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Bardot Balcony Bra (SG3101)

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  1. 4
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    36GG

    Fits

    I never write bra reviews, but this one is so amazing, I had to. Curvy Kate definitely changed their fit for the better. It's even better than the redesigned bras from the last season (Portia and Princess). The wires are U shaped, which suits me wonderfully. It keeps my boobs up front and lifted. No upside down 7 with this bra. It's so pretty and sheer in every size. The support is better than non sheer, which is amazing. My usual size is 38G, but I got it in 36GG so the band won't stretch out too fast.

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  2. 3
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    30FF

    Didn't fit

    I’ve got some very mixed feelings about this bra. It was bought from lcl0706 and we thought that it had a chance of fitting because it closed in quickly, making it small for a 30FF, and since I tend to be in 30Fs mostly, a small fitting 30FF had a chance. This bra mostly fits, but lacks in a few areas, but it’s so pretty and I love the purple and sheer black combination.

    My shape is average to low set, narrow and shortish roots (or taller roots with deflated tissue making them functionally short still), center full and relatively close set, even to full on ... bottom, with soft and malleable pendulous tissue. I need projection at the wire but only average projection at the apex. My pendulous soft tissue is sometimes deceptive.

    Back to the fit. The band is snug but not as tight as my Ellace in 30E. It’s a 3 hook whatsamadoosit. And I actually did it up right on the first try! I kinda like the support of the extra hooks but it feel like it’s an industrial band now! The wires, which don’t seem to be different from the Ellace in 30E when I lay them on top of each other or measure them, but when I put it on and secure it, are quite a bit wider than my breast tissue, and not a tiny amount, but like a finger width or more. Some of my pics illustrate this. I also feel like the side wings and edge of the cup are up in my armpit so unless my arms are in a neutral or reverse position, I get cutting in. The cups are also too big, but because of the way it closes off, I’m not sure if I can size down or not (they almost fit). I actually think I might. It’s more obviously larger on my small side, as the cup does rest nicely over my larger side, especially if I am leaning forward/over, but I can get fingers under both cups easily. And I’m not filling it up a lot more before my period, either, so it’s not really a period bra. But I get great depth at the wire and it gives me a nice supported shape, and I love the peekaboo with certain tops.

    So at this point, I do like it, but of all of my new bras, it is not the best fit on me. I’m not sure if I am going to keep or if I’m going to re-list it.



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    • 3

      This is a really pretty bra on you. I can see how all the little issues add up, even though it looks good. It might be one that makes you miserable by the end of the day.

    • 1

      If you like 2 hooks, figure out which Cleo's are FOB maybe. Tho i hear they are wide in your size range (they are narrow in the top of their size range)

    • 1

      I still think this is a very acceptable fit on you but I can see where the wires are wide and how it feels like a lot of bra. The shape is lovely though and given how closed it is it’s still a toss up on if a 30F would fit.

    • 3

      This is my favorite bra of all time. I have three of them, none of which fit right now but there is no way I would ever part with them because they are so beautiful.

      If you need a smaller, less closed bra (besides Ellace), Florence fit me similarly but is more open on top.

    • 2

      I've had many bras where the fit was effectively "too big" i.e. the cup fit a little baggy, but it was not the cup volume per se that was excessive--it was the strap placement (too far out /wide-set). This meant that when I wore it, with the straps necessarily too close to one another or angled in or both, it artificially opened up extra depth in the upper part of the cup, causing the fit to be different from what the designer intended.

    • Brash5 ...it is really pretty on me which is why I’m undecided despite the fit issues. I’m not exactly miserable by the end of the day, but do feel like I have better fitting bras. But then again, it’s used and I got it for a very reasonable price, so it’s hard to figure out how I want to proceed with it.

      dbmamaz thanks. I recently got a Marcie which is more for FOT (and even to Somme extent) and the wires are a littl on the wide side, but only just barely, and seem ok. I’m waiting for a FOB style to come down in price some. Other than Lucy and Kali, are there other FOB Cleo styles? I’m not sure if I am going to get any other Cleo’s though, because the gore is a bit high...it’s higher than my Ellace and my Ellace is just as good, if not better than the Marcie.

      lcl0706 I agree. I’d still be curious to see if a 30F would fit. Especially with how it fits at the apex. It’s such a beautiful bra and I do really like it.

