Just an initial review, as I've really only tried it on for now. I plan on wearing it today and likely tomorrow, and I'll update as needed.
This bra works remarkable well, considering my past experience with Panache. The wires are a bit too wide, and I have some empty space on the bottom of the cup on my smaller boob, but their width is not what I would consider problematic. I have some slight wrinkling on my smaller boob, but I've never met an unpadded bra in which this wasn't an issue. The band is firm, but comfortable. I've been straggling between a 32 and 34 band for ...some months, but recently lost 10 pounds, so I am probably closer to 32 than 34 at this point.
The shape is very round for an unpadded -- not CHP round, but nowhere near conical. The straps *might* be an issue, as they look like there's potential for them to dig from being set too far apart, but the fabric of the bra is super soft, so I suspect any issues will ease with wash and wear. As a bonus, the straps are padded, and feel super comfy.
The cups are double-lined in this size, which I prefer, since it lends much better support than if they were not. What I appreciate about Panache is that the aesthetic of the bra is maintained (unlike some of Freya's balconettes in larger sizes), while support and fit is still there. The lace of the bra is quite stretchy, but not so much that support is compromised. The top of the cups, comprised of stretch lace, cut in my FoT boobs ever so slightly, but it's not noticeable in clothing.
The color is gorgeous of course, one of the main reasons I felt the need to purchase this, and works well as a nude bra for my super pale skin. The apricot is brighter in person, and looks great with my pale skin and auburn hair. It's a great spring bra, and will pair well with my brightly colored lace Aerie undies. The cups are patterned on the bottom with polka dots, which extend to the band. The floral lace lines the top of the cup and the bottom of the band, and has a slight sheen to it. All in all, I'm very pleased with this! I'm excited for the future release of the blue colorway I've seen on Moda previews. Read more 298 more words
I like this bra, but the gore is definitely too high for me! However, the wires and band are soft such as you would expect from a Freya bra.
My shape is: full on top, full of centre, close-set, very narrow and projected, tall roots, pendulous, slightly splayed.
This bra would fit super great if it was not for the gore! It sits on my breast tissue, which causes irritation, discomfort and instability of the wires. The top of the cups works nicely to accommodate my full on top + tall roots, but it can't handle my centre-fullness and it's not quite projected enough for me. I quad near the ...gore. The underwires tend to ride down because of the lack of projection and the non-tacking gore and I find myself nearly constantly pulling them back into my IMF. However the wire width is nearly perfect for me and this is what I like the most about this bra. On days where I spend most of my time standing, it's quite comfy and doesn't irritate me much, but regularly sitting down and standing up makes the underwires move around too much. I don't think I could handle the band to be much tighter so sizing down to 28FF doesn't seem like it would be a good idea.
It gives a very round shape but not extremely lifted, though I do find it very flattering under tightly fitted tops/dresses. The material is quite soft overall, especially the stretch top panel, but I find the mesh to be a bit rough on my skin. The band also rolls on itself under the cups, I don't know if this is due to or aggravated by my fitting issues, but it bothers me. Read more 178 more words
The first time I tried Olivia - in the upcoming cobalt colorway - I knew I had to own one...so I immediately grab a 30F deep jade! However, I'm experiencing some issues with the stretch of the bottom of the right cup, if anyone has any tips to solve this, I'm all ears!
First impression: so pretty! pale ballet pink. Would probably work great as a nude for very light skin tones/people that never wear white. Love the delicate rose embroidery on the upper cup and dot embroidery (like Marcie) on the lower cup Fit: Band is very snug. I'm between 32/34 and panache runs firm so I sister sized to 34G instead of 32GG. Definitely a good decision. Will probably break in with an extender. Straps are a smidge wideset, but tolerable. Gore is too wide and high for me, but I'm very close set. It didn't bother me for the 5 minutes I had it on, but it probably would ...with extended wear. Wires are very narrow for panache from my experience. Feel great. Cups are slightly minimizing and very slightly east west. I prefer a very projected look (and would wear bullet bras if I could) but it isn't too bad. Top section of the cup is very soft and stretchy. Like microfiber panties, the seamless kind. Only 2 hooks on 34G. I would guess 3 hooks starts at GG since another user has a 3 hook Olivia Appearance: soooo pretty. I may consider repurchasing this bra in the future, once it goes on sale. I love the color and embroidery, I'd just have to fuss with the gore.
I needed this bra in this colorway after I tried it in a variety of sizes. As I gained a cup size or two this year I got it in a size that might fit that was still available in this colorway, a sister size down and two cup sizes up from my previous best fit. The band is too tight but the cups are great. With an extender the straps are too wide set. I'm wondering if there's something I can do to fix the straps. Because this bra matches my skin tone (peachy pink) and is a nice full coverage bra for me, basically invisible under white shirts.
Now that I've worn Polish bras I realize just how wide this cup is on me. It's really eating about half my armpit.
This bra has very good projection at the wire--I couldn't believe there was no gap at the bottom. I like that the top is very smooth so it creates no line under clothing; however, the thick middle seam does. Band runs true to size.
Olivia was a random blind buy for me thanks to Amazon's convenient return policy. I couldn't find any info or measurements on this bra, so I ordered it and figured there's no way it would work out (as 30D Panache bras tend to fit me poorly compared to 30D Cleo). However, I was so surprised to find that not only is this an awesome fit, it is exactly like a stretch fabric version of Marcie!
Olivia and Marcie share the same basic cut and shape, and Olivia even shares the little polka dots on the mesh cup. However, Marcie is made from your standard lightweight stretch ...mesh, while Olivia's cups are made from a spongier, stretchier mesh and lined in a very loose and flexible tricot. Olivia's cups are a bit shallower than Marcie's, but they have more give, so I find that the fit is the same. The upper cup is a very loose, spongy stretch lace that doesn't cut into the body. I also find that this functions similarly to mesh upper cups as they both have a lot of horizontal give but don't suck in like elastic or firmer stretch lace. The underwires are better for me than Marcie's, and similar to the Curvy Kate Florence, as they are a true C curve without the flared out shape that Marcie has. The cups and underwire are a solid fit on me.
The cradle and band are made with an overlay of the same stretch lace as the upper cup, lined in the same type of mesh that Marcie uses. The band construction is the same, ,with a nice wide elastic running through the full band. I was really impressed with Olivia's band as it fit like a Cleo band, only firmer. Usually Panache 30D bands are too loose for me (Tango, Envy, Jasmine, Clara), so this was a nice surprise! I really love this band, it's super comfortable and supportive. Straps are also reminiscent of Marcie, with picot edges and a slight texture detail, though not ribbing.
I am so impressed with Olivia, but sadly it was quite expensive (I paid nearly full price), and the range seems very limited. Panache seems to have really scaled back on this style, and it's only available in basic colors right now. What a shame! If you love Marcie, I would highly recommend giving Olivia a try. Read more 302 more words
Softest lace around the top of the cups I have ever felt. It makes me want to keep this bra even though it really does not fit me well in the strap area. Straps are too wide set for my very narrow shoulders. If you have normal width shoulders, do yourself a favor and try this one on if you like balconnet bras. I wish I could have a pillow or sheets made out of that soft lace. Maybe someday I'll try to have the straps altered. Very flattering color on pale and deeper skin tones.