I bought this well-loved Marcie as a summer bra. It was getting hot, and my only acceptably fitting bras were lined. Based on what I had heard about the Marcie (that it's the bra to try to test if you're full on top) I was not expecting it to work for me and my even-to-FoB, short roots. However, I was very pleasantly surprised. Not only do I actually fill out the top, it looks amazing AND it's comfortable!
It's not perfect. The wires are too wide, and the inside seam at the lace cuts in a bit on my larger side. But the shape is where it really ... shines. My breasts look perfectly round in this thing. It's seriously amazing. And I don't even need to tighten the straps much at all! None of the fit issues cause me any discomfort, so I can easily ignore them. Maybe it's because it's already been broken in, but the wires don't even feel too hard like Panache wires usually do.
I admit when I first started looking for bras and saw this one getting recommended constantly, I didn't give it much thought at all. I didn't care that it would probably never fit because I wasn't the biggest fan of how it looked. I'm not sure what changed my opinion, but now I actually think it's pretty cute with the bow-patterned lace and little button ornament. And I love how many different colors there are. I have a red one on the way that I hope will be as much of a successs as this pink one.
Updated on May 01, 2016 Flag this
There is hardly any information about these sports bras on Bratabase, and I think that's a shame because I've really been loving this one.
I think my ideal size in this would be 8G/GG if they made it - the cups are roomy but still manage to be supportive. The wires are wide and they don't stay in my IMF, but it's comfortable anyway, so I don't really care. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
I LOVE that it's a nursing bra and I can easily stop my workout to feed my daughter when she needs it.
Updated on Mar 23, 2019 Flag this
I bought this bra in 30GG (aqua) and 32G (black), and they fit so differently they might as well be different bras. 30GG is a great fit apart from being a tiny bit too wide and some in-cup quadding. 32G is way too wide with super wide-set straps, and I can't fill out the lace portion at the top, which results in a pointy shape.
Besides apparently being a completely different cut despite being only one sister size different, there are a few differences in construction between the two as well due to the jump from G to GG. The 32G has thin straps; the 30GG has thicker straps that are padded on the front half. The 32G has one layer of thin stretch lace; the 30GG has a completely different lace reinforced with power mesh underneath.
Updated on Feb 08, 2021 Flag this
This is technically a 32:7, but sports bras seem to always run tight in the band and large in the cup, at least in my experience. For reference, I'm around a 30:9 right now, and this bra is pretty comfortable. The band only stretches to 30.5 inches, which is perfect for me.
Some nice features it has: low gore, half-adjustable but convertible straps, and soft padding around the wires.
I have yet to actually work out in it, but when I jump there's no bounce at all, so I think it's going to work out great.
My only complaints would be the bottom of the cups collapsing in (which is mostly fixed simply by tightening the straps and converting to racerback) and the bottom of the band scrunching up. It does this even when the bra is off, but especially when I'm wearing it and my pregnancy belly pushes on it. That's really just a cosmetic issue, though.
Updated on Apr 01, 2018 Flag this
This is probably the best fitting bra I've ever owned, and it's beautiful too!
I ordered from A Sophisticated Pair and asked for these alterations (note: alterations now cost an extra $5 when ordering from ASP):
- Reduced cup
- Raised gore
- Straps moved in
- Nursing clasps added
It turns out I probably didn't actually need the raised gore, but it doesn't hurt the fit, either.
Anyway, I love that the band doesn't flip up like my Freya Piper longline. It's made of a stretchy material that almost feels like a swimsuit, and it stretches to my body perfectly. And even though the wires kind of float where they should sit below ... my breasts (possibly because of the soft wires?) I don't even care because the length of the band means it's still very supportive.
I also love that I was able to get it made into a nursing bra. It's so nice not to have to unhook my bra in the back and half take it off whenever I need to feed my baby. If you're a nursing mom and you fit in Comexim, seriously, look into this option. It is amazing!
The cup on my larger breast quads just a tiny bit, but not enough that I think I'd benefit from a larger size. I think this cut is a bit wider and shallower than typical Comexim, but I don't think I'm super-projected anyway, so this doesn't bother me. The shape is rounded and looks great under shirts, but you will probably be able to see the seams under thin t-shirts.
