MY SHAPE: round, projected, even, close set, on the narrow end of average root width.
THE TAKEAWAY: Hooray, a new Cleo with a true to size band! This bra is very similar to the Panache Floris Balconnet Bra (7311), but the cup is shorter and the lace section closes in more quickly. In this size range, Minnie's shape is best suited for short-rooted, even to full on top breasts. Could potentially work for tall-rooted FoB if shallow on top. Average wire width. If you have very little tissue on the sides, you may experience some cup wrinkling.
DETAILS: This is one of the few unlined Cleo cuts I ...haven't tried, and that was only because I disliked the polka-dot aesthetic of the prior colorways. This brand new for SS17 multi-colored print is great and I couldn't resist giving it a try. Unfortunately, it's not a perfect fit. The biggest issue is the inflexible top lace/mesh section. It cuts in too quickly on my tall roots, essentially making the cup too short to accommodate my breasts. The result is that the top section both cuts in AND isn't fully filled. I also get a bit of wrinkling on the sides, but that's not a deal breaker (in general, I seem to have less tissue there than many bras expect - wrinkling ALWAYS happens in bras with side slings, and occasionally in bras without).
In the takeaway section, I note that this bra reminds me quite a bit of the Panache Floris. The fabric feels identical, very smooth on the outside of the cup, with a patterned mesh/lace portion on top. However, the lace top on the Floris is taller and more open, which better accommodates my shape. So - if the Floris fits you well, the Minnie may not, and vice versa.
A final note - after stretchy band after stretchy band in new Cleo colorways the last year, I was shocked that this one felt firm/true to size! I've lost my tailor's tape in a move, so I can't confirm how firm-TTS it fits, but I will say that it is a little firmer than my TTS 30E Panache Olivia and Floris on my 28.5" snug UB. If you're on the top of your band size (closer to a 30" snug UB), I would consider sister sizing up, particularly if you're sensitive to TTS/slightly firm bands.
I like it! I definitely think this fits similarly to Marcie. The cups feel good, no wrinkles or quadboob. Open enough on top not to interfere with my tall-ish roots and upper fullness. It looks a bit small in the side pictures but I think that's because I need to awkwardly push my arm back to get that shot. The gore is low and narrow enough not to sit on my close-set boobs, but not so low that I spill out of the middle. Wires are also a good width; they're not creeping into my armpits where I don't need them.
The band feels loose to me, which makes ...sense, since it's a used 30C, and I need a 28D/28DD in Cleo. It's fine on the tightest hook, and if I need to, I can always alter it. Based on how the cups fit, I think a 28D Minnie would be perfect, so I'll be looking for the red version in that size.*
Love the cute polka dot pattern -- it has a bit of a pin-uppy feel, without being too over the top. Overall, my first impression is that this one is a keeper.
Edit: After several hours of wear, the back rides up, causing the sides to dig in. I will definitely be altering the band.
*Edit: Acquired 28D Minnie. Band is perfect but cups are more closed on top?! whyyyyyyy ._.
*Edit: altered band. cups now visibly too small. Read more 129 more words
FYI: I am evenly full to FoT, very wide set and a bit splayed, on the shallow side, with short roots.
WOW. This is such a different, but near PERFECT fit! I am so surprised!
I bought this from another bratabaser, still with tags on, and it is my first attempt at a Cleo.
I had heard that Cleos are more narrow and projected than my usual half cup Freyas, but the measurements were not far off from my best fitting bras. However, the look this bra gives me is wildly different! It is the first bra that manages to push my super wide set boobs inside my frame. The ...gore is narrower than I'm used to, but especially under striped clothes (see pics) it is good to have my boobs a bit closer together and inside my frame, as they tend to make me look super wide and massive on top with other bras.
The bra has a lot more projection than say my Freya Marvel (which is great on me but a smidge shallow), and when I look down at my boobs they are definitely sticking out much more. Much to my surprise, I could get all my side breast tissue in these narrow wires with some proper swooping & scooping, and even though the wires are narrow for me, they are not uncomfortable.
From the side, this gives me the green, elf shoe shape you guys are raving about, and I agree it is a good profile! Well fitting bras usually give me super round shapes, so this is a new experience for me.
The cup fabric is sturdy and non stretchy, much like my beloved Marvel, and feels very supportive. The mesh upper part fits very well, not a quadraboob in sight (which was my fear with this bra), and no gaping whatsoever. I only see a teeny tiny wrinkle in the mesh right where the mesh meets the cup, but this seems a construction rather than a fit issue (see pic). The band is also perfect; tight but comfortable.
In all, I am very impressed with this one! It is a great bra for under clothes that normally make me look wide, and because it pushes my boobs close together, it even gives me a bit more cleavage, which is also rare for me. However, under other clothes I miss my hourglass shape a little, as my wide boobs balance out my wide hips, but oh well, I have plenty of bras for that look already.
