bra that fits correctly! Its a glorious day! The cups are literally the perfect size for my boobs (no overboob, and very little gaping when I bend over). Its such a fun green color, and it gives my boobs an awesome shape (no torpedo boob) and my nipples are concealed! The 28 band is a little tight, but everything else fits so well that I'm not even mad.
This is a really pretty bra and the colour I bought (aqua) is really fantastic. It's in a balconette style so the cups don't come up too far, and it has embroidery on the tops of the cups.
I find the cups give a really nice rounded shape. There's a bit of gaping on my smaller side, but that's what happens when one side is smaller. Otherwise it fits really well. The band is nice and snug, the wires don't dig in, and there's no cutting in from the cups!
The thing I didn't like was that I found the cups itchy initially, ...but it went away after a few washes.
I found the cups to be nice and wide, but a bit shallow. I sometimes find bras that have wide cups, but they're also too deep. If you are wide, but your breasts don't stick out too much (sorry, can't find an elegant way to say this), this bra might work for you. This is one of my favourite bras now https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
Update: I bought this bra in late November 2010. It's March 21, 2011 and I'm now having to wear it on the second hook. Read more 106 more words
This is a very great bra! I bought the Lucy on a guilty whim, because the yellow color looked so fanciful and I have long lusted for an unpadded bra to fit me. Surprisingly, the Lucy pretty much does! This bra has fully adjustable straps, a great selection of colors, is a continuity design from Cleo, offers great lift and support, and is generally a good bra. It's given me the most up-and-front shape I've ever gotten, which is not an easy task on wide-set, wide-rooted breasts. I feel really secure in this bra, and while it's not very cleavage-y, it handily trumps the shape provided by most cleavage-inducing bras. ... There are definitely some shortcomings, as with any bra. It's a 3-part seamed cup, which I've decided my breast shape has some issues with. Specifically, the top section does tend to bunch up a bit, because I've found that these cups are rapidly closing. My breasts don't end low enough for them, so the top of the lace will lie flat along my chest, while the fabric just below the edge makes a fabric bubble. This has not been an issue under clothing, and I've even worn this bra under very tight, very thin jersey tops. But it is a bit of a bummer as far as shirtless appearances go - I really wish I could get that 'painted on' look that larger busted ladies seem to find! In the end, this is a bra to try - it's really beautiful, fun, and comfy! It's made for wider-set and wide breasts, and should do fine on multiple fullness levels. It will probably cause trouble on very close-set breasts and full-on-top breasts. If you fall into the 'wide' category, though, try this bra! Read more 182 more words
PERFECT! Oh geez, this bra makes me want to re-check the fit of all my other bras. This is downright perfect in every single way.
Cups enclose all tissue, and ONLY tissue. This is my first bra in a new size that doesn't have extra fabric on the sides. That, and the depth is just enough. Not too little, not too much, it's perfect. This is the kind of bra I want to make: Narrower wires, enough depth, and a rounded out shape.
I got the Cleo Lucy from another user in 32E, and it fit good in the cups during shark week, but the band was obviously somewhat big. Not too ...bad though! This is 2 bands down-something I was super worried about, but it's perfect. You can feel that it's supportive, but it's not too tight at all. Even my Cleo Maya in 30F, the band was really tight and a tad uncomfortable. This was previously owned, so that might be why, but in any case it's just..perfect.
Wires are narrow enough for me, band is taut but doesn't feel like it's slowly killing me, material is nice and smooth, lift is amazing, and exactly the color I wanted. No quadding, no empty fabric, no awkward (mis)shaping. Straps adjust long enough. Cups are just close enough.
Beautiful detailing. I even like the red bow. I wouldn't normally think to pair red and purple unless they're both super dark, and used for something rather than clothes, but this works very nicely.
I was also worried that F would be too small, considering the 32E worked pretty well for me, but it's simply perfect (have I said that enough?).
If I had to get rid of all my bras and keep one that suited practicality, fit, comfort, and appearance, this would be it.
The balconnet style worked great without making me quad. The problem I find with padded balconettes is that they are almost always too shallow and have wide wires. I need projection, but just the right amount, and narrow wires.
