Cleo is a popular British full-figure bra brand for women with D-J and larger cup sizes, under the Panache brand name. Cleo brand has special lines of bras designed specifically for us busty women of all shapes and sizes. For anyone who wears a cup size larger than a D, you’ll be relieved to hear some of their bra lines typically can’t be found in a cup size smaller than a D.
Why Choose Cleo?
To begin, Cleo is a brand that makes bras for busty women. We are actually in the majority! The average bra size is no longer a 34B like it was in the 1960’s. It’s now in the realm of 34DD in the US. But more importantly than all that, Cleo designs lines of bras that honestly fit busty women. Regardless of your breast shape, you’re sure to find a bra in the Cleo brand that fits both your style and body type.
What is really special about Cleo brand is that they are under the Panache company, which owns 5 total lines of lingerie, sportwear and swimwear. The Cleo line in particular focuses on a more youthful and colorful style flare. If you need an adorable push-up, a sleek strapless bra, or a T-shirt bra, you’ll have plenty of options to browse through.
Cleo is one of a few brands under Panache, others include: Panache, Sculptresse, and Masquerade Lingerie. , A few brands under Panache are lingerie lines designed for bigger breasted women. If you need active wear, sexy lingerie, conservative full-coverage swimwear, etc. Panache has plenty of options.
Various Cleo bras and swimwear are available up to a J cup size (with some exceptions) and use UK band and cup sizing. This means we need to be sure to do a little size adjusting before we buy. Don’t worry about size conversions; it’s super easy! And if you’re confused, just use an online bra size calculator. They’re readily available, and all you do is plug in your true US bra size for results. Easy!
Another sizing note is that the unpadded bras have a tendency to run small, whereas the padded bras run slightly large. What I would recommend to combat this is buying a couple bras in different sizes to see what fits best (if you are shopping online).
Cleo bras are typically available in:
28D, 28DD, 28E, 28F, 28FF, 28G, 28GG, 28H, 28HH, 28J
30D, 30DD, 30E, 30F, 30FF, 30G, 30GG, 30H, 30HH, 30J
32D, 32DD, 32E, 32F, 32FF, 32G, 32GG, 32H, 32HH, 32J
34D, 34DD, 34E, 34F, 34FF, 34G, 34GG, 34H, 34HH, 34J
36D, 36DD, 36E, 36F, 36FF, 36G, 36GG, 36H, 36HH, 36J
38D, 38DD, 38E, 38F, 38FF, 38G, 38GG, 38H, 38HH, 38J
The Cleo bras are designed for full-figures, and generally run from band size 28 up to a 38. Cup ranges are advertised as being from D-J, but there may be a few exceptions.
For the band sizing between UK and US bras, it’s absolutely identical. Nothing to change or worry about there. The difference is in the cup sizing. If you are a DD or smaller cup size, you’re an exception and your cups size will be the same, too. If you are a DD or larger, you’ll want to look at the following scale of information:
- DD cup, you’ll also wear UK DD cup
- DDD or F cup, you’ll wear UK E cup
- G cup, you’ll wear UK F cup
- H cup, you’ll wear a UK FF cup
- I cup, you’ll wear a UK F cup
- J cup, you’ll wear a UK GG cup
Up to a DD cup, your cup size stays the same, anything above and the letters change a little. For general fit, Cleo bras run pretty true to size, but a few reviews claim to have problems with cups being a little large for unpadded bras, and small for padded bras. If you’re unsure, buy down one cup size.
The Best Cleo Bras
Of the variety of styles that Cleo brand has available, there are definitely favorites. Let’s check out a few of their best bras in a couple of different categories.
Comfortable and versatile, what more could you ask for? Here are a few highly rated options:
- Koko Spirit T-Shirt Bra. Plunging front panel for low cut tops, in a sexy hot pink.
- Lexi Balconette T-Shirt Bra. Simple and cute, mid coverage bra for everyday wear.
- Morgan Balconette T-Shirt Bra. Lace accents, mid-coverage, and just enough lift.
- Koko Muse Plunge T-Shirt Bra. This bra is ultra comfortable and simple.
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The Koko plunge strapless bra by Cleo is a great wardrobe addition. No frills, but very functional. It has a plunging front for added wearable versatility, and great reviews, too!
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Cleo doesn’t offer sports bras, but Panache does. I would recommend the Panache medium control wire-free sports bra.
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The Hettie Balconette bra is one of the cutest bras that Cleo by Panache has to offer. I love lace, and this bra flaunts both lace and bright colors.
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Where to Buy Cleo Bras
Buying lingerie online is becoming a more convenient and popular option for women. You have most sizes available to you, and can buy multiple sizes and return what doesn’t fit. Most sites have free shipping and unbeatable return policies.
My favorite store is Bare Necessities, which is managed by women and that understands the needs of larger chests. I don’t take a salary to manage this site, so I rely entirely on earning small commissions from each purchase to help support me writing new blog articles and doing bra reviews.Click here to read my lists of my favorite bras for you.