Over the last little while, I’ve learned a lot about bras. I learned how to fit one, how to alter one to make it work, and that there are some things that under no circumstances you are allowed to say. Well, I’m about to say one of those things. After hearing all the rave reviews about Marcie, I was excited to buy her in the sweet candy pink color. But upon wearing her out, I realized something. I hated the Cleo Marcie. That’s right, I said it. It’s out in the open, vast world of the Internet. I couldn’t understand why people liked it so much. To me, it was scratchy, the straps dug, the band hurt, I didn’t like the design, and the candy pink paired with the bows on the top section was a bit too sweet. By the end of the day, I was just about ready to burn it. However, you may have noted that the previous statements are in the past tense. As much as I disliked I when I got it, I’ve had it for about a month and a half now, and it’s really grown on me. That being said, there are some critical flaws in the bra that I found, which is why it’s not quite perfect:
1. The Straps.
Seriously, why does Cleo seem to think such thin straps are a good idea? I mean, is it nice to have a bra not look like a heavy-artillery device? Sure. And I commend their effort to make full-bust bras look less heavy-duty, but would it kill them to pad their straps?! I am someone with relatively broad shoulders, I’ve had to loosen them almost all the way, but they still leave harsh red marks. The good news is that they’re a bit less wide-set than the Cleo Maddie.
2. The Band
The band of the Marcie was supposed to be very snug and was one of the main reasons why I couldn’t wait to buy it. And it was, at least, for a little while. About two weeks after wearing it, I was on the second hook, and now I’m nearing the third hook. Admittedly, I do need a band smaller than the Marcie’s 28, and it’s certainly much more snug than the average one, but it didn’t hold up quite as well as I’d hoped. Moreover, even though the band it a bit too loose and the bra slides around a bit, the band is really painful. It’s a thin band, with only two hook and eye closures, and the elastic under it is very…how shall we say, elastic-y. Like the straps, there’s no cushioning on the elastic, so when I fasten it, I can already start to feel it rubbing uncomfortably against my skin. After several hours of that, it made me a very cranky lingerie enthusiast.
3. The Fabric.
This is likely the pickiest of my gripes, but I find the fabric to be a bit harsh and not as soft as I’d like for something that I fasten to my boobs for several hours a day.
4. The Fit.
Now, when I first tried this bra on, it’s worth mentioning that I was between an FF and an F (and I did buy both). The FF was a bit too big, and the F was a bit too small. With the FF, the upper lace section dug in on top, but there was empty space towards the middle of the cup. So I say this to my fellow full-on-bottom ladies, if you don’t have any upper fullness, then without altering the bra, the Marcie is probably not for you. Like most bras, it’s closed on top, and built for a more even-fullness/full on top set of boobs. With the 28F, the wrinkling disappeared, but it quad-boobed quite a bit on my bigger boob (and let me tell you, it is a SMALL F).
1. The Aesthetics
Earlier I mentioned that I detested how sweet the bra was. And while pink still isn’t my number one color, the design really has grown on me. I’ve come to appreciate the polka-dots, cheery pink color and little blue button-bow in the center. It’s a charming design while still being subtle under clothes, which is a pretty impressive feat.
2. The Fit.
Since I bought the bra, I’ve become more of a true F rather than in between sizes, as I had been when I bought it. I still don’t get the amazingly rounded shape that a lot of others seem to get, but that’s something I’m willing to accept. Instead it’s more of a natural, downplayed one that worked better under slightly looser clothing.
Overall, the Marcie is a great bra. If you’ve go even a little bit of upper fullness, go for it, because when Marcie fits well, it looks great. I’d sill love to see a three-hook closure with wider wings, thicker or padded straps, and maybe some softer material, but the Marcie is a great addition to your bra wardrobe, and I’ll be buying more colors in the future.