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  1. Envy Balconnet Bra (7285)

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    30GG

    Didn't fit

    A great everyday essential. Envy is a cross between Andorra and Jasmine.

    The cup construction is exactly the same as jasmine, with the deepest point being between the gore and the vertical seam.
    It has andorras gore - which makes wires sit further apart then jasmine, and also end up a little wider under the arms.

    It allows more volume in the bottom of the cup then both jasmine and andorra!!!
    Better for those who need more immediate projection.

    All this affects shape - profile is more round and lifted then andorras, but also slightly minimized like andorras.
    The front is less centered then Jasmine, the boobs do go out of your frame ... but in a very natural, round and lifted manner.
    It gives the perfect "purple shape" as described by Bras I hate and Love.

    The stretch lace is different then the previous two, it is firmer and more substantial, giving better support from the top, but stil very forgiving. I also suspect this type of lace would hold up better through time.

    Band is firm and stable, even more so then the Jasmine.

    Materials are the comfiest by far compared to other two, love the houndstooth detail, I'd just like the lace to be less flowery, it would suit the pattern better.

    Matching knickers are true to size and very comfy https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />

    Update: This bra is the best everyday bra I have ever owned. And even though I get better shape in cleos and jasmine, this bra is what I reach for most of the time. It works like a t-shirt bra for me.
    My love affairs with bras can be short infatuation, summer flings, passionate love and hate... But this one... I'm ready to marry this one https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />

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  2. Jasmine Balconnet Bra (6951)

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    Ok, just gotta say right off, this bra is amazing!
    No it doesn't fit me 100% perfectly, but I pretty much think nothing ever will. However, no bra, ever has made my boobs look as good as this. It literally made me giggly when I tried it on, it's that good.
    If you have breasts are anything like mine (wide root, close-set, soft, uneven sizes) you must get this bra. It's like some kinda bra magic.

    The cups are four-section, including a side support panel. The lower two sections and the side section are made of very lightweight fine non-stretchy mesh material that is very supportive. (Others have found it ... stiff at first, I just find it excellently supportive.) This material is printed with an elegant birds and plants print. (no raised bits to show through clothing) The shape and location of the seam between the lower panels and the upper panel is perfect for me. (Sometimes this seam is too low and can create a bad, bottom-curved but then squarish shape.) The cup is nice and deep at the bottom and the stiffer material creates a nice rounded shape.

    The upper section of the cup is really where the magic happens. This section is made of black stretch lace. It is just the right amount of stretch to accommodate and contain my soft, uneven boobs that have a tendency to spill over the tops of cups, while helping create a fantastic high, forward, and round shape, without flattening. The lace does seem a bit delicate, so I will be sure to treat this bra very gently when washing, etc.

    It is a "banded" bra, in that there is a small amount of band below the cups and to the sides of the cups, with a vertical seam (no boning) before the back band itself starts. The back band is a medium-weight stretchy mesh (plain black).

    The straps are satiny and padded. They are actually somewhat thicker than I'd really prefer with the look of the rest of the bra. They are by far the most heavy-seeming component. They only adjust partially, and a fairly small section at that, so this may be an issue for some folks.
    The straps are attached to the top of the side support panel, at what I think is a somewhat unfortunate angle. It's not that different than most balcony style bras, but sort of clashes with the rest of the shape of the bra and who it will be good for. (The bra otherwise fits like a sexy, light full coverage bra.) Certainly, for me at least, the straps angle is too outward and makes the outside edge of the cup and beginning of the straps dig into my arm/armpit a little.
    However, I first wore it for around 7 hours while attending a wedding, including dancing, etc. and it didn't bother me that much. I do think I will try to change the angle of the straps a little by taking a tuck to the inside in the section the straps are attached to.
    (I really do wish companies would realize that when you have a cup this big and a band this small you really can't attach the straps way at the outside of the cup and pointing outward. The attachment point is already starting to be around my side, the straps *need* to go in somewhat to hit my shoulders properly.)

    I had heard that Panache made some changes in the underwires for this model, and holy heck, yes they are way better. They are much lighter and thinner, but still plenty strong. And they don't come up as high, either on the outside of the cup or at the gore as other Panache models I've tried. (No poking my armpits!!!) The thinner underwires also contribute to one of the narrowest center gores I've seen. Great improvements Panache! The wires (cup width) are a touch narrower than I'd really prefer, but I usually take extremely wide wires.

    It's possible that one cup size bigger would fit better, but a) to get that I would have to go up a band size (because they don't make a KK) and Panache 34's are pretty much always too big one me (I have initially been wearing this Jasmine on the tightest hook of an extender, though I *can* close the band without it, it is more comfortable with the extender until it is broken in a little.) and b) I suspect the larger cup size wouldn't create such a fantastic shape. Since I am treating this as mostly a dressing up/special occasion bra I'm willing to sacrifice 100% comfort for looking awesome. (Seriously, my boobs have not ever looked anything like, oh say, CurvyWordy's from the top view. But in this bra they kinda do!)

