May 18, 2014

Cleo Neve Review

I recently ordered the Cleo Neve in Coral from Amazon. I ordered a 32H, whereas my current best fitting bra is the Cleo Lily in 30H. I read that the band ran tight, and I figured sizing up in the cup might be a good idea. I was right.


Size up in the band. The 32 on me was still snug on the loosest hook, so it was pretty much perfect. As far as cup size, I'd choose your regular size or size up if you have a lot of projection. The 32H gave me a little bit of quadboob, but that seems to be a way of life for me at this point. The wires were only a little too wide for me and did not cause any problems (for reference, I am on the narrower side, but not quite as narrow as the Polish bras cater for). The wires came up to a good height for me as well.


Overall, I was happy with the fit. My boobs felt lifted and cradled, and it gave the cleavage I want from a plunge bra, without being too in your face. There was no weird East-West shape; everything was pushed front and center.

On the right side of this photo, you can see a fold where the cup lacks projection.

One fit issue I had was that the bottom of the cup did not have immediate projection, which caused the very bottom to not be filled. This is a common problem for me, but on this particular bra, it doesn't seem to affect the fit.

It's hard to take a picture of your back.

As with many small band/large cup bras, the strap placement just seems all wrong. The straps are positioned very close to my shoulder, which could cause rubbing for some. The straps are also attached very wide at the back, which just feels kind of strange. I can imagine strap slippage being a problem. 


This bra is a really great t-shirt bra. The coral color is bright and fun (and does not appear pink in real life like in the photo above). There is a small bow with a charm on the gore, and there is small edging around the top of the cup and the bottom of the band. The edging is set in so that it cannot be seen through clothes, but the actual line of the cup is visible because it is a padded bra. 

Under a t-shirt the edges of the bra are visible, as with most padded bras.

The straps have a subtle polka dot pattern, which gives a nice sparkle to the bra.
One thing that I didn't like as much was the way they attach the straps to the top of the cup. I feel like this is an often forgotten detail of bras which, given a little thought, could make the bra look more luxurious. The particular bra uses a simple triangle of stitching and nothing to ease the transition.

My Issue with the Bra

I have never been able to wear un-banded bras. For those of you who don't know what that means, an un-banded bra (like the Neve or the Lucy) has a band attached to each side of the cup and at the gore, but there is no band underneath the cup. In banded styles (like the Marcie or the Lily), there is fabric running all around the bottom of the bra, including directly under the cups. 

My problem with un-banded bras is that the bottom of the cup and gore digs painfully into the top of my stomach. When I first tried on the Neve, I was very happy with the bra. The band was snug, but besides that it was very comfortable and flattering (and a plunge in an H cup!). But as soon as I sat down with the bra on, I knew that it would never work out. It dug in to my tummy and caused me to want to take it off as soon as possible - not something I look for in a bra.


While I really do love this bra, it is going back. I thought I could handle trying another un-banded style, it is just too painful for me.

Fit:   4/5
Shape:   5/5
Appearance:   4/5
Comfort:   2/5

- The Lingerie Architect


  1. I totally agree! I tried it in a 28F and couldn't make it through the day (slipped into a bathroom and stuffed it into my laptop bag). The cups were seriously shallow and made me fear for the safety of my boobs.

    1. I didn't wear it for too long, but I didn't feel like my boobs were going anywhere.

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