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Bras » Cleo » Marcie Balconnet Bra (6831) » 28GG 28:10

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Fits ribcage71.3
B. perimeter29.8
Stretched Band73.5
Band Length57.6
Cup width14.0
Cup depth28.7
Wire length27.0
Cup height19.3
Cup separation1.9
Gore height7.9
Wing height10.2
Strap width1.8
Hooks2

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  1. 3
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    Didn't fit

    This is one of the cutest bras I've ever seen. I love the way it looks and from a distance I love the way it looks on. It feels good when I first put it on too. Really supportive feeling without looking like a grandma. I've attempted to wear it 2 times other than just trying it on. It hurts me REALLY badly right on either side of my breast bone on both sides. I mean to the point that I cut up a piece of really soft thick fabric and folded it there to try to make it bearable to go ... out with my husband wearing it. It didn't last a few hours and even with that cushion there, I took it off in the car on the way home and not for anything exciting lol. ;) I even wonder if it is something that could be fixed by bending the wires at all if the bra fits otherwise. I do have a sort of prominent breast bone, so maybe this just won't work for me.

    As for the cups, they feel like they fit. But when I look at them I'm just not so sure. The bottom of the cups look they fit to my untrained eye and so does the very top edge of the cup made of lace lays perfectly. So the part that is a problem is the seam right where the lace meets the rest of the cup almost seems like the lace should have been sewn a little tighter. I THINK that my breasts are "even" shaped but I could be wrong. I've thought about taking that part apart and sewing the lace more flat, but the gore pain has stopped me. I don't want to mess with it if it is just that the bra doesn't fit or work for me because then it wouldn't work for me or anyone else.

    I bought this new from eBay, so no return.

    Pros: Looks precious, playful, and flirty
    Sturdy and supportive.
    Straps are wide enough that they feel good on the shoulders.

    Cons: Lace doesn't seem to match the rest of the cup in width. Maybe it is just poor craftsmanship on this particular bra that I got and usually it doesn't do that. Maybe there is nothing wrong with the seam and it just doesn't work for my breast shape or size. It just doesn't seem to look right in that spot.

    Gore is really painful on my breast bone. It doesn't dig in anywhere else but it is significant and too painful to wear as-is.

    The actual body of the cup has a sort of see through fine mesh material that overlays the cup the materials hate really is the cup and touches your breast. This material is loose and causes small wrinkles on mine when it is we worn and makes it look like the cup is wrinkled but it is only the lace on top. The cup itself under the lace is smoothe.

    The wires MIGHT be a little too wide for me under the arm. It isn't uncomfortable and I didn't know until I took photos, but it looks like it is made for breasts that have more "meat" up under the arm than I do. It is weird because if I just touch my bare breast to see where it ends, I can feel it all the way to the middle of my armpit. Not in the pit, but in line with the middle of it if that makes sense.

    This is one of the cutest bras I've ever seen.

    I bought this new from eBay, so no return. I didn't feel like the fit was perfect when I tried it on, so since it was brand new I put it for sale on my local Craigslist for the price I paid total, hoping to avoid the hassle of shipping. It was the most bizarre experience of my bra life. The ad was flagged and removed and I asked why and was told that I was not really a woman selling a bra because a woman would know that a 28GG doesn't exist and that any bra would be measured using the metric system. AND this was a complaint by another woman. I finally convinced them I was a woman and it was a real bra so they stopped flagging it. That is when I got 2 different requests from men asking me to take photos in the bra and finishing the request off by saying, "I promis I'm not creepy." Um ok. Needless to say I decided to just try to make the bra work because trying to sell it drew out the crazies and I didn't want to go there anymore. Note to self: Never ever ever try to sell a bra on Craigslist again.

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      Oh, dear - how frustrating about the craigslist issue!

      I would definitely try bending the wire. I kept looking at the picture and feeling like the gore is higher on me - it is! The 32HH has an inch-taller gore! I wonder if thats part of the problem, that its too low? and so doenst rest quite right? How frustrating

      My marcie is probably my most comfortable bra right now, but (in raspberry and slightly tight on the cups) it does really bad in-cup quad where the seam is separating the top and bottom fabrics - so my breast tissue bulges above and below the seam. I'm ok wearing it under bulky sweaters.

