Oh, Melissa! Nice to meet you dear. You are so cute and spunky and just fun to look at. I really enjoy the way you lift my soft breast much like my good friend Lily does. I feel so comfortable with you on.
So Melissa is a currently tied with Lucy. If you've read my past reviews, I found that Lily fits the best followed by Lucy. She might actually be taking over Lucy's 2nd position but I won't know for sure until I wear her again. I feel like she fits very close to Lily, but the band is a bit snugger than I would like. So ...I do wear an extender, but just to add 1 extra row. So if the bra came with 4 rows instead of three, it would be perfect. I wore it all day yesterday and I had to adjust a couple of times, scooping and swooping to make sure everything stayed put as they day went on and I played with my toddler. The underwire did slip out from my fold, but only a little bit, and mostly on my higher breast, and that happens with my number 1 favorite Lily, so it's not a deal breaker. I really like this bra. Read more 102 more words
I really like this bra, despite it not being a perfect fit. The fabric is a little stiffer than say, a Marcie, but after wearing it a bit it breaks in and becomes very comfortable. The fabric also seems to offer a little more support. The bra provides great lift and gives more of a "front and center" look than the Marcie as well. This is a good bra if you need a decent amount of projection. The straps are extremely comfortable.
I'm still trying to narrow down my exact size, but this one's close. I think I need a 34 band due to tissue migration and perhaps a cup size larger.
This bra will always make me think of the time I saw it in public. A girl working at a hip vegan restaurant in New Orleans was wearing it under a sheer shirt. Such a great way to show off such a unique bra
I found a good fit in a 30E Lily, and a good fit in the 30F pink Marcie (runs small?). I just happened to get to try this bra. Most of the fit issues were from at first having the straps too tight, but then the cups were still a too open on top for me. I think I'm truly more of a 30E though, and so a 30E would be better. The wires are also too wide on a 30F for me.
After a huge failure that 32F - Cleo » Ellis (7211) was (gore digging into my flesh, huge wrinkling) I though I have to give up on Cleo softies, but somehow this bra (altough Ellis and Melissa are supposed to be the sae cut) fits me so much better! Melissa makes my boobs like 2 sizes bigger, they are round like apples and the bra itself is very cute - it reminds me of traditional Slavic embroidery.
First thing's first: the band is very tight compared to the other 30 bands I own. I've been using with the extender hooked onto the tightest set of eyes, so it feels like as if the bra came with 4 sets of eyes. In my opinion this feels nice and firm, kind of like the Cleo Meg when I first got it. When the extender is hooked on the second set of eyes, it also feels firm, although I haven't worn the bra all day at this setting so I can't write what it feels like. I will update this review when I get ...the chance to do so.
Would I recommend going up a band size? Probably not, since the stretched band of the 32E is about 5cm bigger than the bands of my well fitted bras. Although if you have a chance to try on both, you'll be able to make a better judgement on which fits you better.
The cups fit nicely. My breasts are fuller on top, and with this bra I don't get any cutting in at the tops of the cups. The shape is also nice and rounded with good lift. I would say compared to the Cleo Lizzie, it feels like there's less breast coverage with the cups. Overall, I feel well supported. I haven't had any problems with pokey underwires, but I'll probably need to bend the centre gore outwards as with my other bras I own.
Stylewise, I like the print a lot, especially the mesh portion. I think the colours go well together, and I agree with cbear that the clouds remind me of Super Mario clouds. My only real complaints are:
- I wish the cups were a mesh material like the Cleo Lucy and Lizzie. I just like mesh for some reason.
- The tag on the back is really annoying. The bra itself feels comfortable but the tag does not.
Update: I wore the bra yesterday with the extender hooked on the second set of eyes and I found that the bra was comfortably snug, I would say slightly more comfortable than with the extender hooked on the tightest set of eyes. Just for fun, here's the bra's stretched band measurement with the extender attached.
Tightest setting (like having 4 sets of eyes instead of 3): 76.5cm (approximately 30") Second set of hooks (like having 5 sets of eyes instead of 3): 78cm (approximately 30 3/4") Loosest setting (like having 6 sets of eyes instead of 3): 80cm (approximately 31.5")
Update2: I've been wearing the bra with the extender on the loosest setting so I feel that I should have bought the 32E instead. Read more 353 more words
Very tight in the band, as noted elsewhere, and the cup may also run a bit large -- I seem to do best in a 32G in Freya/Fantasie/Fauve. It has lots of room on top but also quite a lot of projection/depth (not too shallow at bottom), and gives a very front and center, lifted, yet very round look. I'm very firm and dense, quite projected with both top and bottom fullness, moderately narrow root, splayed, and wideset; I'm always trying to avoid east-west as well as southerly drag. This is a very pleasing effect, available for a small fraction of the price of Empreinte.
