I read that this bra ran very narrow, deep and generously, but it still isn't quite right for me. The band seems to get looser in higher cup sizes - this fits more like a 32 band, so I'd say it fits like a "standard" 32JJ. The wires are definitely narrow, but I wouldn't say it's particularly deep in this size. It doesn't bring you up and centre, it's more of an hourglass-from-the-front bra.
I found the wires to dig into my armpit horribly, so much I'm considering unpicking the wire channel and shortening the wire, though the sides would still come up too high. Apparently some other colourways ...are lower at the arm, so I might have to look for those. I will say that the wires are very firm, so they stay U-shaped, rather than stretching back with the band. The gore doesn't sit flat on me, and if I hold it flat it's clear I need about a cup up. I might try bending the wires to see if it relieves the armpit digging/floating gore, but I don't know if I'm going to buy any more of this style. Ideally I think I'd need a 28L in this bra, rather than my proper size of 30KK. Read more 100 more words
I have to admit I went into mild shock when I got my Ariza out of its packaging. The photos I've seen of the violet mix colourway just don't do justice to how bright this bra is. If you like very flamboyant colours, this may be a bra for you.
The colour of the bra aside, it's a 3 piece balconette made with the usual Panache sturdiness. The straps are relatively thin for a bra of this size, and only half adjustable, with the buckles sliding down towards your back instead of up towards your shoulders.
Some good things about the bra? The band on it is thick and very ...sturdy underneath your breasts. While it is fairly stretchy, it still seems as though it would be supportive when not stretched out a lot. The wires don't distort much with wear, which can be a hard thing to achieve in large cup sizes.
Unfortunately though, it's just not the right fit for me. The underwires are so tall and wide that they poke me under the arms. This throws out the shape of the cup so I have baggy sides and bottom of the cup, and not enough room in the centre, where I spill out. The gore is unpleasantly wide on my very close-set breasts, and so sits out and against my breast tissue. The band is too long for me, which is unsurprising as I sized up to get a good cup volume. I also found that the straps didn't adjust to be short enough, and owing to the design of the adjustment, I couldn't readily make them any shorter.
I feel like this could be a wonderful bra for someone with a slightly larger frame and lower set breasts than I have. It seems as though the overall design could be quite comfortable if the bra was the right shape for your body. Panache does know how to make very large cup bras, it's just that they don't seem to make them for me. Read more 225 more words
This used to be my favourite bra for a long time. Sadly my boobs decided to grow again. I need now a 32K/32KK in other Panache bras (like Floris and Melody) and probably a 32L in Ariza.
pros + + gives a uplifted round shape + full on top friendly + very sturdy construction + wires are a bit narrower than on most panache bras (Tango, Melody, Floris) + band is very firm and barely stretches out with wear + very supportive, gives "boobs of steel" feeling
cons - - fabric is a bit itchy at first wears - shoulder straps can dig in - wire pain since the wires are very very stiff (but that also makes the bra so supportive for big / heavy boobs) but also note that I get pain from wires digging in in all my bras when I wear them a full day, because the bras have to carry a lot of weight