I bought this bra new and unworn, so the measurements I took were without any wear or "breaking in" of the fabric.
Despite having a 37" comfortably snug underbust measurement with compressability down to 35" at the extreme, I found that I could almost not clasp this bra. While it does stretch to 38", it takes a massive amount of force to do so. This fabric is quite firm!!
With a "normal" amount of tension (the amount of tension I tend to exert on my other bras in normal use and the tension it takes to measure them at their longest) this band only measures to 34".
I would ... advise most folks to size up in this band, or prepare to use an extender.
I found the wires much too narrow in this bra. It is not shaped like other Panache models at all. I ordered a Freya Lyla Balcony (4302) in 36GG at the same time, and it had wider wires than this Masquerade Persia even though Freya's wires are notoriously narrow in general.
The bra is quite pretty, though not really in my taste. I like it more in person than I did viewing it online and am glad I got to try it out. I feel like only two hooks on a bra in this size and with so much band firmness is sort of silly, as it means the wings taper down to be quite short. The lack of give in the band just meant ridiculous back indentations and bulging on a cushier lady like myself.
This is one of the first Panache bras in my size where the wire height under my arms was not uncomfortable. From the tip of the underwire to the band it is only about 5", and that felt really perfect for me as a high chested lady with only 5'1" of height. If that is you too and you have a narrower root, this could be a good bra to try.
I warn though that the cup seemed to come up a bit high, and the cup at the very top was a bit roomy. I think this bra was made for someone a bit more shallow than me - less projection and more height - as the lower part of the cups seemed to compress my breasts quite a bit.
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