I've noticed Panache bras are made wildly different from style-to-style as well as by season. So I got a 30g, a size I thought might work and one cup down and up from it to compare. I am happy to say the 30g works well. The 30ff band is nice but the cups cut into tissue giving a bit of quadraboob. Unfortunately, I couldn't tell if the "30GG" would have been more appropriate: I ...firmly believe it is actually about a 36GG just MISLABELED!!! If you look at the size measurements an average band can be about 7" or 16cm smaller than the "band size" to allow for stretch & support. If so, this bra is definitely far too large in both band & cup to be what it says. Sadly, this makes a comparison of all three an impossibility with what I ordered.
This if the first time I bought the Lucy style because I fell in love with the idea of a bright yellow bra! The material could be more supportive and I will not consider even the lightest jog for the train in this bra. It gives me a beautiful round shape where Freya's do not. The underarm wire is just right and although I can fit my pinky finger into the gore I am still pleased with the overall fit of the 30G.
I'll keep an eye out for more colors of this style in the future.
Measured unstretched before wearing. Purchased early-April '12 from Freshpair. Read more 177 more words
This review is for the color “Lime”, purchased from Bravissimo. First off this color is more than Lime, it is NEON LIME!!!! Whoooo boy! It almost looks like it could glow in the dark. Not for the color shy that’s for sure. LOL. Now on to the review. This bra has a three part cup that provides good lift and a gives a rounded natural shape. The straps are spaced apart nicely and don’t fall off my shoulders. The straps are lined with a felt like material for the first six inches of the strap from the front of the cup. The fabric is nice with embroidered flowers ...and a hot pink bow on the center gore. The bottom two sections of the cup have lining to give more structure to the cup. The band is sturdy, but on the stretchy side, I find with this style I start off on the middle hooks but will eventually need to take the band in.
The following is taken directly from the Bravissimo website. -Underwired balconette -2 hook fastening -Polyamide polyester elastane -Fully adjustable shoulder straps -Lime is exclusive to Bravissimo
I also reviewed this bra in the fashion color “Yellow”. I have found that this style of bra is now one of my favorite bras and can’t wait to collect all the colors
I was so bummed that this bra didn't fit because it's beautiful and was a steal. It just feels to me that it's small all-around. The gore doesn't sit quite flat because the band is a little right tight and the cup cuts into my tissue because I'm ever so slightly full on top. A plus though is the wide underwires. I have wider roots and the underwires actually encapsulate the runaway boob!
This bra gets the job done. I'm not entirely sure I'll be keeping it. It's too ornate to wear under knit tops, so no t-shirts. The cups are comfortable, and the thick straps are nice, but it's a very "vanilla" bra. Nothing particularly remarkable about it.
This review is for the white bra. It is supposed to be the same cut as Kali. However it fits me better than my Kali and I'm not sure why. My guess is that it has more immediate projection and accommodates my very center full boobs better. Shape in a T shirt is also slightly different than the Kali. It has slightly less lift but still keeps my very dense boobs up well.
It measures almost identically to the Kali, except that the length of the band is several inches longer. The gore at 2.5 inches tacks pretty well, perfectly on my smaller boob side, but is very slightly on breast tissue on my larger side. I just don't have much room for a gore since my boobs touch in a bra.
I already wrote a pretty thorough review of this same model in purple, so I will restrict comments in this review to this specific color way. Overall, the fit is really fantastic, this bra fits like it was made for me.
One thing I was surprised to notice upon opening the package was that this bra is not white and orange as it appears in stock photos, but actually light pink and orange. I'll try to get some photos that reflect this.
Once again, the little flowers embroidered on the cups show through thin shirts. Not the color, which is what you might ...expect from neon orange, but the texture. This is really disappointing because otherwise this might be my perfect bra! My only very slight quibble is that the wires are just a touch too wide for me, but it doesn't bother me, it's just something I noticed when I took the bra off and saw the marks on my skin.
As I mentioned in my other review, I bought these in a small lot from someone that was selling them very cheaply. Normally I would go for a 34GG, not a 32H, but these actually fit really well. Now I am left with the conundrum of whether that is due to the incredibly stretchy band or whether these were stretched out by previous owners. I guess I'll never know unless I need to order more...
Update: After wearing this bra and its twin a few times each, the area of the band right under the gore is not a problem I can overlook. It is sharp and digs in painfully and tends to leave marks that don't go away overnight. It's a shame, because the rest of the band doesn't feel too tight and the cups are like a second skin. Ah well, maybe I'll try it again in my actual size when new colors are released. Read more 219 more words
The Lucy is my best feeling bra next to my Kali. I believe they are supposedly the same cut. As with all Panache and especially Cleo bras, the band runs at least one size small, so size up one band. I do not see or feel much of a difference in the cup on the 38E over the 36E. It certainly does not feel like a whole cup larger, maybe 1/2 cup size up -- good for the five pound up times. The quality is superb. The lace on the top of the cup does not stay stiff or itchy past its second wash.
I've had this bra for while, not sure why I hadn't added/reviewed it! The bra is beautiful.. delicate and lacy, very feminine. I found this at the beginning of my "bra journey" on sale on Amazon for a great price. The quality is good, comfort is okay, but the fit is not ideal. My boobs are round and FOT.. this bra has more of a pointy shape which doesn't work well for me... this also causes the top of the cup to dig in a bit (slight quad-boob effect). The band is a little tight, but not unbearable. This isn't the type of bra that I'd wear regularly... for me it's more of a "date night" bra... a little something sexy that doesn't have to necessarily stay on for prolong periods of time lol.
I will post pictures when I have a chance, but for now.... This is my second Cleo bra and will most likely be my last. This bra introduces all sorts of issues that I've either never encountered before or never encountered to this extent. The first issue is the gore. It is both fairly tall and fairly wide. I do generally prefer wider and taller gores, and generally my issue is that they're too short. This bra has a combination of width and height that is too much for me however. My next issue is with the straps. For the first time ever, I have found a bra where the ...straps don't adjust long enough for me. As a result, the band rides up pretty substantially. Since the band rides up so much (and also due to the underwire setup which makes it hard to try the bra on backwards) I can't really evaluate the fit of the band. But it doesn't feel tight despite the fact that it isn't level, so it may be just a little bit big. The biggest issue however is with the cups. They underwires are quite tall and would probably poke me in the armpit if it weren't for the fact that the wires are so wide that they go all the way to the back of my ribcage (which makes armpit poking a nonissue). The fabric of the cup however does rub at my armpits because the wings are fairly tall. The cup itself has a little bit of gaping at the top on the left side and a lot on the right side in a neutral position. When I pull my shoulders back, the left side lays pretty flat while the right side still has a bit of gaping. It's really hard to say if this is due to a size or shape issue though simply because of how many issues I have with the shape. Read more 213 more words