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My shape: mid-height center-set slightly conical teardrop with lots of immediate projection; super wide and tall roots, close center tissue, and allover fullness that gives me similar fitting issues to shallow breasts; and firm self-supporting tissue that fights back and doesn't like to be pushed around.
This review is for a gently used ebay purchase in the Caribbean Blue colorway.
For starters, in case there was any doubt, I should point out that this bra is sheer. Only the lower outside part of the cup is lined, which could make for a great summer bra. For me, the exposed lace just made it a little itchy (you can see the ... slight redness it caused on the photos of the wire marks). Since this bra has supposedly been washed before, I can't assume it will get any better. With a combination of very sensitive skin, a recent struggle with mysteriously recurring hives, and ADHD's sensitivity to irritations, this is a deal-breaker for me. On the other hand, the tag doesn't scratch and I never noticed it at all.
The band fits alright, I suppose. I'm not 100% sure how stretched out the elastic is from wear by previous owners, but either way I was still on the tightest set of hooks. I suspected from reviews that I would need a 28, but, not knowing for sure, took the chance. It doesn't ride up or shift, but I can still pull it away quite a bit on the tightest set, and it feels loose. I think my underbust measurement has shrunk a little lately, though, which may also have something to do with it.
The straps are quite stretchy, which surprised me. They seem supportive enough for me, given how slim they are, but I have self-supporting breasts and this might be important to some people.
The gore is low-ish, but still pokes. Shifting the wires around didn't seem to help much, but compared to the plunges I used to wear the gore is pretty tall. Panache plunges are not very plunge-y.
On to the cups, which are the real interesting part: There seems to be enough inner fullness by the gore, which is great. The immediate projection from the wire at the bottom is ok but I still need more, which means the wires want to creep down, especially before swooping-and-scooping. I also noticed loose fabric wrinkling across the top of both cups, which is made worse by reaching or slouching and I think also indicates that the bra anticipates a little more upper fullness than I have. It's possible that some of this would be made better by a 30F (or 28FF), but I'll have to find one before I can try it and know for certain. The fit issues, or possibly the fact that it's a cup size too large, give me a fairly pointy profile, especially if my nipples push out on the horizontal seam.
The wires are a decent length, I think, but the wrong shape for my underarm-tissue and roots, which are flattened curves reaching back to my shoulder blades (like the Nike swoosh). The wings are also slightly too tall to dodge the tissue there, so it pokes just a little as though it were actually too short, although I didn't notice this until I saw the marks when I took the bra off. The outside-bottom part of the curve is also too wide and misses the InfraMammary Fold (such as mine is, which admittedly isn't much).
Summary: Probably not for me, and I guess I am slightly conical and maybe a little FOB?
Updated on Dec 20, 2017 Flag this
The cups of this bra are very stretchy, so I feel like it's unlikely to cut into breast tissue on the top. It's also easy to adjust your breasts within it because of the cups' stretch. That being said, it may not be a good choice for someone with soft breast tissue.
This bra is really comfortable, but not quite my style. I would repurchase it again if it was on sale.
As far as fit goes, it would be excellent in a cup size down. Otherwise, I think this is a pretty good bra.
Updated on Jun 07, 2016 Flag this
This is REALLY pretty, and the stretchy lace at the top of the cup accommodates my center fullness without making me really quad too much - but I think I'd benefit from a larger cup size. Seems nice and narrow.
Updated on Sep 23, 2014 Flag this
I think this is going to work as an okay everyday bra - the low gore height is comfy for my close-set breasts and the stretch lace is very accommodating on asymmetry. Gives a pretty good lift for a plunge, without my spilling into the centre, and gives a nice rounded, forward shape on me. The band is a bit too tight for me -- I find the underwires sit much better and the cup is a better shape if I add one row of an extender (but a full three rows is far too loose in the band, so I think the snugness is just a breaking-in ... issue because I'm in between sizes). The wires can get a little uncomfortable towards the end of the day, I think because they're far too wide for me.
Edited to add:
Having now figured out a lot more about my shape, I'm now more confident about assessing fit issues of a bra.
This bra has wide wires and the base of the cup in particular is quite shallow. Those needing immediate projection (eg FOB) may wish to look elsewhere. My breasts push the cup downwards, and I get an empty space at the base of the cups. Thankfully, the cup itself being made of stretch lace means there's never any cutting in at the top, so the bra itself still works admirably well, and is particularly good about coping with asymmetry.
The plunge gore is a godsend for me, as it means my breasts aren't constantly fighting for space with the gore, and oddly the stretch lace cup is cut at just the right angle to hold me in the cups. (Those with very soft tissue or pendulous breasts or loose skin will probably still slide right into the middle, though.)
Altogether, I'm sad the cups are too shallow for me as everything else about the bra works (and Panache do bring it out in such pretty colours...)
Updated on Jul 28, 2014 Flag this
I usually wear a 32F but found this for $15 so I snagged it. The band is too small, obviously, but when paired with an extender it fits well. The straps are a hair too wide, but so far they aren't bothersome. Both my larger and smaller breasts appear to be filling out the cups well, if they were just a tiny bit smaller I'd be quadding with my larger boob. I could do with the wires being a bit narrower, but they're not wide enough to cause discomfort. It's not super uplifting, I'd say it provides a Beth natural shape. Without clothes, it looks a bit pointy, but underneath clothes it's a lot rounder. Since the whole cup is lace, it feels very thin and fragile. Not a problem when wearing it, but I do feel like I need to handle it carefully. All in all, it's beautiful and comfy (so far).
Updated on Jul 23, 2014 Flag this
This bra fits me just fine. I've got fairly shallow, full-all-over boobs. I don't like that despite being a plunge bra, it doesn't really bring my boobs closer together. It is fairly supportive and practical though!
Updated on Feb 25, 2013 Flag this
This is my new favorite bra. For one thing, it's an absolutely gorgeous purple color which is a welcome change from the usual blacks and nudes. I most frequently wear molded cup bras, so I was concerned about nipple show-through, but they sit right at the apex of the cup where the seams meet and that alone does a good job of hiding them. I was also worried about the fit, but it's amazing. No puckering, wrinkles, spilling, etc. The shape is great, and makes my breasts look like breasts instead of smooth mounds attached to my chest. It creates a natural ... looking cleavage, and with the beautiful lace I wouldn't be entirely opposed if it peeked out a little bit from a low cut neckline. The straps aren't overly wide but are still comfortable. The body of the bra fits so well that I don't need them tight. The only thing that I would change is I would have liked for the lace to be continued around the back and sides instead of the smooth fabric that is there. I find myself looking for outfits I can wear this bra with rather than vice versa.
Updated on Jun 16, 2012 Flag this
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