The pictures don't capture this well at all, but this bra looks like it was painted onto my bigger (left) side and wrinkles only very slightly on my smaller side. I love the way it fits, lifts, and gives a very flattering and attractive shape. I am so happy that I got this bra in a trade!
I forget what this bra is supposed to be diagnostic of but I think it is ideal for my shape. Full on bottom? Even? Hippogriff?
Also, the cups are less than a half inch wider than my tissue on the sides, so I call that a win.
I quite like the fit of this bra. I've had it for two months now, and the whole cup fits, it's not too high or wide on the sides, and the band is pretty snug. The only thing I don't like is that the gore is a bit too wide. My other Cleo bra doesn't have that problem, though.
I think I am going to stick with Cleo bras, as they seem to be the best fit for my shape and size.
Cleo's supposed to have fairly wide wires and Lucy good for FOB shapes, so I decided to give it a go. I think I'm pretty happy with it.
I did not expect the fabric to be as thin as it is, though. Maybe it's just because it's white, but it's VERY thin. I can see my nipples pretty clearly through the material, and they are not much darker than the rest of my skin. It doesn't bother me much, but still, that was slightly unexpected.
Aside from that - the band fastened without any issues; it's a bit snug but it's also brand new so that's not too ...surprising. It's not uncomfortable by any means. No real wrinkling on the cups other than a bit on my smaller breast but I've come to expect that anyway. Wires sit wide enough that they don't seem to be on any breast tissue - they're comfortable. Both the gore and the sides don't come up high enough to be annoying; still higher than I want but I guess I need to just cave and buy some plunges for low-enough gores.
The shape is...wow. It's very high and very rounded. Like, it gives me serious "cakes on a plate" boobs. I knew that Cleo is known for high rounded shapes but I kinda didn't think my breasts were possible of the shape they're in while wearing this. Looking at the pics I took, it almost makes the front of my breasts look slightly flat, but I didn't really notice it like that while I was wearing it.
I wish it had a three-hook enclosure instead of a two-hook, but oh well. I'll live, I suppose.
Overall, I'm thinking this one will be a keeper. It's cute, it's comfy, and I need more than one bra that fits me properly. Read more 198 more words
My experiences with the Cleo Lucy are mixed. The fit of the cups differs notably between colors! So one Lucy may fit you perfectly in a certain color, but even the same size of a different color won't.
I am balanced (neither FoT nor FoB), somewhere between shallow and projected, and have wide roots.
Here's my review for neon/white:
The bra didn't fit me. The top of the cup was cutting in and the cup was not filled out at the same time. This means that the bra cannot accomodate upper fulness, and it requires much projection. It's the wrong shape for me, giving me like an "orange-in-a-glass" effect due to the wrong cut.
Also, the color is called "neon/white" but it's not bright white, but a cream/ivory color shade.
This is my first bra after properly measuring myself. Prior to this, I had been wearing 34As and was thinking about moving up in band size. After reading reddit.com/r/abrathatfits, I went to Nordstrom Rack and tried on a bunch of 30 bands. This was one of the few that didn't gape at the top when I hunched my shoulders forward. I am not used to wearing unlined bras and was surprised at how nicely this shapes and lifts me. I have generally worn padded and molded bras in the past to shape my breasts. I'm also surprised at how the 30 band feels. It is quite ...snug but not uncomfortable. I can easily fit a couple of fingers under the band while wearing it on the loosest hook.
I have this in white. The fabric is a sheer, lacy nylon. It's quite pretty and fairly comfortable, though I have a feeling it might feel itchier in hot, humid weather. I'm hoping a wash will soften it up. The lace detailing across the top is fine on me, but makes this a bad choice for anyone with breasts that are fuller on top. This bra is not good for nipple control and the seams and wires show through thin shirts, so I would only wear it under thicker tops.
My biggest problem with the Lucy is that the straps are set slightly too wide. The outer edges of the bra straps dig into a bit of armpit chub and chafe the skin there. I have to angle the bra straps in toward my neck to ensure they won't slip off my shoulders. If the straps are straight, they feel like they're about to slide off. The proportions of the bra are OK on me, but I'm on the taller side of petite. A smaller woman than me would probably not like how high the wires come up on the sides and in the gore.
I will update this review after I've laundered the bra a few times. Read more 229 more words
I love this bra! It gives me a fantastic rounded shape and has wires that are the perfect width for me. The wires seem a little wider than Freya wires but not so wide as Curvy Kate. The bra gives a good bit of lift without cutting in.
I have this also in a 30FF, but the band is too loose for me on that one although the cups fit better. The band on this is true to size, nice and snug on me. But while the cups on the 30FF were a perfect fit, these are a bit big. The center gore doesn't lay flat either, I think because it's slightly wider than the 30 FF. The pink colorway is very pretty and I love the white embroidery on it. I do find the wires start to dig after several hours. I would've been better off staying with the ...larger band and altering it I think...I will see if it feels any better after a few more wears. It does give me slightly more lift than the other and the shape is just as round.
Edit: After breaking in this bra is comfortable to wear. I am going to try taking in the center gore a little and hopefully solve the fit issues with it. It's still quite big / wrinkly in the cup but a 28FF dug in...I guess I'm just between sizes. Read more 88 more words
The good things about this bra: Love the color (yellow with a pink center bow), and the fabric is extremely soft mesh, probably the best I've felt in a bra so far. The embroidery detail at the top of the cups is very cute, yet doesn't show through clothes. I love the 3-part construction in the cups, it gives support without adding any extra layers. I find this bra very comfortable, no poking or pinching anywhere.
The not so-good things: I have the wrong size. I'm on the smallest hook at this point, and the back rides up constantly. I wore it on the ...second hook when it was new, so I probably should go down a band size. More annoying though, is the quad-boob effect. The lacey top part of the cup has no stretch, so it cuts in and looks not cute. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> While I still wear this bra (almost everyday), I should definitely go up a cup size (technically two if I go down a bandsize as well)
I've had this bra about 6 months, and it's stood up to a lot of wear and tear thus far. The band has stretched out a little bit, but all other parts have retained their quality. I'd buy it again, obviously in a different size. Read more 123 more words
This bra is really, really cute and lacy, something that's hard to find in this size. It's hard to find unlined, unpadded bras - everything in small sizes seems to be push-up and padded. Those are fine, but sometimes I just want something sheer and lacy.
Now, first of all, the band and underwire fit perfectly. The band is just right for me, possibly a little bit loose, but not so much that it doesn't fit. I really appreciate that this bra runs wide in the wire - it comes up much further under my arms than a lot of bras, which makes it great ...for gathering up "extra" boob. And I am wide-set, so really, I need these wide underwires. This is great.
I fill out the bottom of the cup really well, but the top wrinkles very, very slightly on my left (bigger) boob, and more noticeably on my right (smaller) boob. If I push all the boob in carefully, I can fill the top of the cup on my left. But no amount of pushing and prodding can fill the top on the right.
It isn't that visible under clothing, so it's something I'll live with to have such a cute, lacy, comfortable bra with nice wide underwires that doesn't poke into my sides and sternum. The gore tacks perfectly on me.
It doesn't give any cleavage - it gives a very natural look, with a good amount of support. Nipples can show through if they aren't perfectly placed on the seam. But it is what it is, very cute and feminine. It's not going to be my everyday bra (I wish it could be!), but definitely a nice bra for those times when I want to feel pretty under my clothes and just want a natural appearance outside, without a bunch of pushup and padding. Read more 209 more words
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.
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. Read more 96 more words