      cupandahalf I actually have a 30F Florence in powder blue coming. Though I’m worried about it because it was slated to arrive between April 3-11 and the tracking information stopped at March 24, which was a few days after I ordered it. So I hope that it is really on the way and not lost. I’m going to wait until Wednesday before pursuing an investigation. My Marcie was ordered a few days later and shipped from England and arrived a week ago and this one was ordered earlier and shipped from the states so I should have had it by now. There’s a Madagascar in the listings but I had wanted to wait for the Florence to arrive before deciding on getting it or not.

      wendybien yes, it’s possible that the straps are too wide and exacerbating the problem, especially given that the bra is a cup size too big. So I’d expect wider straps. I feel like I fill the main part of the cup fine, the way it is supposed to be, but not the upper part, and that a cup size down will be too small. I think it’s the wires I have the biggest issue with, and not the gapping in the cups. Though usually, if I’m at work, I eventually forget about the wires.

      Thanks for all of your input and your kind, encouraging words. All things that I have to think about. I’ve had the bra for a bit but delayed on the review because I really have/had mixed feelings about it. I’m glad I did so I could get some good feedback. Thanks again!

    • 1

      Honestly it seems like Cleo discontinued all their FOB styles. Except maybe the Piper, but I don't feel like it fits the same as the old one.

    • The fitter when I was at Scarlet in Vancouver this weekend told me that Panache has discontinued the whole Cleo line. I thought it was a bit weird. But they have a current season of stuff, right? I, sure I’ve seen a SS18 video or something. Anyone know what is going on? Was she right or just full of it?

    • 2

      Yeah they definitely do. That's very weird that she said that

    • d_queen I thought so too. I even told my friend after we left that she was full of crap.

    • d_queen & Calluna
      Panache indeed confirms Cleo still is in production:

      https://www.panache-lingerie.com/us/brands/cleo

      It includes the current line at the bottom of the page. :-)

    • MamaPagan yeah, I looked it up later and saw and sent the link to my friend. That new triangle bra looks good. I want to try it. I'm really not sure why the fitter said that. It's clear that, at least for this year, it's continuing.

    • Calluna I would assume that the fitter was just confused. The shop owner probably planned to discontinue stocking the brand line and the fitter took the news as if Panache is no longer making them. That's my theory at least!

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      MamaPagan I suppose so. This information came as I mentioned that I had a Cleo Marcie bra from that I'd recently gotten from Amazon with a credit I had from a gift, and wondered if she would allow me to try it on and have her assess it. Which she did. And it was then that she mentioned that Panache had discontinued Cleo and that was probably why there were sale/cheap bras on Amazon.

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  3. 3
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    32K

    Didn't fit

    I found this bra on Zulily and decided to try it after hearing about how narrow and projected it is. I personally don't agree with either of those statements.

    I find the wires to be way too wide (almost an inch and a half wider than my Ewa Michalak SM bras). It is also shallow enough at the bottom that the cup visibly collapses and has empty space. I love the look of the bra, and its much prettier than I expected. I'm a bit dissapointed with the fit though.

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    • I agree in our size range curvy kate is not narrow and deep .

    • Ivp I knew that in general CK is usually wide in our size range, but I had heard good things about this particular model. I guess UK brands version of narrow and projected is still not narrow and projected enough for me

    • Darn! It is a pretty bra. Hopefully you can still get some use out of it :)

    • I think in the G-H size range ppl have been saying that. oh well, glad you tried so I didnt have to!

    • Yes it looks very tall, wide and shallow-based in this size range. I'd be curious to see measurements to compare it to other brands.

    • In the 30H it is significantly narrower and deeper. apparently it is not true in different size ranges

    • wendybien I added measurements. I'm very short rooted, so I'm not sure if its a tall cup or if it just looks tall because its on me. The width measurement is definitely wider than my other bras but it also doesn't take into account how soft the wires are. The unstretched band measurement is mostly cup, so with the soft wires there's some wire distortion (I even tried it with an extender and that doesn't help). So it fits wider than it measures if that makes sense

    • Sounds like the stretchy band and soft wires are exacerbating this problem then.

