Molded cups just don't work for me. As with many plunge bras, I get gaping near the center at the top, while my breasts try to flow to the center bottom. As this would be very obvious under clothing, and padding never seems to solve the problem, this is clearly not a good fit for me.
The band is fairly tight and has a sort of silicon on it so that it can be worn strapless. There are straps, but they can be removed.
The body actually seems a bit short to me. I had some difficulty fastening it in the crotch after I'd already put on the top part, and I am not a tall person. Maybe my torso isn't that short, but I would think many people would have difficulty with the length.
This isn't really shapewear, as the body part does nothing to contain bulges.
first time wearing: It provides less support than I expected/desired. Either I have a strangely long torso or this was not designed well. I wanted this as a strapless option, but the lower portion of the body suit pulls down the cups--see the front picture of the cups. This creates empty space in the bottom of the cup and makes a strange shape.
I feel the band is not sitting where it should. I prefer 28 bands but wear 30s usually with no problem--perhaps if I wore this on tighter hooks, it would stay put (again, the rest of the body might be pulling it down). ... The three column hooks are nice, but hard to fasten alone.
I also feel that the rear end provides less coverage than I had hoped/expected it to, which is why I have included full body pictures. I am glad I did not pay full price for this.
I am glad it came with removeable straps, as I am not sure I can wear this without them. I have pretty average proportions (33-26-34) and this doesn't fit as well as I had hoped.
Overall, this is a cool piece, but it is much less useful than I had hoped it would be.
edit: Try on number two! I fasten it on the tightest hooks and am still struggling with it staying where it should, though it is much better. I do think the body is pulling it down. When I get the band situated (I have to manually pull it up to adjust it to sit there), the cups fit okay. However, then I have to pull the rear coverage down to fit. After that, the cups slide down again. When the cups slide down, the wires are sitting below my inframmary fold, and causes the tops of the cups to cut in. All in all, there are too many fit issues. If I can manage to take the band in significantly, I might be able to wear it on special occasions that would necessitate it. The bottom of the cups are either too shallow, or are just constantly pulled down by the body. I hope with more wears that the body will stretch vertically, which may solve the other issues. But, I'm not sure. Read more 285 more words
For the height of the gore and of the wing, I measured the inner "bra" part of the body. The body is made of a soft and stretchy fabric, while the gusset is made from cotton. The front part is doubled with mesh, while the back isn't.
The 30F Panache Porcelain Body (3375) is a bodysuit with an integral, underwired bra. It can be worn strapless. There are snaps at the crotch. The cups close in at the top more than suits me. I think that abruptly closing in top edge makes my boobs have a weirdly projecting profile. I do have tall breasts with average projection, I think. However, my boobs are on a very petite frame. Maybe this is really designed for a tall, full on bottom shape? I don't know.
The color is a nice apricot version of beige. The body material is silky. I was looking for a strapless when I bought this, but the gore and cup coverage are too high for any garments I'd need a strapless for. The overly generous coverage is an extremely common problem for me. I also realized, after months of bras in my correct size, that center gores need to be no higher than 2.0" and ideally no higher than 1.5" for my close set boobs to be comfortable.
I wear the Panache Porcelain bra in 30DD. The bra portion of this garment fits me great, as I am a shallow bust type on top. It does not gap or cut in anywhere and the wire rests right beneath my underarm.