Betrayed by a Friend, Welcomed by a Foe: Lacey and Marcie
Not too long ago I mentioned how I was getting fed up with my lack of options, given that I need a 26 band (or very tight 28s). I’m frequently compromising on the fit of my band, which really, given that it carries most of the breast’s weight, is not the place to compromise. I mentioned how I was considering trying some old favourites that I liked when I first got fitted a year and a half ago, notably the Freya Lacey and Freya Pollyanna in black. Cha of Large Cup Lingerie contacted me and offered to send me Lacey so I could give it a shot in my current size. I leapt at the chance and thanked her profusely, as I honestly never expected to receive any bras when I started this blog. Just sayin’, its kind of cool.
Unfortunately, Lacey doesn’t love me anymore. The band did feel as snug as I remembered, made with a nice stiff material without much stretch, but the cups were all wrong. I grew out of my 28F Lacey a while ago, but I was on the last set of hooks at that point anyway so it wasn’t a problem. It seems though that I have not grown enough to fill out a Freya bra in a 28FF, even though I fill out other brand’s FF cups to the brim at this point. There’s always a big gap of empty space at the top of Freya cups in the FF, but too much spillage in the F. It seems that at the moment I’m sized out of their balcony bras.
While Lacey and I don’t get along so well anymore, I happened to find a very inexpensive Cleo Marcie on ebay in a 28FF. I decided to give this bra another chance. For those who haven’t read my previous post about Marcie, you can do so here. In summary, I found that despite the band initially feeling very tight, it seemed to stretch impossibly fast. I would like to take back my HATEFUL-ASS WORDS as Marcie and I are pretty much best friends forever now.
Here are my thoughts: When I started growing out of my 28F bras, everything about the fit started feeling unstable. I would fiddle with the band and straps trying to get the bra to fit securely, but nothing seemed to work. I attributed this to the bands on most of my bras having been fairly worn in or too loose from the start, but really it was the cup size that was throwing everything off. I have never experienced issues with center gores tacking to my chest, even in cup sizes that are much too small. As long as the band isn’t too loose, the bra will probably tack to me (except for Mimi Holliday, only exception). Despite the fact that Marcie tacked to me, the wires were not sitting where they were supposed to, and I think the whole bra was kind of “pushing away” from me. Further evidence that my issues with Marcie had more to do with the cup than the band are that I didn’t experience any problems until I started growing. Marcie felt great for the first two or three wears, and then after that the fit started feeling off. Two or three wears is mighty fast for a band to stretch.
In my current go-to size of 28FF, Marcie is pretty much a perfect fit. The band feels excellent and firm, and the cups form to my shape splendidly. Honestly, putting my experience with Marcie into words is a bit difficult. I always thought that when a bra was too small in the cup it lead to the band feeling tighter (since the bra would literally be smaller). Instead I had the opposite experience with Marcie. If anyone would like to lend me their two cents on this issue I’d sure appreciate it.Regardless, I’m pretty happy about this discovery because there are so many options for me with Cleo! I currently have my eye on these…