Product Review: Lucy Update

Hello Ladies,

Last January, I tested the Cleo by Panache Lucy in black, and while the bra fit better than the previous Panache styles I tried (remember this was before Andorra and Jasmine came into my life), I was not overwhelmed with love.  Thinking the style would never work for me, I pursued other options and abandoned the Lucy for greener pastures.  Recently, however, I’ve discovered the majority of my issues with the Cleo line derive from poor sizing choices.  Certain bras require you try the perfect size in order to determine if the style will work for you while others, such as the Panache Andorra, can still indicate whether the bra is worth continued consideration even if the size is not right.  Cleo is definitely in the former category!

The Lucy in 32H in early January 2012.
The Lucy in 32H in early January 2012.

For my new dalliance with the Lucy, I chose the 30H (my usual Freya and now Cleo size), and let’s just say I did not suffer from a lack of love this time around!  My heavier breast tissue feels lifted and secured in the bra without the design covering too much chest.  Even though the band on the Lucy stretches easily, I did not want to size down to the 28; however, women who are between band sizes should consider this.  The embroidered top cup also sits perfectly flush against the skin without any overflow or puckering.  Because the fabric is less flexible, women who need contouring fabrics should probably skip this design.  In fact, like many of the Cleo bras I have tried, Lucy better suits women with equal fullness or fullness on the top of the breasts.  Bottom-heavy breasts may encounter problems with cup wrinkling at the top.

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The center gore on the Lucy is wider than the Zia or Marcie but still narrow enough to work for my close set breasts.  The gore itself is actually splayed so that it narrows at the top but swoops outward at the bottom.  This design feature may account for why both Dezi and I like the bra despite having different breast shapes.  Furthermore, the underwire on the side extends just far enough back to encompass my breast tissue but not so far as to pull the cup uncomfortably into the side of my arm or to press into my ribs.  On the side, both the wings and the underwire do not sit too high on the torso which feels refreshing.

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Great fit aside, my favorite feature of the Lucy is the wonderful shape.  Providing the forward projection many fuller-busted women crave, the Lucy creates a high, rounded profile which looks naturally lifted and supported.  There isn’t even the hint of a point, so women with madonnaboobsphobia will not be intimidated by a conical shape.  In fact, I find this bra works well under body-conscious tops because the profile and silhouette are so flattering, and the cute embroidery on the upper cup as well as the sporadic flowers on the bottom are rather discreet.

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Despite an unseasonably cool winter and spring, temperatures will eventually rise here, and when they do, the lightweight quality of the mesh cup and powernet wings will ensure I stay cool in on hotter days.  My only caveat is the two hook-and-eye closures in the back, but I’m starting to get used to the sensation.  If you want to hear more about my thoughts on the Lucy, check out the video below:

For another opinion, check out the reviews from these fab bloggers:  Fuller Figure Fuller Bust, Bras I Hate & Love, Voluptuously Thin, Lingerie Abstracts, Bras & Body Image, Quest for the Perfect Bra, Sophia Jenner, and Undercover Lingerista!

Product Review: Lucy Update
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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14 thoughts on “Product Review: Lucy Update

  • May 9, 2013 at 1:45 pm
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    Great post. I love the Lucy, It’s an unremarkable and light bra with summer feeling. Wires are wide and long and cups are flat enough for me. I’ve it in white and lime and hope next autumn model in cobalt will fit me in same manner. For hot days in summer thin fabric is ideal. And I agree, embroidery is nearly invisible under tee shirts. I’m sure it’s one of really basics from Cleo.

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    • Erica
      May 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm
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      Thanks! It’s definitely more of a basic style from them, but I do like how there are some fun design flourishes to keep things interesting. I’m glad they keep this one around from season to season!

