When these first came out I tried them in my usual UK (30E in Bravissimo bras) and it was too big in the cup. Then 2 years later when they are finally on discount, I ordered my usual 32D US. The wires fit great! The inner most seams by the gore are a little protruding and show through the top because I don't have as much center fullness as it was designed for, but it only really shows on my left smaller breast. The straps are thin and don't stretch. They don't hurt my sensitive shoulders like most thin straps do. I do get some thread popping sounds ...where the stitching and the shoulder straps meet the top when I first put the top on, so hopefully over time that won't cause an issue. Also, I'm a size 6 US (36,28,38) and the actual fabric tank top fits nicely and is comparable to other small/medium camisole tops. It does rid up a bit due to my wide hips, but still looks okay as an outside article of clothing. The shape that it gives your boobs is a little sky slope-y, but I do have FOT breasts. The gore is a tad too tall/wide at the top, but most full cup style bras are that way with me and it only affects my left breast by literally 1 millimeter, but it could still become troublesome, but for $9 I'm keeping it! Read more 131 more words
Wanted to try out a strappy cami, finally took the plunge. My experience in Panache has been 36GG until recently, where I've lost enough weight to be 34H, barely. Grabbed a 34H on amazon, reviews there seem to be 'runs true to size.'
Not my experience here! (Which is surprising given that everywhere else if it doesn't fit in 36GG (/34H) it's not going to fit at all. Searched out reviews elsewhere (like bravissimo, etc) and most reviews say "cup size down!" Ordered 34GG. Fits like I expect. GO FIGURE. Returned the 34H.
Pros: it's all one piece, so I don't have to worry over double straps. The straps are ...thin, fully adjustable, and are mostly there for show, so I can totally tuck them into the cami and wear as a strapless top. The foam structure that makes up the cups extends to the top of the cami and holds it against the chest. (So bending over or tall people don't get to peek down my shirt, as it were.) 2 hooks; how often does that happen? Also feels comfortable right off the bat. (Whereas the Panache Ava Plunge Bra (9396) took me some getting used to.)
Cons: Length a little short, but also I have a spare tire. The foam has seams that can stick out against the fabric. Reviews say warmth and washing will smoothe them out. After wearing the cami an hour or so I did notice the seam was less pointy, will see how some gentle washings further this. Hits really high under the arm regardless of size, worse in the 34H than the 34GG for me. If you are not used to bra sized tankinis you will find it difficult to maneuver into and hook.
Aaaand I still have to measure the 34GG but I'm wearing it again right now. Apologies for both the 34H and 34GG lack of "stretched band" measurements; honestly I've no idea how to take them given the structure of this cami.
Hope Panache revisits this concept in the future. Sure is nice not having to worry about double straps. Read more 239 more words
Note about measurements - unstretched band measurement is shorter than it should be because the construction is pulling at the band. Cup height measurement is kind of pointless because the cup goes up to the cami's edge. The side wing as well, there's a trim above where the bra part ends, and the band goes a tiny bit lower than usual.
Fit: Cups definitely run a cup large and you can probably get away with going 1.5 cups smaller. Band is true to size. Rather deep and narrow, gives a rounded shape.
Construction: cups have a vertical seam halfway up and a diagonal seam halfway across from the gore. They ...provide uplift and create more depth at the bottom of the cup and at the center gore. I haven't owned a Panache Sport bra but I think there are some construction similarities. The cups are lined with somewhat thick soft lining. The straps are very thin. Band is made of power mesh, bottom elastic is very soft and thicker than average, top elastic is regular size. Has a two hook closure with narrow vertical hook spacing.
Looks: Looks like a simple strappy cami with a slighly sweetheart neckline. Bright neutral red. The bra part is invisible. Read more 96 more words
I really love my red 32G version of this bra cami, even if the band is too loose and the cups are a bit small. I ordered a 32H hoping it would fix the cup problem and expecting to have to alter the band. Unfortunately, something goes horribly wrong with the straps between G and H. The 32H's straps are twice as wider which is fine, but they attach in a really awkward way. It looks kind of like they were trying to avoid the problem many large-cup bras have of the straps being way off in the armpits but it's a bit of a failure. There appears ...to be a continuous piece of fabric that forms the edging in the armpit and then goes up to form the strap. The place the edging turns into strap hits right at that line between boob and armpit pudge. The "armpit fat" won't stay scooped and swooped in the cups because the wings are fairly low so there's pudge at the outside of the strap that makes it look like you're squishing out of a too-small size. I tried scooping everything back in while pulling the band tighter and it didn't really improve things. Since the armpit edging and strap are all one piece of fabric, I'm not sure it would be easy (or possible) to alter the strap position. The strap positioning isn't do narrow that it's uncomfortable, it's just really unflattering on me. Read more 135 more words