    As far as sizing, this bra seems to fit similarly to other Panache banded models (like the Tango line). It seems to run fairly "true-to-size", inasmuch as that is possible to say with bras. In general I would say I seem to be between 32K/KK and 34JJ/K. This is consistent with that. The 32 is just a touch snug, but the 34 would definitely be too big. (I guess I really need a 33K, lol. Half a band size bigger and half a cup size bigger would probably be exactly perfect in this bra.)

    This bra is the lightest of any I've tried or own in this size or similar. (It's about 25% lighter than my everyday Goddess Kiera's.) It reminds me a little of Pour Moi? bras, except definitely more sturdily constructed. The stretch lace top section makes it perfect for soft and/or uneven boobs. And the improvements to the underwires should eliminate issues many have had with past Panache models. Highly recommended!

    Edited to add: It occurs to me that this bra is kinda like a half-cup bra with guard-lace! It seems like it does for full, soft boobs something like what a half-cup bra can do for someone who won't spill over the top, but it has the lace bit on top to keep the top part contained.

    Edit2: One thing I am noticing as I continue to wear this bra, the underwires are starting to poke in the middle a bit. The wires are thin and not very padded, so they are starting to poke my sternum some. I think I will sew a small piece of felt or something to pad them a little more and that will probably fix it.
    Also I wanted to note that for those who, like me, have no space at all between their boobs, the wires in this bra are pretty cooperative about twisting themselves so they lay pretty much one on top of the other (for me my larger side tends to push the wire outward), which, is actually a pretty good way of dealing with the no space in the middle problem.

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    • Thank you for this review! I am going to order one of these asap. I am very excited about trying this one!

    • Oh, you described it the same way I described for MilkAndHoney halfcups should be made for soft boobs! I think Andorra works a little like that as well. I now want to try the Jasmine.

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  3. Georgia Balconnet Bra (8001)

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    As promised, here's your in-depth review!

    Here's what you should know: The band is QUITE tight. I realistically could not even get it to stretch to 31 in. If you're between sizes, choose your larger band size. In my pics you can see it gives me a much bigger bulge under the back band than most of my bras do, I may end up putting an extender on it for a while. As I expected since it's Panache and not Cleo, compared to Marcie it doesn't fit radically different but it is, as we say, "more bra." Here's a comparison pic: imgur.com/g1cVpdo. The gore and wings are ... higher, and it's a little taller in the cups, a little bit wider wires, probably closer to the cut of Floris but the fabric makes it very different--I'll talk about that in a sec. Even tho it was taller in the cup than my Marcie, I found it still worked for me even with short roots because it seems more closed on top. If Marcie/Floris didn't work for you because you're too FOB, I would say give this a shot.

    The biggest change from any of the Panache/Cleo 3-part balconettes that have come before it is that the bottom section is made from a stiff reinforced (laminated?) type mesh. Instead of being made for shape, this one is made for total support. Those in small cup size might find the construction excessive for the amount of support they need. I'd speculate it could give some back pain relief to the J-K crowd cause the stronger fabric really lifts you from the root. The downside is that since it's stiffer it doesn't mold to the body as well, so it's a tad wrinkly, but it wouldn't be visible except under tight clothes (and I wouldn't wear this with a tight shirt anyway because of the lace). Unlike last year's Olivia whose fabric was so stretchy I thought it would only work for those with very firm and full breasts, this fabric is so stiff I would highly recommend it for those like me with very soft breasts who need a little help being shaped, or those with pendulous breasts who need a lot of lift.

    The shape is markedly more pointy than the Marcie, at least on me as someone with somewhat conical breasts. As you can see in my pics the "peak" is apparent through clothing. I'm not bothered by this--especially because it gives A LOT of forward projection--but those who dislike a pointy shape might want to stay away, at least until we see how it looks on someone with rounder breasts.

    As for its appearance it's absolutely lovely. They describe it as Pink/Grey but to be more specific it's like a dusty rose base with sort of bluish charcoal overlay. The upper section has lace on top of a folded over mesh section, like the top of the Tutti Rouge Sophia/Mae.

    All in all, I'm really pleasantly surprised by this one! It's nice to see Panache introduce something different construction-wise because Panache/Freya/other big names seem to mostly stick too "if it ain't broke don't fix it," but the improved fabrication of this bra is a liiiitle step forward.

    EDIT: After wearing it today, OW. I'd recommend even more strongly to size up in the band, as this still dug in everywhere even with an extender. The higher wings/gore/etc also made things worse. I probably wore it for way longer than I should have but I don't think I'll be wearing this as a full day bra again any time soon. x_x I should have taken pics of the red marks cause you could see the full construction of the bra all over me! And I know red marks aren't always bad, but these were ANGRY and chafe-y. :'( ouch.

