Shape: round, projected, even, close set, on the narrow end of average root width.
UPDATE: After wearing this a few days over the last couple weeks I have to amend what I said in my original review: while the sides don't LOOK super tall in the armpit, and didn't bother me during my review + fit check, my experience is that the underwire + side boning do end up rubbing in an uncomfortable way while wearing over the course of a full day. I don't have this problem with any other bras :/ It's disappointing, and it means that I'll probably limit wear of the Piper to special occasion ...or short wears only.
Original review: It's here! I finally got my hands on the Piper. Here's my quickie review:
The good: - The color of this bra is even brighter and more saturated in real life. It's very striking and quite the statement piece - if you're into subtle, this ain't it.
- Love the little details. The eyelash lace at the bottom of the bra, the tiny polka dot print on the top mesh section of the cup, the lime green hooks to match the lime bow on the gore.
- The band fits true to size! I'd been worried after running into stretchy band after stretchy band in new Cleo colorways (Bluebell Marcie, Floral Della, and Turquoise Blake, with reports that the Leopard Della and Cerise Blake also suffered from the dreaded too-loose band). I was so concerned about this that I also ordered the 28F, just in case. Luckily, the 30E is comfy on the loosest hooks. The 28F - Cleo » Piper Longline Balconnet Bra (9351) is too tight to be comfortable for me, even on the loosest hooks.
- The cups are on the narrow end of average width, which is just about perfect for me. The cups have good immediate projection (are we calling it depth now? Immediate depth?). Wires sit right in my IMF, and don't budge. Actually, NOTHING budges in this bra. Perhaps it's the nature of the longline, but my breasts don't move *at all* in this thing - they are locked down in the cups.
- I'd heard there was the possibility of the sides running really tall under the armpits. I'm happy to announce that this isn't an issue for me at all.
The not-so-good: - While the cups fit, I get some annoying wrinkling in the top (near the strap) and sides of the cup. The bra isn't too wide for me, and I fill out the cups, so not sure what's causing it.
- FOT or particularly tall-rooted folks take note: the top of the cup closes in quickly. I get the tiniest bit of quad boob on my larger side (check the angle shot), and I'm even-to-FOB.
- No super round and uplifted Marcie basketballs here. I would describe the shape as "my breasts but better" - a lower set, more natural shape. If you're VERY close set or have oodles of center fullness, you may find this to be a shape mismatch.
- Let's just put it out there: while this longline is beautiful, fastening the 5, yes, FIVE, hooks in the back is a huge pain. Save your wrists and get help, lol.
Overall: I'm really happy with this! Love the color, the fit is comfortable (especially for a longline), and the matching briefs (a good fit in UK10 for my 38" hips) are adorable. It's a keeper - and I look forward to stalking next spring's Acid Coral colorway!
I got lucky and got my hands on a Cleo Piper!! I had to sister size up a band due to availability and pray. Overall I'm desperately in love with it. It's projected, fairly narrow, stunningly gorgeous... and I'm way behind on my bra reviews and just got this in yesterday but I felt it was important to get this review out to the masses ASAP before Piper is released on a large scale, because there are Two Glaring Problems that I think are going to affect everybody who tries this and I know a lot of us love it. Full review on the blog.
I tried this bra on a whim. I have a super short torso, and have never really given longlines a second glance, but with a color this pretty I couldn't resist at least trying... Plus my size was on Amazon so it was risk free!
First, the good: the color is gorgeous! It's a nice saturated cobalt blue. The eyelash lace is a nice touch. The straps are padded between the shoulder and cup (but this makes them only half adjustable).
Now, the bad: This didn't fit me at all. The band was huge. I could fasten it on the tightest hooks right out of the package; the stretched ...measurement is 39" on this 34GG! I actually double checked several times to make sure Amazon sent me the right size. I usually don't have an issue with Panache/Cleo bands, if anything they're usually too tight (I'm between 32 and 34), this was much looser than normal. It mostly stayed put due to being a longline, but definitely would've had issues were it a regular bra.
