Review: Della by Cleo

I’m sure most people have figured out by now that I’m a massive Cleo fan. I was so happy to meet some of the people behind the brand, and they were more than happy and very generous to send me a gift from their upcoming Summer 2016 line.

Della is a new style to Cleo, and while I normally don’t go for anything animal print (that’s a lie, I have to two Maya colourways from older Cleo seasons!) – Della really stood out to me. I love the bold black lines which contrast so loudly with the pink leopard print. I was also really excited to see the briefs were deeper, and came with detachable suspender straps. It’s definitely a fresh, modern twist on the vintage lingerie styles.

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The shape is perfect, typical Cleo. Upfront and in your face, but just the perfect amount of in your face, you know? To quote myself from a text conversation I had with a colleague a while ago: “I think people are sometimes scared of Cleo because the shape is so BOOBS but that’s probably my favourite thing about them because my boobs  generally aren’t very BOOBS”. I’m so articulate, I know, but it’s a very accurate description.

The fit for me personally is true to size. I was sent my normal 30H, and I can’t fault the fit in any way. I would compare it to the fit and shape of Minnie, although the fabric is slightly sturdier than that of Minnie, which I don’t have a problem with. Honestly, I really struggle to find any issues EVER with Cleo! Like I said before, it’s like they were made specifically for my boobs.

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The pants are super comfy, and I really like that the adjusters on the suspender straps don’t slip, which I’ve found is a common problem with straps which are added for decoration more than functional use. No stocking welts down at your knees, which has happened to me before and it’s not a good look! The one teeny tiny thing I did wish was different would be for the pants to come up a little higher, so they sit above my bellybutton and on my true waist. However, I think if I tried a size up from what I normally wear it might fix this.

Della is easily one of my new favourites, and is definitely going to be in high rotation. I can’t wait to see the next colourway for A/W16!

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Check your boobs! Go on, CoppaFeel!

How often do you really check you boobs? Be honest. Did you do it once because somebody you know happened to mention it, and then never did it again? Or do you think about doing it but don’t know where to start? It’s okay, not many of us are great in this area, but it’s so, so important that we get better at it.

Because, did you know that breast cancer now affects 1 in 8 women in the UK? According to research done by the brilliant breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel! survival rates are severely lagging compared to other developed countries. CoppaFeel! then tries to raise awareness and introduce new ways of reminding women to check their boobs. Their latest #brahijack campaign is trying to involve the lingerie industry, by getting them to add labels with breast check reminders in with the care labels. You can also sign up for text message reminders to check your boobs, which I think is such a simple but effective idea! They want women to make checking their breasts a normal part of their daily routine.

It’s actually really easy! Since becoming a bra fitter and meeting so many different women, including women who are going through or have gone through the horrific ordeals associated with breast cancer, I’ve become so much more aware of my own boobs. I’m always touching them! It probably also helps that I have a massive lingerie collection, and at least once a week I have a try on session just for my own entertainment, which is a good opportunity to coppa feel at myself and remind myself of what my breasts look and feel like. It’s also super important to remember that there isn’t just one symptom of breast cancer. Most people associate it with lumps, and while this is something to be very aware of, there are many other changes to look out for. Here’s a little illustration from CoppaFeel! which highlights other things you should be looking out for:


How are you supposed to check your boobs though? Just touch them! Get all up in them as much as you can, and learn what the breast tissue inside feels like. Look at them in the mirror so you get to know the shape of them, how your skin looks and the colour of your nipples so it becomes easier to identify any change. Also, check out this fun video with CoppaFeel! patron Greg James.

Thankfully, I’ve become more educated in this area in the last year or so (thanks in part to seeing those little CoppaFeel! labels in bras), so when I started having issues with my nipples a couple of months ago, I knew it was worth a visit to the GP. I’d noticed my nipples were extremely itchy and dry, and I was worried the dryness could be perceived as crustiness and therefore an indicator of something more concerning. Obviously, before I went to the doctor I googled my symptoms (which you should never ever ever do because it will always tell you you’re dying a slow and painful death!!) and discovered something called Paget’s disease of the nipple, which is a form of breast cancer. I was slightly nervous that the GP would brush me off but she did a quick breast exam and assured me that there was nothing to worry about. It turned out I had developed some eczema on my nipples which is quite common in people who already suffer from eczema or dermatitis (which I do). Some prescription eczema cream was all I needed to clear it up, but I still check my boobs all the time for any other changes.

If you’re worried about something, please just make an appointment to see your GP. Anything to do with personal women’s health can be embarrassing, but it’s so important. And if your doctor doesn’t take you seriously or makes you feel silly, make an appointment with a different one! Your health is too precious.