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    30J

    Hasn't set fit

    This bra is super pretty with lots of details. The lilac trim goes all the way around the band, which is a nice touch. The mesh feels very soft and high quality and I love the materials, although I found a few loose strings in this bra which concerns me a little bit. However, I checked, and there are no rips or anything because of this. It is SUPER sheer, except right behind the underwire on both sides where there is a soft satiny material! I think the bra on its own is very attractive, but if your breasts point outwards like mine, this bra will really accentuate ... that (and it shows through the bra bigtime). The fit is definitely improved from previous Curvy Kate bras. Much more projection and uplift with a narrower underwire, and I find the band and materials higher quality and more comfortable. The cup is a little small compared to other brands that I wear (mostly Cleo) and you may want to go up a cup size, but the band is true to size. It seems like it might cut in on top if you are FOT - I'm pretty centered and it's pretty close. Overall, very nice, love the new direction Curvy Kate is going in!
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    • I too am thrilled with Curvy Kate's new fit and have recently posted a couple reviews. So glad I can finally wear this brand.

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  5. This current menstrual cycle had me very grumpy, tender, bloated, and not fitting into any of my bras. Really only my new Wellfitting and some bralettes have been comfy enough to wear every day. On a whim I ordered this bra a cup size up from my usual Curvy Kate in 40HH to see if it could solve my quadding of this half of the month. The fit is really, really good. Like to the point where I'm wondering if I should have been wearing 40J in Curvy Kate this whole time, or if my breasts are just that much bigger right now. The ... worst part is, the bra is exactly like my 36JJ - Curvy Kate » Bardot Balcony Bra (SG3101) except the band fits and the cup is deeper. So sizing down in the band to get a more short root friendly bra was a waste.

    I realize now I didn't review either the 36JJ I owned not the 38J - Curvy Kate » Bardot Balcony Bra (SG3101) (yes I bought it twice before already, what is wrong with me?). The shape is nice, a little closed on top but open enough for my FOT breasts to fit without quadding. There is lots of center room too. The wires are an inch narrower than my 42H - Sculptresse » Kitty Full Cup (8045), a sister size smaller than this bra, but this bra has a little more depth at the wires. I don't see much wrinkling either, so the immediate projection is fantastic. There's wrinkling on top of my small side but a smooth line on my large side. The gore is a bit tall, but soft tacks. The straps are a smidge wide but soft, silky, and not too stretchy.

    This size does support and cradle my breasts more comfortably and securely than other sizes, and even though I'm very sensitive right now I think it would be ok to wear it all day. I think if I were full on bottom the smaller cup size would be fine but my FOT tissue needs a lot of room at top to avoid quadding.

    This colorway is gorgeous but I prefer the black and red. When the price drops more on this I might still pick it up. I have a lot of burgundy clothing. Instead I'm buying it for cheaper on eBay in the black and red colorway, which my husband also adores. He likes me best in the smaller size though https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" />

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    Berry/Copper colorway

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    • 2

      Looks great on you and good support for an unpadded bra! That band sure stretches though...oh my! 43? I'd have to size down. Wish bands were more consistent in their stretch.

    • 2

      Thanks! It feels great! And it's one of the most beautiful bras I've owned which is why I keep buying it in all the sizes.

      Regarding the stretch, most 40 bands I own stretch that far. I don't find the extra stretch to be a problem because the band still feels quite firm, and my other Bardot hasn't had the band stretch out. I feel like the bigger the band, the more stretch is going to happen because the 38 I owned stretches to 39 and the 36 only stretches to 35. Of course they are black so that might be affecting fit too! There are too many variables, it's nearly impossible to predict fit.

    • 2

      It's a bra lottery! Pick your numbers and hope you win :)

      I love this bra on you! Of course now I want one lol

    • 1

      This colorway is gorgeous on you and the shape--amazing! :-) :-)

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  6. 2
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    30E

    Fits

    I saw this beauty as a sleepwear quite long time ago and thought - Thats really nice looking bra! but then i remembered that Ive tried soft CK very long tme ago and decided that probably it will give me crappy look so I passed. Recently, ive noticed that there are more and more positive reviews about CK and I decided to give a go a couple of older styles as my shape changed for better since im wearing better bras.
    Ive got this one in 30e and im really happy!
    I love the colours - berry and copper - looks mature and sexy
    The band is 30, but feels ... nice and snug without extender - although its made of 1 layer of mesh so probably it will stretch easier than other bras.
    Strap placement - i give it 4.5/5 as its nearly perfect! and straps are fully adjustable
    The shape of cups is almost as round as my Cleos, its see through and the vertical seams are on my nipples so they shouldn't show up under thin shirt.
    Wires are ok, could be little more narrow, but also theyre much shorter than the channells so im getting little empty space and wrinkling on my smaller breast but overall it feels okay.

