I've received some feedback regarding my bra journey and folks wanting more details so I've decided to do some brand reviews in which I lump all the bras from that brand in one post. This is my first one of those and I've decided to go with Cleo by Panache.
I've tried five different styles of Cleos--two in different sizes--and none have been successful, even when I adjust for size. For example, I've tried three sizes in the Juna Balconette because the 36FF and the 36F fit very much the same.
Here is the first try, 36FF:
You can see that there is a bit of a flattening at the front of the far cup as well as some muffin top.
The next round was a 36F (I think I fat-fingered when I meant to select 38F lol):
Surprisingly, there wasn't much difference in the fit, just a tad less room in the cup.
The final try was the 38F:
This one had a bit more give in the band but, as expected, the cups fit much the same as the 36FF.
Now, it was this last round that inspired me to actually measure a Cleo band. Guess what the 38 band measured, unstretched. 30.5 inches. And stretched...it measured just 41 inches. I knew Cleos were tight but dang!!
The only other Cleo that I've tried multiple sizes in was the Lucy Balconette.
The first round was a 36FF (as are all my first tries since that's what I measured at when this journey began):
It fit okay but, as with all Cleos, the band was tight so I sister-sized to a larger band. This was also before I was avoiding this general style altogether. The combination of my short roots and even fullness makes me "functionally" FoB which results, every time, in that fluttering of lace that you see in the upper cup.
Just a hint of lacy flutter but this bra had a weird asymmetrical construction to it, so I sent it back.
Another Cleo that I've tried is the Lily Balconette. Here it is in a 36FF:
This bra is super cute but, again, there was a lacy flutter that I didn't like.
If I remember correctly, this next one was actually one of the first Cleos that I tried. The Maddie in 36FF:
At the top of the cup, you can see quad-boob, muffin top; and, at the bottom, you can see that it's not projected enough. Very cute bra though.
In this last round, I tried what I think will be my last Cleo, the Marcie Balconette.
Here it is in 36FF:
It's projected enough and has only a slight lacy flutter but the material was itchy and the band too tight. Since, like the Juna Balconette in 38F, I still had it on hand this morning and decided to measure the band. This 36 band measures at 28.5 inches unstretched and 40 inches stretched. Cleo is a great brand to go to if you can't find band *small* enough for your frame. We average to bigger women...I'd suggest trying other brands. lol.
I will say: in all of these, the gore tacked so the cup is pretty deep and the underwires didn't poke me in the armpit so they weren't too wide...nor were they too narrow. It's really just the bands that I have any issue with.
That is my short journey with Cleo by Panache bras--the Juna, the Lily, the Lucy, the Maddie, and the Marcie. All were Balconettes. All were sexy. None were suitable.