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      Lovely, thank you for that review! I was hoping it was more open on top like the floris, because it is lovely. Not sure I'll try it or just stick w floris which is so perfect for me

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      dbmamaz I did think of you cuz I know you're a Floris lover! But if you need room on top, it might not work. :l

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      I was super interested in this bra. I don't think it will work for me based on your description, but it really is lovely. Thanks so much for a great review :)

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  4. Lois Balconnet (9591)

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    This is the first nice bra I've bought for myself since losing roughly 75 pounds. I bought it on a wing and a prayer online because it was on sale and my local shop isn't doing in-person fittings at this time, so I used the calculator here and held my breath until I opened the package today. This bra is gorgeous, I don't know why more people haven't bought it! The colour is so dreamy and pretty. It gives me the *slightest* quadding above the cup, but I'm at the height of water retention during my cycle, so I'm not bothered. The gore tacks *so well* on me, ... something I've missed during my "this'll do"period of bra complacency while I was still losing weight. The band looks very tight on me at the back, but it's comfortable; it's just the result of having softer back tissue now.

    I've only worn it briefly for the photos so far, but I'm very impressed by how comfortable it is without moulding the wires to shape, which I always do pretty early on. The side sling is a nice feature, and I greatly appreciate the plushy non-stretch tape at the front straps to minimize bounce. Only a few of my bras have this and I really like it.

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      What a pretty bra! I do not remember seeing it before. It looks lovely on you.

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      Wow this bra looks amazing on you!

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      That is so pretty! I'm glad you got a good fit.

    • Thank you all for your kind words! <3

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  5. Cari Moulded Spacer Bra (7961)

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    So, here's my first review of four, which I'll complete in the next few days. First of all, I didn't even realize that the Panache Cari (or any spacer foam bra for that matter) came in my size until Broad Lingerie posted it on their Instagram a month ago. I was immediately attracted to it because of the beautiful colour, but I didn't know if it would actually work for me or not. So, when I was in Toronto the last couple days, I knew I had to make a trip out to try it on, and spoiler alert, I was pleasantly surprised!

    Next, we can all see how ... beautiful the appearance is. I love the unique colour, which works as a nude for me, and I love the geometric lace on the bridge which has a beautiful sheen to it. The finishes are so clean and so professional.

    This bra is honestly a bit of a revelation for me, because as I said earlier, I never even realized that spacer foam bras came in my size, but it has already become a favourite of mine. The foam moves with my body because it is very thin and flexible, and there is potential for nipple show-through, but most of the time that's not an issue for me. I've worn it for about ten hours since I got it, including a four hour waitressing shift, and it didn't budge and it was extremely comfortable and light on my body. I forgot I was wearing it. It fits well on either the loosest or the middle hook, depending on the day and how I'm feeling. The wires are a tiny bit wide, but not enough to bother me. The only potential fit issue is that the top edge is on the verge of cutting into my tall roots, so if I gain any weight I may get some quadboob going on.

    Overall I'm extremely happy with it and I look forward to hopefully a long relationship with it!

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      Great review, sherrach898 ! Panache Cari looks great on you! What a perfect t-shirt bra for you!

    • learningaboutbras Thank you! I agree! It completely disappears under my finicky white tshirt lol. I also like that it gives a slightly minimized appearance from the side.

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      Gorgeous bra, what an awesome pattern. Glad it works out so well for you!

    • Sovavosi Thank you, I agree :)

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      It looks lovely on you.

    • Thanks Sonya :)

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      Gorgeous color on you. Thrilled you found spacer foam for your boobs! :-)

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      Wow! It looks great on you! I’ve been told that I should try this one. But I’d need a band size up to 30F. Thanks for a great review!

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      Thank you Love4Pollinators and Calluna :)

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      I either missed or forgot that anglo canadians use some brittish spellings! hubby set me straight. that does look like a great fit!

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  6. Envy Balconnet Bra (7285)

    This is VERY similar in fabrication and construction to the Panache Jasmine (6951).
    It has the same fine stretchy quad-boob-defying lace across the top of the cups, and the lower cup has 3 vertical panels for a great rounded shape. These lower panels are made (as far as I can tell) from an outer net woven with a houndstooth pattern fused to a smooth inner net, so they are strong but soft and just slightly sheer. The straps are a simple striped elastic, no frills, felted underneath for comfort, from front to back - fully adjustable.
    Like the Jasmine I would say it's fairly supportive but the ... softness of the materials mean it's not completely bounce proof. Never the less it certainly gives excellent lift and round (not torpedo) projection for me. The wires aren't flared (wide) but not a true U-shape either (narrow) - they are perhaps a centimeter too wide on me if I were to nitpick but they are nice and close set at the gore, and like the Jasmine they lie flat on my ribcage like magnets on a fridge.
    [This is where I took a point off for comfort, and it's not really the bra's fault. Is there a bra out there with 80 cm of wiring that is moulded perfectly to my body, can hoist the ladies aloft and yet feel like nothing at all??]
    This is where the Jasmine and Envy differ for me. I have found that Jasmine digs into my sternum when I lean forward or reach across myself, and though the wires appear identical, I've not had this yet with the Envy. If anything the gore is a tiny bit taller BUT there is the improvement. That extra 6mm is a bit of empty wire casing that cushions the ends.
    One other difference, and I'm not sure yet how this plays: Jasmine has a single length of elastic which runs along the full lower edge of the band. Envy is constructed with elastic along the bottom of the wings and yoke, running under the cups and then crossing on the gore to anchor against the opposite cup. I'd be interested to know the benefits of these differences in mechanics.
    Oh - I did take a point off for quality too because while overall excellent it looks like the lace on the top panels is already pilled, and it came out the box like that.