I have tall roots and I've read that half cups and balconettes are good for that, but my problem is always too little room in cups/wires too wide. Some balconettes also have tight elastic that doesn't allow for more than a very fixed amount. Like an elastic band on the top cup. That cuts into my roots. This has no super stretch lace/mesh, fixed lace/mesh, or super tight top cup band. It's perfect.
I'm mostly even, and I think this bra works well for that shape. I think it could work for full on bottom, and slightly full on top. There's about equal amount of cup to be filled out all over though.
I would easily pay $100 for this bra now that I know it's my unicorn bra.
Edit: I wanted to note that I've seen other reviews saying this bra's wires are wide, and I know I said they're narrow. I find them to be pretty narrow on mine, and they are definitely more "U" shaped.I will add measurements tomorrow, but I think they're about 5" width. On my 32E however, the wires are very bowl-like(wide), but nothing like my Tutti Rouge, the Chantelle C Sexy Chic Plunge, and even Natori Feathers.
Maybe it's a size difference? I'm not sure. I just don't want to be giving incorrect info! As far as I've read, people say Cleos run wide and shallow, and I didn't experience that with this. Maybe a little, but not severe. I did experience wider wires a little with the Maya, but it seemed to me more average and projected.. I think 30E would have been closer to my tissue, so, not sure! I'm a little confused, but if others say they're wide and shallow then I'd assume I must be wrong or mine are somehow unique. I'm still figuring out my shape and realized I'm not AS narrow as I thought, so I may very well be wrong.
I'd just recommend reading multiple reviews for the Lucy because I'm still a noob. At the same time, I need narrow to average wires- I know for sure I don't need wide. And projected cups(not extremely so, but a decent amount), and this fits exactly on the sides of my breast roots, which has never, ever happened, and cups enclose me perfectly. On the other hand, I also have very malleable, soft tissue, which can be easily squished and redistributed elsewhere in cups. So irdk. D: Read more 626 more words
This was one of the worst bras, until I made some somewhat horrific modifications. I bent the wires to make the cups much more narrow, then I cut off the top lacy bit that was both gappy and cutting in. Now it's my favorite bra.
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!) Read more 127 more words
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. Read more 222 more words
Appearance: Dark blue, unpadded three-section cup bra. Little pink flowers on the cups and a pink bow on the centre gore. Flower embroidery on the sheer upper section finished off by a line of cute little dots running along the upper section, both in pink and purple fading to baby pink. This "fading" actually put me off a little at first but the colors suit me very well.
Pros: - Perfect, Apple-Like, Gorgeous, Amazing Rounded Shape! I love this bra! - lots of uplift - fully adjustable straps - lightweight, a little sheer but no nipples on show - centre gore doesn't poke and fits my close-set breasts - the wires don't poke my armpits ...(I'm petite, height-wise, at least) - doesn't show much even under tight-fitting tops https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> - so far, I think all of the fashion colors are pretty
Cons: Now this will be somehow a long story. I've had tons of issues with Lucy, even though it is the best-fitting bra that I own. First, some things that I can't change about Lucy (only Panache can do that *not-so-subtle-HINT*) - The band is rather narrow and has only two sets of hooks and eyes. Curvy Kate makes nice bands with 3 sets of hooks and eyes and even though the fit of their bras is simply WRONG on me I can tell how much more comfortable wider bands are. - The wires are too wide. I have space left at both sides but since I bent the wires I don't think it affects the fit or the support of the bra.
But now I will come to the main issues that I had with Lucy. These are my personal experiences and might not affect you at all. When I purchased the Lucy I deemed her pretty much the best fit I could get from a bra. The cups fit, no fourboob, no band riding up, no wires poking me in the armpits or the breastbone. After wearing it for a couple of times, though, the bra started chafing and rubbing and leaving angry red marks that itched like crazy. I never experienced such pain from wearing bras before. I only recently discovered the reasons for this thanks to Emily from dimpseybrafit.blogspot.co.uk, whom I feel truly grateful towards. Do check out her blog. - The wires are only lightly padded. This means if you don't have much on your ribcage to cushion you from the wires, they can very uncomfortable. I could resolve this issue mostly by bending the wires. That doesn't make them any more padded but at least they fit the shape of my body now. I first bent the wire to make it curve where my ribcage does, then I bent the ends of the wires so that they now face outwards a little. - The band is little too loose for my 27.5 inch ribcage. Which is why it started moving around on my back. It didn't ride up but it was loose enough to cause friction. I need to wear it starting on the second hook. And this may sound incredible but as soon as I ditched my extender (which I used to lessen the strain on my skin while still being able to wear a bra - didn't work) and tightened the bra, I felt better. My skin has recovered and I can wear Lucy all day, if necessary. It still isn't the comfort bra of my dreams but it has become one of my favorite bras and I wear her regularly.
