Short, projected, slightly narrow, close set, center full, even breasts....
Two tenths of an inch more cup width and a narrower gore, and I would keep this bra. This is a comfortable Cleo bra; a first for me. The fabric is lightweight, slightly stretchy, and soft. However, the cup width is .2" too narrow. Sigh. Strangely, when a cup is too narrow, not only do I feel discomfort under my arm, but also the pain radiates into the center of my breasts. This is not a sensation I can tolerate for more than a few minutes.
Please note: the band will stretch beyond 31". However, the wires distort at ... 31". I have a 28" underbust and sized up to the 32" to eliminate wire distortion. If you don't require maximum immediate projection, the distortion may not bother you. I may have a slight omega shape to my breasts and need as much immediate projection as I can find.
This band is too big because I receive very little support. But, when supported by a band more appropriate for a 28" underbust, my breasts become very close-set from top to bottom. To date, I've found one wired bra that can both support my breasts and has a narrow enough gore. And, the support from a too-large-band is less than I receive from some wireless options. Wireless is my preference until I can find a gore narrow enough.
Despite my affection for Cleo's choice of fabric and the excellent immediate and center (near the gore) projection, this lovely will journey back to the vendor.
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Updated on Oct 08, 2016 Flag this
This is an excellent review. It doesn't come up too high in the pits? I might try it since the fabric is soft. Compared to other Cleos did you size down in the cup because of the stretch or is it scaled for that?
I sized down in the cup and up in the band compared to Curvy Kate. In this fabric configuration, it will be less supportive than CK Florence in your range. I hope they increase the fabric sturdiness for the upper range...it is delicate.
could you bend/stretch the wires a bit wider? its a shame they're too narrow, considering all the pluses of this bra. Also, I've always had to size up in curvy kate compared to my cleo/panache/fantasie size, too.
It may be possible, but the fraying at the ends of the wires makes it feel like it won't last long. And, for $50, I want a better bra. If I find it for less, I may try. :-)
And, I'm selling nearly all my underwired bras. I've finally accepted, I can't tolerate the wires sitting on my breasts anymore. The wires sitting on my breasts is causing swelling, heat, and pain. When I read about the signs of breast cancer, these are near the top. My breasts are happy (no heat, swelling, pain) in a bralette. It seems a clear message.... SIGH. If I have anything you'd like,...fire sale. ;-)
I'm sorry they aren't working for you! On the plus side we are in the era of cute cheap plentiful bralettes. I hope you find your ultimate wireless bra.