My shape: center-height, forward-facing, very close-set teardrop with tall shallow roots but max lower projection, very wide roots with lots of side fullness, and very firm tissue that pushes push-ups right back
This review is for the black/nude colorway I got from a reddit user who thought she had the Panache Idina Balconnet Bra (6961) , one I've been wanting to try for ages. This is an ok runner-up, though! I love the gores on plunges, even though they're never my shape, and this one is just as wonderful as always. Is there a bra out there that's shaped like a Freya/Fauve half-cup but has a gore ...like a plunge? So far, that answer is no, so I try regular plunges instead! This one is quite tall for a plunge, but it doesn't feel like it when it's on.
The cups are very soft and smooth inside, which is great because I inevitably have problems with inside-cup seams scratching, and the foam lining is about as stiff as padded bras but without the boost in volume, so they're supportive and good for discretion and minimizing stair-bounce. Like most plunges, they are shallow-ish at the wire, causing the bra to ride down fairly quickly while as it tries to find the place with the most depth to accommodate my immediate projection. They also close more quickly on top than other plunges I've tried recently (or perhaps the band is a better size and keeps them more firmly against my chest, making it more obvious), so I get some serious quad boob that doesn't entirely dissipate after swooping and scooping. A 28G might solve all of this, though.
The wires are just on the firm side of the flexy-hard spectrum, which is nice for me. They are too narrow (again, might be solved by a 28G) and the wires are the wrong shape curve (typical, never had one that was right for my Nike Swoosh, not really a problem), but the sides of the cup are tall enough that my feisty side boob is mostly contained within them. The strangest thing, I think, is that there is almost a cm of space in the wire channel, but I can't push the wires out into it, so it's possibly sewn shut? Unless the previous owner did this to adjust her comfort, I've not seen it done by the manufacturer, and this still has the tags on it.
Ladies with long torsos or low-set breasts might need to watch out for the straps: I have them as long as they go, and they are just comfortable. Short ladies may like them, though, because they are fully adjustable. The band has 3 sets of 2 hooks, and is fairly snug on the loosest. It also has fairly tall wings, considering how far it tapers.
There is one spot that's bugging me, and it's where the "Panache" metal label is sewn on (not the tag, kind of on the side; see photos). Something is caught in the threads holding it on and it's scratching me. I'd probably just cut it off if I were keeping it.
Listing this one right away so I can start looking for a 28G! Read more 421 more words
EDIT: this bra does not have enough projection for me. When I hike the underwires up into my inframammary fold and tighten the band to force it to stay there, I get spillage all round the sides. It is probably a cup size too small for me, but I can tell it's also just the wrong shape, based on the fact that cups are already in my armpits in this size. I would recommend this to someone with moderate projection.
The fabric of the cup (not the wires) comes up too high for me in the underarm area. The straps themselves are not too wide, which I appreciate. ...Still, I wear this bra in my rotation because even though it's a size too small, it's very well made. It fits comfortably enough and gives me a lovely shape that is smooth under Tees (lace does not show). Excellent lift for heavy breasts. The 30 band is perfect for my 29" ribcage: I waver between the first and second hook after owning it for 6 months, wearing twice/week. Quality is HIGH, materials are comfortable but sturdy, and I particularly enjoy the copper-colored metal fastenings they chose. At certain times of the month, my smaller breast leaves a bit of gapping, but it isn't noticeable, and it fares much better than my Deco, for example. The padding here is not so stiff. If I could get this in the next cup size up with narrower wires, I would. Read more 138 more words
I love the rounded shape this bra gives and the full cups make me feel secure and comfortable and are still low enough to wear under low cut tops. I think the cups are extremely wide and full, so much so that my right boob, my smaller boob, couldn't quite fill the side and the wire on that side does poke me a little under my arm. On my left, bigger boob it fits almost perfectly.. the only problems are the centre gore which does not lie flat and is a little too far apart for my center fullness, so, the gore actually sits a tiny bit ...on the breast tissue but not too bad, I can mostly remedy that through reverse scooping https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" /> The gore is also very tall, I prefer them to be low and thin, as with plunge bras. Another con is the straps, they only adjust half way in this size ;( would be perfect if not for those little things... I would like to be able to tighten the straps a bit more as the top of the cups gape ever so slightly, but not enough to stop me wearing.. I just tug the straps further up towards my neck, almost like a halter, and they stay put, more-or-less. I get huge projection from this bra, it makes my boobs look massive, even more than the Deco did.. its kind of a pro and a con :/ I think this bra would be great for women with wide boobs or upper fullness. Overall I'm pretty happy with this bra, I think its beautiful, has an old school sexiness to it.. like a 1940s pin up type of bra. It brings my boobs front and center and I'm just so glad to have finally got a new bra!! Yay! no more quad boob and sore back https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":D" /> Read more 214 more words
The bra does not have enough immediate projection so it sit below my infirmary fold wrinkles at the bottom. The wires in the center go up to high and sit on my breast tissue. its not too uncomfortable but not my favorite. I love the lace.
Padded cups give a comfortable, cushioned feel. Lines barely visible under thin tee. Holds and protects entire boob. No quadraboobing or puckering. Underwire comes up a bit high on the sides for my taste - pokes a tiny bit if slouching. Looks great - simple design with rich colors (royal blue and pink). Pretty straps look nice if they do peek out, but the bra stays in place.
Perfect fit for FOB and wide roots. Lovely rounded shape, very comfortable and supportive, disappears under the tightest top. It is the first real perfect bra I own. Sexy enough because of the black lace over the padding. The padding is very light and does not add bulk.
At first glance this looks just like the Fauve Emmanuelle. But upon closer comparison, they are very different. About the only things that are the same are the Black Lace over a Nude molded bra, rounded cup shape, tall wires and wide-set straps.
*The cups on the Fauve Emmanuelle are very open on top, have good projection at the wire, with the apex set right in the center. The cups of the Panache Idina are closed on top, have very little projection at the wire (high angle from the wire to the apex), with a very high apex (2" from the cup edge. *The lace on ...the Emmanuelle is mostly smooth, but has little nubbies (which under a tight T-shirt look like tiny moles or zits!). The lace on the Idina is smooth with no nubbies to distort the appearance. *The straps of both bras are wide-set (a pet-peeve of mine). Although the straps themselves on the Emmanuelle are much wider and more supportive. Both are fully adjustable...just barely enough! *The gores are comparable. Except...the gore on the Idina is too tall on me and tries to fold over itself #1: to try to fit between my close-set shape, #2: to make more room on my fuller side. *The bands on both bras feel true to size; the main difference between them being the Emmanuelle has lace overlaying the mesh band, and the Idina has double layer mesh. *A nice addition on the Idina - it has a thin foam padding under the eyes portion of the hooks. Very comfortable! *Rose gold hardware on the Idina. A nice accent. Read more 168 more words
I tried this 32FF at the same time as the 32F, just for comparison, and I'm glad I did. This one fits better, but not without its' problems. Although to be honest, having stiff molded cups does cause a little bit of gaping when I 'slouch'. But when I tried the 32F the cups quadded on me so badly it was uncomfortable.
Of things to note: * High apex in the cups - about 2" from the top edge. *Closed top. Very shallow at the wires. *Very long U-shaped wires. Dig painfully into my armpits. *Wide-set straps (a pet-peeve of mine, but so hard to find Center Pull Straps). Also barely long enough. *Band: True-to-size but snug. Double layer mesh band.
In a nutshell: All of my fit issues have to do with the scale of this bra being designed for the average height, average build woman. I am neither. If it was scaled down for petite proportions then it would fit very well.