So, here's my first review of four, which I'll complete in the next few days. First of all, I didn't even realize that the Panache Cari (or any spacer foam bra for that matter) came in my size until Broad Lingerie posted it on their Instagram a month ago. I was immediately attracted to it because of the beautiful colour, but I didn't know if it would actually work for me or not. So, when I was in Toronto the last couple days, I knew I had to make a trip out to try it on, and spoiler alert, I was pleasantly surprised!
Next, we can all see how ...beautiful the appearance is. I love the unique colour, which works as a nude for me, and I love the geometric lace on the bridge which has a beautiful sheen to it. The finishes are so clean and so professional.
This bra is honestly a bit of a revelation for me, because as I said earlier, I never even realized that spacer foam bras came in my size, but it has already become a favourite of mine. The foam moves with my body because it is very thin and flexible, and there is potential for nipple show-through, but most of the time that's not an issue for me. I've worn it for about ten hours since I got it, including a four hour waitressing shift, and it didn't budge and it was extremely comfortable and light on my body. I forgot I was wearing it. It fits well on either the loosest or the middle hook, depending on the day and how I'm feeling. The wires are a tiny bit wide, but not enough to bother me. The only potential fit issue is that the top edge is on the verge of cutting into my tall roots, so if I gain any weight I may get some quadboob going on.
Overall I'm extremely happy with it and I look forward to hopefully a long relationship with it! Read more 227 more words
This bra, people. This bra. Why is nobody talking about this bra? I. Love. This. Bra.
Okay, Okay. I know. Different strokes for different boobs (that sounds sort of wrong, doesn’t it?). I know lots of people just don’t care for the T-shirt bra aesthetic. However, as a SAHM, T-shirts are basically my uniform, so I am happy to have finally found one that fits, is comfortable, and looks good both in and out of shirts.
On with the review.
As the name says, it’s a moulded spacer foam bra. I’ve never had much luck with moulded bras. I never managed to cram myself into a foam dome when I ...was still stuck in the matrix. I’m guessing I was a 32E then (prior to babies and breastfeeding, which seems to have permanently biggered them) and was wearing 34DD, so technically a sister size and not insanely wrong. But I was always too projected for any of the T-shirt bras I ever tried. And I tried a lot, since that’s mostly what was available. Spacer foam is much lighter and more flexible than the typical moulded foam.
I have tried a couple of other spacer bras. I had a @Fayreform Profile Perfect 32FF briefly that I got off ebay. Holy crap. You think Panache wires are stiff? That thing left semi-permanent grooves in my ribs. I was definitely a 32FF then but the cups were too tall and too deep for me. So uncomfortable I don’t even want to try it in another size. I also tried on a @Fantasie Rebecca a couple of years ago at a boutique and was completely underwhelmed with the shape it gave me. This bra does looks a bit like that one. I knew this bra was a risk but it was cranberry and Butterfly Collection had it on sale so …
Well, it’s pretty much perfect. Wire width good, enough projection, gore tacks, band just right. My boobs aren’t lifted like in my unlined Cleos, but they’re lifted enough for me, and the shape is just infinitely better under clothes. It is minimizing in that it seems to hold the breasts close to my body, but not flattened out like every other minimizer I’ve ever tried on. Let me put it this way, my boobs are nicely separated but there is no east-west action. It is by a mile the most comfortable bra I have. The spacer foam is very light and I think it will be fine for summer (although, technically, nothing is good for the hot and humid summers we have here). I have a little bit of gaping on my smaller side, but it is not bothersome and absolutely does not show under clothes.
I know some people might think it’s a boring bra, but I think it’s lovely in an understated way. Of course, cranberry is one of my favourite colours. There is some tone-on-tone embroidery on the mesh around the cups. There is a bow at the top of each cup where it meets the straps, as well as the obligatory bow on the gore. Band has two hooks. It has a j-hook so I even have the racer-back option for summer, but I have not tried it yet.
I’m sort of between sizes right now. When I ordered this, my 32FF unlined bras were still fitting OK and I ordered down a size as per recommendations. Well, since then, I lost a few more pounds and suddenly all my 32FFs just collapsed on me. Even my Envy 32F, which was always on the small side, is getting a bit floppy. I think because the spacer foam is a bit stretchy I could actually size down to 32E and this issue would disappear.
Of course, Butterfly Collection shut down about two weeks after I got this bra. I went back to order another one, but was too late!! Sob, sob. It hasn’t really shown up on clearance anywhere or on ebay yet, since I guess it’s still so new. I need, need, need the champagne colourway of this bra … but I need to be patient because the best price I can find is just utterly ridiculous, even before duty and shipping are factored in. Oh, Canada, Y U such a bra desert? (Sorry, this is supposed to be a review, not a rant!)
I've finally bought my first spacer bra and I've chosen Panache Cari in Cashmere. I'm really glad I did ti because it's comfortable and almost invisible under white shirts so perfect for summer. It's true to size but I think the band will loose quickly. Cups are moderately deep and they fit my shallower breasts. They give me really rounded shape and maybe little minimizing. For more information, read my review on my blog.
