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A very patient fitter found this one for me. I'd thought an 30G would be a size I should be trying, but it wasn't quite right like the 32F's I'd found a little off. The fitter did say that the Cleo range do run quite snug in the band, and I definitely found this 32FF tight, but not uncomfortable. I'll see how it goes over time. Definitely the shift to an FF cup made a very comfortable difference. Nicely supported without my breasts trying to escape out the sides. The lace at the top does become a little loose with movement, but I suspect a lot of that is due to migrated breast tissue that keeps trying to go back to its old spot.
Appearance-wise it's a very pretty bra. A nice bright red with lace that doesn't scratch and it gives my breasts a very nice, separated and round appearance without trying to shove them into an unnatural position.
Updated on Oct 16, 2012 Flag this
Suits my shape well. Easily my best-fitting bra at the moment. I wish the underwires were not quite so high - they do rub a bit at times.
Updated on May 12, 2014 Flag this
I have this bra in Candy Pink and Aquamarine; much to my surprise it fits and fits well!. It has wide underwires and fits FAR under my arms, but I like it. I was nervous because it's unlined and sheer but I find it very supportive. The straps don't slip at all. This bra taught me that it really is the band that gives the support. I've never worn an unlined bra ever, and it pleases me that I like this one so much!!
The gore lies flat, the straps are a good width. Like I said, the underwires go pretty far under ... my arms but that gives me a feeling of security and is not uncomfortable in any way. The band is not as snug as some others but I also think I have a tendency to wear my band too low on my back, maybe a habit from all those years wearing a band that was too big.
But I have joined the Marcie bandwagon, for sure! I think I should have gone with the F instead of FF cup due to not being able to quite fill it up top but I call this one a win. I was surprised the 32 band felt good since in many bras it is the 30 band I prefer. I'm thinking that as I adjust to properly-fitting bras, I'll be able to fill out the cup all the way.
Updated on Aug 24, 2013 Flag this
I have wide roots, thin tall roots and need immediate projection at the wire. I am full on the outside, and have even vertical fullness. I have splayed roots that start about 1 finger apart. However what seems to affect my fit the most is the fact that I have very soft breast tissue. Like seriously squishy... thanks kids!
So for the other squishy boobs out there here's what I ran into:
1. In cup quadboob. That stiff bottom fabric and stretch lace combo is probably great for fitting a variety of breasts. However my breasts see the stretch lace's slight give as an opportunity to break free. ... I actually didn't even notice it until I put a shirt on. But wow is it noticeable under clothes.
2. Gaping lace at the top. *sigh* Gaping at the top seems to be a trend for me. Particularly around the bra strap. I have even breasts when I do the 90 degree test. (The hand bra test is hilarious with soft boobs. What's your shape when supported by your hands? I don't know. What shape would you like me to make?) I have tall thin roots. My soft tissue pools at the bottom of my bra cup so it's almost like having short roots but I still can't wear closed in top styles because it cuts into that thin tissue up top pretty noticeably.
3. Gore is too wide/high. This one is less about the squish and more because my splayed roots start close together. Not a ton of tissue up there but enough to make this gore uncomfortable.
Updated on Sep 29, 2019 Flag this
The Cleo Marcie in 32FF matches my breast shape nearly perfectly. However, I'm not keeping it. Why not? The straps and the fabric.
What's wrong with the straps? The straps are not atypical of other Panache/Cleo bras. They are often set a bit too wide for me, so I have to pull them in a bit. That is usually fine, but in this case they are also just barely long enough. I rarely have strap length issues, so that was surprising. I also don't like the material they made the straps out of.
What's wrong with the fabric? Honestly, I'm not sure why I find it irritating. I think ... it is mostly the trim on the straps and band that bother me. They feel stiff and unforgiving. The cups and band are made of 82% polyamide, 14% polyester, and 4% elastane. It feels oddly rough to me. (Can you tell I'm not knowledgable about fabrics? Yeah, I don't know - I just don't love it.) A lot of people also complain about the dots on the cups showing through their shirts, but I'm sure that depends on the shirt material.
Could this work for me? Yeah, the shape is great and I would probably get used to the fabric. It just wasn't worth it for me right now because I have enough options that are more comfortable.
If the Cleo Marcie does fit you well and you are looking for other options, try the Cleo Skye and the Cleo Maddie.
Updated on Sep 10, 2019 Flag this
Marcie has been my 'maybe this is as good as it gets' bra. They contain my boobs and they aren't horribly uncomfortable. But they don't give me great shape, or all that much support.
Updated on Sep 09, 2016 Flag this
I was really excited to get this one; I was told pretty frequently that the Marcie would be the answer to my problems. But it looks like the hunt is still on.
The fit is far from ideal for me. The wires go a little too wide and far too high into my sides. The gore is high and the bottom wire shape doesn't mold to me at all (I think it's still too shallow for me...looks like I've gotta convert to Polish). I do gap some at the top too, which makes sense since I'm FOB.
I'm sure this is a pretty awesome bra, the quality seems on par with other Cleos and it seems like a nice bra. Just not for me.
Updated on May 26, 2016 Flag this
First off, I love the colour of this bra. The lovely lilac base goes wonderfully with the fluorescent orange detailing. I've been um-ing and ahh-ing over whether or not to finally purchase a @Marcie after getting properly fitted 7 months ago, but when I saw this new Bluebell colour I just had to buy it. It's one of the first non-moulded bras I've bought since getting re-fitted so I wasn't sure about sizing, but since reading reviews that the top of the cup tended to gape I went for a 32FF instead of my usual 32G and I'm glad I did because it fits almost perfectly! The lace ... does gape by a millimetre or two but even then it's only on my smaller breast and is unnoticeable under clothes. The shape from the side is a lovely rounded and uplifted shape, and the wires curve around the root of my breasts like it was made for me. The band is rather stretchy, but I think a 30 band would be too tight and could distort the wires. When I first tried the bra on, the wires at the side felt a bit painful, as though they were sitting on breast tissue even though they weren't, but when I wore it for a whole day there was no pain and sometimes I even forgot I was wearing a bra because it was so comfy! I think the bit of pain at the beginning was partly because I'm used to wires sitting further back from my root and partly because the bra was new and hadn't been broken in yet. I was worried about the straps being too far apart for my narrow sloping shoulders but I'm happy to report that there are no issues so far with digging in or falling down constantly. Another nice thing about this bra are the low wires at the side, which means no digging under the arms. The only bad thing I have to say is that the centre gore is a bit wide for my close-set breasts and doesn't always lie flat, but that's a minor niggle compared to the overall look and feel of the bra.
Updated on Apr 04, 2016 Flag this
Compared to the pink Marcie, this beige one seems to have more room on top and is tighter on bottom. As a result wrinkles a bit on top and tends to get pushed down, causing pain on my ribcage. I would probably recommend this beige one to FOT only.
Updated on Dec 19, 2015 Flag this
Compared to my beige Marcie, this candy pink model seems to be more closed on top or run smaller. On my larger side it flattens a bit and gives a bit of an "upside down 7" shape. On the smaller side it wrinkles somewhat, but not as badly as the beige model.
Updated on Dec 19, 2015 Flag this
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