The cups were either a smidge too small or possibly the wrong shape. I couldn't get the wire to stay in my IMF, it felt like it was floating down a bit, plus I got noticeable quadboob on both sides. I think a bigger cup would've helped, maybe... But with the lack of proper tension from the loose band and the way the cup is shaped (NOT good for FOT ladies!) it was tough to judge. The gore tacked just fine, go figure. I kept trying to hike it up to get my boobs to settle into the cups, but it just wasn't working for me.
The wires are at least 1/2" shorter than their channels, which makes the wings do an uncomfortable pokey maneuver in my armpit. Despite the side stays and the band of elastic along the front, the section with the eyelash lace kept rolling up while I was standing still (not sitting or even walking).
There also seem to be some quality control issues. In addition to the very stretchy band, the lace had several runs/pulls/bobbles and there were loose threads attached all over the cup seams (see pics).
Despite how lovely this bra is, I'll be sending it back. Read more 271 more words
I've had such high hopes for this bra! The longline design, the unpadded cups, the fun colour, the pretty lace - what's not to love? It really is a great bra, and I'm happy that Panache is trying out unpadded longlines. However, the cups are not a perfect fit on me shape-wise, even though their volume and bottom projection seems to be ok.
Nice things first: the colour is as pretty in person as it is in photos. I'm not a great fan of neon accents, but on this bra they are contained to a tiny centre bow, which could be easily removed, and the hooks. The lace doesn't ...look luxurious, but it does look good and quite elegant even, and the eyelash finish along the bottom edge is a nice tough. I also enjoy how it's paired with the mesh upper part of the cup, which has a very subtle dot patter. The inside mesh lining is soft enough and I experience no discomfort, but then I'm not particularly sensitive to rough fabrics. The straps have comfortable soft lining and are fully adjustable.
The band is true to size, barely stretching to 28in. I'm wearing it on the loosest set of hooks and its plenty snug, more so than my other Cleos with a 28 band, but this impression might be partially caused by the longline design. The gore tacks with no issues. I have no problem with the sides being too high, but it's a problem I never experience, having breasts which are set fairly low on my chest. For the same reason, the band ends rather low, at my natural waist, which I think looks ok, but would be a problem is the band was even a bit longer / my torso was a bit shorter.
Now on to the main problem. The top section of the cup is really closed off, something I've never experienced in any Panache/Cleo soft cup bras. My shape is rather even, I wouldn't classify it as FOT. This leads me to believe that my roots must be long, and therefore not really suited to this bra. I tried hard to convince myself that the cups look good enough, but when I keep my back really straight, the spillover is impossible to miss (as shown on one of the detail shots). Sadly, I think I'll still have to wait to fulfil my dreams of a well-fitting longline.
Phew. Can't remember the last time I tried so hard to buy a new bra style.
I adore this bra. I think the colour is wonderful, the shape is flattering and the longline makes me feel like I could wear this around the house all weekend with a singlet and be 21 again.
Unfortunately I don't think it suits my shape AND it's actually quite hard to get on.
I bought a size 30GG - my usual Cleo/Panache size these days - to try first off. Unfortunately it dug right into my breast tissue and gave me a noticeable bulge above the bra edge. Otherwise the bra was pretty good ...- a bit loose around the back about half way down the hooks though. Other than the digging into the breast tissue, it looked good on and I was tempted to keep it.
I knew I would be tugging at the top of the cup all day if I kept the 30GG trying to get it smooth, so I send the 30GG back and tried the 30H. I have never ever worn a size H cup before, but I knew that the 30 band was only just tight enough and I wouldn't want to go up to a 32 band to stay in the same cup size.
This is the 30H that I've photographed on me here. It still digs into my breast tissue towards the centre gore and the straps are now really uncomfortably wide and the underwires are way too wide. I wonder if the 30GG was also too wide and I wasn't settling into the bottom of the cups either. Maybe that's why I'm inching out the top of the cups.
Either way, wrong shape for me. Sorry Piper!
Congratulations to everyone who suits this style - it's gorgeous.
