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I grabbed this on a whim when loading up for the fitting room at Nordstrom Rack today, hoping it would fit but doubtful as it was a cup-size bigger than what I normally wear. I had no experience with Cleo, though, so I thought I'd give it a try. Much to my surprise, it fit my bigger breast and didn't have too much wrinkling on the other. I had to get it, of course, being unable to resist a bra that fits and costs less than 30 dollars.
I'm not sure if it actually runs a bit small, as I checked my measurements when I got home and my ... breast perimeter is up an inch, overbust up a half inch, so I may have edged into G territory. The lift is good, and the shape is nice - natural, but perky looking. Not pointy at all, but not over-the-top round.
I especially like how narrow the gore is all the way down, so it doesn't shove my boobs apart at all.
The fabric is not the most comfortable, unfortunately, being a little skritchy, but I'm hoping once I break it in it will be fine.
The worst part is how much the high gore digs in, but I'm unused to gores this tall and have this problem a little bit with every bra.
The design and colors are super adorable; I especially love the button in the center of the bow on the gore.
Overall, I would definitely recommend it. It's the first higher coverage bra I've found that doesn't cut in to my shallow breast shape, and it provides a lot of lift even though the cups are below the band.
On some further consideration of the fit, I think that perhaps as the band is a little tight, the stretched cups are distorting the fit. The band does seem to run quite firm, so I think you want to look at how much the cups distort when the band is on and perhaps consider sister sizing to a band size bigger (although I think an extender would be better.) I have a feeling once the band relaxes a little and the cups return to the front where they're supposed to be, they will be too big.
Update 1 month later:
I've gotten this broken in now, so I know a little better about what are fit issues and what are style issues. I think I could have sized down to an FF (perhaps risking a little quadboob, but only after extreme swoop and scoop) just because the cups are so very open on top. If I REAAALLY squeegee all my fat in, I actually fill them perfectly, but only for about 10 seconds. It is hard to say if this is because I'm not so full on top as this bra is shaped for, or if it's size, but I do feel like I'd get a slightly higher/rounded shape if the cups were a size smaller.
The band has slightly relaxed at this point, but the cups haven't changed shape when on as I was expecting. What I was identifying as distortion still happens - the wire is very narrow until about the halfway point between bottom of breast and armpit, at which point it looks as though it is pulled sideways further onto my side than it should be. It technically sticks out past my breast there, but I do prefer that just to keep things contained and I don't think it affects fit in this bra as I don't get any wrinkling.
I really like this bra - the straps are not the most comfortable and sadly the fabric is still not soft like I'd like, but overall it's one of my favorites.
Updated on Jan 15, 2013 Flag this
I like the fit of this bra however in the 30FF the band seemed more comfortable. I’m not sure if it’s due to the color or size? 30FF is Black and 30G is tangerine. They both fit pretty good except in the 30FF I had a slight in bra quadding where the lace is at but the band was much more comfy. In the 30G it seems like a better fit but the band is not as stretchy. I’m not sure the center gore tacks at the top portion on either sizes but is perfectly fine on the bottom. And it doesn’t poke or bother me in any way whatsoever. I’m not sure if I should try another size or color or just break wait for this to loosen up with day to day wear?!?
Updated on Jun 10, 2018 Flag this
My shape: Projected, narrow, shorter roots, even/functionally full on bottom, soft tissue. Cleo Lily fits me best.
Oof this Navy colorway has a tight band. I was able to stretch it to 30", but it's definitely a tight fit for me. Cups are true to size.
I've tried Marcie's in the past, and I always had an issue with the straps not being long enough. I wanted to revisit the Marcie since I really like the Navy colorway, and I was hoping they'd made the straps longer in newer colorways.
Unfortunately, the straps are still too short. I have them ... as long as they will go, and they're still painfully short. Why, Cleo?? I don't have this problem with any other Cleo's (that I can remember). It's so frustrating. Please keep in mind that I am low set, and often have to adjust the straps as long as they will go. But still, I don't usually have the problem of straps being too short. I guess Marcie and I aren't meant to be. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" />
The other issue I have with this bra is the back rings where the straps attach squeak. Not necessarily a dealbreaker, but still annoying.
