Several months ago, I reviewed the Cleo by Panache Marcie bra in size 30HH, and after obsessing over the beautiful color, I decided to retry the style in size 30H to determine if my fit issues could be corrected with a size change. Since this is more of an “update” than a review, I am going to focus mostly on the change in fit from the 30HH to the 30H.
Band: In my original review, I mentioned the 30 band felt a bit loose, but several blogosphere denizens disagreed and said the band was snug in their size. As a result, I opted to forgo the 28 band and stick with my usual 30. Sure enough, the band on my 30H feels considerably firmer and more secure.
Underwire: Understandably, the underwires on the H cup are lower than the HH, and I love how they press firmly against the ribs without feeling too tight or stiff. In fact, they are wide enough to contain and encapsulate tissue on the side without uncomfortably pulling the bra into the side of my arm. Nothing digs or chafes with this size, and I have to admit it really feels great against the skin.
Cups: The H cup fits significantly better just about everywhere. I’m not sure how a smaller cup size corrected this issue, but I now fill out the bottom of the cup better and do not weigh down the cups so as to create a shadow above the underwire. The shape is rounded, lifted, and forward, and the deeper cups work well with my body. My breasts do not feel splayed to the side because of too shallow a cup near the center, and the gaping at the top has lessened. However, the Marcie still does not quite work for me. While minimized in the H cup, the gaping is still present because the less flexible material stays rounded and my bust . . . does not. I do have quite a bit of tissue at the top of the bust, but it forms a sloping shape. As a result, where the Marcie expects more fullness, I have none. Meanwhile, I’m settling into the horizontal seam section of the cup and creating a curious double bump where the shape of the bra and the shape of my breasts seem at odds.
Revised Thoughts: I like the Marcie a lot more in the 30H, and I feel the style has potential even if it is not perfect for me. At the same time I snagged this one, I also ordered a Zia which I’ll be reviewing later, and I have a Lucy on order. Overall, I’m feeling more excited by Cleo now that I know I should order my Freya size instead of my regular Panache size.