      I do think its a great bra, I hope bending helps some

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      I can't wear Cleo for this reason. Even after bending the wires they are unwearable. Extremely uncomfortable bras.

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      littlechichend, what did you try with the bending? Bending them out and away from the body? I'm not even sure how to bend it...out away from me? In toward the center? I was tempted to try but wasn't exactly sure what to do and was kind of afraid to screw up a perfectly good brand new bra. Granted if I can't wear it and that's the only reason it's pretty screwed up already, lol.

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      Actually, I wanted to edit my comment to littlechichend but don't see a way to. So I'd just add that I don't know if I can even bend in any way other than just away from my body because the wires are so close together. I don't know if you can tell in the pics or not, but you might be able to see it in the close ups looking up from the gore, it looks like it is digging into my breast especially on my one side, but that's not even where I'm feeling the pain. It's not the breast that hurts, just the actual breast bone.

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      I bent the wires outward using the edge of my dining room table (pressed down and pulled), if that makes sense.

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      You know Cleo runs really tight. I can see you doing well in a 28 band that runs average, but a tight-running 28 may be borderline too snug especially on your torso which looks to be almost without padding. Have you tried this with an extender? I don't normally have any sensitivity in the gore area but when a bra is just that bit too tight and the gore is kinda tall, sometimes it bears down painfully on my sternum (not boobs) until I pop on an extender.

      An extra inch or two from the extender may also reveal that the cup is large on you and that only the supersnug band was pulling it taut over you. In this case (cup too big) that will immediately explain the sternum pain. When the boob isn't filling the cup completely it doesn't "push back" against the gore enough and you can often feel pain from it.

      The photos of the slight bagginess in the cup reminded me of something I wanted to tell you after a post you made a month ago, about lace that similarly would not lie flat on one of the bras you got from that high end boutique? I have observed that sometimes a slightly too-large cup presents this appearance on people with super firm breasts (this includes the recently augmented crowd but also teens, breastfeeding moms in the first few months, and transwomen who just experienced tissue growth from hormone therapy). Softer boobs would just kind of puddle down into the cup more and the cup would gape at the top, but when you are super firm, sometimes it doesn't do that and you have to pay attention to the surface of the cup instead to see if there is volume there that your boobs are not using.

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      Ok. :) Since it's a Marcie Cleo, I think you should a band extender. I had to with the 28 band and my comfortable measurement 26" usually.
      I think band extenders are 1.75". I agree with wendybien . Also I really like Marcie because you can move the wires in the wire channels. Try that and see if it help with the pain. If it doesn't I would bend the wires so that they contour to you body. You can cut a panty-liner or mini pad into 1/3 and stick it on the part of the wire that is hurting you ribcage.

    • your not you. :)

    • Pink runs smaller but eventually it stretches out.

    • ㅓ@nayanya are you sure pink runs smaller???

    • Yeah but, the band stretches out and the cups will stretch if the bra is too small for you.
      It's a really stretchy bra once you break it in. :)

    • Red Marcies run big in the cups.

    • Then I must get red!

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      I can't find any red Marcies anywhere!!! The one I had was used. I know a new red one would fit me better. The cups were so stretched out, it fit like a 28FF, even though it was a 28F.

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      Not red, raspberry. The raspberry is big in cups and loose in band.

      I also noticed that the wires looked like maybe they wer being pulled out a bit? stretched by the band? But i'm not experienced enough with this to know if that was actually what I was seeing

    • I had a 28F red Marcie. I could tell that whoever I bought it from stretched out the cups, but the band was tighter than the other Marcies

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      Ahhh!!! I had typed up a whole reply and it just disappeared, lol. I'll shorten it and just say, wendybien I have augmented boobs, and they used to be hard and do exactly like you described before I had to have them re-done. They are actually a little "too soft" now so my doctor made me stop doing breast massage for good. They make you do it to keep them from firming up on you and forming scar tissue capsules but he said my skin is so elastic I don't know if it's genetics or from nursing 4 kids or what but he was afraid they would soften up too much and be saggy. :/ So I don't "think" that's what it is, but it very well could be. Thankfully they feel pretty darn close to "normal" boobs after I had the saline taken out.

