Cleo by Panache Piper Longline Review: 30GG

Cleo Piper longline bra review 30GG

Hey everyone! And so sorry for the long gap in bra reviews lately! Char and I have been really busy lately with holidays and work, so blogging took a bit of backseat for a little while, but we’ve been stocking up on bras and lingerie to review and will have plenty to show you over the next few weeks. Some of our favourite AW16 pieces have launched recently and we’ve managed to get our hands on a few.
As I’m sure you all remember, my pick of the season was Cleo’s Piper Longline in cobalt and I, of course, managed to forget that the launch date was while I was on holiday. I returned worried that I might have missed it and my size range would be out of stock everywhere but – phew! – Large Cup Lingerie came to the rescue with it available in the exact size I wanted, a 30GG for £30. LCL is one of my go-to sites when I want to buy my favourite pieces so I went straight there to purchase the Piper. Fortunately, several other places still have it in stock or are just getting in stock too including Bravissimo and Brastop, so make sure to check them out!

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Cleo Piper longline bra review 30GG

Shape & Appearance

Isn’t this bra just swoonworthy? You can really see why all the bloggers went mad over it like I did! The royal cobalt blue is just as true in person as it is in the pictures, the lace alongside the very lightly polka dotted mesh (I hadn’t realised this until someone mentioned it) is gorgeous. And then of course you’ve got the tiny accents that are typical of Cleo bras that just give it that young fun element – here that’s the lime green bow on the gore and the hooks and eyes. The tiny details that make all the difference to me.
The cup shape and style is very different to most others out there from the mainstream fuller busted brands currently as it is an unlined longline with a cup in four parts: a three piece lower cup with vertical seams with a larger single piece upper cup. I love that they’ve branched out a bit from their usual construction style of bras and I feel it’s been very successful. The lower cup being split into 3 with vertical seams means it has a lot of bottom projection, giving a more rounded and slightly vintage appearance, at least in my eyes. The coverage of the cup is quite high and the gore is fairly high.
The Cleo Piper has fully adjustable straps and 3 sets of 6 hooks and eyes to fasten at the back.

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Size, fit & comfort

I chose the Cleo Piper in a 30GG, and it’s a pretty good fit for me. My “standard” size is a 28GG, my reasoning behind going up a band and cup size was:
1. My Cleo Minnie bra (my only other Cleo longline) is a 30GG and an excellent fit in band and cup.
2. I find longlines more difficult to fit because I have a flared rib cage, so generally size up in the band in them just in case.
3. I suspected that the upper cup was fairly closed on top, so going up a cup size might give me a bit of leeway on that.
And I think I chose the perfect size for me in this bra in the end! The band is slightly too big down towards the bottom, but it’s nice and snug at the top. The cups, meanwhile, are absolutely perfect sizewise – not gaping in sight, and only the very tiniest hint of digging along the top edge.
As I thought might be the case, the top edge of the cup is fairly closed on top, and while this might not be recommended for tall roots or full on top shapes (as Dreams and Underthings suggests in her review), weirdly it actually works for me, despite me having slightly tall roots and being more full on top. My shape is between even and full on top, so I can often get away with bras that veer slightly on either end of the spectrum, so I’m lucky! The depth in the lower cup means that full on bottom shapes will be really happy with this bra though as it has loads of immediate projection.
As is usual with Cleo and Panache bras for me, the wires were slightly too wide, but not hugely so. I did find I had one slight comfort issue with the bra in that the wires are quite firm, and the boning in the side of the bra band, that stops the longline part flipping up, does dig a little under my arms. It comes up quite high and is quite firm, so this may be an issue for you if you experience bras digging under the arms.
One of my big problems with longlines is band-flippage – my flared ribcage is notorious for causing the bottom of the band to flip up, but I persevere because I LOVE longlines. Luckily, this one doesn’t suffer with this issue, mostly because of the boning, but also because the band is a pretty good to start with. It only seems to flip up if I slouch a lot (…which should really remind me not to do it!).
Overall, I find the bra comfortable to wear on a daily basis and have already shown it off to various friends and family members – I think it’s possibly my prettiest mainstream brand bra I currently own and a definite new favourite in my bradrobe (don’t I say this about every bra?!).

PS: The briefs aren’t actually the matching pair – they’re an old season pair of Cleo (that I cannot for the life of me remember the name of, anyone know?!) that I bought at the Factory sale. I actually had meant to buy the matching bra to them but somehow lost it before I got to the till (NO idea how!), but the colour match for the Piper is pretty close!

Cleo Piper longline bra review 30GG

12 Comments

  1. Wen October 12, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    Oh ahaha! I wanted to buy this bra in 30GG from LCL too but when I looked for it last week it was out of stock in this size already! Now I wonder if I should go with the 30H since my breasts are slightly bigger than yours and you seem to fill this one completely. In the other hand, I am very full on bottom so maybe a 30H will be too big? What do you think?

    xx Wen.

    • admin October 12, 2016 / 1:37 pm

      Oh no, I hope I didn’t grab the last 30GG!! Hmmm, good question – I think you could probably just about get away with the 30H as, like you said, I manage to completely fill the cups in this one and am very close to getting overspill in the top cup section (because I lean towards being more full on top). I think I could probably just about get away with a 30H, so since you’re just slightly on the bigger side than me, you should (fingers crossed!) be okay with it.
      If you can get it in your size, I would definitely recommend it – it’s SO pretty in real life, not just in pictures! There is the tiny bit of discomfort I mentioned under the arms, but for the gorgeousness of it, that’s nothing!

      Sian xx

      • karen October 31, 2016 / 11:35 am

        Oh, don`t worry !
        I`ve watched alot bras like this in Bra 4 Her!
        Hope, you`ll find siutable one for you

  2. K-Line October 12, 2016 / 11:19 pm

    I just got mine in the mail and I”m SUPER impressed. It also fits me perfectly – and I have very projected (even / full) breasts. There’s enough openness in the upper cup but not too much. And there’s lots of lower projection. I find the band sturdier in the boning than some others have recommended but I agree that the band is a bit looser than the average Cleo. I can’t recommend it enough – but I think the undies that match it (which I also bought) are a bit bland. They also fit larger than lots of other Cleos made in that firm duoplex used in some of the bras.

    • admin October 17, 2016 / 11:04 am

      Yay! It sounds like it could be a tricky one for some people so I’m so glad it works for you 😀 It’s amazing how much more projection it has because of the splitting of the lower cup.

  3. Natalie October 17, 2016 / 1:32 am

    Is this bra at all padded?

    • admin October 17, 2016 / 11:05 am

      Hi Natalie 🙂
      The bra isn’t padded at all – it’s a soft cup.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. sam October 17, 2016 / 10:58 am

    the range is Loretta from Panache, its an old style

    • admin October 17, 2016 / 11:06 am

      Yes, thank you! It had been on the tip of my tongue when I was writing but just couldn’t get it – will update the post now 🙂

  5. Nikita November 6, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    Hi. The bra was very comfortable and the band felt very supportive. The cups were well-lined and provided good coverage. The colour was bright and vivid. Unfortunately, the cup sizing was not consistent with my other Cleo bra, and as a result the cups were about two sizes too small.

  6. Germ November 22, 2016 / 3:37 am

    I bought this from Nordstrom in my size 34HH. I felt as though I could go up in the band because my waist does flare out too and the band was kinda rolling and riding up. And the cups kinda pinched. : / but I think know the bra is gorgeous

    • admin November 23, 2016 / 9:10 am

      It’s difficult getting a perfect fit in longlines as there are so many different body types, from ribs that go in then out and vice versa! But it is SO gorgeous, I agree 🙂

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