Breast shape/characteristics: Mostly even fullness, wide set, wide rib cage, average projection, wide rooted, higher on chest. Broad shouldered and 6'0".
I noticed there isn't much information on here about the differences between the underwired and nonwired Panache Sport. I've owned both, and so far I highly prefer the nonwired. Here's why:
The cups are made of slightly stiff foam that better molds to the shape of my breasts and does not dig into my rib cage. The wires in the regular Sport, while supportive, gave me red marks after only an hour. While this may be a tight band issue for the original Sport, the band of the ...nonwired is actually tighter, yet leaves me mark-free.
The cup shape of the nonwired is better-fitting. The cups have more projection and are not as open at the top. There is more depth at the bottom of the cup, making it more compatible for my slight bottom fullness. The top of the cup is higher on the chest and reduces depth gradually for a more tailored fit. Another aspect of the high rise is the higher side wing coverage, which helps contain more migrated tissue and bring it to the forefront. The regular Sport is too low cut for tall, even breasts and contributes to orange-in-glass effect, as well as not being quite as good at keeping side boob in and forward. I'm wide-rooted, so side wing support is critical for good fit.
The higher cut of the nonwired also contributes to its superior bounce-control. While the original Sport no doubt is true to its word about eliminating most bounce, I feel like the nonwired is close at eliminating 100% of bounce. In the nonwired, my breasts are totally immobilized. Even doing jump rope, I don't feel them move at ALL. I've just gotten it so I haven't tested it with many forms of movement, but it seems to be able to reduce more bounce than the underwired. However, I do understand that it is possible the foam may lose shape over time, which I will be looking out for. So far I believe the band is firm enough that that problem won't actually become a problem more quickly than any typical underwired bra.
May or may not be relevant, but I figured I'd add it in: the nonwired is currently cheaper than the wired and you can currently find it on Amazon for under $50, $20 cheaper than the regular underwired.
I think Panache really did right with this bra. It supports just as well, even better than the underwired without the irritating wires. The shape is so much more compatible for even and full in bottom fullness. In the regular, I'd have to size down to make the bottom of the cup fit my shape better, while adding on the issues of smash and quadboob for my top. This is probably the best part about the nonwired: it's actually true to cupsize. If you're a 34FF, you're probably a 34FF in the nonwired Sport, regardless of FOB/FOT.
I'm strongly considering buying another one. It's so comfortable, supportive, and better fitting. I recommend anyone who was not impressed with the underwired Sport or who wants something like the underwired with better support, to try the nonwired version. Read more 438 more words
For a couple of weeks now, I often don't feel so comfortable in my wired panache sports bras anymore, so I decided to give the unwired one a try and I LOVE it!! It's so comfortable and nicely tight! (I have to wear my wired ones on the tightest hook and they feel less tight than this one on the last hook!) I did wear it for lounging all day today It gives less support than the wired ones, but it's enough for my recently started cheerleading. I don't think it will be enough for gymnastics and trampoline though So ...if you have problems with the immediate deepth of the wired one and are ok with a moderate amount of support, this is your bra!
Edit: this is the first panache sports bra that I can wear without closing the hook in the back! This is pretty amazing for me, but if you are low set you might have problems with the strap length!
Edit edit: wore it the second time for cheerleading today and can't wear it without hooking it up anymore :/ I guess it just stretched for a tiny bit and now it's too long Read more 106 more words
Success! I am shocked that the 30F in this bra actually fits me, but it does. After losing weight, I have been sizing down to 30FF or 28G from most of my 30G bras. However, this bra in 30FF was still too big (see 30FF - Panache Sport » Non Wired Sports Bra (7341) for a full review).
In fact, the 30FF fit much like my 30G that I also have in this bra in an older colorway. So there is a chance that the floral/gray colorway runs a little big in the cup compared with the black/geo which, in my opinion, runs true to size. ...The standard advice with Panache's *wired* sports bra is to size down in the cup. Previously, I would not have suggested this for the non-wired. Now I would say do not rule this out if you are less full on top.
When I took the bra out of the box, I was certain it would be too small. I was surprised by, visually, how scaled down the 30F is compared to the 30FF and 30G. The measurements reflect this, saving 1/4 inch on the cup height and gore height measurements. For someone petite, high-set and short-rooted, this 1/4" makes all the difference in the fit of the bra for me. I no longer have a gaping chest panel or bunching material. The straps are also comfortable tightened pretty much all the way. I would still like a tad more length, but it's sufficient, unlike the 30FF where the straps were a little loose.
The band feels even better (more snug) than the 30FF. I am contained in the cups and the gore separates well. There is at least 1/2 inch reduction in cup width compared with the 30FF. The side/underarm area does not reach into my armpits and I am super excited about that. Once again, the Panache Non-Wired Sport in an accurate size for me has pretty much become my best fitting bra.