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    • 1

      Wonderful! Like you, I'm just now discovering the newer CK bras. I'm impressed. There may be 7 models headed my way: they are incredibly comfortable. If they fit, my bra search will be over ;-) ;-)

    • 1

      Love4Pollinators I have couple more CK coming my way just to try on, but I really want to get Madagascar but first I need to be sure my size :)

    • Madagascar: they had no 30Gs. I hope the 30FF will fit. Madagascar looks supremely comfortable!

    • 1

      for me theres couple in 32dd and 30e so Im not worrying, but firstly I need to get rid of some bras that I'm not wearing so I have funds :D

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    30F

    Fits

    Gorgeous! Fits similarly to the Jewel or the Madagascar but runs a but shorter in the cup and less deep than either. Beautiful, sheer, supportive. It's my sexiest bra currently.

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    30FF

    Didn't fit

    This is a very sexy bra. The top of the cup is fairly closed off, almost too much so for my even fullness boobs. So if you're FOT, this is not the bra for you. It cuts in just a bit on my bigger side while simultaneously wrinkling on my smaller side. It's not a perfect fit, but these minor issues are unnoticeable under a loose tee shirt, and I wouldn't wear this bra under a tight tee shirt due to the lace and seams. I don't think going up to a 30G would solve the problem, as I'm almost certain it would ... be too deep for me.

    I love the 3 hook closure and love Curvy Kate for consistently offering that in my size range, along with always offering the little finishing details that make a bra unique. The bows, oh the bows! So amazing without being overdone. The purple trim all the way around to the back! The black satin contrast on the cups and band! Yes! I'd say the band runs tight for CK, it only stretches to 29" and is wearable on the loosest hooks for me, fastenable on the middle hooks. I was worried about this since the bra was not offered online in my usual 28G. I tried the 30FF because it's really cheap on Amazon right now lol.

    Being my first foray into CK bras, I'd say, based on other CK reviews, this is a very narrow and projected cup for them. I measured 5.4" wide and 10" deep. The bottom of the cup is excellent, the wires nestle right into my IMF and it has enough immediate projection for me. I don't need to readjust when I bend forward, it holds the girls in there.

    This is my first unlined bra in many many years and the fabric is... meh. It could be softer, and may get softer after a washing. I will have to wear it for a day before I can tell whether my skin will get along with it. I'm impressed by the amount of lift and overall roundness I got from it. I also love the very narrow center gore - it's higher than I usually go for but I can get away with it because it's so narrow. Again, will have to see over the course of the day if it starts to dig. If I decide to return it, I don't want to wear it too much. I might keep it just for sexytimes, because it's a very sexy, very sheer black bra.

    This will be a fantastic bra for many. It is just screaming for narrow to average width, projected, FOB shapes. I highly recommend it.

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    34J

    Didn't fit

    I've had CK Bardot recommended as possibly working for me, and I found it on sale on amazon, so I decided to give it a try.

    For the record, I have projected, full-on-bottom breasts with narrow and very short roots.

    From what I could gather, the band on this bra is supposed to run stretchy, so I decided to sister-size down from my usual UK size, to 34J instead of 36HH. The band is not remotely as loose as I expected, and so I needed an extender to even be able to try it on - it runs about halfway between a 34 and 36. So if you're ... in-between band sizes, it might work for you there!

    The cups just fit me...really weirdly. They're clearly too large, and the measurements I took make it seem that it simply runs large in the cup. Despite this, the gore doesn't quite tack right, and I know for a fact that it's not a case of the band being too loose for it to tack. The wires are a bit wide, but not hugely so.

    I do have a lot of wrinkling at the bottom of the cup, and no matter how much I scooped and swooped and tried to readjust the cups it would wrinkle at the bottom. As far as the top of the cup goes, it's most obvious near the gore that the cups aren't right; there's a lot of loose fabric there. Overall I feel the bra really accentuates my shortness and just makes me look really pointy, which is at least somewhat because the cups are the wrong size.

    The bra reminds me of my 36HH - Panache » Jasmine (6951) a lot, but the top isn't stretch lace. The bra itself is a very sheer material and I like the red accents on it - it's simple and subtle. I'd like to try it again in another size (maybe 36H would work better?) but amazon appears to be out of stock on it. Oh well.

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    • Hope their stock changes soon: this looks comfortable. :-)

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    40J

    Didn't fit

    Best for short-rooted, FOB breasts with narrower roots in this size. I size up a cup for my FOT breasts and then alter it. The most beautiful bra I've ever owned. They hold up really well too. This is my 4th one.

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