(ps. Also, I usually but a bra on by putting the cups against my belly - face down - and then reach around and clip the hooks and eyes together with my hands, then flip the bra over and up onto my breasts... that was very difficult to do in a longline where it has corsetting for inches down the sides in addition to the underwires. I wonder if I owned this how many days I would think TOO HARD and wear a different bra after all) Read more 274 more words
This bra fits me quite well. The band is TTS, so a smidge loose on me, but not too bad since the boning gives it stability. The cups are also TTS and a great fit for my short roots. The fabric on top wrinkles a tad, but not much.
I know some people have found the side wings to be annoyingly tall, but I didn't have an issue with them. I'm very low-set, though, so I may be the outlier, who knows. The color and the lace pattern are lovely.
Very short cups, band is looser at the bottom than at the top (I measured just at the bottom of the cups for the table), quite a lot of overall projection, closed on top and there is not much space by the gore. Fits like a large G or small GG. See blog post for a more in-depth analysis.
I. LOVE. THIS. BRA. Holy moly. I was not one of the women who thought that this bra was gorgeous in photos. But that color, and that eyelash lace, when you put it on your body it is GORG. As soon as I put this bra on I was ordering the bottoms to go with it. This is the best fitting bra I have ever had.
The 4-part cup is heaven. So much immediate projection, that wire does not budge from my IMF. The width of the cup is spot on for me. I get a beautiful naturally rounded shape from this bra, not a spherical one that Cleo ...is known for. The top is quite closed off, not quite as much as my CK Bardot, but pretty close. You're going to need very FOB breasts or short roots to make this one work.
If I'm being 100% honest the cup is a teeny hair too small, but you can hardly notice. I have very short roots and it still just barely cuts in sometimes, but not enough that you can tell or that it bothers me. I also get a little bit of wrinkling near the stitching at the top of the cup, but not because it's too big, it seems like a tiny construction flaw maybe? As started in another review, the wires (at least in this size) are shorter than the wire channels by over half an inch, even though the side boning is as tall as the channels. It doesn't bother me, but I find it weird. The sides are quite tall, and that may bother many people, but I don't even notice. I think I am rather low set in addition to having short roots. My tissue starts almost below armpit level. Ideally I would have a slightly narrower or lower gore, because the wires sit on a tiny bit of tissue right at the center, but this doesn't bother me.
This bra may have single-handedly converted me to longlines. It took a couple minutes to get used to it, but I adore the extra security. My breasts aren't going anywhere in this thing. Honestly this bra is so comfortable I didn't even want to take it off to measure it. Read more 265 more words
This was my first long line bra. I'd debated of whether to try one; I have a short torso (very little space between the bottom of my rib cage and the top of my hip bones) and I worried it would be too long on me. Luckily my torso length (or lack of length ) is not an issue.
The cups fit true to size for a 32FF. The cups are closed on top but do not cause any cutting in or quad-booming (I have even fullness). The wires do come up a bit too high into my armpit for my liking (for this reason, ...Bratabase flagged this bra as a non-fitting one for me) but it isn't painful.
The band fits snug like a typical Cleo. It feels a bit too tight right now -- probably due to the additional length -- but I know once I break it in a bit it'll be perfect. Getting the bra on was a challenge for me - took me a while on my own. When I sit I do find the band rolled up a bit but it wasn't visible under clothing; I was able to swiftly pop it back into place with my thumb once I stood up.
Now onto the color! The online pictures do not do the color justice! It is a rich, vibrant cobalt blue - more vibrant in person. I think this shade will look gorgeous on many different skin tones.
If you're on the fence about this bra, my vote is to try it! You might be surprised. Read more 156 more words
This bra is comfortable and gives a nice rounded shape. I have some projection at the bottom and this bra works well for that. I have tall, shallow roots and the top does not cut in. The negative: I am not sure why but this bra causes me major side and side/back fat/spillage. When I go to put the bra on, before I fasten the hooks, the cup wires feel either too narrow or too u shape for my shape. Even though the width cup measurements seem like they should be fine for me. For now I am saying it fits but not really sure.