For starters, a number of you have expressed intrigue, or confusion, over certain terms breast shape terms I've used lately i.e., wide or narrow root, shallow or deep bust and I'm sure the list goes on. There are some very comprehensive posts out there that clarify these somewhat complex concepts so please do read these (a brief smattering of the great info that's out there):
- Shallow breasts with a broad base
- Examples of shallow breasts (photos included so perhaps NSFW)
- Clarifying breast shape
- How to figure out the shape of your boobs
- The (potential) merits of +2 bra bands on frames with little padding
- A gallery of breast shapes (these are illustrations, not photos)
- Getting to the root of the problem
OK, moving along, I do have a fun Bra Adventure to share - or is it 2 bra adventures?!
Cleo is a brand I didn't have much use for when first I tried it a couple of years ago. I bought the Frances, which was lovely, but which fit quite small and not very supportively. I really had written off the brand till I started reading all the bra bloggers and many of them have great things to say about it.
Then, when I started using Bratabase recently (having determined my own breast depth and shape) I was able to review the stats on the Cleo bras I like (along with the reviews) to predict if they will work.
A couple of weeks ago I tried the Melissa at a bra boutique in TO. It was in my "regular" size and it was too small, but I did like the shape - and I loved the pattern. Alas, the shop didn't have a size up in stock.
I LOVE the design:
|Image from A Sophisticated Pair|
You may notice that the cups on this bra are quite substantial for a balconette. See how high they run? You may also be able to tell (though pictures don't show the full story) that this is a fairly deep cup. Observe how the profile of the breast from the gore to the nipple is longer than that from the nipple to outer breast. And, if that means nothing, take my word for it: The cup is far deeper than it was on the Frances I tried years ago. Mind you, it's still small in the cup - hence my need to size up.
I'll also say that this bra is quite supportive with firm fabric, snug band (you might want to go up a band size) and good coverage (but it's in no way frumpy, I should add).
You know, there's an argument to be made that I'm too old for this design but I'm not hearing it, thank you very much :-)
Then there's another Cleo offering I'm really into, the Meg:
|Photo from Bras I Hate|
The pattern is whimsical, but elegant - a bird motif in navy with white and grey, accented in red ribbon.
The shape it provides - like the Melissa - is what I call "boobs on a plate" (albeit, boobs on a plate that are well supported). More on this concept when one of my next orders arrives, but the gist is that the shape is front and centre - and high.
Originally I purchased this at a great price, on sale, from LCL and it just arrived a couple of days ago. Honestly, I can't believe it's still available on the site, given the discount and the quality of the bra. Alas, I ordered it in my regular size - which Bratabase led me to believe would yield good fit - and it's just the teensiest bit too snug. I debated whether to just keep and wear it but I'm on a mission. If the fit's not perfect, I'm moving on. Empreinte has ruined me in this way!
So, I went onto eBay and found a vendor selling both of these (with the matching undies) and I purchased each in the size up that was no longer available (in the case of the Meg, on LCL, and in the case of the Melissa, at the Toronto boutique).
I'd already bought the Meg undies via LCL at this point (when I bought the bra) - they're darling. But to give you a reference point - 2 bras and a pair of matching undies cost me @50 bucks (including shipping) from the UK. That's freakin' awesome given that I a) know the quality of what I'm getting and b) have a pretty good sense that the fit will work - having tried on both bras in another size. By contrast, the Melissa bra alone, which I tried on in store, would have cost @90 bucks once the tax was added in.
I've even decided to keep the Meg I bought (the one that doesn't fit perfectly), with all of its original tags, to sell at a later date if I so choose (or to wear if my shape warrants it).
At any rate, that's my thesis du jour.
So, today's questions are: Have you tried the Cleo Meg or Cleo Melissa and, if yes, what do you think? Do you like this brand? These styles? Are the bra-shape links useful to you? Let's talk!