      And whoever said that I could use a pantyliner to cushion where the wire is hurting me, that made me laugh out loud for real because that is what I looked like when I had a little piece of soft cloth folded up there.

      I'll feel really stupid if I put this on the looser hook or get an extender and it doesn't hurt anymore. The wires look pretty wide even when not on, but maybe it is stretching them out. I know it sounds dumb but that didn't even occur to me. I carry all my body fat in my thighs, so especially on my rib cage I don't really have any fat there to cushion it so maybe I need to wear it looser than the measurements would indicate?

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      O MY GOSH! tkolady77 about the reply, that happens to me, that's why I'm laughing.
      If you had the saline taken out, then what was filling your boobs or chest?? I saw a video about cutting a panty liner in 2 pieces to help with wire pain if you are a busty gal. I can find the link if you want to watch it. It's funny, but I thought that was a good idea! You get a 28 band if you are 26"-28" comfortably tight. With Marcie though you should always wear an extender so that the band isn't too tight which causes the wires to stretch and the ribcage to hurt. :)

    • 1

      Isn't saline better than silicone? I know a lot of women who got boob job or breast implants. I'm not meaning to offend when I say boob jobs. I'm just so used to being around that. :D

    • 2

      Not offensive at all, Nayanya . Saline used to be the safer option to the more liquid/oily silicone implants of like 15 years or so I guess. I had the option to use the silicone gel (they call them gummy bear like implants) when I had mine done 12 years ago in Germany. We were living there for the Army so I was able to have a German surgeon. But the U.S. FDA had not approved them yet so I was a chicken. A couple years later they were approved and I was stuck with saline. :) Saline basically feels in the breast like you have a plastic shell filled with water. So when you squeeze it, you feel like a bubble at times. Well I didn't the whole time but after several years I did. So it is hard to describe but if you poked your finger into the edge of my breast before where you saw the implant under the skin and pulled your finger back you kind of saw and felt it pop back. Just a weird kind of feeling. And definitely not very natural looking or feeling. They do much better on women who naturally have more breast tissue and more body fat to cover the implant. So in those women you feel their breast tissue and it just happens to be pushed out from their chest more and you feel breast tissue and see larger boobs. The implant isn't seen or felt. Going behind the pectoral muscle can help to camouflage that, but if you are very thin skinned like I am or have little to no existing breast tissue, then even the muscle doesn't hide it enough. For women like me, for the most part, when you feel my breast all you will feel is the implant under the skin, covered by the muscles of the chest wall. Silicone is less likely to have ripples on the edges, although if you are very thin you can't prevent them completely.

      I just noticed your first comment lol, I had the saline implants removed and silicone ones put in their place at the same time. :) I had to go much larger this time because I thought I was finished having children before I had them done the first time and then I remarried and had and nursed 2 more babies. I had the implants (350cc) in so when my milk came in and I nursed them, I really had a lot of stretching going on, so there was more space to fill. Not sure if that makes sense. So I had to have those replaced with 550cc to be able to fill the existing pocket. You can ask me any questions, I'm not shy or embarrassed. Just feel stupid that I don't know how to fit a bra lol. :D

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      So did you try loosening the band or wearing an extender? How does the cup fit and does the gore still hurt?

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      I'm home today studying so I haven't put a bra on at all yet. I don't have an extender so I'll have to just try it on the loosest strap and then buy an extender when I go out next time. :)

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  2. 1
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    Didn't fit

    I love this bra - it feels snug but comfortable and it looks amazing.

    I find the underwires are a little wide and travel towards my back and the cup is a little on the generous size: but not enough that I would drop down a cup size. I'm wearing a 28GG in this bra and I seem to be very consistently that size across all the Cleo range.

    The straps are also quite wide set and I find this very flattering.

    Did I mention this bra looks amazing?

    I struggle with the Cleo panties range and have yet to buy a pair (I tend to find crotch length is too long in nearly everything except a hipster or boyleg style) but I was able to find a great match to the near opaque red mesh of the bra at my local Target. What a great set in red.

