Cleo Marcie is a 3 part balconette bra by Panache that has been around for eons and been reviewed many times. It’s generally the first bra recommended for full on top shapes or tall rooted breasts, and I am neither of those. I am even-to-full on bottom, with very short roots. But I have always loved the Marcie for it’s simplicity and rounded shape, and for the fact that it’s available in a lot of colors. I recently acquired the summery yellow colorway, and while it’s not a perfect fit, it’s darn close and there’s still plenty to love about Marcie. You can find the nude and black continuity colors at Bare Necessities, and various sizes are left of the discontinued candy pink, magenta/orange, and raspberry colors on eBay. Figleaves is also carrying the gorgeous SS16 Bluebell colorway.
I paired Marcie with some yellow hipster undies I have from Victoria’s Secret and while they’re not a perfect match, it’s close enough for me. I would have preferred the yellow shade to be a bit less bright, but I nitpick. Marcie gives the classic Cleo basketball shape, very similar to the Cleo Lilys I’ve previously reviewed.
Marcie has slightly wider wires than Lily but they still follow my root fairly closely. It’s worth noting that recently Marcie was released in nude, black, and burgundy, and the first manufacturing run of all of those colors had a problem with the diagonal seam that created in-cup quadboobing for those of us with softer tissue. I briefly owned a nude Marcie on my quest for a nude unlined bra, but couldn’t deal with the seam cutting into my tissue. It was also slightly too small. Thankfully, the yellow colorway is an older Marcie and doesn’t suffer from this issue. I’ve heard that problem has since been resolved, but have yet to try any of those colors again to see for myself.
All of the Marcies have a pretty lace trim on the upper cup, embroidered dots, and a contrasting bow at the gore. Mine is obviously lying crooked, oops! The lace is not stretch lace but it doesn’t close off quickly either, and is indeed forgiving to upper fullness.
I have extra room in the cups on both of my breasts but it is most obvious on my smaller side. I don’t think it’s enough to warrant sizing down to a 28F, I think this is simply the result of putting my short rooted breasts into a bra designed for taller roots and more upper volume.
The projection at the wire is great. Marcie and Lily are the most projected of the original trio of unlined Cleo bras that also included the Lucy. I tried the Lucy once in a 28G, and despite being the friendliest to short roots, it was by far the widest and shallowest of the three and wasn’t a good fit on me at all.
I digress. Panache is known to starch the crap out of their fabric so for those with picky skin, Marcie might require a few washings before it’s comfortable. I’ve definitely owned softer bras in my lifetime, but I don’t find the fabric to be intolerable. Overall, I am happy to have added a Marcie to my collection of unlined bras. It’s a fun color and the lightweight fabric will be nice for our hot and humid summers.
What do you think lovely readers? Has the warmer weather gotten you in the mood for lightweight, summer-friendly lingerie? As always, thanks for stopping by!