The long awaited Cleo Riley is here! Riley is a new, slightly modified version of the Cleo Maddie moulded halfcup bra. It's the navy-pink colorway - the main color is a classy dark navy and there are some pink accents. I like that! The fabric is really soft and smooth and the bra appears to be really well-made and comfortable.
Now, let's talk a little about differences and similarities between Riley and Maddie. What I like most about Riley is that it has an U-back (or leotard back) instead of a straight back like Maddie. I feel that bras with an U-back fit more comfortably and the band is less prone ...to cut in or move around. The band runs tight, a little tighter than the solid-colored Maddie and about 1 band size tighter than the older, animal print Maddie. It runs very tight for a 30, so you might want to size up for comfort. (Note: The fact that darker colored bras that run tighter is well-observed in the bra fitting community. If Cleo ever released a brightly-colored Riley version, band fit is likely to vary.)
The cups are similar in Maddie and Riley, molded and in a slight 'sweetheart' shape - the center gore is a little lower than the side wings. The gore fits comfortably and is not digging in.
However, as opposed to the Maddie, Riley runs very closed on top. On the plus side, this means the bra is less visible under a T-shirt. The solid colored Maddie had a very pronounced rim, which was often complained about by people with bottom-heavy boobs. For my part, this has never been an issue for me. My boobs are quite high-rooted and evenly full at the bottom and on top, and the rim cuts into my roots. At the same time, the cups are gaping a little at the center gore, which indicates that the bra is slightly to big or it just requires more center fulness than I have. (I cannot size down, because it's already cutting in at the outer sides.)
Apart from that, the cups size appear to be on the smaller side, running about 1/2 - 3/4 cups small in my opinion. This is another similarity to Maddie, which is also known to run small. (This is of course dependent on my boob shape, so YMMV.)
tl;dr: If you are bottom-heavy and the solid-colored Maddie always gapped on you, Riley might be a good bra to try out. If you're even-shaped or top-heavy, better stick with Maddie and its open cups. Read more 311 more words
I HAVE FOUND MY FIRST ABTF! The Riley is the solution to my only problem with the Maddie, which is that the Maddie gaps at the top of the cups if I slouch at all. The Riley is closed at the top and it's a smooth cup (no lace detailing at the top with the Maddie), which makes it a perfect t-shirt bra.
I wish it came in black and nude colorways!
P.S. I'm new to this (32A-->28D/DD, could even go down to 26). What breast shape would I described as if the Riley (and Maddie for the most part) fits me perfectly?
i heard that the Riley is a more closed on top Maddie. i ordered it immediately, thinking that maybe this is the cleo bra that's gonna work!
it is definitely more closed on top, for sure. the outer half of the cups still gaped a bit on me, but the inner half did not. which makes sense, my tissue is fuller on the inner half than the out. my roots are tall, but I'm very empty on top.
It's too shallow on the bottom, but I'm not projected enough for the center.
EDIT: I found out that the bizarre shape was from the back being too tight and warping the cups (didn't know this could happen!). I popped on an extender and it's much better! It's still probably 3/4 to a full cup size small, but since I've lost weight The cups almost fit. I think I'm probably between a 30GG-30H in most bras now, but I would probably fit into a 32GG or 32H in this style. I waited too long to return it so I'll just keep wearing it with an extender. Even not quite fitting right it's very comfy, I imagine it would be amazing if wearing ...the exact right size.
This bra is easily a cup size too small to be a 30H, maybe even 2. It gives me severe quadding at the top. The band is a little bit tight also, but I'm not sure if it's tight enough that I could go up a band size. I think part of the problem also might be the shape, because it's very closed on top and the apex of the cup is almost a little pointed and if the bra is loose anywhere it's right there. It also flattens out the middle of my chest and pulls everything towards the outside of my torso. I'd say my shape is between full on top and well rounded. The material is really soft and I like the construction of it, it seems like it would be really comfortable if it fit at all. It's super cute and I wish it fit, but I'm going to try and return it.
I think if you're full on bottom, wide-set and have more of a conical breast shape this bra would work really well, but the sizing seems very off regardless of shape. Read more 191 more words
I'd say the sizing (both cup and band) is nearly identical to the @Marcie (I own a purple one in the same size), the Riley is slightly smaller. I may have been better off in a 70E or maybe F, but this was the last size they had in store. I don't own a maddie with which to compare it, but I notice that the top is more closed in that with other bras I have, it cuts in a bit on my larger breast and I've got minor gapping up towards the armpit on both sides (not as bad as with the deco's). The straps ...are a little wide-set.
That said: everything stays in place perfectly and I'd say it's comfortable, except that I can feel the wire on my ribcage under my right breast. That happened on the Marcie during the first wear or two but that issue went away pretty quickly and I expect the same for this bra. The fabric is nice (soft, smooth, decent quality) but kind of loose on the cup, it wrinkles until you smooth it out. The color surprised me, too: the pink is super pink and the navy could be mistaken for purple. The bra itself is invisible under tight tops and gives a nice rounded shape but nothing too dramatic. Read more 114 more words
Slight gaping near the straps and the top of the cup cuts in a little bit on my larger breast. The top of the cup seems a little more closed than Cleo Maddie Moulded Balconnet T-shirt Bra (7201), and I like that the fabric is smooth and plain instead of pinstriped. Gives great cleavage and doesn't show under tops for me. Keeps everything front and center.
I am a big fan of my 32DD - Cleo » Maddie Moulded T-shirt Bra (7201) and was looking forward to trying this as it's based on the same shape. The fit feels quite different, though, as it's more closed in the top and (I think) runs very slightly smaller in both cup and band - my usual 32DD dug in at the top, felt tight round my ribs, and just generally looked slightly too small. 32E seems a lot better so far - a tiny bit of gapping in the centre (annoyingly most of my fullness is somewhere around my armpits) that goes away if I do some assiduous scooping, and the band feels more comfortable as more of me is in the cups. Slightly unsure about where the gore sits (I get pinchy gore problems in non-plunge bras if the fit isn't absolutely perfect) but I'll see how it survives a day's wear. Fabric is absolutely gorgeous - super smooth navy with lovely pink trim.