Summary: Valentina is a delicate-looking bra in intense pink, with an uncommon shape that may not work well on many bodies. Possibly better in concept than in execution.
This bra is extremely pink. Intensely, darker-than-highlighter-markers neon pink. The fabrics are a sheer, non-stretch mesh, lined with a layer of soft powernet in the lower part of the cup and most of the band. The band seems to run about one size large (38 stretches to 40+ inches), as is normal for Cleo.
The upper cup is more of the non-stretch mesh, embroidered with a floral-and-geometric pattern. The straps are plush-bached elastic, and adjust all the way. There are gold-tone ... buckles and rings on the straps, and a small dangling charm at the center front. The wires are quite firm and splay outwards, but are relatively low in the center.
All of this is very standard Cleo, but this is one of their cheaper-feeling efforts. The fabrics are some of this brand's flimsier and scratchier choices: much less comfortable than my Cleo Hettie Balconnet Bra (9011) or even Marcie.
Shapewise, this is an extremely strange bra. It has a fairly standard 3 part cup, with a higher apex than most Cleos. However, it is very shallow at the wire, especially at the bottom and on the outside. There is much more immediate depth near the gore. The Valentina then gets much deeper in the upper section, which is relatively open at the top. The resulting shape is similar to the "cakes on a plate" style of balconette, but with none of the structure.
This bra seems to be made for someone who is full-on-top and center-full, but who needs a wide wire -- or someone whose tissue is soft enough to become that shape without much difficulty. On anyone else, this bra produces a large flattened area along the wire, with a lot of room in the upper cup. This bra's owner has a shallow, full-on-bottom shape, and is wide-set, so she found the overall effect disappointing at best.
(I am submitting this bra on behalf of the owner - it is not mine)
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Paradise pink colorway
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 Flag this