(Note: Bratabase won't let me enter that it fits without doing the whole measurement rigmarole, but it does fit.)
This is my second review of a Cleo Melissa. I also own a Cleo Melissa in 28GG, which fit well when I purchased it, but I outgrew quickly. While Cleo is Panache's junior/cheap line, the construction and design of the Cleo Melissa are top-notch - great shape, fantastic reinforced seaming, sturdy materials, true-to-size and an absolutely adorable pattern.
With many other bras, the jump from 28GG to 28H is often the tipping point into shitty pattern grading (wires mysteriously become an inch wider, cups run up way too high and shapes become all wonky). I clung onto my too-small Melissa for a couple months fearing that ...the 28H would be an awful fit.
I needn't have worried - if anything, the pattern grading is BETTER in the 28H. The wires and cups run up just high enough to contain all of my breast tissue without engulfing my torso or poking anywhere, the wires are a great width (narrower than Freya in this size), the gore is nice and narrow and tacks without digging in. It manages to be cute and delicate while providing great support to a bigger bust.
My only complaint is that, like ALL the Cleo bras, this only has two columns of hooks in the back, even in bigger sizes. The Melissa has a thick underband in front, I don't understand why that isn't extended to the back (especially in bigger sizes). Read more 131 more words
This bra has upped my standard for quality and looks. The fabric is solid, and does not catch like some of the other bras I own. It holds it's shape quite well, without feeling overly stiff or scratchy. The straps have a nice plush lining, and the band extends just far enough below the cups to make it nice and stable. The bright blue berries print and red cloud mesh are cute and cheeky while being totally different from the standard pink frills and lace in most lingerie. The Melissa gives great forward projection and a fairly rounded profile, without creating an unnatural ...silhouette
Previous reviews said that the band runs tiny on the Cleo Melissa, so I was worried that being a larger 28 band, I would find it stifling. I find it runs actually quite true to size, both in the band and cup. I was also concerned that the wires would be too wide, since all my other bras are Freya/Ewa Michalak, but I think the wires are actually the perfect width - some of my bras may actually be a smidge too narrow. It doesn't poke anywhere, and has a nice narrow centre gore.
I do have a couple complaints and concerns, though. While the very solid mesh at the top is good for shaping, it does not have much room for variation in size. The bra fits perfectly right now, but if I go up or down even a tiny bit in size, I am concerned that it will not fit as well. Also, I don't know what it is about the shape, but I find there is a bit more pressure on the straps in this bra than in others. It might be partly due to only having two hooks in the back - I prefer three. Read more 204 more words
I adore this bra. I got it a few months ago, when I was a 34F (I've gone down a band size, and seem to have gone up a cup size -- though I'm not sure, because different brands size differently) and when I wear it on the tightest row of eyes, it fits me perfectly still. I'm top-heavy, and unlike most models I've tried this one doesn't cut in at all, but I manage to fill it out entirely. The wires don't poke, it's super comfortable. It gives a very nice rounded shape, and there's loads of forwards projection - no east-west splaying happening here! After three months of ...fairly constant wear (I rotate it in every two or three days, to give the elastic time to rest) it's still in excellent condition (no pilling or signs of wear anywhere except the tag). Gives a lot of uplift, too, and because of the print and colours it's nice and cheerful to get ready in in the mornings I wear it when I know I need to feel confident in how I look. This is easily my favourite bra, and I'm considering buying another - probably in my current size, though I might wait until it starts to go on sale. I'm probably going to cry when it wears out.
Pros: Great for fuller on top breasts, firmer breasts, and rounded breasts Funky pattern After a few wears the seams smooth out so it's possible to wear this bra under a T-shirt and not have it be too noticeable (especially if it's darker or with a pattern on it). Very firm band Very high quality fabric Due to the lace section, a lot of the breast is encased, so it feels secure, but it doesn't feel stifling because it's a thinner material Cons: Visible under lighter shirts The seam where the lace attaches to the blue fabric can be a bit puckery (though it generally smooths out - I've only noticed this right after a wash, and it smooths out in an hour or two after putting it on) The yellow berries are more green in real life, if anyone is ordering this online. I was slightly surprised by that. The straps are tough to adjust - though this does mean they don't slip throughout the day, which is always a plus! Just difficult to get the strap to slide through the plastic bit. They are fully adjustable though. Read more 299 more words