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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.
Updated on Jul 18, 2011 Flag this
Fits ribcage 0.0
B. perimeter 0.0
Stretched Band 28.0
Band Length 20.0
Stretch ratio 1.4
Cup width 5.2
Cup depth 9.5
Depth ratio 1.7
Wire length 8.5
Cup height 6.5
Cup separation 1.0
Gore height 1.0
Wing height 3.5
Strap width 0.6
Strap length 14.5
No Bratabase. This bra is DEFINITELY NOT for round, full or wide boobs /facepalm.
I haven't seen this one work out for anyone in the 28 band sizes at all so should have seen it coming, avoided the cries of woohoo holy cow SO MUCH SPACE. Lol there is ZERO SPACE HERE, but I can see it tried. Something.
So so close https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> First impressions, size appears to be close to current wears, and ... shape looks sufficiently deep from wire to apex. This bra is made of very lightweight slinky-smooth mesh, embroidery only on the outer facing side. Super thin yet sturdy. Has great breathability, but doesn't feel flimsy at all. The stretchy band begins directly AT the outer wire, there is no stabilizing material at the wing at all. This lack of crucial frame supporting the cup, bodes poorly for fit. The wire shape is a 100% match for my needs so count it a few sizes large for most people. However true to Panache spirit, wires are trash and cut in terribly under inner breasts, this would probably not be so bad if the top of the cup wasn't so tiny, and tight-fitted. Keeping the theme from the flexible wing, adding little bit of powermesh above the cup instead of the stingy non-stretch woven could probably have solved many fit issues here!
Cups are wide enough, deep enough for this size, yet the sparse rectangular upper cup panel is made much too short both vertically & diagonally. Upper cuts inward to top of breasts and this gets worse the longer it's worn (hint: it doesn't take long).
The top shape, is at odds with the bottom. Looking inside the bowl of the cup, seems made for a cross between short breast, inner full, and a somewhat detached-from-chest-wall/soft-loose volume at apex shaped design. As thought the sides of the cup are supposed to go concave and crush the outer areas of the breast into the center?
For a style that is not at all tall, narrow nor U shape, someone thought it would be hilarious to design the pattern as though it were! However, making the style plunge with a short J wire, this just pulls the shape flat on both sides and of course the top caves in badly.
While this is far deeper than anything else by this brand I've ever seen, it's pretty far behind polish design. Maybe a copycat of the Gossard Superplunge?
Tango's conflicted design expects both a tiny bust, but also a sort of a wide IMF across the bottom of an otherwise easy to vertically compress breast, with even narrower flat rise from underwire to the apex (7-shape)? It does seem to want a really rounded shape, but struggles to accept anything but a short root. Maybe this style is for anyone whose breast feel supersoft, center-heavy and think they are functionally just full on bottom?
This brings to mind the possibility of Tango's Plunge being a half-arsed attempt to placate the Omega's out here who are drastically overlooked. Not how I would do it, but ok.
So here I am, trying to shove a shape that's basically a huge wide tall root neither FOB nor FOT, with idiotic amount of immediate projection all around into this thing, which causes 2 issues:
-One side appears to not be large enough for my breast, then cutting in on top is exaggerated & fit too tight. Most of my outer breast pushes the cup down to get to the deepest part, and then my inner breast gets the worst of this stupid extra small upper cup panel. Outer breast quads back into itself on the bottom and apex begins to point down at the ground! Godddds.
-On the other higher set side, the cup initially fits properly but eventually seems to bind around outer breast & bag up underneath as the breast seeks the deepest part of the cup, pulling the tight too small upper panel inward and down which give me a strange projected duck bill' shape that sticks right outward from my ribcage. At an ugly east-west angle no less. My breasts stick forward 4" from where they begin at my armpits, and are very forward facing in everything else, so congrats Tango what an achievement. Well done.
While nowhere near as bad as the disgusting fit and feel of Panache's Boob Pancaker, the Andorra. This kind of misshaping has only happened to me before with the Gorsenia Orchid, which has a decidedly 50's conical shape to it. At least Orchid had the decency to not shove my breasts so hard apart from one another.
Removed the wires, fit is improved, but there is still an inch+ wide area from the gore though upper that's way too compressive. Added a set of hooks to the upper band to lace the upper away from collapsing down into my lower boob and causing massive diagonal quadding. While that helps with the force it still looks total shite.
I've not got the heart to try this in a 28G, then 28GG or 28H to see how far it takes to get the space needed, and will be saving this for sweaty nights when I don't feel like soaking to death in my ewa's.
In conclusion, yes probably a size up for most people, but can't shake the feeling this style could afford to be fuller & full-size friendly since such a reputation precedes it. From here out will utterly ignore such dire warnings about 'running a size large' because they apparently never apply to my fit needs.
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 Flag this
This is definitely the wrong bra for tall roots, balanced fullness, a bit shallow, and fuller in the middle. I felt like the gore was trying to attack me, but at least the band ran true to size. I've got to give them kudos though on the pretty pattern.
Updated on Dec 20, 2016 Flag this
I got orange-in-a-glass in this bra. Quadboob at the top with wrinkling at the bottom. Probably an issue because I'm too full on top for this bra.
The bra is mostly pretty comfortable and the shape it gives isn't awful.
Updated on Jul 27, 2013 Flag this
The Panache bras available at Nordstroms all squash me and give me quadraboob, so I was surprised that this one (in a grab bag from breakoutbras.com) fit me fine. I'm not terribly impressed with the shape it gives me, but not everything I wear has to be cleavage-inducing.
The quality seems better than my other Panache bra, Toni (under Cleo), but not as good as a Freya bra. My primary complaint is that the inside of the bra itches, along the seams. Other than that, it's a fine bra. It's comfortable and supportive for the most part, and it definitely fits better than my other black mesh bra!
Updated on May 25, 2011 Flag this
This is a great bra if you need a low gore. I am center-full, and I am not falling out the center. It is well-made and keeps you held in. Too bad this size is a tiny bit small. I'm going to go up a size (both band and cup)....the band is very tight.
Updated on Aug 29, 2020 Flag this
Didn't write a review
Added on Aug 21, 2020