This bra is a fancier, limited edition, version of the basic Tango bra, with nicer materials and detailing, and it is, in fact, quite nice. The satin touches are pretty and silky and the back band material is really nice feeling. I love the color of the orchid, especially on the satin parts, and I imagine the ocean blue is just as pretty.
I went back and forth a lot on whether to keep this bra, but ultimately, even though I got it on sale, I'm sending it back, because the band is really, really too big. (They don't make a KK, so I can't just get a ...32. C'mon Panache, more KK's please!) I was thinking about getting it altered, which I think on this bra would work pretty well, but I do have bras coming from Bravissimo that will fulfill a similar position in my wardrobe, so I'm gonna pass this time. (Note to self: if it shows up on Ebay or something for an even better price, grab it!)
The cups shape on this bra is 3-section, with a large upper section that goes all the way across and two lower sections. The cup is deep enough at the very bottom for my boobs and I don't get orange-in-a-glass like I do with the other type of 3-section cups. Not as good as a 4-section, but an acceptable secondary shape option for me.
The cup on this bra is actually, really big enough for my boobs, I can scoop all my breast tissue into the cups and they don't spill out over the tops. I got a large enough cup size that the cups fit more like a full coverage than a balconette, which is good for me. Unfortunately the strap angle is still bad, positioning the straps too far out on my shoulders and making the outer cup dig into the front of my armpit. (I really wanna try altering this, because if I can fix this issue a lot more bras will work for me. I should experiment on an older bra.)
The straps are pretty and satiny and would look nice in a situation where they will show, because they don't really look like bra straps. However they do roll as the material is not stiff enough to keep itself spread out. (Being too wide-set for my shoulders probably doesn't help this issue any.) For comparison, I think Bravissimo does really nice straps, that stay where they belong better.
The back material is really, really nice and comfortable. Very fine stretch mesh, it kinda reminds me of a leotard or dance costume of some sort. The satiny band is really nice too. However this band is overly stretchy. For comparison, I bought the Panache Jasmine in the same order, in a 32K, and will wear it on the tightest hook of an extender for a little while until it stretches out a bit. The 34K Tango Luxe is so loose/stretchy that I can fasten it on the tightest hook straight out of the package and still fit my whole hand in the band. (It's really too bad they don't make it in 32KK because I think that would fit really well.)
This bra is actually really comfortable. I think the underwires may be a little less out of control thick/stiff than my older Tangos, and miraculously they do not jab me in the armpits! This might be because the cup is actually fully wide enough for me, which means the back ends of the wires hit behind my arms. (good for me, bad for someone with narrow boobs) I would certainly recommend ordering a cup size smaller than usual in this bra! The shape is ok. Nothing special (not like the Jasmine!), not too different than my everyday Goddess Kiera's. A bit low and wide, but totally serviceable.
I really wanted to keep this bra, and I do think with a few alterations it could be great, but I just can't justify keeping a bra that needs alterations and isn't too much different than what else I have, just because the materials are so nice.
The bra fits just like the regular Panache Tango II Balconette (3251). For me the only difference is in the straps. It is those that I find quite annoying. Unlike the straps of the regular tango, the straps are made of the shiny satin material and some jersey. Since in my size 40HH there is quite a bit of pressure on the straps, the jersey stretches and the straps curl and cut in. It hurts. Also thanks to the construction the straps are not fully adjustable. It is not a problem for me, but I can see how this might be one for others.
This bra is very similar to the Panache Tango II , which is my all time favourite bra. The shape , the cut, the sizing is identical. The difference is that the material more silky , the color is gorgeous and the bow detail makes it look a bit fancier. The straps are soft silky material and much wider than the original Tango II. One would think this makes the straps more comfortable, but unfortunately that is not the case. In fact the wide straps curl up due to the softness of the material and they dig into my shoulder leaving red marks. I am keep buying the Tango II over and over for over a decade, but I definitely won't buy this version again. Being fancier doesn't worth to give up the comfort. I have to admit I have narrower shoulders though. Maybe women with wide shoulder won't have problem with them.
Pros: Beautiful color, nice details Fairly comfortable Slightly padded shoulder straps Improvement over Tango II Good support
Cons: Underwire can still dig into you a bit Could still be even comfier, but most bras could Shape doesn't work for me (full on top, close together, pendulous)
This bra is so nice and luxurious especially compared to the Tango II. It gets rid of many of the itchy elements and replaces them with satin, while introducing a lovely color and very nice satin shoulder straps and a pretty little ring of rhinestones on the center gore. It doesn't come up as high under the arm for me either. However, the band was too tight for me, ...and the cups a little too small, causing quadraboob. I would love to get this again in a 32K as it is a fairly comfortable everyday bra that, in my opinion, should have replaced the Tango II rather than being a limited edition. It is surprisingly one of my best fitting bras despite having narrow, deep breasts. I can see why this is one of Panache 's best selling shapes as it seems to work for a variety of shapes. Read more 81 more words
In addition to the 28F, I also tried the 28E Tango Luxe. Neither of them worked for my shallow, wide rooted boobs. The 28F was definitely a bit deep for my boobs, which caused wrinkling in the cups. The wires were still too narrow and still didn't go high enough, so it gave me armpit fat. The cups were also not open enough on top for me.
The Tango Luxe is a really nice bra, with cushy straps and soft mesh wings. It just doesn't work for me.
The Tango Luxe is not meant for my shallow, wide rooted boobs. While it is a beautiful sky blue color and constructed from lovely materials, it doesn't work for my shape. The wires are too narrow and don't come up high enough, causing armpit fat. The cups are a little too deep, but not open enough on top, resulting in wrinkling and quadboob.
I'm not really a fan of this bra. I think it is a shape issue as well as being the wrong size. I have to constantly adjust it all day and only wear it as a last resort. The wire pokes me in the right underarm but its fine on the left side. The fabric is pretty but its is not very comfortable. It has no give to it. I get the upside down 7 shape in this and may be alleviated in the right size but I don't even want to try because this bra has been a nightmare. After the first hand wash, the thread started coming out of the hook and eye closure so I sewed it back on. Then the underwire poked out of the right cup and I had to sew it back in. This bra has maybe been worn 10 times. I'm glad i got it super cheap on Amazon.
The band is too big—I can easily wear it on the tightest hook. The center gore is too high and/or too wide. It is on top of breast tissue on both sides and also pokes. The underwires are too low, and positioned too far to the sides (they’re on top of breast tissue in the middle and outside it on the side). The cups seem both too big and too small, I think partially because the wings aren’t high enough to hold the side tissue (so right after putting it on, I have quadraboob, but after a few minutes, there is wrinkling in the front and top of the cup). Also, the slightly elasticized top of the cup cuts off the top part of my breast.
Purchased in a cup size (or two?) too large so there is gaping and wrinkling in the top of the cups even after scooping and swooping. The center gore also digs in to my sternum a bit but it's only mildly uncomfortable and I can wear it all day at work without problems.