Updated on Jun 03, 2017 Flag this
I find that this fits similarly to the Cleo Eleanor. Gives a very upfront, round shape.
Edit 9/28/2012: I concluded that the band on this is actually a little too tight for me--while I can fasten it, the wires distort and the hooks strain at the back. Replaced with a 32FF, which works much better. Consider sizing up in the band on this one.
Updated on Sep 28, 2012 Flag this
Have you ever moved back into your old hometown and started hanging out with an old friend after years apart. That’s what having a Cleo Marcie again is like for me right now.
Very pretty, comfy bra, with a great shape, comfy wires, nice details and all day comfort
Updated on Jan 31, 2019 Flag this
My best fitting bra. Love the forward and rounded look. The gore doesn't poke, the elastic and bra lace fabric are very comfortable. Band doesn't stretch out too quickly. I do get quadding after scooping, and the gore digs in then, but its still a very comfortable bra. Might try in a 30gg.
Updated on Jan 09, 2019 Flag this
This was part of my first attempt at getting a proper size/shape, and I got two cup sizes (this was the smaller cup--notes 30GG had 0.75" between the hooks/slightly wider band in back and only partially adjustable straps, 30G had 0.5" between hooks and fully adjustable straps).
Like with my other review, I think this bra is best for those with breasts that are more in front/have more fullness towards the front, and/or breasts that are willing to be guided that way. Lift/support was great.
My dense, splayed breasts get flattened on the sides of the cup to the point of pain (even with the straps all the way ... out, it was still uncomfortable on my larger side), and I get some sort of weird in-cup cutting in on the sides (*below* where the lace starts--basically where I'm fullest). I also didn't get the typical round shape this bra gives in this size at all, turning my typically very round breasts into more of a wedge/torpedo shape. I got a more rounded (but still flattened on the sides) shape from the 30GG, so it's quite possible the 30G was too small in the cup.
I'm thinking of trying Cleo Lucy with the hope it'll give the same lift/support/goal shape, but work with my uncooperative, dense splayed breasts that just want lifted upward, not forced toward the front, although if I try just one size, it'll be 30GG rather than 30G.
Updated on Jun 26, 2016 Flag this
This bra is really nice, the color is awesome!! But it cuts a bit in to my breasts where the fabric meet.
Updated on Jun 12, 2016 Flag this
Really the only fit issues I have with this bra are that the gore is too high, and that the perfect fit of the lace cups against my breasts kind of gets all puckered up when I move my arms. But it does go back to fitting perfectly when I move back to a neutral position.
That aside, the wires follow and sit in my IMF nicely, the cups fit my breasts nicely, the band seems to sit nice and evenly, and even slanting the straps in a bit for my narrow shoulders doesn't seem to cause problems with this bra. The band is comfortable and clasps easily on the loosest hooks, unlike the Cleo Kali in the same size.
If it weren't for the high gore, I would keep this one. Super comfy.
Updated on Sep 03, 2015 Flag this
One of a few Marcie's I've gone through. I used to find Marcie (and Lily) pretty uncomfortable to wear because of how tall and wide the wires were in the upper cup sizes. I switched from 28 to 30 bands and found the fit considerably more comfortable. It only improved as my cup sizes decreased along with my weight.
When I first got it, it was maybe half a cup too small and I had a small bit of in cup quadding. The bra was (and still is) quite comfortable and in fact, I own another (used, yellow) 30G Marcie that I wear around the house, but with ... an extender - it's become that comfortable of a fit.
The wires could be a better shape for me (U shape is preferred) but they cause any problems.
As of today, this bra is too big in the cups for me. I sized down to a 30FF beige version, which is better, but I would like to note that I suspect this is where Marcie seems to switch from rather projected to quite shallow. The 30G has much more immediate projection along the wires than the 30FF. I have comparison pictures on my blog review for the 30FF beige version.
Updated on Jun 29, 2015 Flag this
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