Appearance: I am pleased with the colorway/pattern even though I realize now that the straps will probably be on show a lot and they are a little bit "loud". I would have preferred solid blue straps. The east/west pointiness is also reduced by being in a better size, but it's still there for me. I wish it were just a little more rounded. It's still a fantastic appearance under clothes for a sports bra.
Quality: My only lingering issue with this bra is that the inside of the cups easily creases towards the bottom after wearing, even just for a minute or two. This is not a projection issue. As I have tried and worn this bra in a few sizes now, I think it is to do with the construction and how the foam cup is anchored to the wireless band.
Final notes: this bra arrived with the center of one cup a tiny bit dented right at the middle. It wasn't packed harshly and I don't know if it will loosen with time, but it's not noticeable when wearing, anyway. The wrinkles/buckling on the seams that you can see in the photos only appear when the bra is not being worn.
Pro-tip: Short rooted and/or pendulous and those with flared ribs, do not forget to hike this bra up into your IMF before S&S to make sure it's sitting right. Read more 452 more words
Short roots, projected, center full, close set, slightly narrow, omega shape, short waisted,....
The band is a bit short. You may want to size up. My under bust is 28" and the 30FF was too tight for breathing
This size fits much better than I anticipated. The cups fit my short-waisted physique well. In several other sports bras, my one complaint was the cup digging into a tendon in front of my shoulder. 32E is one size smaller than I usually wear and my tendon is happy.
However, this smaller size creates a different issue. My lymph nodes begin screaming within a few minutes from ...compression. The cup doesn't quite accommodate my full on bottom tissue. So, it spills over into the gore and into my underarm. Because this is wire free, the gore spill is comfortable and acceptable. However, the underarm spill and subsequent compression hurts.
Because my exercise is often short in duration, the discomfort may be tolerable. Certainly, the bounce is minimal which is my primary concern.
This bra is the most projected wireless bra I have encountered. However, like many wireless bras and several wired bras, the cup collapses and the band digs in while I sit. For me, this really is an "exercise only" bra. The shape is round and my prominent nipples are shrouded. Although I won't choose to wear this all day, I can create an impressive list of reasons why someone else would want to wear it all day.
This bra might be life-changing. I've never had a proper sports bra that actually fit me before. Before, I used to just wear 2 sports bras and hope for the best. It worked, but it was very tight and my boobs would be squashed together. Peeling the things off after a sweaty workout was almost a workout in itself.
The Panache sports bra is a game-changer! There's no wires, but the cups are molded in such a way that they lift and separate my breasts. The cups hold my breasts in place and keeps them from bouncing around. There's also a J-hook at the back for more support, or ...to coordinate with your top. The neckline is high enough that my boobs won't fall out during yoga inversions. In fact, it covers enough of me that I think I'd feel comfortable wearing it without a shirt over top at the gym.
The band hugs my ribcage - my boobs don't feel like they're trying to escape beneath the band (a big problem I'd get in sm/med/lg sized bras where I'd have to size up to fit my breasts). I love the fact that there's a proper closure at the back - no more trying to wiggle out of a sweaty bra after a workout. Read more 104 more words
Edit: Update December 2016 - 3 months of owning this bra:
The band has gotten very stretched very quickly. It was never all that supportive so I only wore it one to two times a week for the duration of a workout (not the whole day or anything) and still, the band unstretched is now 26", and it stretches to a ridiculous 33.5". I've only hand washed and laid flat to dry so I'm really disappointed overall with the quality of this bra. The band is just too loose to even wear for exercise anymore, and I have other bras that are more comfortable for lounging. ... I hope others have had better experiences, but I wouldn't buy another unwired Panache Sport and wouldn't recommend one to anyone in my size range.
--------------------------------- Well - I read reviews of this bra so I knew about the bottom of the cup folding issue. For me so far it's not uncomfortable and doesn't seem to show under tops but I do worry about the cup collapsing more and the straps having to compensate and take more weight. Mostly I feel great working out in this bra because I've been wearing badly stretched out sports bras with too little room in the cups for years, basically forever. I get migraines from nerve trigger points on my shoulders and neck - so it's something I'm really aware of - I just didn't know there were bras with less painful straps! Which makes me wonder... I always thought my nerve problems were related to repeated shoulder dislocations as a swimmer in high school and college - but now I'm wondering if others with large busts have this issue? I dont have a particularly small frame and didn't feel I suffered from the back issues smaller boned busty women frequently have, but perhaps my breasts have been more physically challenging for my body to lug around that I realized!