    Highly recommend.

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  3. 0
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    Didn't fit

    In my quest for a girly pink bra, I happened to come across the Cleo Marcie. I liked that the cups were unlined and the lace was strong while still being soft on my sensitive skin. Straps were not an issue in terms of length and comfort. The gore is a bit high for me and it does dig into my sternum and boob cleave, but I'm ok with that as long as I'm only wearing this bra for a few hours at work anyway. The only thing I'd like to see change is for more hooks in the back.

    I bought this in both 28GG and 28H. In comparing the two, I found that the main difference was that the 28H cup was a bit deeper and wire length slightly longer. This made for better coverage on the sides of the bigger size. Furthermore, the band on the 28GG did measure bigger than the 28H, for some reason, but it was reason enough for me to finally decide to return the 28GG.

    Candy pink colorway

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    Didn't fit

    The bra sometimes has a little gaping at the top, but during the times of month when I'm fuller the cups are completely filled. The placement of the straps seems to flatten my boobs on the side, pushing everything towards the center. This can look kind of awkward. The shape is not completely round but kind of flattened. Like a pushed against a wall effect. The band is also a tad loose on me and it did stretch out quickly (I'm wearing it on the tightest hooks almost everyday after about a month), but I'm closer to a 26 and I prefer very tight bands to help support ... my breasts. It could also be that I wear this bra everyday because it is the only one I have that fits me well (I've ordered two more, a Cleo Neve and a Tutti Rouge Betty both in 28GG, so we'll see how those go). The polka dots and lace are visible under very clingy fabrics and sometimes you can see a little nipple, which I guess is to be expected.

    Other than those slight issues, the bra is great! It's extremely comfortable once it's broken in. But beware, this did have a break in time for me. When I first got it the gore poked me and left little blisters. That was probably a combination of me not being used to higher gores and that the bra was brand new. But now I LOVE my Marcie! The fabric is not itchy, nothing is poking, nothing is gaping, nothing is digging in, and only slight ride up. It's wonderful to have a bra that fits!

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    Didn't fit

    First time with a "correctly" sized bra, still not quite correct though, I think. The band is very tight, leaves red marks around my torso after a short time wearing it, but the fit is not uncomfortable. My main problem with this bra is that the straps rub too much in front of my arms. Not sure if that means I need to go up a cup size or just try a different style. Even with scoop and swoop, I still have "rolls" outside the straps. Cups are comfortable but lace shows through a t-shirt.

    This bra is not owned any more

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    Used to fit

    My favorite bra so far. I do have the in-cup quadboob thing going on, but I guess this is normal?? It doesn't seem to compromise the fit/support any.

    This bra is not owned any more

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    Didn't fit

    This bra fits wonderfully when I'm in a luteal phase because my breasts swell and become much rounder. The rest of the month there's a little gaping on top due to my (conical?) shape. The wire is about an inch too wide, but I like that the high wings encapsulate all of the side/armpit tissue. Due to the color/seams/lace, I can't wear this one as much because it easily shows under most outfits. The gore is too high and/or wide at the top so it sits on breast tissue in the center. The band rides up a little, but I can't decide if it's too loose or my ribcage/posture is too slouched.

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  8. 0
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    Didn't fit

    Just got this bra and haven't worn it long enough to really know how comfortable it'll be. But it looks gorgeous on!! The band fits perfectly... not too tight and not too lose. Does not dig into the top of my breasts (no quad boob).. doesn't push them too close together or too much separation in between. I think the underwires may be a little too high or wide, seems to dig under my armpits just a tad, but again this may just be that its new and hasn't been broken in yet. There is no loose fabric in the cups. Overall it fits better than Freya Arabella 28G.

    Pros-
    gorgeous bra!
    band fits perfectly, not too tight not too loose (my ribcage is 27.5")
    perfect space separation in between boobs
    fills out cups perfectly! (no loose fabric and no digging in)

    Cons-
    underwires are a little uncomfortable, not sure if too wide or too high but feels a little off.

    Updated on Jan 30, 2013 Flag this


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    Hasn't set fit

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