Product Review: Lucy from Cleo by Panache

Hello Ladies,

A good balcony bra can be a lifesaver in terms of lift, shaping, and support while still managing to be comfortable for long days, and after hearing positive reviews of the Lucy balcony bra from Cleo by Panache, I decided to try the style myself.

Sizing:  Having seen from experience as a fitter that Cleo by Panache tends to cut tighter in the band than its parent brand Panache or competitors like Freya, I decided to bump up to a 32 band instead of my usual 30.  A wise move on my part!  The 32 band was comfortably snug and gave excellent support.  In a 32 band, I usually take a GG in styles like this, but for the Lucy, I needed an H cup.  Having said that, I’ve seen other women not need to size up in the cup, and this sizing difference may relate to breast shape.

Fit: In the 32H, I feel the fit is nearly perfect.  The bra does an excellent job of lifting and separating while creating a fairly smooth, rounded appearance under clothes.  As I’ve mentioned before, I often have trouble with the fit of Panache bras, but I like the Lucy more than any of the other styles I’ve tried (save the new Sports Bra).  Panache bras tend to sit lower on my ribcage than Freya or Curvy Kate, which doesn’t always translate to a comfortable fit for me.  However, the Lucy does a good job of tacking at the center gore and anchoring at the ribs.  My only complaint is the amount of coverage the bra gives.  The gore sits a half inch higher than my other bras and even the cups take up most of my chest.  Granted, the Lucy is a balcony bra, but I would have loved the bra if the balcony hadn’t been quite so high in my size.  Since women in smaller cup sizes do not experience this quibble, it may be how the adapted the design for GG+ cup sizes.

Materials:  The mesh fabric used for the cup feels lightweight and soft on the skin and never causes any scratching or chafing.  Additionally, I like the stiffer material used for the straps and the powernet wings, which really pull in the tissue on the sides and give great support.

Design:  The Lucy feels very fresh, youthful, and and even girlish through its clever exploitation of floral embroidery on both the upper and lower halves of the cups.  Both the black and white colors have a sexy quality to them, and I love how Panache is always coming out with beautiful new colors for this style.  Finally, the bow at the center gore is a nice touch, and you really can’t beat the price.  At only $53, the Lucy gives you a fashionable style at a very affordable cost.

Other comments:  The pink version of this bra is currently on sale for $39.99.  If you need to break up the winter blues, why not try something hot pink?

Final Grade:  B+/A-


Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.

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12 comments on “Product Review: Lucy from Cleo by Panache
  1. ColorfulVoid says:

    Hello ! Thank you for this review, I just got this bra but I purchased the wrong size (32E instead of 32F) and I got a HUGE quadboob with it. You say that you had to go up a size, do you think I should give the 32FF a go ? I tend to think that because my boobs really bulge outside the cups, I feel I could fill the FF cups but i’m not sure as it is my first “real” bra after years of buying 36F !! I should mention that I never tried Panache or Cleo bras before…

    • Erica Erica says:

      I’m glad you enjoyed the review! I recommend checking out the updated post I did on this particular style:

      From what I have been hearing/seeing, the sizing on the Lucy is unfortunately rather inconsistent. If there was serious quadboob, however, it is definitely worth going up the extra cup size. Is there any way you could order both and return the one that does not fit?

      • ColorfulVoid says:

        Hello again 😉 I will check it out for sure, thank you. It’s a shame that the quality is not consistent, it’s such a cute design !
        Yes I could in theory order both but I’m on a tight budget :/ But I will order it with Amazon so with quick deliver and free shipping/returns I can begin with only one size ! I like that site for that haha

        • Erica Erica says:

          The design is wonderful, and I wish you the best of luck in finding the size that works for you. :)

          • ColorfulVoid says:

            Hello again ! I received my new Cleo Lucy in 32FF today and it fits perfectly ! Really nice and round lift, pretty and fresh color (I got it in purple), I haven’t wasted my money ! I thought I would share my enthusiasm with you 😉

          • Erica Erica says:

            That’s wonderful! The purple color is lovely, and I contemplated snagging one myself. But, I needed white, and I couldn’t be happier with the fit and style. Thanks for reporting back here!

  2. ColorfulVoid says:

    Thanks ! I hope so !

  3. Aimee says:


    Thank you for your review! I recently was sized as a 34DDD/G, and have begun my quest to find bras that fit! I’ve been wearing 36DD’s for a while and they definitely don’t fit. I found the neon Lucy for $36 at, so I had to try it! I ordered it in a 34F because of the US/UK conversion and didn’t see the recommendation to go up a cup size until I’d already ordered it. Anyhoo, the 34F seemed to fit perfectly in the cup, but was tight in the band. (I’m not sure if it’s really tight, or if I’m just not used to a properly fitting band.) I exchanged it for a 34FF, which I’m currently wearing (while sitting at my computer) to see how it fits. The cups are loose at the top and the underwires come far out far under my arms, but the center gore lies flat. I think the band’s too tight and I may be more comfortable in a 36 band. Should I order it in a 36F? I think the 34F fit better in the cup than the 34FF.

    Thank you again for your blog! You’ve definitely been influential in my new bra adventure! =]

    • Erica Erica says:

      Hi Aimee! If the 34F fit fine everywhere but felt too tight in the band, then I’d recommend trying the 36E instead. If you’re used to wearing 36 bands, the 34 could feel tight to start. And just to be sure: Are you wearing the bra on the loosest set of hooks? If the answer is yes and the bra still feels too tight to wear comfortably, bump up to the 36E instead. Hope this helps, and if you have other questions, please feel free to email me! :)

      • Aimee says:

        Hi, Erica! Thank you for your swift response! =] I think I may try the 36 for a more comfortable fit. So I should go down a cup size since I went up in band size, yes? Because a 36E is essentially the same size as a 34F, ya? Thank you so much for taking the time to respond and to share you knowledge with the rest of us. =]
        Have a wonderful afternoon!

        • Aimee says:

          And yes, I had it on the loosest hooks. =]

        • Erica Erica says:

          Hi Aimee! You are exactly right. Whenever you go up a band size, you need to go down in the cup if you want to have the same amount of volume. So, a 36E is cup size equivalent to a 34F. You’re most welcome, and I hope it fits perfectly! :)

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