Anyway, this bra is still a tad too small for me, I've got some quadding at the top of the cups and the cup (even the fold area) is fully filled - I think the bottom of the cup fold is a construction or design issue, because there are two layers of fabric, I'm fully filling the internal coral shaped cup part but somehow on the outside it looks like there's empty space.
I like this encapsulation design, though for me there is still some compression since I'm being pushed up out of the bra. Panache sport cups seem giant and I didn't want to be swimming around in a sports bra, but if I bought this again I'd go with the 30H, which I believe is the largest size they make in this style. Probably because the weight of breasts that large can't be adequately supported by the design, hence the bottom of the boob fold.
One note about measurements - I think the other reviewer may have had a typo in her bust perimeter measurement, On a full inhale my perimeter in this bra was 40" and I believe the initial measurements say 48. Since the rest of our measurements line up quite well, I don't believe this bra could physically be stretched to an overbust perimeter of much more than 40", the material is not elastic and I fill the cups completely with some overflow, I suspect 38 was the actual overbust measurement. So beware if you have a >40 overbust measurement and thought this might fit due to the other set of measurements.
This bra does feel supportive, but in this size range I must agree with the other reviewers and say it doesn't reduce bounce or jiggling the way a good compression bra would. I never had luck running in my wired panache sport either though, for the record, though it probably wasn't properly fitted either.
I hula hooped rather aerobically in this bra for a half hour yesterday and it felt great - plenty of stability and took so much weight I'm used to off my shoulders. Yoga today was also great wearing this bra. I've jumped around some and expect it won't do so well on the treadmill - it doesn't stand up to that kind of repeated vertical motion. For that, in this size range, I'm thinking I'll have to go to a compression style bra... or a couple layered together. Read more 640 more words
This is...not good. I only tried this on because I was in Nordstrom Rack and spotted it for sale. I have never tried the wireless model and I wanted to see how it fit. I had a ton of bounce, but that's not really surprising given that it's at least 1 cup size too small. It really is a nicely made bra, just not a good fit. Other than it being too small, I don't think that the non-wired look is for me
Like the wired version, I think this is just incompatible with my shape. I bought this to teach and practice yoga in (in public -- in private i wear no bra or cotton 'sports' bras). It does the job OK. The cup doesn't cover enough side/armpit boob, and the wings are not deep enough in that area. At the same time there is extra room at the top of the cup, so if i were really trying to get a lot of support (i'm not) I def wouldn't be able to. When I first put this on it looks good, but like all wireless bras except enell, my ...boobs eventually win and sag down. The racerback hook provides more lift, but at the expense of my neck and shoulders. This is definitely a lot less support than the wired bra.
What i like: that the molded cup gives me psychological support because I know my boobs are well covered. It's pretty cute. It's comfy.
The band is too big, but that's my fault for getting a 38 i guess. That said i wear a 38 in all other Panache, incl the wired sports bra, so go figure.
update a year later: even though this bra is a technically pretty bad fit, I wear it alllllll the time, as it gives a far better shape than any other wireless I've tried. Glad I got a 38 now as I've gained weight and the band fits perfectly. Read more 134 more words
At this point, I feel like either of the Panache sports bras can, in no way, live up to the reputation they've gained online. I can't say I'm *blown away* by this, but I will say I'm happy to have this in my arsenal, both as a sports bra and as a wireless lounge bra.
If you're strictly comparing this to the wired version, based on my experience, I would say the band runs similar while the cups are more TTS. I am now generally wearing a UK 32H/34GG, and this fits. I would definitely not size down in the band, as the 34 was a bit of a ...struggle to put on (not like, sweating struggle; but it's more snug than I anticipated). However, once fastened, the bra is comfortably firm. The cups fit well. I wouldn't want the cups bigger nor smaller. There is the appearance of slight quadding at top, but I think that is more because I have tissue up top by my collar bone the bra's tight top was cutting into than that the cup is too small. For reference, I've tried a 32GG in the wired version, and I found the band too snug and I was swimming in the cups -- they were one, if not two, cup sizes too large in the 32GG.
Also compared to the wired version, I much prefer the shape this one provides. My girls looked compact and rounded, whereas the wired gave me a weird and splayed east-west look. I would have no problem wearing this one as part of my everyday wear, but I wouldn't with the wired one.
As for functionality, nothing stops The Bounce. Nothing. Your body moves, and so do your boobs. Luckily, my workout routine consists of more walking than running (ok, there is NO running), so this provides adequate support.
My only complaint with the bra is that the straps aren't long enough. Unless they're loosened all the way (and then, even still), I feel stress on my neck and shoulders from the too tight straps. All in all, I wouldn't pay full retail for it, but I am happy to pay what I did for it being on sale. Read more 260 more words