    Update

    The above review was for the black colour way.

    I now have the nude version, same size, and have been wearing it for some time now. The black is slightly softer than the Jasmine but this colour is noticeably less supportive. I see no essential difference in shape but I don't think it has quite the lift, and I'm conscious of some wobble when I'm not wearing firmly fitting clothes. Also the straps lengthen throughout the day, to the point where they slip off my shoulders. Boo. That hasn't happened since I started wearing the right back size.
    I imagine the firmness of the black is due to the colour itself (black dye often results in stiffer fabric) and I'm not giving up on Envy but I thought it worth mentioning.

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    • "Is there a bra out there with 80 cm of wiring that is moulded perfectly to my body, can hoist the ladies aloft and yet feel like nothing at all??" Ha! Sounds like Heaven. But I believe the day will come. Lovely review, convinced me to at least give it a try.

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      Thanks for the comment about the gore! Jasmine would fit perfectly if not for the painful underwires in the center, which dig in to the top of my cleavage. I came here specifically to see if anyone had remarked on the gore. :)

    • Want to add that this bra didn't work for me because the entire cup is made of lace and it just didn't offer enough support for my heavy breasts as a result. Still haven't gotten to try the Jasmine.

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  7. Envy Balconnet Bra (7285)

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    Finally, the Envy in something close to my skin tone! I'm excited Panache released this colorway (chestnut) and hope that this becomes a permanent option.
    I own the same bra in black and in navy-- see 32J - Panache » Envy Balconnet Bra (7285) for my full review of the black colorway.

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      Awesome! Yay for wider ranges of skin tone colors! 💖

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      Nice colour! Soooo difficult to find a darker “nude” bra, glad you scored one

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  8. Andorra Non Wired Bra (5671)

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      Thank you for reviewing this!

      I know exactly what you mean about feeling the unwired bra more than the wired bra. Panache and Freya need to take lessons from Wacoal....seriously. Wacoal absolutely knows how to make comfortable, wireless matrix-sized bras whereas Panache and Freya engrave deep red grooves into my underbust.

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      That was a great review and so helpful! I feel like I know the ins and outs of this Andorra and can know what to expect from a purchase.

    • Love4Pollinators thanks! I was very surprised as I don't have many non-wired actual bras, not bralettes... I have none, to be honest. This is a very different experience and I am a bit on the fence here whether I find wired or non-wired bras more comfy.

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      The size range on this one is smaller than the older models. Bummer, it is nicer looking than Sophie and Alisha.

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  9. Olivia Balconnet Bra (7751)

    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.

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    • thank you for this, I am looking at this bra, have you tried the floris or unpadded cleos?? just wondering how it compares?

    • Those pics are great! You did a great job of showing how well the bra is made and all the lovely details. I'm also very interested in how this bra compares to the floris (which is amazing!)

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      I haven't tried the Floris, but Olivia is based off of Floris, if that helps at all. I think Olivia is less open on top as Floris, but the fit is otherwise the same.

      Compared to unpadded Cleo bras, the wires on this are more wide (but also, more strong) and the cups are less projected. Additionally, the shape is less round and spherical as is typical of Cleo. If Floris and Cleo work for you, I'm guessing Olivia would as well!

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      Thanks, Stinkmouse ! The details are really what make this bra so gorgeous.

      One more thing I forgot to add in the review, Olivia does come with 3 hooks in this size! No matter how great Cleo is, the 2 hook fastening bother me to no end.

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      Great review and pictures! You make me actually want to try Panache again.

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      Amen… 2 hooks is just not enough. I have an issue with my floris but I'm in love with the way it seems so much like a Cleo but has 3 hooks. !!!

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      Thanks for the review - dying to try one myself!

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      Oh - so glad to come back and see you say three hooks - this picture shows it with only 2 hooks! Maybe it changes at a certain cup? http://www.breakoutbras.com/product/panache-olivia-balcony-underwire-7751/Underwire-Bras

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      I'm guessing it changes to 3 hooks at GG? I think I've seen that mentioned on Bravissimo for Panache bras before.

      I've been wearing this nearly all week (washings in between wears, of course), and it definitely gets more comfy with wear. Ladies, snatch this one up! I'm hoping it sticks around for awhile.

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      Its coming out in blue in the fall, so I'm not sure if I want to buy the peach (for my birthday in June - but I REALLY want the ivory floris), or if I should wait and get the blue one later.

