As most of you know, I’ve pretty much been a one bra kinda girl for the past three years. The Panache Andorra has treated me well. She has supported me through thick sweaters and thin t-shirts, and I have returned her affection far too often by being too rough with her and putting my man-thumbs through her lace.
It is primarily for this reason that I’ve been searching for a bra that does not have a full lace cup. In the past I haven’t had any luck in my search. I happen to believe that it is much harder to find a bra that does not have a full lace cup that can hold “full on top breasts”. I find that far too often the reinforcement placed at the top of the cup is too stiff, creating the dreaded quadraboob effect. As always, I didn’t give up. There are far too many bras I hadn’t tried to do that. So I’d just been keeping an eye out.
I never thought I’d just stumble upon an almost perfect bra at The Swap but that’s how I found my Cleo Alexa. Out of over 100 bras at The Swap, it was the only one that looked promising. I knew it wouldn’t be a perfect fit due to it being a 34H and me being a 32J but I figured I had nothing to loose. I grabbed it up without even trying it on. The next morning I tried it on and loved it!
I love this Cleo. It is very comfortable and although it does have reinforcement at the top of the cups, it isn’t so restrictive as to create quadraboob. The fabric is soft and I like the extra cushion on the underside of the straps.
It is clear that I need a 32J in the Alexa so that the band will fit properly while maintaining the room in the cup, but how wonderful to find this bra! In fact I may have stumbled upon a sub category of Panache that has even more great bras for us full on top ladies. The Cleo Olivia looks very similar to the Alexa.
I think I’ve turned over a new (fig)leaf.