Appearance: Beautiful, delicate, neutral lace. It look like fairy wings. Hello summer nude!
But oh the pain. If Panache wires pain you, you know what I'm talking about. Putting this bra on hurts. A band size up might less that slightly (but not entirely, and then it would ride up too). I can feel the wire pressing in at the gore, below my boobs and oh dear lort on the sides. The wires are too wide and too long, digging into my uncushioned, unprotected ribs. Its hard to review anything else about this bra because all I want to do is take it off.
Amazing depth/projection. All around ...too - at the apex, IMF, top, sides and center. Probably due to the way Panache sews the center seam( (from side to gore instead of from strap to gore) Creates a natural, slightly pointed shape (not the ball round shape of cleo). Surprisingly fairly front and center.
The top lace of the bra is a little loose (lays flat with a deep breath and my shoulders back) and a cup size down would clearly be too small. If you're more FOT than I am or if you have average-tall boobs you probably won't notice this issue.
I'm sorry, I can't write anymore. I have to remove this wolf in sheep's clothing. If you need lots of projection and Panache firm or wide wires don't bother you - this may be a great bra to try. For me, I'll stick with unlined Freya and EM styles. Read more 148 more words
I got a great deal on this bra from someone who ordered the wrong size from (zulilly maybe?). Its a discontinued bra (and super cheap on amazon right now). While most reviewers found the band to run tight, this 30 runs large - the previous owner measured it at 32, but I measured it at 31.5. While i could close it without an extender, I felt the cups were slightly flattened, so I used an extender for the pictures and will wear an extender for probably the first month or so.
As you can see from the pictures, the fit of this bra is just ...'eh'. Other women in the larger cup range also commented that this is just the least supportive Panache we've seen. Now, the cup also might run a tad big - it measures in between my 32JJ cups, but is a bit loose on top. But definitely a droopy sort of fit for me.
I actually like the lace pattern, but its basically just a beige bra. However - I do not currently own any beige bras that fit! So at least I can wear that white shirt without the color of the bra being visible!
I will keep it for a beige option and an easy-wear option. Not exciting, but worth it for the price I paid.
I wonder if an Ewa pad in the bottom would help? Read more 131 more words
This bra fit my wide, even breast shape quite well and cooperated fully with my petite stature and high root. It also gave a lifted, projecting, rounded silhouette that I liked very much.
My only grip was that the cups did not have any side support, and were not cut guide breast tissue forward. If anything I felt like the opposite was happening and that what little forward projecting breast tissue I had was somewhat being pulled around to my sides. The photos don't at all show this to be the case, but I certainly felt like my arms were hitting my side boob an awful lot more than ...normal.
The vintage colorway is quite beautiful and classic, especially with the delicate lace overlay on the cups and elegant lace trim at the bottom of the gore and cup rims. This would make a great "invisible" bra as the Vintage color is a basic beige nude sheer while the seams and lace on the cups are virtually undetectable under clothing.
The band on this bra is quite firm; it stretches very easily for a few inches and then just stops. It's quite bizarre. But I am a fan of both the reasonable tension and the maximum stretched length of this bra, as it keeps things firm without them being uncomfortable.
All around a fantastic bra. Someone with less need for side support would do absolutely beautifully in it. If it had a side support panel, I'd buy ten and wear them to work. The seams perfectly aligned with my nipple for modesty, the sheer beige was a perfect no-show shade under tops, an the patterning was subtle enough to leave no bumps in my outerwear. What more could you want? Read more 178 more words
I bought this bra first in 32HH, which was way too big in the cup. I exchanged it into H-cup and this is the result. Pros: - very pretty - soft material, feels good against the skin - sturdy band, true to size - natural, understated shape - good support
Cons: - cups are bell-like and deep, and there's something strange in their shape. The highest point of the breast is below the nipple => profile is droopy. Not by much and it doesn't show under a thicker shirt, but still. I wouldn't call this shape "balconette". - Won't suit top-full breasts as the top of the cup is tight. Quadraboob is ...a hairsbreadth away! - cups are spaced out wide. - the underwires are still quite high.
Despite this bra not being a perfect fit, I'll keep it. It's not bad by any means, just not perfect á la Freya Lacey.
*** Edit: The Elsa softens considerably after a few washes and seems to shape itself according to my breasts. Result: it's REALLY comfortable! Okay, so the shape is not my preferred EM perky, but the bra is so wonderful to wear that I'll forgive that little detail.