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  10. Andorra Full Cup Bra (5675)

    This is the bra that I would recommend for a woman trying to find her first correctly fitted bra online.

    It's extremely supportive and probably provides the most perky shape of all my bras. It's almost a little retro! However there are no stiff seams at the nipple so it's not overtly pointy.

    The lace on the top of the cup is very stretchy. The band is firm but also very stretchy and moves as you breathe nicely.

    I can wear this bra in a few sizes and there are no obvious fitting flaws. It's the most forgiving bra I've tried. The lace is firm but stretchy and won't dig in. But in the 30G (my standard bra size) this is the most comfortable.

    That's why I'd recommend it to a first timer desperately trying to self fit and paying a small fortune in online returns: you'll get close to your perfect size and still be able to wear the Andora comfortably. For your 2nd bra you can work on something more exacting in the fitting department!

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    • Oh this explains it! I'm not the only one getting away with fitting Andorra in different sizes :D I thought it was just me. I could never get away with other bras like this. It's truly superior yes!

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      I am in a place where there are no brick and mortar shops. I can order online, but returning is next to impossible. I was very discouraged when I first ordered a range of sizes in another bra and none of them fit. I got them on a sale but still. I read online reviews that said that the Andorra was quite forgiving but was still uncertain. Your recommendation helped me make up my mind (as someone desperately trying to self fit) and I have not regretted it. I ordered two sizes and they both fit. And for myself, I like the perky shape as well. In the future, I might experiment with some other bras, but I will definitely order this again. Or I might also try the other elastic lace Panache models.

      Thank you for a good recommendation.

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  11. Cari Moulded Spacer Bra (7961)

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    My shape, as I understand it: round-ish, even fullness (maybe slightly FoT) separated (2 fingers between when unsupported), downward pointing nipples, asymmetrical, low on chest.

    I really like this bra! The color is amazing (fuschia?) and the shiny bow and lace details are really pretty. I’ve never tried spacer foam before, and I’m a fan. It gives me a really nice shape and provides enough nipple coverage without making me feel like I’m wearing too much padding. The material of the cup is comfortable against my skin. It looks pretty in the mirror. Have I mentioned the color? It also has cute little scalloped loops around the cup ... edge. The quality isn’t Prima Donna, but it’s lovely.

    The gore tacks comfortably, the straps don’t slip. The band is snug and doesn’t budge, but has enough stretch to be comfortable, and I like the width on the sides. Fewer bulges, yay!

    I based the cup fit assessment on my larger side. On that side, it’s a a pretty damn perfect fit. No quadding AT ALL (w00t) and nicely filled out on all sides. On my smaller side, the size difference is apparent in certain positions and if I look down at myself. I like it too much not to keep it, though. I may try a cookie or similar on that side to even it out a bit more. I have to say, after 7 hours or so of wear, this is the most comfortable of all the bras I’ve tried since starting this journey.

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      I have been searching for this bra in my size for a while now. I recently tried a 30E - Panache » Cari Moulded Spacer Bra (7961) , but it was too small. I just ordered a 28FF because it was cheaper than the 30Fs I could find, but it might be a bit tight for me (from what I can tell the band runs a little small), plus it's beige, which I'm not a fan of. I love the feeling of the spacer foam and the material of the bra. This one looks great on you, and that colour is flattering on you.

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      Wilderness1 Thank you! I got lucky with this one. I found it in the listings when I first joined Bratabase and had no idea whether it would fit passably (ABTF recommended 34D)... but I loved the color so much I had to try it. The band is definitely snug, but I know it will become less so with wear. It really is a nice bra. I hope the 28FF works for you!

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      Bravo!!!! It looks incredible on your shape and that color really is gorgeous, too. I personally adore spacer foam. It’s difficult for me to get a good fit in unlined bras, but full padding tends to exaggerate my already large shape, so spacer foam hits the sweet spot between those two ends of the spectrum. Here’s to beautiful, comfortable, well-fitted bras!

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  12. Petra Balconnet Bra (9481)

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    This is a beautiful bra. The lace is lovely and I really like the colour. It could work as a nude on a lot of skin tones. The cups are fairly projected and lightly padded, and the foam is nice and soft against your skin. The 28G fits me really well, I think. I get a very small amount of quad boob on my larger side. The band is nice and snug and the overall comfort is good. I do find the wires a little long so they are rubbing into my armpits a bit, and the gore digs into my sternum slightly. While I love the aesthetics ... of this bra, I do get a bit of an upside-down 7 shape with it, especially on my larger side. Overall, I'm happy with this bra. My breasts are narrow, soft and pendulous with a FOB, centre-full shape and lots of projection just above the wire.

    Update- Having worn this for a full day, I can tell it doesn't have enough projection above the wire. The underwire marks are more than an inch below my IMF when I take it off.

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    • Lovely!

    • Thanks, Love4Pollinators.

