I've had such high hopes for this bra! The longline design, the unpadded cups, the fun colour, the pretty lace - what's not to love? It really is a great bra, and I'm happy that Panache is trying out unpadded longlines. However, the cups are not a perfect fit on me shape-wise, even though their volume and bottom projection seems to be ok.
Nice things first: the colour is as pretty in person as it is in photos. I'm not a great fan of neon accents, but on this bra they are contained to a tiny centre bow, which could be easily removed, and the hooks. The lace doesn't look luxurious, but it does look good and quite elegant even, and the eyelash finish along the bottom edge is a nice tough. I also enjoy how it's paired with the mesh upper part of the cup, which has a very subtle dot patter. The inside mesh lining is soft enough and I experience no discomfort, but then I'm not particularly sensitive to rough fabrics. The straps have comfortable soft lining and are fully adjustable.
The band is true to size, barely stretching to 28in. I'm wearing it on the loosest set of hooks and its plenty snug, more so than my other Cleos with a 28 band, but this impression might be partially caused by the longline design. The gore tacks with no issues. I have no problem with the sides being too high, but it's a problem I never experience, having breasts which are set fairly low on my chest. For the same reason, the band ends rather low, at my natural waist, which I think looks ok, but would be a problem is the band was even a bit longer / my torso was a bit shorter.
Now on to the main problem. The top section of the cup is really closed off, something I've never experienced in any Panache/Cleo soft cup bras. My shape is rather even, I wouldn't classify it as FOT. This leads me to believe that my roots must be long, and therefore not really suited to this bra. I tried hard to convince myself that the cups look good enough, but when I keep my back really straight, the spillover is impossible to miss (as shown on one of the detail shots). Sadly, I think I'll still have to wait to fulfil my dreams of a well-fitting longline.
Updated on Sep 29, 2016