The only downside is really the large band. I heard from other reviews that sizing down in the band is probably a good idea due to the stretchiness, so I got a 60 instead of the 65 I got for my Irish Coffee, but unfortunately I'm wearing it on the tightest hooks already. I definitely should have gotten a 55, possibly even a 50, and my underbust is somewhere between 27 and 28 inches. Another unfortunate thing about the band is the closeness of the hooks. The three rows of five hooks are spaced closer together than any other band I've ever seen, further reducing the possible wears I could get out of this band. I'm probably going to have to take it in once it stretches out more.
I definitely want like 10 more bras with this cut. I've been eyeing the Ingrid for a while and might ask for that as a longline with this half cup cut.
- This bra's measurements have been altered
Updated on Sep 27, 2015 Flag this
It seems to technically fit well. I fill the cups without overflowing, and the band is good. I think it needs to be broken in, though, because doesn't quite feel comfortable. I'll edit this review once I've worn and washed it a few times.
I heard this cut was similar to Comexim 3HCs (my best fitting bras), and I think that's true. This 28F is about equivalent to Comexim's 60H, I'd say.
I'm so glad Cleo released this rose print, because I was really interested in trying this bra back when the animal print was the only option, but I think animal print is absolutely hideous and have a ... personal policy against buying anything with it. This print, however, is more my style. It's kind of a cobalt blue with pink and bright green which is cute but not obnoxiously childish like some other Cleo patterns.
Edit: it did soften up after a wash or two and was a great fit! Sadly, I've grown out of it for now due to pregnancy - it gives massive quadding that is obvious even under loose shirts. I'll definitely be keeping this one for when I go back to my regular size, but for now, Mimi has to wait in my drawer. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" />
Updated on Jan 27, 2018 Flag this
I bought the Floral Shimmer colorway in three different sizes - 28FF, 28G, and 28GG. Measurements are added for all three; here they are for comparison:
This is my first time ever trying Parfait. Charlotte is very well liked, and I can see why. The padding and exterior material are quite soft, and the floral pattern is beautiful.
I think this 28FF fits the best and will probably be keeping it. It says out of my armpits and does not gape. It does seem to run large as other reviews have said - I would normally wear 30FF/G in Panache at this point. I'm wearing it with an extender while I break it in.
Updated on Aug 15, 2019 Flag this
Wow, so it turns out Comexim plunges fit me just fine if I don’t completely overshoot my size, who would have guessed? This may be controversial, but I’m honestly beginning to wonder if the common idea that Comexim cups are way too tall and need to be reduced or otherwise altered for almost everyone is a bit overblown and may even be the result of people choosing sizes that are just plain too big.
30:7 is my general size range at the moment, so the general community advice for Comexim plunges with my frame and size range would be to size up one cup to 30:8 (65H) and ask for moved in straps and reduced cups. However, this 28:8 fits great and is in no way too tall or wide set in the straps. To my knowledge, it has no alterations.
It’s really pretty and I’m glad I found it, even though it’s aging a bit.
Updated on Mar 14, 2020 Flag this
I’ve never owned a zipper-front bra before. Have to say I prefer having the hooks in the back; it can be a challenge to get this bra zipped over my chest. There are a couple little ribbon loops and plastic hooks to keep it together while you try to zip it.
I definitely recommend sizing up in the band with this brand. At least one band size, maybe two. I’m somewhere between a 30 and 32 band right now and both 34 band Shock Absorbers I have are very tight, even though they’re both used. I probably could even get away with a 36 band and still be decently supported. Cups seem spot on.
Even though it’s sized by band and cup, this is a compression style bra. I used to avoid compression but they’re really not so bad as long as they have different sizes for band and cup rather than just S/M/L.
Updated on Jun 07, 2020 Flag this
This unfortunately didn't fit for a number of reasons. Firstly, I could barely fasten it in the back. I had to struggle with it a lot to get it to stretch enough the first time, and even though it stretched out a little after being worn for a while, it was still a challenge to get it on. There was also quite a bit of extra space at the top and a little space at the bottom. I think the cups might run large, and it seems like it's definitely meant for more full on top breasts than mine.
Despite all this, it was still quite supportive, and I ... would have overlooked it if not for the fact that the shirt wouldn't stay down. If I moved around at all, it would ride up. Not exactly ideal for exercise. I think if my stomach was flatter it would have been fine, but considering the entire reason I bought it was to lose my pregnancy weight, it seemed a little silly to keep it at this point.
One nice feature it has is the J-hook in the back, which helped a little with the issues I was having with the extra room in the cups.
If I was going to try another one of these, I would try one band size up and one cup size down, but I think unless I find a really great deal on one, I'll just look for a traditional sports bra.
Updated on Feb 16, 2015 Flag this
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