    • So beautiful.
      I think you get this sorta upside down seven shape from this bra because it is still a little too shallow for you. Looks like the cup is trying to collapse under your breast.
      I hope it continues to get more comfortable with wash and wear because it's gorgeous on you! ^.^

    • Thanks, LeProfessor. That might be true. My smaller side looks better- less droopy.

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  13. Clara Full Cup Bra (7255)

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    I'll have to review this again in a few months for sure, but as of right now, with a few modifications I have never had a bra look like this on my body before.

    The pictures I took made me REALLY see my own shape, what I'm supposed to look like in a bra and what support is supposed to feel like. I learned that I don't like too tall a gore, which led to me learning how to modify gores and wires and I bought some meshy athletic fabric that's coming for me to pad a little bit behind the gore and behind another itchy spot. I learned ... that I had quilting soap in the back of my closet and that you can use that for bras!

    The uncomfortable parts: I've worn sports bras for... pretty much my entire bra life. So having a real band is taking some getting used to. The gore itches like mercy and I'm not quite sure why, I'm hoping it was excess soap but I'm going to probably sew a tiny thing on the inside to protect my skin from it, and I'm going to bend the wires a bit so it isn't touching as hard. The part where the bra cup turns into the strap has some lace that itches as well so if you have super sensitive skin you might have to do a little modification of this bra.

    I don't know what it'll be like in six months, but as of 3/17/2017, Panache is getting some money from me.

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    • So beautiful on you! Hope the mesh helps; itchy is not an adjective I want associated with my bra ;-)

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      wow, that does look great on you!

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      Thank you so much! I'm kind of body-negative toward myself, and seriously, posting this bra to this site and to the ABraThatFits Reddit was an amazing experience.

    • <3 <3 Let the love flow :-) :-)

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      So beautiful on you! Bratabase really helps us all feel better. We are all different and we are all beautiful in our lovely lingerie.

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      Looks beautiful! Congratulations on finding a bra that makes you feel good about yourself! It's amazing how a properly fitting bra can lift your spirits and give you a nice confidence boost! As time goes on, you may start to get more used to lace and mesh and snug bands. Good luck with your future purchases!

    • Congrats on finding a bra that brings out your beauty! I too have issues with scratchy bits, but can usually address them in one or more of the following ways:
      --When "clear" thread is cut too long, it pokes. Carefully trimming back those unruly threads works wonders.
      --Bra tags can be tacked down to not poke and rub with a well placed stitch or two.
      --Rough new fabrics can be given a helping hand at break in with a gentle application of a fine grit sandpaper or emery board. This should be VERY done judiciously so as not to ruin your garments.
      --Pharmacies sell something called "moleskin" in the foot care section that is soft/plush and can be applied over areas like gores that may be too stiff/uncomfortable in a new bra. There is usually an adhesive backing but if you aren't handy with sewing, this can be a real boon.
      --I have gone as low tech as overlaying a problematic part of a new bra with a piece of whatever soft fabric of have laying around, then settling myself into it. This won't work as well when it warms up but I'll worry about that when winter ends. :)
      Enjoy you bra journey!!

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  14. Floris Balconnet Bra (7311)

    I am SO excited to meet this bra! This is the first 'real' bra I've purchased and have no need of a fitting request - it clearly fits!

    This is a 32J in purple - which was on sale for $34 on amazon -woot!

    The cups are wonderfully deep. The fabric is not stretchy, yet somehow seems to fit both my bigger and smaller side well - maybe a tiny bit of folded fabric at the inside of the top of the cups, but nothing noticeable.

    The fabric is smooth and solid. The underside of the wires is lined with nice soft cloth - none of those hard itchy lace wires from my Envy and Marcie! I happen to LOVE LOVE LOVE this purple floral - I seriously wish I could wear this as a bathing suit, I feel completely covered and want to show it off to the world!

    I think this might be my new best friend . . if only it came in a solid beige to wear under light colored shirts.

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  15. Ariza Balconnet Bra (5051)

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    32J

    Didn't fit

    I recommend getting up one band size in this bra. The band is very firm and runs tight.I normally wear a 30 band in Panache, but the 32 band on Ariza felt almost too tight on me.
    The support from the band is awesome. I could almost wear this bra as a strapless.

    Shoulder straps are thin. I don’t like that. But the band on this bra is that stable that it really does support a larger bust and there is very little weight on the shoulder straps (as it should be !) I have loosened thee straps to a comfy length, so they do not cut in too ... much.
    The shape it gives me is a bit pointier than I prefer. (nowhere near a Bravissimo Dotty Spot though)

    Now the 32J is 1 - 2 cup sizes too small for me. I though about trying a 32K as recommended in fitting help section, but then I decided otherwise. I usually like my bras rather a tiny bit too big than too small. On this one I came to the conclusion that It should rather be a tiny bit small than too big. I won’t imagine what these thin shoulder straps would do to me when I have to tighten them all the way!

