Cleo – Skye 65F; Baby Cleo(patra) Grew Up!

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In Fabuleux Destin d’ Amelie Poulain, at the very end, there is a scene in which marshmallow mixer, well – mixes marshmallow. This was my first thought when I saw Skye; cute and delicate, but the neon fuchsia of the straps makes the teeth hurt with sweetness alongside the banana yellow decorations. It is definitely a ambiguous bra when it comes to the design.
Cleo – Skye 65F
Wymiary/Measurements:
Obwód rozciągnięty/Band streched:  77.6
Obwód w spoczynku/Band:  60.9
Szerokość pojedynczej fiszbiny/Cup width:  13.6
Głębokość miski/Cup depth   24.4
Długość pojedynczej fiszbiny/Wire length: 24.5
Szerokość mostka/Gore width:   2.0
Wysokość mostka/Gore heigth:   7.0
Wysokość pasa koło miski/Wing heigth:   9.3
Szerokość ramiączek/Straps width:  1.4
Haftek w rzędzie/Hooks:  2
Ocena: / Rating:
Estetyka / Aesthetics
Wygoda / Comfort
Cena / Price
Wytrzymałość / Lonegvity
Kształt / Shaping

 
Skye is a balconette construction based on Marcie, which was protestes by many bra-bloggers; girls who found Marcie to be a good fit state that Skye is not even close to being a half sister of the cut, which I can partailly agree on – none of the sister cuts of Skye fit me except Melissa. There is also a number of girls who discourage women with wide-set boobs from purchasing Skye, which I couldn’t disagree with more, because my wide-set boobs feel vey comfy in Skye. It is also coincidentally my boyfriend’s favorite bra and he opposes wearing anything else lately.

 

 

Skye has nice, tear shaped wires, thanks to which my wide but low-set boobs move forward instead of spilling sideways as it often happens in Polish and French bras – narrow upper part of the wire helps to battle the expansion of my tissue to the places I have never asked her to migrate (I feel like breat tissue is a ‘she’, for some reason).

 

 
I have very low-set boobs so the full potential of Skye can’t really be seen – but my boobs are really round! Size 30F is like a custom-fit sample and if the cups were even a bit smaller I would quad. I like how the band is stable and secure and how I feel supported as if it was wide enough for three rows of hooks. The straps are a standard width, they don’t cut into my arms, but as always I would eb content with wider ones 😉 I like how Skye manages to hide my scoliosis and related lower/higher effect I get in some bras. I have a big spine curve and in some bras after I put some clothing on one breast is noticeably higher than the other; Skye resolves somehow that issue.

 

I really appreciate Panache’s design team and the work they have done over this model – it would not be that hard to turn Skye in to cavity-inducing, sweet nightmare.

 

 

 

The band is made from mesh – very stable and of a great quality; no place for a backroll effect some less thought-thru and cheaper bras can give. Delicate side boning doesn’t bother me at all, neither do wires – Skye could be easily used as a lounge bra.

 

 

 

 

 

The fastening is a bit stretched out after a month of wear. For now I can still wear Skye fastened on the fist set of hooks, but I am worried what will happen next if the fastening is already showing signs of wear. I am happy that Skye sports a Coppafeel! tag – have you checked your boobs this month, girl? ‘Hardware’ of the bra is a sunny yellow, except of the hooks. Pity, I think it would look hella good.

 

When I fished the panties out of the box I thought they were too big, but they fit me well – Panache definitely opposes the vanity sizing trend. Size Large fits both my hips and my waist. I haven’t noticed any visible panty lines either, so you can easily wear these under leggings.  I love the main colour – lavender lace has a certain quality that allows it to be paired with black trim and silver hardware such as rings and hooks, and bam – we have a great boudoir set! The sunny yellow and hot fuchsia added some sweetness without reaching for a cliche colour scheme. The yellow is a riddle to me though – I hate the colour, but it looks so well on Skye!

 

 

 

 

Price of the bra is about 29 pounds – standard price for a Cleo bra. Not a price that will make a wallet weep for a quality that will make the boobs hard-to-dress-in-a-soft-bra happy and such a pretty shade of  lavender. I would say the price is also justified by the comfort and the design of the bra, which is girly without being kitschy; as you can see it is possible to be original without falling into the trap of empty aesthetic shock.
I have a feeling that Cleo’s design mature with time, as if the brand stepped with it’s first customers into a new chapter. First we had overcomplicated designs from the beginning of the brand (remember all these florals, ginghams and embroideries that looked like scrapbooking supplies?), then we entered an era of neons and bold prints, and now Cleo(patra?) has grown up and starts to appreciate the rule of ‘less is more’. I see a certain pattern that is obviously very understandable, but I miss the times when a sneak-peek of a new Cleo collection would make me jump on my chair and search the web for pictures. Don’t get me wrong – the all-grown up Cleo is great, but a few more crazy deisgns for the SS18 would be great. Maybe something red-pink? Or pink-red? I have long since seen a Cleo bra that would be either loved to death or hated like plague, and that pretty much defines my favorite designs. Boldly go where no bra has gone, Cleo 😉
(As always I suggest holographic lace.)
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