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I've owned this bra for a while and I'm refining my review!
This is the prettiest bra I've owned in a long time (which might be more a comment on me) but my husband LOVES the look of the black lace. And of course, that makes me feel pretty!
This bra gives a lovely round shape and I feel very lifted and supported. The stretch lace means that my bigger side isnt quadding and my smaller side isnt gapping, which is hard to find - I have a very big size difference.
However, it is really too shallow for me at the bottom. I need more immediate projection than this bra has. The result is that the bra is pushed down lower on my ribcage, causing the wires to really hurt me. I keep bending the wires, and each time I wear it I seem to be able to tolerate it a little longer. So I might not want to wear this to work, but its fine for shorter outings.
Updated on Oct 24, 2014 Flag this
At the time that I bought the Envy, the band fit looser (I've since gained weight). So although the band was very firm, I don't think I would have gone up to the next size (32 to 34). I could have used a bit more length in the band, but the 34 band was too loose. The bra seems to be the size that I normally fit into in Panache bras, so I would say that it is true to size. The stretch lace is a problem for me as I have very soft breast tissue (45 years old; years of breastfeeding), so my tissue migrates over ... the top over time, creating a bit of an overflow that shows through clothing. As well, the weight of my breasts falls mostly on the underwire as it is not distributed evenly across the cup. This leads the wire to dig into the breast tissue under the arm. I don't think a bigger cup would have solved this problem; I think I just need firmer fabric. As I have very close set breasts, I find the bottom half of the cup pulls away from the centre gore in a way that distorts my soft tissue. A deeper volume in the cup beside the gore would have solved this problem and allowed for more projection and less of an east-west pull. Overall, I do not like the stretch lace that Panache uses in its bras. It's too stretchy which results in lengthening over time, and it pills against clothing making it look cheap and feel scratchy. In the past, when I could fit into Chantelle bras, I found that Chantelle stretch lace was high quality: highly resilient over time, always reinforced with a thin band of firmer elastic along the edge of larger cups, and never pilling or becoming scratchy over time. As both companies' bras are at around the same price point (in North America), it would be lovely of Panache to use better materials in their bras.
Updated on Apr 30, 2016 Flag this
First off the envy gives me a very round shape perhaps the roundest one with a non-padded. This isn't a good bra for you if want a more pointy or torpedo look. The fabric itself it stretchy at top only, the bottom cup is normal. Not itchy or tight. The cup perfectly molds to my bottom breasts but there is a bit of loose fabric at the top and near the top of the gore. The edge of the bra is loose. The cup fits without being too tight or loose. If you prefer a firmer fit in the cup, this bra doesn't provide ... an extra firm cup. The two things that somewhat didn't work for me, its more of a natural fit versus an uplift. Its does lift but not as much as some Panaches or Cleos. Also the support is OK, the cups are stretchy so there is some bounce, you're not jiggling all over the place but there is a little bit of a bounce. The band is also tight and has little stretch, 3 hooks. When I'm bloated or have a gained a pound or 2 the extender needs to come out. There is little give but it is supportive. The problems were minimal compared to the shape I got with this bra. I'm even shaped, wide root, round and my regular size worked.
Updated on Oct 31, 2015 Flag this
I own this bra in a 30 band.....I can do up the 30 band, although it is a little too tight, hence I ordered the 32 band. This one only stretches to 30, this is several inches smaller than my underbust, and I could not do it up to try it properly. I suspect the cup was be too big at the top, based on other bras, but I can't say for sure.
Updated on Dec 05, 2016 Flag this
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