    Comfort: 3 / 5 (I have to wear it with an extender first, the band feels too tight.)
    Appearance: 4 / 5 (I love the bright purple color, shape is not that great)
    Quality: 5 / 5 (can say nothing bad so far)
    All in all a solid 3.75

    Edit: I decided to keep this bra. I like that it is extremly supportive. I wear it now with an extender with 2 extra rows of hooks. The cup does fit now better but there is still slight quadraboob, although not as bad that I would have to size up to 32K. 32J is exactly the right size to fit the bottom of my breast (no empty fabric) but I need the volume of a 32JJ or 32K on top to get rid of the quadraboob. A 32JJ would probably be a better fit in this bra.
    Now that I'm wearing it for a whole day I have to say that the wires on the side are almost too high. If I bend over they start poking. So I don't think I would get along with the older Arizas, where the wires used to come much higher.

    beware of the inconsistent band sizing in Ariza: http://www.bratabase.com/profile/3a1/adventures/1692/
    up to J - cup it rans very firm in band - go up 1 band size
    from a JJ cup and up it rans rather loose, don't size up
    a 30K has the same band length as a 34J !!


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  16. Andorra Full Cup Bra (5675)

    I've found the perfect bra for me! Ok, well maybe I could do with a 28H because the cups are a little on the small side, but the fabric is so stretchy that it doesn't matter. I feel like this bra was made for me - the shape is perfect. I have bottom-heavy, high-nippled, wide boobs and it's hard to fit them into anything (the deco also works well, but the band is too big). But this fits like a dream! And it is very comfortable - no poking wires, no rough seams. The fabric is very stretchy and yet supportive.

    The best thing, for me anyway, is ... the band. Most people seem to need to go up a bandsize in this bra - I usually have the opposite problem as being 25" around my ribcage, 28 band bras are to big on me. This one is by far the best fit I've ever had - it's more like a 27 than a 28, and I can wear it on the middle or loosest hooks which is a first! If you usually buy a 28 you'll probably find this band is too tight, but for those who need an ever-elusive 26, this is a good compromise. I currently have this in berry and white.

    Pros:
    - high quality
    - stretchy fabric
    - subtly sexy
    - small band size good for those who need a 26 or less

    Cons:
    - cups a bit on the small side, go up 1 or 2 cupsizes
    - band will be too tight for those who usually fit a 28
    - will not be flattering on all breast shapes

    edit - I've requested fitting help with this as I've grown in both breasts and it no longer feels as comfortable. I still love it though!

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    • Can you tell me how the pink and the white compare? I have it in pearl, black, and purple; the black runs a full cup size smaller than the pearl, and the purple is smaller than pearl too. I want to get a berry but I don't know how it compares! Are yours different from each other at all?

      Thank you!

    • The white is definitely smaller than the pink in this size. I can't wear either any more, but of the two the white is more like a G than a GG. I would say the berry (pink) is a true GG.

    • Thank you!

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  17. Tango Ii Balconnet Bra (3251)

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    30D

    Didn't fit

    This bra fit very similarly to the Panache Scarlette bra 30D (http://bratabase.com/browse/panache/scarlett_4501/30D/).

    The material in the Tango 2 is silkier than the Scarlett. The band is slightly stretchier, but not really enough to make a difference between the two.

    The problem I had again was with the cups. I fit fine on the bottom of the cups, and the underwires were no problem. The top of the cup was slighly too baggy for me, but the top edge was flush against my body. It kind of looked like the top edge was pushing the top of my breasts down because I ended up with a really pointy shape. If the shoulder straps were more centred so the top of the cup was lifted, I think it would have fit fine.

    I would say this bra is probably for someone who is full on top.

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  18. Envy Balconnet Bra (7285)

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    I previously owned the Panache Envy in both a 32GG and a 32H in a variety of colorways. When I gained weight, I repurchased it in a 32J in black, and eventually bought it in navy as well. This was my go to bra before the pandemic. It's supportive, gives a flattering shape, and isn't super noticeable under T-shirts. The lace is stretchy enough to handle fluctuations in size throughout the month. I wish I could find some of the other colors again so I could repurchase them in my current size.

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      Love the Envy! Looks like a great fit and looks great on you.

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  19. Cari Moulded Spacer Bra (7961)

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    For reference, I am projected, FOB, center full, narrow roots, and petite (4'11"). This was the first bra I kept when I started my ABTF journey, so it holds a special place in my heart despite a couple fit issues.

    The band is quite tight for a 28 bra (64cm/25in stretched), but it seems to have loosened up a bit with some wear. I was wearing 34D bras previously, so that could also be why I felt the band was extremely tight in the beginning. The wires are a little too wide for me, so I feel like they flatten my breast tissue out towards my armpits and give me a minimizing look rather than pulling my tissue forward and up like my Comexim bras (which I prefer more). The wires are very firm, and the gore tacks. The cups are quite high on the sides and cut into my armpits badly. Besides that, it's a great choice for a spacer bra that provides good projection.

