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This review is for the Bluebell colorway. It's an incredibly pretty shade of pale bluish lavender, but no sooner than the mailman delivered it to me and was on his way back down the driveway, I got to work removing the horrible bright orange trims that (in my opinion) clashed horrendously with the beautiful color! I replaced the gore bow with a lavender one and am satisfied with the finished result https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> Unfortunately the strap adjusters and hooks are still an obnoxious shade of orange, but you can't tell from the front so it doesn't personally bother me.
As for the fit, the ... band on this colorway definitely runs loose. My snug underbust is 28," but I have only ever purchased unlined Cleo bras in a 30 band because a 28 is usually way too restricting and uncomfortable. After reading jlcl119 's review, I decided to size down though and am so glad I did... it's perfect on the loosest hook. That said, I really hope it doesn't stretch out quickly. I've owned Marcie in a couple different colorways now, but have forgotten how phenomenal the shape is! Super round and lifted, lightweight and perfect beneath clothes. The wires sit and stay in my IMF, and the lace is filled out nicely without any wrinkling or overflow. There's the tiniest hint of in-cup quadding near where the three cup panels connect, but I think that's just due to the difference in firmness between the lower and upper parts of the cup. As it doesn't show under tops, it's negligible to me. Overall I'm very happy with this bra and look forward to getting lots of use out of it https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
Updated on Jul 06, 2016 Flag this
My shape: mid-height front-facing teardrop-profile (ski jump with no "jump") with tall shallow roots, low apex, lots of immediate projection underneath but moderate overall projection, wide roots with lots of side fullness and shallow tails that wrap all the way to the shoulder blade, extremely close-set center tissue (possibly a trace of natural symmastia), and very firm self-supporting tissue that when pushed out of shape will push right back.
This review is for the Tangerine colorway I purchased from Zulilly.
Such an interesting and bright color! It's a very saturated orange-pink, like red grapefruit. I'm not sure it's for me, though. The bra is pretty enough, I suppose, but I ... have never really liked the aesthetic of the sheer upper panel with opaque lower ones.
Well, I still haven't found a T-seam cup that works with my shape. The upper cup panel is a too roomy but closes too soon, so if I sized down to a 28FF/30F, I think I'd get faux-quad-boob and still not fill it out. The apex is slightly too high for me, but this isn't necessarily apparent in the photos because the buckling of the vertical seam and the cup fabric shifting down to find more space (due to insufficient immediate projection, or depth at the wire, which I need more of). It looks like there's also not enough depth around the gore, which is not something I usually have issue with, being side-full, and I think might cause lots of center-full ladies some issues. The sides are tall enough to contain all my tissue, but I do like quite tall cups, so others sensitive to armpit chafing should take that with a grain of salt.
There is about 2cm of space in the wire channels, which I used gratefully to push the wires out toward the wings. It makes the gore, which is otherwise slightly too-wide and a bit pokey, float artificially and is much more comfortable. If I were keeping it, I would tack them in place so they can't slide back! They are nice and wide and comfy, too steep for my Nike swooshes but not uncomfortable, and not too hard.
The band is too tight. That's pretty rare! It couldn't ride down out of my IMF because it was so snug, so true 28s or even ladies on the edge of 26, this might work for you!
I've had lots of trouble lately with several of my new bras having scratchy wings. Maybe it's just me, or maybe this one would go away with the first wash, but this one is no exception. Curiously, I don't think it was the tag, though, so I'm not sure removing it would help.
Dear Cleo, please teach Freya how to position their straps. These are great! Not in my armpits is always nice.
This one is getting listed.
Updated on Mar 19, 2018 Flag this
Well, this was my SECOND attempt at the Marcie, and my FOURTH attempt at Cleo....I think it's safe to say we will not be getting along. I'm so bummed, because I really wanted this bra to work. It's just so cute and feminine, and simple. It would make a perfect summer bra https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> The fabric is so light and airy, and the colors are fun and girly.