I am really suprised that this good fit can give me such a different look than my other well fitting bras! My husband even noticed the difference, although he thinks it makes my boobs look small (which is not a good thing in his book . Read more 356 more words
After my small success with Marcie, I decided to get Minnie as well because it's a sister-cut of Marcie. Turns out it's slightly different.
The band feels like a tight 30, or loose 28, which is usual for unlined bras from Cleo. I love the neon pink accent on the hooks and the bow at the gore! It's pretty I usually wear 28Cs these days, and I could use the middle hooks, whereas I had to use the innermost hooks on raspberry Marcie.
As for the cups, they seem to be a bit more projected(or larger?) than those of Marcie. The measurements are almost identical, ...but for some reason Minnie doesn't work as well as Marcie for my shallow chest. I get wrinkles on the outer side of the cups and gaps around the gore. Minnie has a bit more room around the gore than Marcie. The top of the cups are open, similar to Marcie. I imagine it's good for FoT. The cups are single layer but not see-through. The cups of Minnie feel slightly stiffer than Marcie. Read more 73 more words
This was one of my very lucky finds, along with my Pixie Balconnet from Cleo. Size 28:4 non-padded bras from Cleo , are incredibly difficult to find. So, I scooped this one up the second I saw it. I LOVE this bra. I love how it fits. It's awesome. This one appears to have a stretchier band and less firm band then the Pixie had, but that may be just because this one was actually worn very lightly unlike the Pixie bra that was not worn at all. I only got to wear this bra around the house but I had to write ...about it, so I'll of course update this review after it's run at a ten hour shift. First off, I really love the fabric of this bra. I'm not a huge fan of polka dots, but you can't always get it all. It is a very smooth, stiff, probably polyester fabric. There's no stretch, which makes this bra very good at shaping the breast. There is a small mesh section that is embroidered along the top edge. This mesh also does not stretch. The cup is also lined with what appears to be a non-stretch black mesh. I really can't say the fabric is soft and welcoming, but it's not scratchy, abrasive or uncomfortable in any way. This bra seems to be expecting short roots with a breast that projects out from the ribcage with no sloping. I have tall-ish roots. So, the mesh just sort of slides down my roots and the mesh part wrinkles. The embroidered edge lays flat. I find I can tuck the wrinkled mesh section under the cup and just have the pretty embroidered section showing. There is a picture that shows what happens when I try to force the mesh section to lay flat and sit the way it was originally intended to sit. Cuts into my like WOAH. The bra is a three section, cut and sew, non-padded balconnet bra. Very low-coverage and has really good projection. There is soft elastic along the outer edge of the cup. It starts where the straps connect to the cup and continues down to the underwire. Where it them becomes the top binding of the band. This bra does an excellent job at gathering the breast and projecting it forward, something polish bras a renowned for. I do not have a lot of outer fullness on my breasts and this bra does not seem to ask for it unlike the Pixie bra where you can obviously see (especially on my smaller side) that I do not have much outer fullness to fill the cup correctly. I am centre full (behind the nipple, not inner fullness), with some projection and a good bit of projection needed at the apex. This bra seems to fit me like a glove! The straps are a bit larger than average straps. They have unnecessary detailing on the edges and down the middle of the strap. They feel like soft, fold over elastic. They are extremely hard to adjust because of all the detailing but can be fully adjusted. I have them fully let out. I am extremely fortunate that they are long enough because I could not get the Pixie bra straps to be as long as I needed them to be and it really messed up the fit of the bra. This is the most narrow gore base I have come across thus far. The wires at touching at the top of the gore and remains fairly narrow all the way down the gore. This is amazing for me because it never seems to matter how narrow the gore is at the top they always get way to wide as the gore progresses and it forces the wires to sit on my larger breast tissue. I try to finagle the bra over towards my smaller side, but my smaller side is more projected than my larger side and no matter what I do, it forces the bra to sit correctly on my smaller side. Which always results in the wires sitting on my larger breast. I only have about a centimeters worth of space between my breasts when they are being properly supported. So, this may or may not be the first bra ever to not just have the left wire sitting on breast tissue (at least out of the bras that have actual gores). The wires are about average I'd say and they fit me well. Others may call them narrow (see measurements). They are, of course it's a Cleo/Panache bra, pretty firm. They don't feel quite as firm as the Pixie bra, but the Pixie bra was never worn either. They have a bit of flex to them but are nothing like Comexim or other flexible wired bras. They're really comfortable to me, but I am not particularly sensitive when it comes to firm wires. They also seem to be padded some what, though that might be because the wire channels could be made of a thick cotton. The under wire channels are stitched with the words: "Crafted for fit. Styled for