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I love this bra! I've spent years in ill-fitting compression-style bralettes from various places but, after reading numerous rave reviews, I finally picked one of these up, and I'm so glad I did. I purchased it in black from Breakout Bras (via Amazon). The pros first:
-The band is veeeery comfortable. I've read many people saying it runs really tight but, as I measure under 26" comfortably and most 28's feel big on me, this one feels great. It's also a sports bra, so it should be pretty snug and secure, right? There are three hooks, and they're a little padded, so it adds an extra feeling ... of stability and comfort.
-There is a racerback option. It cuts into my shoulders near my neck a bit, but it does feel like it might be a good option for higher impact activities.
-It actually looks great under clothing! It could easily be worn under normal shirts and would never be suspected of being a sports bra. It does have a bit of a minimizing effect, but there is also still good definition.
-The F is a bit small, but I really think the FF would have too much extra room, especially at the top. The wires could be a little higher on the sides as well. The fit is close enough I don't think sizing up is necessary.
-The center gore is a little wide, but I think I might be more close-set than I realized previously. It requires a little adjustment to get things situated properly. It doesn't really detract from the feel of the fit too much, but would be better if it were more narrow.
Overall, I'm very happy with this bra, and would definitely consider getting a second one.
Updated on Apr 10, 2012 Flag this
Measurements for 28F:
Bust perimeter: 35.5"
Stretched Band: 27" end to end. From smallest hooks to eyes it's 25.5"
Band Length: 24" end to end. 22.5" smallest hooks to eyes.
Cup Width: 5.5"
Cup Depth: 8.75"
Wire Length: 9.25"
Cup Seperation: 1.125"
Strap Width: 1" at widest point
Compared to most other bras from Panache, this one fits me in an F. The only problems are the top doesn't come up quite high enough, as mentioned by another lady on here, and the straps when worn as a racerback style dig into my neck a bit too much. I think that latter part has something to do with the fact that I have some muscle there, so ... it's just pressing on it. And I think if I had gotten this in an FF the cups may have been a bit too big. It is a sports bra afterall. It's supposed to be tight! And because of that it does have a slight minimizing effect by about a half inch.
I love the fact that the straps are cushioned. My shoulders are bony and straps are always uncomfortable no matter how tight or loose I have them. Plus these are center pull straps so they fit my narrow frame much more approriately than every other bra I've ever tried and worn. I wear this as a regular bra because of the support and comfort. It doesn't look bulky under t-shirts and it doesn't give you uniboob.
Another plus is the band is quite snug (I gave the two different measurements above because when I first joined this site I could have sworn measuring the band stretched and unstretched was done so from smallest hooks to eyes, and I believe that is what I have most of my other bras measured at too), and having the 3 hooks as opposed to 2 is even better. I can close this on the largest setting brand new! Something I've never been able to do. The wires have some slightly cushioning on them as well as the hook and eye closure.
*Update Sept 2012*
It's now too small. My full bust is an inch larger so I need this in a bigger cup =(
Updated on Sep 22, 2012 Flag this
This is the best sports bra ever! It's a great fit and is incredibly supportive. There is practically no bounce at all. It is so comfortable and much more flattering than compression sports bras. The straps are wide and comfortable and can convert to a racer back. It has no irritating label- the label is printed onto the band. Love it!
Updated on Aug 30, 2017 Flag this
I don't do a whole lot of cardio, so even though I love my Shock Absorbers, I don't need to be squashed down mot gym days. So, I wanted something else, something more comfortable.
I tried the Panache on recommendation from a friend and I really quite liked it. It is comfortably projected, it isn't terribly wide, and the wires are crazy cushioned. I like that the cups are high. I'm high set and I don't like showing a lot of cleavage at the gym, so this works well for me. Because it is so high coverage, I can also easily wear it on its own during summer which ... is my preference.
The volume was appropriate for me in the cups.
The band is TTS 28 and the tension distribution is really excellent. It's a firm 28 and I had trouble hooking it myself (you can see I missed the middle eye, oops). Once it was on it was pretty comfortable. But I opted to order a 30E instead. I'm not doing cardio and the band is wide enough that the top was digging into my lats. That may or may not have been uncomfortable at a later time. I don't need the ultra snug band since I'm not running, jumping, climbing trees in this.
This went back, I'll review the 30E more thoroughly since I'll be using it beforehand.
Updated on Apr 22, 2016 Flag this
This bra is just the most comfortable bra! I got this bra from a friend with some others for trying out different sizes. I am so glad she sent me this one! Even though the 28FF I own does fit, this one is great too! I do get a little (just a very little!) Quadboobs in it, but it feels so secure, even without the racerneck! And due to sizing down the wires aren't that much too wide anymore! Wuhuu!
Updated on Feb 21, 2016 Flag this
This is a cup size bigger than I normally wear, and fits so much better. I think ideally I need more immediate projection, so the band sometimes moves down and I have to adjust it back up. I wish it came up higher and covered more because the support is not so great for me at the top, but using the racer back clip helps.
Otherwise, the best sports bra I've tried, and I've tried almost all that are available in my size.
update: too big now
Updated on Apr 26, 2015 Flag this
Whoever designed Panache Sports bras should be given an award. I love these things. This one just is too tight of a band for me. All the fit problems don't really matter due to the design. Too wide of a gore? Padded underwires don't hurt! Not enough projection? It's a tall bra, and the padded wires don't dig into my ribs!
Updated on Sep 07, 2014 Flag this
This bra didn't work for me at all, but the 28E was a better fit so that's where I put my detailed review.
Note: In my pictures the bra was worn with the tightest hooks and the straps hooked into a racerback.
Updated on Aug 25, 2014 Flag this
I really love this sports bra. But I needed a 28E instead (which I got later). I had some empty space at the top of the bra cup, which really wouldn't be noticeable to anyone but me. I wore this once running and had no issues with bounce, but decided that the empty space bothered me too much and ordered the 28E. The band is nice and firm. Overall, highly recommend.
Updated on May 22, 2014 Flag this
This might be my favorite bra of all time. I got this for marching band camp, which includes 100+°F heat, constant running, dancing, marching, and stretching. I wore the same black Panache Sport every day, 8 hours a day, for 3 weeks straight...and it did a fantastic job. On top if that, now I wear it as a regular t-shirt bra because it gives such an amazing shape. I could sing sweet poetry about this beauty.
Underwires are dipped in silicone, so they feel like they aren't even there
J-hook for a racer-back option
Wonderfully firm band
Incredibly rounded shape
Looks great underneath tight shirts
Wings are high enough to contain tissue, but low enough not to get in the way
A little pricey, but totally worth it
The cups do run a little big, I can wear a 28F very well as a 28FF, and the band is nice and firm on my 25 inch ribcage.
Updated on Apr 15, 2014 Flag this
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