Product Review: Cleo Piper Longline

Hello Everyone,

Try not to die of shock that I posted not once but TWICE in a single week. I have so many amazing products in my review queue that if I don’t get my butt in gear, I’ll never get to them all! With today’s post, we can all officially wave goodbye to the snow pictures, and I can take future photos more reflective of our current weather. Today also marks the last of my Panache freebies as well as my first Cleo review in quite some time. Back in the day, Cleo was my jam (that’s probably not what the kids are saying, but I don’t care). They had narrow underwires and deep cups and a great shape, and hey, did I mention I climbed a freakin’ mountain in the Marcie?

After I found Comexim, I eschewed most other brands and styles, but when my sales rep gave me a chance to revisit Cleo with Piper, I was ecstatic. Who says you can’t go home again? At the time, my weight placed me at an intersection of sizes, namely UK 32H, 32HH, 34GG, and 34H, and for the review, I received the 32H (US 32K). Longlines often fit firmer than standard bras on account of the wider bands and restricted stretch fabrics, and I must admit when I saw the size on the tag, my initial reaction was: I hope this fits. Surprisingly, the 32 band was comfortable on the loosest setting and ran comparable to the Cleo regular bras. The cup was a wee bit small, however. The H cup created overflow at the top, especially when fully scooped. Sizing up to the HH would have alleviated the problem and made the fit perfect.

Sporting four-section projected cups with a narrow center gore, Piper provides incredible lift with a forward, rounded shape. Notice this bra departs from the standard three-section design and adds a second vertical seam on the lower cup for improved support both at the center and toward the side. The wire weight on the side seems lower and less stabby than I remember, and the gore comfortably tacks at the center. Moderate coverage with an almost sweetheart neckline is flattering under clothes, and the added width on the wings from the longline shape anchors well to the body, supporting the full weight of the breasts and smoothing the sides. Flexible boning increases support and prevents the fabric from rolling although I did experience a little sliding. Most of my longlines are Comexim which do no have the added reinforcement, and while I appreciate the boning here, it does detract from the overall comfort. It’s more of a bra to wear when you know you will be standing more than sitting, especially if you’re a slouchy sitter (said while hunching over my laptop), and people with a higher tummy may want to avoid Piper entirely.

In their balcony bras, Cleo often uses two kinds of cup styles: open on the top like Marcie or Kayla and closed on the top like Blake or Hettie. Personally, I carry both in the shop because each style suits a different shape while still sharing overlapping customers. Piper falls firmly in the “closed on top” category with a sharp dart inward on the upper cup made even less forgiving by the 2-ply mesh fabric. The lower cups sport the same mesh on the interior with a study lace on the exterior. It ain’t the softest bra on the market, and I get the feeling this is a style which needs a strong washing to break in the fabric. It’s not uncomfortable for me, but I’m fairly tolerant of different fabrics. If you’re one of those “lace is itchy” people, avoid Piper like the skin plague it will be on you. On the flip side, the general lack of stretch offers added boost for lift and also extends the bra’s life span. With less elasticity in the cup, it’s harder to break them down over time, thus giving you continuous support. Full-on-top types may want to try sizing up in the cup or choose another style instead.

Aesthetically, I love this bra. In my old place, I literally painted my walls cobalt and lime green (even brighter than the green in the store because green is my favorite color and I hate beige), so the richness of the cobalt here with the neon green center bow offers a bitter sweet reminder. Lovely floral lace adorns the cups and extends from the cradle into a scalloped pattern on the skin, and I love how the bra manages to be translucent without being completely sheer. It’s funky and sophisticated with a color combo that pops! It also looks a bit like the Freya Fancies longline, but as we all know, no brand works for every person. If Cleo suits your shape better, definitely give Piper a try, and even if you aren’t looking for a Fancies-esque piece, Piper is still a fabulous longline entry.

Overall, it was refreshing to retry one of my favorite brands again, and it has convinced me to keep them on the table for future purchases. Kayla has been really popular, and I’m thinking it may be time to tack that onto my review schedule!

Erica

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Product Review: Cleo Piper Longline
Erica

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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8 thoughts on “Product Review: Cleo Piper Longline

  • April 21, 2017 at 11:04 am
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    Is there a non-longline version by any chance?

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    • Erica
      April 21, 2017 at 11:13 am
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      Not that I have seen yet, which is a shame because I really like this cup shape!

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  • April 21, 2017 at 11:18 am
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    Erica, you a such an inspiration! I love your detailed review writings and your videos. Thank you for all that you do… and especially for your dedication to your work and to your customers!
    -Terri

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    • Erica
      April 21, 2017 at 1:56 pm
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      Thank you, Terri. <3 I enjoy the reviews, and I can't wait for everyone to see some of the ones coming up next. 😀

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  • April 21, 2017 at 1:35 pm
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    Great to see you back. I love your reviews because you combine technical knowledge with great taste and we are almost sister shapes so I really appreciate your comments. The cobalt blue is stunning on you, too.

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    • Erica
      April 21, 2017 at 1:57 pm
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      Glad to be back, Janice! 🙂 Thank you for the kind words about the reviews as well as my taste, although we’ll have to give this one to my Panache rep who picked the bra out for me. 😀 Cobalt blue is one of my favorite colors (after green of course). I love how it just pops!

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  • April 21, 2017 at 3:41 pm
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    I totally agree with you about this bra being optimal for days when you’re standing. When I reviewed it on my blog, I hadn’t sat in it! It’s a terrific party bra, for example – sucks everything in, it’s gorgeous and it gives a nice silhouette. But I actually had bruises from the base of the boning after sitting in it for a day. I really think they phoned the undies in though. I hope they come back with a new colourway (even though I really like this blue) and better undies. It’s a great price, I think, for what it is.

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    • Erica
      April 22, 2017 at 1:47 pm
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      Ouch!!! Yeah, I think the boning is good in theory, but when you sit, it starts to press into the ribs/tummy. I think that’s why I like the Comexim style without the added reinforcement (although it can roll . . . so there’s a trade off). I didn’t see the undies although I know they have a version of this for spring in pink or coral color. I’m not a huge fan of a lot matching underwear out there. I know they need to use the same laces as the bras, which makes them naturally more expensive, but I feel like most companies phone it in. I’d love to see Panache and Eveden follow suit from Natori or Wacoal and create AFFORDABLE panty programs to match the bras. I can’t tell you how many times I get asked “Does this bra have matching underwear?” and I respond “It does and we can order them, but they’re $30 each.” Ask me how many times people followed through with the order. 😉

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