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Fits ribcage0.0
B. perimeter0.0
Stretched Band81.2
Band Length69.4
Stretch ratio1.2
Cup width15.2
Cup depth24.8
Depth ratio1.6
Wire length31.1
Cup height19.1
Cup separation2.1
Gore height9.0
Wing height10.4
Strap width1.5
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This bra is amazing. Plenty of immediate and centre projection in the cup, gore tacks but doesn't dig, the cups are entirely* stretch lace so fit a variety of shapes happily, they also have a peach coloured mesh backing so they're not too sheer (although might look a bit strange if light peach isn't a nude for you). Wires generally stay in my IMF, which isn't a small feat for me! The material itself feels lovely on the cups and the band, the size tag is a tiny bit annoying as it's quite thick. The Petrol colour is also lovely, a subtle navy that's a bit warmer than the photos.
(ETA: Not entirely, but more forgiving than most Panache bras I've tried. Similar to Cleo Blake)

The centre gore is very wide especially at the bottom - this is a perfect shape for me and my splayed breasts, but if yours are close together this will likely be problematic. The shape under clothes is quite natural, a little bit minimised but not too much, and also forward pointy but not ridiculously pushed together. The straps are quite thin, I find them very comfortable but may not be ideal for heavier busts.

The wings on this bra are high - I think it's the boundary point of where they start being problematic for me. The cut of the cups/straps also makes my Tail of Spence quite prominent, this doesn't bother me personally though. The wires are also on the wider side of my comfort zone, I'd say the regular Panache width (narrow-to-average).

Band definitely is TTS, a tiny bit tight on first wear but not to the point of discomfort. I'd be inclined to say the cups run a bit small - I get a smidge of quadding as I'm more FOT, and could probably do with a cup size up but it's not bad enough to bother me. The elastic on the top of the cup isn't tight enough to cause any problems here, fortunately.

Overall, definitely recommend for even fullness, even if centre fullness is an issue.

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    Interesting. Most of the reviews I've seen of their Black line have been WAY too shallow. Comes in a huge size range, too

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    Interesting! I've just added in the measurements to help. I need projection at the wire and gore but not at the apex, so perhaps the versatility of the all-stretch-lace cup helps balance it out?

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    Sorry, ETA: after some poking the bra isn't 100% stretch lace, but it's a very forgiving cup nonetheless. I'm inclined to try more of the Black line now to see if this theory sticks, although I may stick to the unpadded styles.

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    Ooooh, I was just looking at the Panache Esme yesterday because I'd read it was based on the Jasmine/Andorra model but with better materials overall! Looks like I'll be trying one soon. I'm interested on your comments about the gore and center fullness - This is my only issue with my Panache bras (I have an Envy and Clara), they all have this oddly flat spot near the lower gore area of the cup, and I'm assuming it's because I have more fullness there and the bra isn't projected enough to handle it? Maybe the allover semi-stretchiness of Esme will be good!

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    Yep, I'd say that description is pretty spot on! I'll try and get some pics up over the weekend - I wore it to work today, the only qualm is the thin straps and the slightly high wires

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