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Bras » Curvy Kate » Bardot Balcony Bra (SG3101) » 30FF 30:8

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Fits ribcage74.7
B. perimeter26.9
Stretched Band75.9
Band Length59.3
Cup width13.5
Cup depth24.5
Wire length25.0
Cup height16.7
Cup separation2.0
Gore height6.7
Wing height7.9
Strap width1.8
Hooks3

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  1. 3
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    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!

    • 1

      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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  2. 2
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    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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  3. 0
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    Fits

    This bra is a stunner. I thought it looked pretty on it's own, but when worn, WOW.

    I've been wanting to try this one for a while due to my short roots, and I finally got my hands on one! It does not disappoint! The top is very closed off, almost too much for my very short roots, so if you're even or FOT this won't work for you. I do get a bit of in-cup quadboob, I think partially due to the fact that I am between cup sizes and partially due to my tissue being softer after breastfeeding. If I put in my DIMR nipple covers, then ... it pretty much goes away. I love the fact that the wires are softer than the Cleo Lucy, which was my previous bra that fit my shape best. I love that the gore and wings are shorter than other balconettes that I've tried. Also, as much as I love Cleos, I HIGHLYprefer the 3 hook closure to the 2 hooks that Cleo uses (I still don't understand that?). I'd like to try the CK Ellace next maybe, as it is supposed to be like the Bardot, but with stretch lace on top!
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  4. 0
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    Didn't fit

    Such a pretty bra. Too bad it didn't fit.

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