So I bought a 34J - Panache Swimwear » Veronica Balconnet Bikini Top (SW0642) and finally tried it on today. It does a really weird thing. The fabric at the front pulls away from the gore and it just looks awful. Why is it doing that? I put up a picture of the problem from above. I tried to add a picture of the problem from the front too, but my phone only uploaded the first one (thanks, phone).
Fits true to size. Cut and shape are very Panache-style. Like in the Sports bra, the underwires don't reach the top of the center gore. This means that I have a sort of a gap there, but not disturbingly so - I'll just need to add a few stitches to make the button embellishment look better and not hanging all over the place.
The bikini top's mostly comfortable to wear and stays on even with moderate activity (I tried aqua jogging, and my bikinis weren't an issue!). The straps, however, are narrow. They tend to flip over and twist, which makes them even narrower and may cause irritation.
If the straps were better and the center part didn't gap, I'd give this bikini top 5/5. Currently, 4/5 tops.
This is the first bikini top that has provided me with adequate coverage and support. I have trouble finding my size, and usually even in the right size, something is amiss. But this one is PERFECT. I can move around freely without worrying about my boobs escaping! I have this in the paisley print, which is not padded, so it is very comfortable and doesn't mould my boobs into some weird unnatural shape. I personally could care less about nipple poke through, but if you're someone who's weirded out about your nipples being detected, you may want to avoid the paisley and instead go for the red or lagoon, which I believe have some light padding. I also like that the straps are thin. Thin ones look much better, and support should come mainly from the band, so there is really no need for ugly industrial-looking mega straps in my opinion. This balconette top is a winner!!