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  • May 9, 2013 at 2:18 pm
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    I have tried several different Lucy colors. Unfortunately, this specific style is difficult to pinpoint, as different color all fit differently. Black is very small compared to white, pink and navy. Both in cup and band. Band of black was about 5 inches shorter in the same back size as that of navy or pink. While black cups are smaller than others, white cups are the largest of the colors I tried and gave me major in-cup quadraboob at the seam, plus there was space left at the top of the cup. Navy and pink were both just a tad loose, but not enough to size down. Also, center gore on navy is smaller than on the rest of them, and the center gore on the black one was the widest of all, the wires actually folded in on top of each other, pushed together by my not particularly close set breasts. And finally, for some reason the navy one sits on me beautifully and is currently my favourite bra, while I am underwhelmed by the pink and white. I am actually having the white replaced for a smaller cup, just to see if it makes a difference, but I fear the smaller cup will be too small. So, while I like the bra, it truly is the luck of a draw when buying online, and very irritating. I really don’t understand why it is so impossible for Cleo to make the same bra truly the same across all colors.

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    • Erica
      May 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm
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      Naira, thanks for weighing in! It’s funny you mention the sizing inconsistencies. I had a customer buy the pink and white version in 32DD and order the black at the same time. When the black arrived, it fit more like a 32C! I compared it against the 32D I had in the pink, and I was shocked at how obvious it was that the 32DD was smaller. Even in the shop, it is frustrating when brands are not consistent, but I know all to well that it is even more frustrating for women shopping online. Maybe they’ll resolve the issues in the future. I distinctly remember when I tried the black feeling like the band was okay, but the cups (despite not having any gaping) felt like they were taking over my chest. Fortunately, the white worked out great for me this time around.

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      • May 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm
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        I am glad I am not the only one who noticed this problem. The black one was so much smaller, I thought it was actually mislabeled – underwires narrower, gore wider, band smaller, top edge slicing my breasts in half. But I guess not. The only reason I am still trying to get the white one is because I need a white bra, and I am stubborn. 🙂

        With black I had to go for the cup size above my normal size, and same for navy and pink. Seeing that you fit so well into the white one in your normal size makes me hopeful that my sizing down in the cup will yield positive results. I will let you know once I receive it!

        If I had to rate them in terms of size from smallest to largest it will be: black, navy, pink, white. I am also curious to try the purple, just for statistical purposes, but it probably will not happen. 🙂

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        • Erica
          May 9, 2013 at 3:07 pm
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          I’ll be interested to hear how you fared with the white one! The bra is fabulous if you can get the size right, but I’m finding this true of a lot of Cleo bras. I’ve had customers try on bras like the Andorra, Jasmine, etc. in the wrong size to see if it was worth ordering in the right one, and we can both tell that it either will or won’t work. With Cleo, you just don’t know until you find the exact size for you. It’s a bit irritating, actually!

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          • May 14, 2013 at 7:16 pm
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            I received the smaller white Lucy. It is too small, and cuts in very badly. Alas, I am not meant to have one in white. Very frustrating!

          • Erica
            May 16, 2013 at 10:50 am
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            Bummer!! Maybe the upcoming orange/white combo will work?

  • May 9, 2013 at 2:27 pm
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    I am sorry, I meant to say 2 inches shorter in my previous comment, 5 would ne in cm! 🙂

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    • Erica
      May 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm
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      Thanks for keeping me updated! I’ll keep checking back too so I can see the other dresses/bras in the series. 🙂

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  • October 27, 2013 at 3:04 pm
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    Hi Erica! I must stay that to me it looks like the cups are a bit too big. You can see it quite well on the third picture, the wires are reaching way too far, almost your back. In a good fit wires should be laying just a bit after your breast line. In your video I noticed that the cup material is wrinkling under your breast, especially the right one, usually this is a sign of too big cup. From the front your breast look really nice in this bra, but I would be worried that the breast tissue might migrate somewhere on sides in this size.

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    • Erica
      October 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm
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      Hi Coccus! At the time, this bra fit rather well, but you’re right the underwires extend further back. I really needed a white/light colored bra, and I settled on this one but have since paid for it. The Lucy has a wider center gore and overall design than say the Marcie, and I do experience a little digging at the end of the day on my larger side from the wire. Also, the design at the bottom of the cup is shallower than Marcie (although this could be a result of the center gore issue too), so I do sometimes get the “orange in the glass” look. A smaller cup size would have done some quadboob on me. While this wasn’t a a perfect fit for me, I liked it better than everything else I tried. However, I’m considering testing a Fantasie white bra in the future to see if I like that better.

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