I think I jumped the gun a little bit with the first size I tried on in this bra! I originally was in a 28DD and it fit so well (compared to my ill fitting 32 A's and B's) that I was so excited and thought it was perfect. Thank goodness a Bratabaser (is that a word?) recommended sizing down on the cup size to solve my too-wide strap issue!
This is truly the best possible fit for me, don't you think so? I wore it all day today, adjusted 0 times, and when I took it off when I got home had no red marks, even from the wide-set straps!
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I love the Panache Porcelain model and I'm pretty sure Maddie draws much inspiration from that iconic t-shirt bra. Maddie is indeed very, very much like the Panache Porcelain Viva; with a a few small differences in shaping and details. First of all, typical to Cleo, the band is stretchier. After my experience with Juna's incredibly unstable band, I ordered 28 in Maddie, instead of my usual 30. Maddie's cups are, again, quite like Porcelain Viva, but Maddie's cups are "open" (similar to Juna only in this respect). Also, Maddie's cups are definitely "padded". If they were even the slightest bit thicker they would feel bulky to me. (I prefer the very lightly lined Porcelain cups). It's highly likely that I will buy more Maddies, but I think the 30DD size will be work better at keeping my boobs from migrating out the sides of the cups. Maddie's band is firmer an tighter than Juna's and overall it feels more supportive.
Cup height (measured up the center outside): 6.25"
I ordered this in both 28FF and 28G, having read that this model can run small, but now I think I'm toeing the line between 28FF and 28G (or, more accurately, 26G and 26GG) anyway.
The 28FF gives better (phenomenal!) cleavage for my short-rooted, high-set breasts; the 28G acts more as a full-coverage bra than a half-cup on me but fits better overall, I think. There's no gapping and it seems to follow the shape of my breast better than the 28FF, which feels like it's cutting in at the top a little prematurely, giving me some quadboob and thus enhancing the ...cleavage factor.
I wish I could have a good fit and good cleavage out of the same size, but I may end up keeping both of these for different purposes!
The band is nice and snug and the straps are thin and fully adjustable, which is wonderful for my high-set chest. However, I've noticed that the straps start to hurt if I have them as tight as I'd like on most bras (perhaps because they are so thin). I still get excellent support if I loosen the straps, so this isn't an issue.
The lacy part on the top of the cup doesn't show through tight, thin t-shirts, so this would be a good alternative to the Freya Deco Half-Cup, especially if you're sized out of that like me--I've been looking for something like this for some time.
Also, I have noticed that the thin fabric on the outside of the molded cup seems to catch on EVERYTHING--fingernails, jewelry, etc. I don't think this will affect the look of the bra and I can only tell when I get close (or when something catches), but it is something to keep in mind. Read more 188 more words
I normally wear a 30D, and based on reviews went one band size down and one cup size up with the Maddie. The cups are STILL too small, which is incredible to me. The band fits comfortably even if it seems to be riding up a bit in the photo (that's from me desperately yanking on the straps trying to give more space to the top of the cups so I could lie to myself about it fitting), and the cups are incredibly soft, so I'd be willing to try a 28F if not for the fact the gore is too wide as well. It sits flat, but has to push my breast tissue out of the way to do so, which only serves to cause even more quadboob toward the center of the cup. All of this is a shame, because the bra is VERY comfortable otherwise, looks quite well constructed to last a long time, and I am still on a quest for a skin-tone t-shirt bra that fits just right.
It fits well. Since I'm slightly FoB it's half an inch to an inch of showing my aerola on my larger side otherwise. I wish the straps were closer together. It's a solid bra with lovely construction. I like the very delicate pattern even though it's nude and hides well under clothes. No headlights.
I really love this bra! It is the most comfortable panache/cleo bra I've tried. The Gore is not too high or wide for me which is often an issue I have with panache/cleo. I love the shape it gives too. Unfortunately this is a discontinued style. If anyone knows of they have a current version of this or something similar please let me know!
I do sometimes get a small gap near where the strap and cup meet depending on the position of my arms but it can't be seen through clothes and I have a dent in my breast tissue right there so this is sometimes unavoidable, so I'm not counting that as a fit issues, especially because this bra is so freaking comfortable.
The band is not as firm as many panache bands but it is tts.
It's hard to make a beige T-Shirt bra cute. But Cleo managed to surprise me. They somehow made a grandma like bra design into something actually adorable. With the stripes, lace trim and button at the center gore, I would not be embarrassed to be caught in this bra.