I first tried the Marcie in a 28FF, def too small in the cups. The top lace part of the cups were digging in and causing some quad boob (they're not very forgiving and stretchy, ... but much more so than the Lucy). So I thought the Marcie might work better with my even shape. Sadly, it did not. I decided to try a 28G next thinking the cups would fit much better and the top of the cups would lay perfectly against my boobs without digging in. It's not AS bad as the 28FF, but still digging in some. If I scoop n swoop it's even worse. It looks great from the front, but from the side/angle its a hot mess. It's such a horrible shape mismatch. Even worse when I put on a shirt!! Like a pointed, quad boob, squished mess. Lol. I'm not really sure, but it's just not gonna work.
The wires are def wider than I expected for being only one cup size up and came too far out under my arm. The gore digs into my sternum and the height is just too tall for my comfort. The straps don't seem to be placed right for my shape, too far apart. And the whole bra in general was just very uncomfortable to wear, and even put on. I had a heck of a time trying to loosen the straps and could barely get them to budge. It was way too difficult to adjust and actually hurt my hand.
I was thinking maybe if I tried a 28GG, or even a 30G I might get this to work, but I'd rather just concede at this point. It's just not gonna happen, Cleo and I are not meant to be https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" />
Updated on Feb 02, 2015 Flag this
This is the first Cleo in my rotation, and so far its great! Wires are narrow enough, breasts projected forward yet not smooshed together, and they feel held in place without being full coverage.
Updated on Mar 31, 2016 Flag this
I have this in pink, and I definitely should've gone up to a 30 band in this bra, but when it arrived I was so desperate for fitting bras that I just wear it with an extender which is fine.
The shape of this bra is fantastically round for an unpadded bra, and I find it great for everyday wear. The underwire channels actually overlap at the top on this bra, which is maybe a sewing error, but an error in my favour. This does make the gore more prone to twisting, but it's also helped by my close-set boobs. This doesn't affect fit or support for me so I don't consider it to be a problem.
Updated on Oct 14, 2014 Flag this
I bought this in SS14's colorway, which is the yellow. I find the fit is consistent with the other colorways I own (I have purple, pink, and aquamarine).
Band stretches to 28", the top of the cup is open enough for my FoT boobs, shape is rounded, straps are fully adjustable. All in all, one of my favourite bras. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" />
Updated on Apr 14, 2014 Flag this
Really confused because this is supposed to fit the same as the Lucy.
28FF in this bra was too tight in the cups, gave quad boob effect.
28G is too big in the cups, have wrinkling but the top of the cup still cuts into my breast after wearing.
Neither 30FF nor 30G in this style fit either.
Also the lace is very scratchy and this is generally an uncomfortable bra. Too bad because it's very cute.
Updated on Dec 23, 2012 Flag this
This bra fits me pretty well. The band is very firm and comfy, as are the cups. The shape it gives is mostly rounded with some subtle pointedness near the intersection of the parts of the cup. They fit well on my slightly-FOB breasts; they're about a cup size apart as well and while this is obvious with my shirt off, the shape the bra gives under clothes is not noticeably different, which I appreciate. My one complaint is that the straps are too wide; they rub my armpits if I have my arms forward (i.e., at my desk).
As for looks, I got ... the Bravissimo-exclusive purple color and I'm in love. I've never had a purple bra! It's cute and sophisticated and a little sexy. If anyone is interested in brief sizing, I got the XS/8, which will do on my 35.5" hips, but I could've gotten away with sizing up.
I've tried three Cleo balconies (this one, 28G - Cleo » Bella Balconnet Bra (7001), and 28G - Cleo » Lucy (5851)), and in terms of fit and comfort, this comes after Bella but before Lucy. Nougat said in her review that this is meant to fit the same as the Lucy, but I think it's closer to the Bella (and even the Meg that I tried in-store); the Lucy definitely seemed shallower, especially on bottom.
Updated on Jun 10, 2022 Flag this
Fits ribcage 27.0
B. perimeter 0.0
Stretched Band 28.5
Band Length 21.0
Stretch ratio 1.4
Cup width 5.5
Cup depth 10.5
Depth ratio 1.9
Wire length 10.0
Cup height 6.5
Cup separation 0.8
Gore height 2.75
Wing height 3.25
Strap width 0.75
Strap length 14
Updated on May 26, 2022 Flag this
My first bra that I think truly fits. There is a little extra space in the stretch lace on the top of the cup, but I don't mind. It only shows up if I am in certain positions, so not an issue. Yay!
Updated on Apr 03, 2022 Flag this
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