This bra doesn't really work for me which is a shame because the pattern is stunning and it's not that far from working, it's just.. not quite there.
It doesn't have enough immediate projection for me so my breasts push the wires down and out of place and I get a lot of wrinkling at the bottom of the cup. Also it's overall too large on my smaller breast.
As a result of the fit issues I suppose I get a somewhat pointy shape I don't love.
I would prefer if the materials were softer, they are kind of rough, but not a dealbreaker.
Overall until I get some better bras I might wear this sometimes but unfortunately for me it's not great.
Clara was one of those bras that caught my eye immediately, with an assortment of gorgeous romantic and jewel-toned satins and lace. Lately I've been drawn to full cup styles and have really found these to provide the kind of support I like from an unlined bra, and based on measurements I was hoping that Clara would work out for me as well as Andorra and Envy.
Because I was able to squeeze into a 28D Panache Andorra with a 6.5" cup depth without experiencing alarming levels of compression, I thought that Clara's 6.9" cups could work for me, despite most of my fitting bras measuring 7.4"-7.7". ...Perhaps due to some of the recent tissue redistribution I've been experiencing as a result of wearing properly fitted bras (ha!), I am not really as shallow as I thought, and instead am probably more average in projection at this point. Clara's shallow cups are not full stretch, giving me a lumpy pancake chest instead of the elegant look I was hoping for. Though I am average leaning slightly FOB, the bottom of the cup is cut far too small for me, so the fullness was redistributed to the top stretch lace portion of the cup and resulted in anything but a smooth curve.
Sadly, I said goodbye to the black satin one I had in my possession as I dropped it back off with Amazon for return. The rest of the bra fit me well, despite a slightly large band, and I think I could definitely wear this style if the cup had more projection. Based on measurements, the 30DD would probably be a better fit for me, so I may try this style again in the future in another color, as the gorgeous styling details weren't visible in black.
However, it's great to have a gorgeous shallow cup option for those who have less projection, and Clara is one of the most beautiful bras I've come across that's relatively more accessible. I'd recommend it if it suits your shape and style. Read more 238 more words
The emerald green colorway is quite beautiful, although there is more lace than I prefer. The fabric is different from other Panache bras I have tried. While the others have had varying degrees of roughness and stiffness, the Clara is supple and stretchy, making it refreshingly comfortable. The wires seem softer as well, really hugging my body as I move, rather than clamping down. Finally, the wires are not as long - athough I still get some discomfort from the awkward cut of the armholes, the wing is set lower or something, making it more roomy. As poking and aggravating armholes are my biggest complaint about Panaches, this ...is a surprising and welcome turn with the Clara. I feel like I could lounge all day in this bra.
Of course, all that luxury comes with a price, and with the Clara, it seems to be support. The softness and stretchiness of the fabrics and wires, along with the lower coverage of the cups make the Clara a more bouncy bra than others.
Another difference with the Clara is the presence of a side sing inside the cup. It barely reaches any distance on my breast, so I'm not sure it's doing any good. In general this bra does not have as much side-support as, say, the Jasmine or Envy or Thea, resulting in, not an east-west appearance, but nevertheless a wider, rounder shape rather than decidedly front-and-center. Like the Envy, the Clara has a band that is not one solid strip, but two pieces that criss-cross at the gore and attach on the opposite cup.
Lastly, projection. The Clara is shallower than the above-mentioned Panaches. Too much so for me, although it was so comfy I was tempted to keep it anyway. (Well, this one was too big, but if I sized down a cup or so.) I really wish Panache would make a hybrid of this bra and, say, the Envy: lower wings/shorter wires with deep bottom cups. Read more 220 more words
I really like this bra! It is one of the best fitting ones I've found in terms of shape. My one complaint is that the center gore is a bit higher than I would like and is uncomfortable, especially when leaning over.
This is a slightly less full coverage version of the Andorra, which is exactly what I wanted. It fits me better than I expected any bra ever would because of my asymmetry. It does have a slightly pointy shape, but that's why it fits me so well. The gold is a bit much for me, I will admit, but it looks better in person than I thought it did in the model pictures. I'm a little concerned how it will hold up to washing, but we shall see in time. I'll try to remember to update when I know.
Update: It washed perfectly, no loss of gold coloration or any issues. After 3 years I have a few loose threads.
Very nice black lace bra. Felt supportive and straps were well placed. Stretch lace helps fit multiple shapes. I did have some strange folding at the bottom, but I think it is more due to me than the bra.
This bra is made fairly well. The material is soft and so is the lace. The gore is a little high for my liking but this will not keep me from wearing this bra. It has moderately projecting cups, fully adjustable straps and a fairly stiff band. However, for a 30G I don't think 2 sets of hooks are enough. I wish it had at least 3. The straps are soft but really stretchy. Not sure if they will support the weight of my breasts without digging in. All in all it is a good fit for me. I have an even amount of breast tissue on top and bottom that is fairly projected, not too close together but not wide set either.
I would say the bra is similar to the Envy and Jasmine but runs a bit smaller/tighter. For some reason, I always get wrinkling in the bottom of the cups on all Panache bras I've tried. I suspect it's due to lack of immediate projection. My boobs come out from my chest on the bottom at basically a 90 degree angle, so this is likely the culprit. It's too bad because the bra is very pretty and delicate and the lace is surprisingly non-itchy and comfortable. This bra is on the comfy "I don't even feel it on" side, which is always good. I think it's thanks to the stretchy stuff they put in the lace.