This is my attempt #2 on the new, lower-wired Panache bras. The Elsa was a bit of a disappointment as it wasn't a true balconette, but as the Fern seemed to have a different cut in pictures, I decided to give it a try.
Pros: - Supportive. The mesh is actually quite robust. - Pretty. I love the print! - Sturdy, tight band. Very good! - Upfront-and-center shape. - Soft but non-stretchy straps.
Cons: - Scratchy under the hooks. I'm hoping for a Freya Piper-phenomen, that it'll soften after a few washes. - The cup shape may look very pointy on some women. It's not bad on me, ...but definitely pointier than for example Freyas are in general. - Relatively high center gore in HH cup (and beyond, likely). It fits me great, but could be a problem on someone with a shorter torso. - Even though this bra is a true balconette, I'm still not quite happy with the profile I'm getting. It's not droopy by any means, but also not the kind of perky-up'n'go-go like certain Freyas and Ewa Michalaks are.
However, I'm sure this will make a great everyday bra to use with looser-fitting clothes. My only complaint is the slight scratchiness of the hook cover, otherwise this bra feels great on.
edit: the slight creasing I get on the side of the cup affects only my smaller breast which is almost a cup size smaller than the other one, so if your both breasts are the same size, the Fern fits true in 32HH. Read more 151 more words
This fits quite true to size in my opinion. The band was snug but still comfortable. I did not get any quadboob. The wires on the side are quite tall (as you can expect in that size range) but they didn't poke me under the arms. Fern has compared to other (mostly older) Panache Styles like Tango, Harmony or Ariza a bit lower wires on the sides. The whole bra is kinda tall construction, so don't try this if you have short boobs. Even I experienced some slight gaping on top of the cups towards the straps. Not because the cups ...were too big but because they were just a tad too tall. (And I usually need tall cups!) The shape I got was kinda weird, I got a slight pointy shape. The cups were rather projected which I usually dislike. I also found the whole construction a bit weaker than other Panache styles as Ariza or Tango. So this bra was not a complete disaster on me but there were things off, so I decided to return it. I prefer Panache Ariza over it. I did not wear it for longer than 15min for trial so I cannot say how comfortable it is in the long run and how it wears out in time.
Fit is great except for a weird combination of too loose lace and a tighter elastic along the top of the cups, which leads to a wrinkly quad-boob effect. It's not terrible, not even really noticeable under a shirt, but it's a strange construction choice.
This one was a weird fit for me, as it's more of a shallow half-cup than all the photos of it would reveal. The straps are nice and wide though. When I put it on it ends up cutting diagonally across my breast tissue. Since it seems to be a half cup of sorts, I dont fill the cup entirely in the bottom and quad to heck and back on the top. The straps seemed to be too far apart for my shoulders so they wouldn't support well in the long run, even if the cup were to fit. The gore is low even for me, and it floats on top of my breasts as it is too wide, but also because my breasts don't fill out the cups correctly.
Purple paisley print, full coverage bra. Pretty standard panache offering quality wise. This is a 3 part cup with two layers of non stretch mesh. The band is a stretch powernet material same on the Panache Jasmine. The top of the cup has decorative lace, but it always sticks out, tighter on the area it is sewn to. It makes the cup seem too big when it is actually too small. I feel my breasts are compressed as much as possible so breathing is hard but the band is still too big. With straps not extended all the way to make up for not a big enough cup it really offers little support, and boobs escape bottom. The band and cup seem to run big in this one. Full coverage on me, but cup is uncomfortably small, band too big. Sadly this is my only wearable ( sort of) bra at the moment. Many of the hooks are missing. I desperately need bras again, nothing fits at the time of this review.
This is the purple colourway. It is quite tight in the back, moreso than my navy colourway.
It is a fairly natural shape, and the bra covers a fair bit of the chest.
I don't find that the lace cuts into my tissue, i have heard others say this though.
The bow in the middle of the bra did fall off after only 5 washes, which was a bit rubbish. Also, the elastic of the knickers has gotten old quickly - the elastic has become 'wavy' not straight like in the beginning!
Why isn’t this bra as popular as the Panache Tango? It comes in seasonal prints and just from looks it does remind me a bit of Cleo balconettes.
I read that it runs a bit small so I decided to size up to a 30K. I should have sticked to my usual Panache size though. The band does feel good. It felt supportive, broad with just the right amount of stretch, gives good support and minimizes back-fat too.
The cups are too big for me in this one. I can’t fill the top. Also that lace on top does stick out weirdly and does show under a tight top. The ...wires are a tiny bit too wide, I and I have a bit empty fabric on bottom of the cups and on the side. The bra is labelled as balconette but I found it quite high coverage. I personally like that, It gives me more support.
Shoulder straps are not fully adjustable (at least if you don’t want to use force) I found them quite comfy, although a tiny bit too seperated but I have this issue with all my bras. The shape it gave me was better than expected,though not as round as on Cleo bras but far from being pointy.
Appearance: The colors on this one are brighter than on the pictures. The print is a bit “too much” for my taste. Comfort: quite good, no complaints. Quality: usual Panache Quality Overall: 4/5
The fit is very similar to the Tango II, but it isn't as supportive. The lace at the top of the cups flips up and can be visible under clothing. The mesh on the back is a single layer and not particularly strong, although that does make it easier to wear in the summer.