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      I've thought about getting this bra quite a few times. It looks good on you! Too bad it cuts into your armpit so badly.

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      This is actually a decent fit on me as well, as center full, narrow and shirt roots. I'm typically a 34E but the band on this is very firm, so a 36DD is my best fit.

    • Wilderness1 Thank you! I do think it's a great bra despite the cup height digging into my arms. I think that's just something I'll have to get used to in a bra that isn't modified for my frame.

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  20. Alissa Full Cup (9725)

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    Wow, the first review for the Alissa! Full busts represent! Actually this was a cup size or two too small for me, but it was what was available on Amazon, so here we go!

    The review on Breakout Bras says the Alissa would be good for soft tissue. I absolutely concur! The first adjective I would use for this bra is "sturdy." It has a four-part cup construction with a side-support panel, all 2-ply, non-stretch powermesh throughout with a small, subtle polka dot pattern. The top cups are embellished with a floral embroidery pattern and there is a very thin band of elastic topping the edge. Containment is the ... name of the game with this one: tall wires and high wings keep everything battened down on the sides. If you find Jasmine's stretch lace doesn't keep your boobs still enough in the cups, this one is for you! If you're looking for something to luxuriate in, move along.

    Alissa gives a very pleasing shape - good projection, but rounder and wider than Jasmine, while still not being east-west. More like the Tango, I think, and deeper with more forward projection than the Clara.

    Downsides: Short ladies, beware! These wires gonna poke you! These are longer than even other long Panache wires. These wires hit my armpits before I can even get the bottoms up into my IMF. With that and the high wings, it's a no for me, even in the 34J and 34JJ. But if you have a lengthier torso and are looking for great support, check this one out!

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    • It looks great on you, too bad about the tall wires. I wish I could find this bra somewhere to try it. On the other side I don't get along with it's predecessor panache Ariza at my current size. (I have a love-hate relationship with Ariza… a difficult bra but I wonder if they changed it's flaws on Alissa for the better.)

    • alisa, thanks! I do wish Panache would come out with a line for the under 5'5" crowd, haha.

      I never saw Ariza, but apparently this one is like the Penny and Hepburn? (Never saw those either.) It's actually on sale now on @breakoutbras.

      Here are the full and very useful comments by Melissa on the Breakout Bras site:

      "Alissa was designed with the same body as the "Penny" and the "Hepburn" styles from a few seasons back, just with different material. The new iteration is double-lined GG to K cups for better shaping and control.
      Alissa offers more forward shaping than Tango because of the side support panel. This style works best for women with full but squishy breast tissue. If you have very full, plump breasts, this bra is probably going to create pressure along the neckline."

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      Pinniped I'm 5''6 and Ariza wires are too tall for me too. Ariza in the correct size, the wires poke me badly if I size down 1-2 sizes it's bearable but then I don't swoop and scoop, so technically there would be quadboob if I did not "scoop from top" which you should not do. :S

      Ariza was discontinued in 2013 already. Back in the day it was quite popular here (I played a role in that too) because it gave a better shape than Tango and the support was just extreme. It was the most sturdy bra ever. But it's so hard to fit... I never had a Hepburn or Penny but I think they have the same cut.

      Have you tried any Bravissimo bras? Wires are as sturdy and the bras are as supportive as the best Panache bras but many of them don't have these extreme tall wires under the arms.

    • I haven't tried Bravissimo, but I have been curious about them. They have free returns, yes? That would help. I've been limiting myself pretty much to Amazon while I'm working out my size, but if they have free returns as well that would open up the possibility to try some. Are they pretty TTS? Are there any styles you could recommend for fob and shortish roots?

    • Pinniped I think returns are free if you are in the UK. Outside of the UK there is no free shipping and returns sadly… The bands are true to size, on the firmer side. Cups run a bit small and a bit closed on top imo, but I'm full on top so I have to size up 1-2 cup sizes to my normal size.

    • I would try more of their bras (everything that Comes in my size) if it weren't for shipping and return Costs + custom fees ugh! Also there is their balconette style - the basic model is "Alana". Many balconettes are the same cut. Then their full cup cut: "Darcy" "Lacey" "Melrose" but it already starts here that Bravissimo says these have the same cut, but imo they don't and they differ quite significantly in fit. So I can't talk for all their bras only those I tried.

    • The bras are more supportive than Panache in the size range, wires are less painful. For example Jasmine did not much for me, the lace felt to flimsy but I really like 32JJ - Bravissimo » Lulu Bra (LN581) with the stretchy lace.

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      Thanks, alisa! I will check them out! The Lulu looks fantastic on you!

    • Thanks,Pinniped :) I also think that you would not have to size up at all with fob boobs. Bravissimo customer service is great too if you tell them which sizes your wear in other brands they can recommend a good starting size. I would not size down in band either choose your normal size or the bigger if between sizes. (I take 32 bands, 31 Inch underbust)

    • just found this super cheap on amazon - i wonder why its so cheap?

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