Features: J-hook, side support, soft padded straps, flexible and soft spacer foam cups. Center-pull straps!
"Cashmere" is a neutral light beige colorway. Great nude for paler skin. Subdued tasteful detailing if a little safe and boring - soft picot trim along the edges of the cups, small heart-shaped bows in the same color as the bra. Geometric stitching as decoration on center gore and to the sides of the cups. Band is a single layer of power mesh. Spacer foam is very malleable and conforms well to my tons of bottom and center fullness, but the lack of seams and the soft material means I get a bit more ...of a widely set look despite narrow cups and side support, and that perky nipples are visible through the material. I'd say the cups fit a touch roomy, definitely not a full cup size but if you're between sizes or don't have much top fullness you may prefer to size down.
The bra is in general ridiculously comfortable but there are a few things that are a bit of a miss for me: 1) Unusually for Panache the 32GG has a two hooks and eyes rather than three. I like their three hook bands for extra support. 2) The underwires are extremely U-shaped. The underwires shift down for me because my inframammary fold doesn't have as steep a curve so pulling the bra 100% up will cause the underwire to sit on breast tissue in the lower outer area of the cup. 3) The side wings are really tall for this size. I can handle it especially because the last half an inch doesn't have underwire but still, that's a lot of side, and I think it looks a bit odd how it swoops down to a tiny two hook closure. 4) I'd prefer if the center gore was narrower. Again I can handle it and it wasn't uncomfortable but it's definitely not ideal. 5) The elastic used for the band has pretty firm edges that dig in a little bit. 6) The partially adjustable straps paired with a J-hook mean that if you have very high set breasts you may need to alter the straps a touch shorter. I'm high set but not to a huge degree and I wear the straps tightened almost to the max. Read more 273 more words
This is a molded/padded/T-shirt style cup, which normally spells trouble for me with my super-projected top-full close-set breasts, but the fit isn't too bad here. The gore tacks, and there's no quad-boob. The support FEELS good, but I'm concerned that the band is riding too low on me. Also, there's a fair amount of dentability on the outside of the cup.
The wings are smoother than I thought they'd be (the lace is only on the outside), but a little bit of lace hangs down over the edges, which can cause some issues for my sensitive skin.
Very short roots, projected, slightly narrow, even, close-set breasts....
Having previously tried this bra in 28G, I knew I needed a longer band to comfortably narrow the gore without creating the need for an extender. The wire channel is .75" longer than the wire. So, moving the wire as far as possible to the underarm creates a gore 2.1" tall. Still, the gore at that height is too wide. The gore narrowing alteration remains necessary. From my perspective, this gore is wide and close-set breasts will be forced to alter it.
Close-set users: When a wire is sitting on my breasts, the cup often feels too wide. However, once the ...breast is free from from the wire tether, the wire lifts the breast rather than sits on top of it. And, the cup width is no longer too wide. Until I overlapped and narrowed a gore, I did not understand how profoundly the gore width effected fit for my breasts. In fact, I thought my breasts were wide-set when I started my journey 8 months ago.
Because the band is too big, there is little support. But, narrowing the gore will shorten the band by nearly an inch. Then, the band will fit more snuggly. Because the immediate projection is not enough for my breasts, there is empty space in the bottom of the cup. Compared to other molded cups, Panache Cari has good immediate projection: Lulu Tout Madeleine has better immediate projection.
This bra is easy to wear and meets my simple list of requirements for an everyday bra.
This is a great every day bra. Comfortable, with a smooth sillhouette under clothes. It provides almost full coverage and decent separation, which I like. The wires are wider and wings higher than I'd prefer, but its still wearable.
Fit was pretty good: band was firm but comfortable, good tack, good encapsulation. But the cut of the cups just doesn't seem to work for the specifics of my breast fullness. The top edge was cutting across my upper breast on the larger side, and in general I felt like I might fall out too easily when bending over (not saying my breasts would have actually fallen out, just that it gave me that overexposed feeling). Like many Panache bras, also gives me a sort of outward/downward pointing shape that I don't love.
J-hook adds some nice versatility, and helps compensate (for me) for the wide-set straps which aren't fantastic for my narrower shoulders. But even with the J-hook fastened, I couldn't get past the cup cut issues. Band was also thin and didn't feel super supportive, and I like a supportive band.
The band is snug, so even though I was a 28G at time of fitting, we went with the 30FF because it's so snug. This was my best fit option while breastfeeding (9 months at the time). I'm close set, full on bottom, and center full, though I get melon-round when full of milk. I'm projected, too.
What I love: How this looks under shirts! It's round, lifted, and smooth. I don't get hot in it, feel like I'm locked in but the fabric stretches to accommodate my full moments and inserting Freemie cups for pumping. Straps are fully adjustable. I can also pull the cup and strap down ...for nursing. Even though I have all this lift, I don't get crazy cleavage or feel like I'm sticking out there. I actually get a slimming effect with this!
What I don't like: Coming from stretchy, too big of bands, a snug band took some adjustment. The gore is higher than I'd like, so it can irritate on first day of wear after washing, but it feels better on subsequent wears. I also wish the elastic was a little more comfortable. Read more 80 more words