All I can say is, if it actually fit me like it should this would've been one of those bras that I wear until they fall apart (quite literally). I'm not so sure of my shape but I've found that seamed/padding Free bras are the ones that I am able to fill completely and this bra is no exception! The band does run tight though, which for me is a good thing because I'm in between a 26 and 28 band. The lace in this bra is very forgiving as I do not know what size I am currently but I do know that this is too small ...(underwires resting on boobs - leaving marks - bigger Boob being forced down lower into the cup) yet somehow I feel like I'm not spilling as nearly as bad as I should be. The shape that this bra gives under a t-shirt though is lovely. Like many others this bra fits more like a full coverage bra than anything even though it's listed as a balconette. If anyone has any fit tips or advice feel free to comment!
Updated review: Due to a recent size fluctuation this bra now fits me perfectly! The only slight issue that I have is how high the cups come under my arms. Read more 107 more words
I bought this bra when I got to know it's got lower underwires under the arms than the regular Panache models have. Since I like the Panache regular shape, I had to try if this would work for me. Results: Pros: - very pretty - the material is soft yet feels supportive. Beautiful lace! - the underwires ARE lower. Not much, but clearly so compared to the Tango balconette. - firm band (always a plus), consistent with Tango balconette bands in size
Since the 32HH was too big for me in the cup (sheesh, I'm feeling surreal - I've gotten to _size down_ in cups two times in the last two weeks) I can't list any cons, since what I have is all due to the bra being the wrong size. I'm exchanging this to 32H, so I'll report if anything comes up.
I like that the lace pattern is somewhat weblike, and that the cups are closer together than many of my bras. I don't actually fill the the cups along the top (see angled photo) but it isn't that noticable. The band is too tight for me to wear, so I only tried it on. I think this one would be worth trying in another size.
This is one of those bras I got just because I was so happy to find my size in a brick and mortar store https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> The wires are almost C-shaped - so the top of the gore measures 2.2cm, but 2cm lower on the gore, the measurement goes down to 2cm. The wires are the usual firm Panache wires, and they are quite tall both under the arm and on the gore. The cups have quite a lot of bottom depth. They are also quite open on top so this could also accommodate upper fullness. The shape this bra gives is round and quite minimised, despite the horizontal seam of the cup. The materials are sturdy and this provides a very secure fit. However, it does give quite an east-west look, and doesn't allow for much depth near the gore.
A very accurate and funny description of Panache wires. 😀
When I first started on my bra journey, i'd been wearing cotton wireless bras from Decent Exposure for like 20 years, and discovered I was a 32J. Nothing but Panache really seemed to give me the support I needed, but wow was that a rough transition. I sometimes said I felt like I had hardware strapped to my chest. (actually it turns out that Envy, the first panache I tried, hit me in just the wrong place and was always more painful than my floris)
Yikes! I know exactly what you are writing about. No more Panache or Cleo bras for me. Although my ribs are flared and look padded, there is no padding on my ribs. My body HATES Panache wires. Seriously.
I have been meaning to post a question about this. I grew, bought bigger cup size bras (not just panache), and some/ most of them DIG into my ribs. I think it is the extra weight of my breasts ? My ribs are also flared, and it feel like the wires are just pressing between 2 ribs to sit on the lower one. Longer post when I have more time....
veggiechic Is it all the time or only when slouching? Is the wire staying in your IMF? I have some bras that only slip on one side and cause the problem you mentioned. I do think it is from the weight.
veggiechic Or maybe your immediate projection needs changed. Seems like not all bras stay the same as sizes change. For instance, a CHP is not projected enough in my size and slips. Your new bras could be like that.
sometimes bending the wires helps. I agree w the slouching thing. I have to re-adjust my bra a fwe times a day. I also have ot do the 'reverse swoop and scoop' because most bras dont have enouhg space for my center fullness. and someone else (I'm sorry i'm so bad w names) started replacing her wires with wires that fit her better - one company came out w wires that are less curved and more flat at the bottom, because many of us dont have curved IMF, but fairly flat ones
If a bra fits you great it's super easy to change out wires and so cheap! I get mine from Porcelynne and there are a few other places to get them too. I get flat wires because my IMF is flat. I'm wearing a bra right now where I replaced the wires. They used to dig in but now they stay in my IMF with no discomfort.
The bras tend to be bearable when I am standing up, but if I sit, I guess that changes my rib shape, and it becomes very uncomfortable. I to end up with red lines/ dents at a specific spot under each breast. If I was looking at a breast like a clock, it would be at the 5 or 7, basically closer to my side. I got some band extenders, which helps there to be less pressure, but my breasts aren't supported as well, and I can pull the band quite far from my body.