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-