This is a really cute bra in nice bright colors that is great for the full on top lady - but not so great if you're a full on top lady with lower fullness also. Even-shaped ladies watch out because the lower cup depth is not on par with the upper cup looseness. HOWEVER, the immediately lower cup projection is to die for. Even if you can't quite fill out the upper cup in the size you need to accommodate your lower fullness, this could still be a great bra.
Depending on my cycle, posture, how well I swoop & scoop, I get varying amounts of "flop" in the ...upper cup lace. The great part about this bra is that the lace is so thin and smooth that even when it isn't filled it doesn't show under clothes. Moreover, if it did bother you, the lace upper panel is attached to the side sling and strap so it's possible to sew two stitches to tack the lack a little further in under the other fabric and tighten it up.
The wires are a touch narrow for me, but it's so slight that the only reason it is a problem is because they dig in both at the top of the gore and at the outer tips of the underwire. This has more to do with the underwire shape than width specifically, I think, and would be remedied if I simply bent them. I don't think I'll try that out for a while, if ever, and certainly not on this particular bra because I'm planning to sell it, but maybe on one of my older Marcies that I bought used...
The color and sheen on the fabric are gorgeous, as are the polka dot pattern in the lower mesh and wave pattern in the lace. I'm not a fan of pink, personally, but the hot pink bow at the gore really contrasts for some nice pop to the bra. Because it is all mesh and lace, the bra is quite breathable, and perfect for summer. No boob sweat ever https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
The band runs a touch loose, like in most Cleos in this size range, but it's not a huge deal https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> This bra has such a great range of cup sizes that most people will be able to sister size down with little consequence. Read more 293 more words
Wow, I'm so glad I took a chance on this one! Everything I read said it was good for FOT while the 36J - Cleo » Hettie Balconnet Bra (9011) was good for FOB, but that definitely wasn't the case for me.
Caveat: even though I'm FOB, I recently discovered that a lot of my fit issues are due to being high set and Omega-shaped! So it's possible I fit this bra so well because of those factors.
I may overlap the gore a little and possibly take in a tiny bit of the lace across the top, especially of the right cup. However, the wires are ...PERFECT aside from the very center of the gore! And to my amazement, although the straps are slightly wide, they don't slide off my narrow shoulders, and I have minimal "strap gap."
Honestly, this fits me the way I wanted Polish bras to fit me! It offers good but natural-looking support, even with the slight looseness on the top and only 2 hooks. It's understatedly pretty in black with soft lace and little black bows. I'm so pleased with this! It's definitely in my top 3—the only Cleo or Panache bra to make the top 5, possibly even the top 10. Read more 101 more words
I followed the advice from cupandahalf half and tried sizing down a cup. I also sized down a band and fastened it with an extender, as I seem to fall pretty consistently between a 34 and 36 band. I think cupandahalf is right - this is a better fit! There is much less loose material in the tops of the cups while still tacking at the gore. The shape has a smaller, tidier profile - I have gone from a kidney bean to a cannellini. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> The smaller cups still seem wide enough, and the wire so far ...only threatens to poke under the arms. I'll have to wear it a little longer to see if it actually makes good on it.
So this bra gave me a unique problem I have never contemplated before: my gore tacks, but my shirts do not. :/ Both the tank top and the shirt I tied on are stretched out away from my chest at the collar! This gives me some pause, as I am not keen to replace my wardrobe along with my bras.
I find this bra very cute, but a little scratchy. I think a few washes would help with that. It delivers more uplift than most other bras have managed and a nice rounded shape. I like the polka dots, but I wish they had some more colors to choose from in my size.
@cupandahalf, thank you for your good advice! Read more 144 more words
I just got this bra in the mail today and it fits reasonably well (much better than the Panache Jasmines that were my first foray into bras that were my correct size and I've stuck with them because I had a good source for them. I don't have the money or energy to try ordering from Poland). Immediate projection is better than I expected but still not quite enough for the gore to sit flat, and the straps are set basically under my arm in the front so they cut into my armpit a bit. Still keeping it though, because the wire width is perfect, even though I ...could use a smidge more projection or maybe a larger cup.
I bought two of them and one of them has smaller cups than the other, which seems to exacerbate the strap placement issue. I'm losing weight, though, so we'll see how it goes.
Edited later to add that after losing weight, the strap situation is indeed much better, but something about the nubs on the elastic on the straps and on the bottom of the band still does get irritating, especially after you've had it on for a few hours. I still love the way I look in it, though. Read more 99 more words
Long story short-this bra gives fantastic shape and fits me really well, except the perennial wires are too narrow and short for me. This leads to killer stabbing on my sides, so even though it's definitely my highest and roundest shape under a shirt,I would never reach for it in the morning. The gore also tends to dig in. The band runs tight imo, and is narrow like typical Cleo, making the straps take too much of the weight.
The Marcie is beautiful. It's a great quality and the fabric choices are excellent. However, Marcie didn't quite work for me. I feel that it ran large in the cup, especially the top. I bought it one size too large not knowing my Cleo size, but I feel like it was two sizes too large on me. The band is comfortable and firm but the gore is very tall and pokes me at the top. I will probably end up selling this bra.