i remeasured myself and to my great surprise, the measurements look like im possibly wearing too small of a band + too large of a cup, which is confusing to me. so, i ordered a few bras from amazon in different sizes to see if maybe thats true? generally ive been in a 34FF but measurements suggest id need more of a 36 band. i got this in a 34F, 36E, and have it coming in also a 34FF and a 36F because im dumb and forgot that this bra/cut might run small in general.
i cant tell exactly why, but this bra feels like it doesnt fit. im ... unsure of if im judging it right though, because new measurements have me second guessing myself. firstly and most obviously: the straps are freaking murder! holy cow. it feels like the left strap especially is dinging down so hard onto my shoulder, its painful to even wear it for a try on as i review it. i have it fully extended, so im not sure if its just too short on that side? do i need a larger cup or something or do these straps just suck and hurt? no idea. theyre wider set to because its a half cup, and very thin, but i dont feel the width as an issue. and my right side feels fine. **EDIT** it looks like the way it had adjusted was twisted a bit, so i dont notice it with a second try on. still, this is the max adjustment, and the narrow stiff fabric is not comfy.
as for the band, where i was most concerned because my my new measurements say that a 34 might be too small: if i try this on backwards, the band feels snug on the furthest hook, which is what i expect a Cleo 34 band to feel on me. they tend to be a bit stiff to start and then break in. its not uncomfortable, and not appearing to warp the wires, just normal bra snug. the same goes for when i wear it the right way. the band is made of a smooth material that feels like it would be comfortable and supportive. i would probably wear it with an extender until it broke in though, just to make extra sure im not wearing it to snug, and also to extend the life of it. with one hook on the extender i still feel comfortable and supported, and it will be less stress on the band.
the cups feel like they arent quite right. i feel like im on the edge of coming out the sides, and i dont know if its that they are too narrow or too low, or if theyre just too small in general. im guessing too low in the wings, because its not painful like its laying on breast tissue, it just doesnt feel super secure at the sides. plus in this model, the wire doesnt go all the way to the edge of the channel, so there is empty space in the underarm channel side which makes it even lower. the top of the cup lays flat and the cups are full, but as i cant wear this for an extended period of time (im returning them) i wont be able to tell if i would scoot out during wear. i think if the wires on thew side were taller, this might be a pretty close to perfect fit for me. so close! i have more sizes of this coming, so i can see if a larger cup would work better. **EDIT** i think the measurements get rounded up sometimes, so for the sake of accuracy, these are a bit more than 5 and 3/8ths inches wide from the actual wire, not the channel, to the wire. i didnt measure to the end of the channel because some of it is empty space. its juust under 5 1/2 inches.
appearance wise im eh about this bra. i just dont like animal print, but as this was a try on buy and not a personal buy, i dont care much. i do like that its a more muted/ 'tame' leopard print, dark navy on lighter blue.
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