fun." The band is really smooth and silky/satiny fabric. I quite like it, but it is not as firm as others. It will also stretch out faster than the soft, plush elastic binding the bra on the top and the bottom of the band. It definitely seems stretchier than the other Cleo bras I have tried, but still measures just as firm at under 28". All in all, I'm so glad I got this bra. It's comfortable, the quality is high and I love that it's made mostly of smooth fabric and not mesh. I seem to prefer most fabrics over mesh. Even though I love the look of mesh bras. There's a slight shape mis-match here with the mesh panel expecting very short projected top roots, but this is not bothersome to me. It doesn't affect the fit or the style of the bra. The closed top just slides down my roots causes the mesh to crumple up. Fortunately it is half the size of the mesh panel on the Pixie bra so it is no where near as visible as it is with the Pixie bra. I don't seem to get this "side boob flattening" that others have mentioned in their reviews. But then again, I don't have a lot of outer fullness to begin with; especially on my smaller breast. The shape is gives me is pretty darn awesome too! When I wear it under a shirt and to work I'll post an update covering those topics. I look forward to hunting down more Cleo gems like this one! Read more 1022 more words
This bra is the closest well-fitting bra I've tried yet. It is an unlined 30F, red polka dot balconette, with nice uplift. I never could have believed that an unlined bra could actually give me as much lift as my old push ups, but this one comes close. It brings my boobs forward and up to the centre. Not like basketballs, but pretty rounded. The cup width is a touch wide, only because the wires angle outward instead of straighter up on the side, but it doesn't affect comfort for me. The depth is great in this bra, and I only have very slight quad boob on my ...larger size. The straps adjust well and are comfortable, and the band fits how I'd expect a 30 band to fit, not too stretchy and not 'undersized', and considering I got it used, it's still pretty good. The pattern doesn't rock my boat, but that's just personal preference. The only fit issue for me is that the gore doesn't lay flat, but I don't find it uncomfortable. I think I can overlap this gore and it should be fine. Read more 79 more words
The only thing that wasn't perfect about the 30C Cleo Minnie I got from runs_with_scissors was the fact that the band was loose. So I swapped my Cleo Lucy for this 28D Minnie from tealeaf_egg , expecting it to fit like Marcie.
On the one hand, it fits better than Lucy, but on the other hand, I'm somewhat disappointed. The band is true to size and fits me much better than the 30C Minnie. But the cups, which SHOULD be identical, since they're sister sizes of the same model, have a bigger lace section. For whatever reason, that makes the cups way more closed on top than the 30C version... which makes this an awkward fit for my tall-rooted boobs.
Going by the 30C Minnie, I can see why people say Minnie and Marcie are sister cuts, but it seems Cleo is inconsistent with their cup construction? :/ I guess I'll be altering the band on the 30C after all.
This is in direct comparison to the 30C - Cleo » Minnie Balconnet Bra (7431) that I used to own. I didn't get pictures of this, but I gave that bra away after it was in rotation for several months because it was quadboobing me even during the smallest parts of my cycle, plus the band was too loose. I have since learned my lesson and took updated pictures of other bras that stopped fitting.
This bra is totally different from the 30C version. I always thought it was interesting that the 30C fit like a plunge. This one is much more of a true balconnet. The ...gore is a whole lot higher and is also super narrow, which I like.
I really love this bra and I wish it fit me better. I am not quite sure what to make of it. The band is super comfortable, the cups are only a little bit too wide, and it brings everything front, center, and in-your-face. The problem, of course, is the godforsaken Cleo upper lace section. Why, Cleo? Whyyyyyyyyyyyyy. Read more 71 more words
Adorable 3-part unpadded balconette style. Front and main part of cups is a red-red background with scattered (random, not ordered) white polka dots. Back and straps are solid red. Top section is white mesh with red embroidery with unfilled circles in the field and a wider circle-y pattern (rows of filled and unfilled circles) along the edge. Pale yellow with yellow polka dots ribbon bow at top of center gore. Scalloped edging at the bottom of band that matches the scalloped edging on bothsides of straps. Straps are fully adjustable with a pattern in the center lines. Elastic along entire bottom of band.
(Acquired new w/tags; sewn-in size ...tag is the rip-off kind)
Wore it for the first time today. Here are my thoughts...
SHAPING: Definitely pulls my boobs front and center inside my frame. BAND: Too tight new. Wearing with an extender. Hope it loosens after being worn a few times. WIRE: Is sturdy and not too high for my short torso/high-set boobs. CUP DEPTH: Almost perfect. Fits my right boob fine. Tiny bit of flapping at top of left cup. CUP WIDTH: At rest is too narrow, but when wearing it encloses my boobs fine. APEX/CUP HEIGHT: Seem fine, which is crazy to me. STRAPS: Slightly too wideset, but stay on my shoulders easily. They don't cut into my underarm crease and are on the inside of my narrower-than-it-should-be frame. AESTHETICS: I LOVE this pattern. Red + polka dots + geometric lacey is perfect for me.
OVERALL: I'm loving this bra on the first wearing.