What I wanted to mention, too: I would buy another one when this one dies, maybe in white or another fashion color. (Only.... why does everything have to be purple in 2013?) I had a chance to try the black Lucy in 30HH once. The band was of course too loose and rode up but I experienced quadboob even though the cups should have the same volume as those of my 28J. Maybe the black ones run a little tighter in cups.
UPDATE: My boobs grew a little, so I quadboobed out of Lucy. I used BrasIHate's center gore alteration to get a some more space. I took in the center gore only a tiny little bit, probably not even one cm, but that was enough. A little goes a long way https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" /> Still, this alteration changed the cup shape, and I would prefer being able to just order a 28JJ. I could try the 30J, but altering a band is much more complicated than just taking in the center gore. Cleo, why can't you just make bras up to a K cup? Sigh. Read more 652 more words
Edit Aug. 22: I had the opportunity to try the Lucy again in a 30FF and 30G in a shop. The 30F I reviewed here was definitely too small for me. I was thrown by the fact that the quadraboob manifested in the softer lace section rather than over the top of the cups. Watch out for that!
Sadly, I didn't walk away with a new Lucy. I have about half a cup size difference between my breasts, and I found that this bra really exacerbated the unevenness in a way that no amount of strap fiddling could banish. I think this ...is because I'm between sizes, and because of the low point of attachment of the lace to the cup.
Original review: This is a beautiful bra, but unfortunately it doesn't work for me. The deal breaker for me is the way in which the lace section joins the cup. My breasts - on both sides - bulge into the lace, creating a peculiar quad-boob style effect that is quite visible under clothing. I will be (reluctantly) returning it.
The band is tighter than most 30's I've tried, but as I'm a small 30, it's still very comfortable for me. The cup is a touch small; it fits my smaller side perfectly but there's just the slightest bulge over the lace on my larger side. The overall shape is lovely; rounded but not minimized, and it doesn't look wide at all from the front. Read more 148 more words
This review is for the color "Yellow". This is my first soft cup bra, and at first I was a little afraid to try it because I have breast implants and most sewn cup bras just don’t fit me right. They usually are too pointy and cut into the top of my breast causing the dreaded double-bubble. After reading all the reviews, here on Bratabase, I ordered one. I have to say this bra is wonderful. So now on to my review. The under-wires are the perfect shape for my breast and come up just high enough on the sides and don’t poke me in the arm pits at ...all. The center gore is the right height and has just the right amount of space between the cups. The cup provides the right amount of lift and gives a rounder shape, but still looks natural under clothing. Since I’m really not used to the thin fabric and have a fear of headlights glaring at people when it’s chilly out, I slip in my Wacoal No Peeks (size M=C/D, in case anyone is interested in what size to get if you are a 28GG) and that takes care of the problem. The band fits me best on the middle hook, but that seems to be the norm for me and my 26 inch ribcage. I also do not get any of the side bulge flap-a-doodle thing around the armpit. The straps are the perfect width apart and don’t slide off my narrower shoulders. Overall I think I like this bra well enough that I want to purchase more in other colors. The color I got is yellow and I just love the fun cheery look of it. I also want to add that since this is my first non-molded cup bra I find it absolutely awesome that I can fold this thing up flat and put it away. All my other bras have to be stacked in such a way that the cups don’t get dents in them. Overall I am pleased with my purchase. ^_^
*Update 7/12/12 - This band is stretchy and I have been wearing it on the tightest hooks. I will be taking this bra band in to fit as a 26 band size. It’s my most comfortable bra to date. Read more 274 more words