Originally I tried the 28E in this, and the cups were slightly loose so I thought this one would be a perfect fit. However, this one is too tight in the cups. Also, the cups are too far apart, which contributes to the odd shape. They ...are 1.1" apart, whereas all my other bras in this size range are 0.7 - 0.9" apart. I did have a pucker at the center edges of the cups, as the 30D reviewer complained about (it's visible in my photos). This could be a symptom of the cups being too far apart as well.
I guess this brand isn't for me, which is odd, because I have a Cleo bra that I love, and that is made by Panache. If I could just combine the fit (sizing) of Panache with the gravity-defying lift of Fantasie and the style of Freya, I'd have the perfect bra. Oh well.
The cups of this bra are very low-cut. The seams are bound and non-irritating. The band, instead of being powernet or mesh like most bras, is a lightweight (almost sheer, but still firm) spandex with a shimmer to it... cool.
Color is "Chilli." Purchased from Figleaves, late Spring 2010. Read more 160 more words
This bra did not fit me, clearly. I'll do my best to comment on aspects other than the fit. The band is a good fit, I'd say it's squarely in the 28 category, so no need to size up or down. It's a little stretchy but the elastic is firm, and I had to really pull to get my stretched measurement. The straps are fully adjustable, for those of you who need it. The bra is really not the most charming thing I've ever owned, but the seams and embroidery are rather flat, and this comes in about a million colors, so it's a good candidate for an everyday ...bra. I find the mesh in the wings a bit thin (it's probably prone to emphasizing back fat, even if there isn't much to speak of). The mesh of the cups is really sturdy, though, with zero stretch at all. Actually, the comfort issue I had with the cups is that the seams are pressed to the inside, but the cup is single-layered. While they try to remedy discomfort with a strip of fabric over the seams, the edges of that really sturdy mesh are not completely covered and I found that they were very itchy. Now, my one comment on fit: This being Panache, the wires are somewhat wide (which I like), but contrary to most of their other styles, the cups here are very deep. To top it off, the top of the cups closes up pretty fast. It's not a look that I can fill out, and even more, it's not the type of plunge that will give lots of cleavage (especially in this size). Just be aware of that if you're thinking of buying. Read more 177 more words
Okay, so this bra is my best fitting bra so far! It's sturdy embroidered mesh material in a yellow-toned beige colour ('Nude'). I have even all over boobs with a medium width, close set and with average projection. Gores are my nemesis.
Pros: - Comfortable, the only bra I forget I'm wearing! - Straps are a good length - The only bra I can perfectly fully fill out a cup in! - Nice colour selection Cons: - The gore used to be painful, so I bent it out a bit and it's now so comfy. - The wires are a hair too U shaped, so I get some wrinkling at the bottom of the cup, but I ...don't find it to be any other issue apart from cosmetic. - The shape it gives is a little bit 'meh'. It's kind of a 'natural' pointy shape that looks ok under clothes but nothing that makes me think 'Damn I look good!'
Conclusion: My favourite comfy every day bra so far. I think I'll keep looking for something with a nicer shape, but honestly that feels like it might be a unicorn for me.
EDIT: I recently tried this on again with an extender because the band started to feel tight, and I found the top of the cup was gaping and I realized the wires were just a bit too wide for me. Panache Jasmine in 36F is a good fit for me. Read more 121 more words
Yeah. This bra was too small in the band and the wires hurt me extremely. When I added an (homemade) extender, the cups become a little too big, but wires were ok and didn't leave me those marks (last time I've got them for more than 2 days, now they are normal and disappear quickly). So I added a hook to the straps and this is it! The uplift is incredible! The fabric wrinkles a little but there is no empty space - this is because the cups are not meant to be this way. It gives me great uplift and is really comfy, though It 'wants' ...to be straight even when I wear it at an angle - after some moves the wires are at equal height and one boob flies above as usual. However it is really supportive for this higher one too.
I feel the tension on my trapezius muscles, especially that they bulked a little... I'm gonna try it wearing for next few days and we will see how it works for longer period of time.
I even like it's look when it is violet... Read more 80 more words
This is the only bra I own that would allow me to wear the lower-cut faux wrap v-necks that seem to be in 80% of the clothes in the store these days. I'm probably going to get another in a different size -- this is almost there, but not quite. I wear a 36H in other British bras but I bought it off eBay and can't return it.
I love the lower wires in the middle, that they lie flat against my sternum and are unobtrusive. Most of all, I love that this bra makes my boobs seem slightly less huge without being a minimizer.
I decided to try a Panache, and I have learned that I am not a Panache girl. As a result of the wide cups, the straps dig into my arms, just a bit, if my posture isn't perfect (or if I have my hands forward on the steering wheel in the car). If you haven't tried Panache, this may or may not be an issue for you - it's something worth trying, IMO, as Panache offers a variety of good bras. The band on this bra fits me wonderfully - it's comfortably tight on the loosest setting (and it's new - worn twice). The cups may be a ...bit big, I'm not entirely certain, but the plunge variety of this bra can be difficult to fit. This is certainly wearable.
On to the specifics of this bra: The construction is great. I don't know the durability yet - I've only worn the bra once. The leaf stitching on the cups is quality, and looks nice. There's good detail work - the side of the branches with larger leaves has a different texture from the smaller leaves. It's clearly intentional and shows good attention to detail. The cups have an inner liner, so the inner side of the leaf stitching isn't against the breast. Still, the bra ends up being a bit itchy. The cups themselves are not nearly as comfortable as the cups on my Fantasie Smoothing Balcony Bras (even when both are new). However, the Tango II is a very popular bra, and it's possible this itchiness will work out of the bra as it breaks in.
This specific bra was labeled "teal" by FigLeaves. It's a very bright, vibrant color. I like it well enough, on its own, but I prefer my bras to be colors that I don't have to worry about showing. I bought this color because it was on sale - it was a cheaper way to try a Panache cup. Read more 215 more words
This bra is so close to fitting right that I almost want to cry. This is the only bra I've ever found with cups that are deep enough without being too wide. Unfortunately, while a 34 band fits me perfectly, I get a tiny bit of quad-boob in the 34H and the underwires are just a touch too short on the sides, plus the shoulder straps sit in a slightly weird place. I really wish this came in larger cup sizes, because I suspect that a 34HH in this style would be my ideal bra.
Ugh. This bra was horrible when I was smaller and now that I've grown a cup it's even worse. If I hadn't gotten it so cheap I would've sent it back but it would've cost me as much as I paid for it. The worst is the profile: flattened pancake boob with the point of the boob about an inch below my nipple! Ugh. It seems to be a Panache thing as my Sophie non under-wired soft cup does the same thing though it fits much better overall. I may give Panache another chance only because I've read that those that don't get along with the plunge do ...better with the balconette but I'm pretty much put off.
I will give Panache this: it is a quality bra and it is comfortable despite me having to pull the straps out to the max unlike Curvy Kate which is just an exercise in pain. However, the pancake boobs issue trumps all in horror.
The band runs a little tighter than Freya's but not enough to size up. I can't say anything for the longevity of this bra as it simply exists in my drawer as a reminder of what not to order again. Read more 93 more words