The Natasha Balconnet is one of my favorite unpadded bras so far. It did not engulf my boobs in a sea of fabric up to my clavicle, nor did the gore try to stab me in the heart. It manages to bring my wide set breasts a little more front and center, and uplifted, instead of making them more spread apart or minimized. Under a shirt, my boobs look pretty great.
I was a little worried that a 28GG would be too tight, especially since the Zia Balconnet is cut so small, but I had nothing to worry about. It was like a middle ...ground between the Meg Balconnet and the notoriously firm Zia. My underbust is 29 inches, and I can fasten the Natasha comfortably on the last hooks.
I love the pattern and the color scheme. The lace at the top of the cups is soft and doesn't cut into my breast tissue. The cup material is somewhat stiff, but that helps to provide support, and it softened up anyway after a wash.
The cups are also just the right height under my armpits. I find this to be the case in general with Cleo bras. I didn't have much luck with some of Curvy Kate 's Showgirls line and Freya is dancing on the edge of being too armpitty, especially once you get up to a G cup.
The Natasha is definitely proving to be one of my "go to" bras for when I want an unpadded bra under darker fabric tops or dresses, as long as the neckline isn't too low. Read more 169 more words
Very tight band (typical of Cleo lol). I think I lack the upper fullness to fill out the top of the cups, and there is a strange bulge, especially where the lace part connects to the rest of the cup.
The detailing/embroidery on the lace is actually really cute and I didn't notice as much in pictures! It definitely adds to my opinion of the bra.
I think this could be more of a FoT bra (I'm pretty even), or maybe I just need to try a size down, I'm not sure! My tall roots are definitely affecting the fit at the top, but even if my ...breast tissue were concentrated lower I don't think I would have enough tissue to fill out the top. I will update review later.
Edit: removed the following because it was simply due to the underwires being pushed to the other end of the wire channels: "I think the gore was bent outward and is the reason why it doesn't sit perfectly flush on my skin, but it's also migrating sideways as if it were too wide. I've never had a problem with wide gores, so I think that it may just be because the gore is bent too far. I will try to bend it back some and see if it helps." Read more 113 more words
Perfect fit. The material is sturdy enough to prevent headlights, the wires are excellent, and the material isn't scratchy. Also, there is enough lower projection, and the top is unprojected enough to not gap. I couldn't be happier, just wish they made this bra in more colors!
I am generally finding 30E to be my usual size with an occasional 28F, and Cleo unpadded in 30E does fit, but on the advice of bracrastination I tried the 32 sister size in this bra. The fit is perfection. Great advice and I very much appreciate it! 32DD is definitely my Cleo unpadded size (UB 27.5 in. and OB 34.5).
As with all Cleo unpadded I have tried so far this gives fantastic lift and support. Very comfortable and flattering.
I got this in the mail yesterday and was super excited. Even more exciting was that it was SO CLOSE to fitting. It's definitely not perfect, but it's the closest yet.
What's good about the bra: The material is fantastic. It's unlined, so I was sort of worried it would be thin and flimsy (as that has been my experience with other unlined bras) but it's not. It's strong. What's awesome about that is that it's still really soft, comfortable, and light feeling. It's also gorgeous! I'm not a huge fan of camo or camo-like prints, but this is beautiful. The purple is so rich. Love it!
The negatives: The ...gore poked me a little cause it's so tall. That very well may be a sizing issue, as it's about a cup size too big. I also had some renegade flesh falling over the wings under my arms, so I think the wings are a bit short and/or unsupportive. I solved that by scooting the underwire over (there's a good centimetre or more of spare space for it) under the armpit a bit, but that made it unbearably uncomfortable, so I immediately put it back. I also think that I prefer to have 3-4 columns of hooks and this beauty only has two.
Overall, it's a super bra. I love it so much I'm debating whether or not to re-list it. (It's pretty close, right? https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" />) Read more 131 more words
Cleo Natasha does run tight in the band. So maybe you want to size up in this. Also the cup size does run more “true to size” compared to past Cleo styles like the Alexa, Chloe or Meg which did run a bit big in the cup. It gives the very uplifted & round “Cleo-shape”.
The colours are more bright than on the pictures. Actually I did not like the print of this bra. I first thought it would be hideous but when I got it I changed my mind about it. It’s quite cute.
Too bad it was always a bit small on me (as some here call it: a “BrasIhate-fit”) And now it’s just too small. Also I really think I might could even size up 1 band size because the band is really tight.
4/5 hearts (usual Cleo quality – good shape – good uplift, I can’t say something negative about it)
32E is my normal size but I definitely should have gone with a 34 band. Something else about this doesn't fit right. Well, the straps feel too short. But I can't tell if the bottom of the wire is in the right place and somehow the cups feel small. But something feels like it is the wrong shape. Can't quite identify it. Quality seems good, though. The cups feel too short maybe?
The cup depth on this bra is wonderful -- one of the best I have ever had, and the fabric is super firm without being thick. When I had one that fit it held the shape of my breast wonderfully at the bottom too. It's a beautiful bra in person, great fabric and really pretty embroidery detail. This bra has a very firm band and runs a bit tight... it was on the line for me at first but it did stretch out some. This is one where if I tuck and adjust, it can be pretty and smooth for a bit but the compression is not so ...comfortable, and soon quad boob will start showing up. The wires cut into breast tissue under my arms too. The cups are at least one size too small, maybe more, and I think it shows in the outer/underarm area as well as on top (I am quite FOT). Maybe going up a band size would have helped too. I so loved this bra in a 34F when I was smaller, but it's discontinued and the 36FF is just not working. Read more 81 more words
Tight-ish band that was wearable for my 29.5"-31.5" underbust, but fits better both in the band and in the cup with an extender. For that, I rated it lower in comfort, although it's not bad and actually really great with the help of the extender. I suspect the tight band is stretching the underwires wider for some folks, which was happening to me. Still could be a tad narrower, but not bad. Teeniest tiniest bit of in-cup quadding but barely perceptible, and it still fits fine on my less-full smaller days, and has a nice rounded look. Softens up very nicely with washing, and the top lace is lined with soft mesh to block textural friction, but someone with extreme sensory issues may still have a problem. I don't even like camo prints but this has got to be one of my favorite bras, designwise.
Sorry this is not entirely relevant to your entry, buuuuut since you said that very tight bands are typical of cleo bras, I was wondering if you think that they are just very tight or perhaps just very uncomfortable (fabric etc). I ask because I literally just (like 10 mins ago hah) made my own extender for my Cleo Maddie 28D. When I first got it I thought that the band fit well, like pretty tight but maybe that was how it was supposed to be, but when I went to put it on the next day it immediately hurt. So I just made the extender thinking that that would help with the underwire pain. Seemed to at first, but after 10 mins I'm already uncomfortable again!!! And making the band any looser would be ridiculous (can already fit a whole hand).
Is it Cleo? Is it the Maddie in particular? Or is it just me?