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Saw this on a different site for double the price (plus shipping) and was excited to find it for so cheap. Like most new bras it fits a little small around the waist but stretches out after a few washes. I was hoping for it to hold the girls down a bit more but other than that it's a good buy
This bra has underwires, foam cups, padded straps, and a moderate number of hooks in the 32HH size I bought. I also bought a few other sizes to make sure I could find the one that fit the best. This one was the best fit, and I compared it to a Freya bra I have been using for years to see if I could tell a difference in bounce control or other comfort criteria. I came to the conclusion that they were roughly similar in bounce control for me, and I liked that the underwires were a bit narrower in this model than the Freya bra. I felt supported.
Two things tipped me into the 'no' column for this model. 1) I have forward shoulders, which makes my upper chest look 'hollow' and the top of the center front of this bra stands away from my sternum by a good half inch. This affects how my shirts lay over the bra. Being fair, the Freya also stands a bit away from the sternum, but not as much. If I work hard to throw my shoulders back, I can reduce the amount the bra stands away from my skin, but that is unnatural and isn't gonna happen in real life. 2) The foam and material of this bra is overall much thicker than the Freya bra. To me, this translates to temperature while working out. I go for long bike rides in hot weather sometimes, and I want a bra that will be thin and allow the sweat to evaporate. I think the foam's thickness will inhibit that action, and be warmer overall.
Other points I considered: * I really would like a seamless bra, the Freya has a horizontal seam across the cup that really looks kinda frumpy to me under a tee shirt. This bra looks seamless over most of the cup in the pictures, but that transition at the top from one fabric to the other comes with a raised line of stitching that definitely shows through an activewear tee--the texture, not the color.
Considering that the bounce performance of both bras on my body was similar and I believe this bra will be hotter to wear, and there wasn't really any advantage in the seamlessness, I decided to stick with my Freya bras for now.
I have used Panache bras in the past for everyday wear and I will be trying them again in that respect shortly. The narrower wires are a definite plus for my narrow band/large cup size.
The best alternative-size (aka DD+) sports bra I've worn! It's surprisingly comfortable and it comes in a terrific assortment of colors and patterns. It's also really flattering - it doesn't give you uniboob and as a 36H I just ended up wearing these bras as an everyday thing. It fit true to size but be aware that Panache is a UK brand and the sizes are different from what they are in the US! My only complaint is that the underwires don't go all the way to the top of the gore (I think it's to prevent underwires from popping?) but as the bra wears down, the top of the gore gets a little saggy and doesn't tack as well to your breastbone. Otherwise a terrific bra!
I wanted to love this bra and I tried several to get my correct size via Prime Wardrobe. Once that happened, it still wasn’t right. I figured out that the back design needs more work, especially the larger sizes. I’m a 38F and it fit perfect in the front but the back didn’t support the front. Let me explain: My breasts are large, and heavy, therefore a much wider band is needed in the back. The support in the back must begin right at the underarms in order for it to work for me. Perhaps an extra optional strap going across the shoulder blades is the answer.
Bought the neon pixel color and must say that it is very attractive - a true black with very nice pops of color. The interior of the bra is solid hot pink. The cups are cushioned with a flexible, thin layer of soft material - very comfortable - they are molded so stand up on their own rather than lying flat. The underwire is enclosed in fabric. The fabric at the top of the cups is non-see through mesh which helps with air flow. The bra strap has 3 sets of hook and eye closures so there are options to adjust the band fit a bit and it is wide enough (1.5") to stay put during movement. Did not use the straps in the racer back option which is a simple hook that fits into a ring on the opposite strap. In its regular strap position, the bra fit close to my every day underwire ones. The best part of this underwire sports bra is being able to separate the 'girls' instead of feeling smashed into a uni-boob look (hate that) and the fact that you can take it off simply rather than wrestle it over your head. Straps stayed put during exercise class. Overall, very comfortable from day one, nothing moved, and I didn't notice I had it on. Will be my favorite if it holds up over time.
I have to order a band-size up, but I really like this bra. It actually does lift and separate my 38F chest. My only complaint is that the hook and eye closures in the back need more reinforcement. I have several of these bras, and the eyes always start pulling out almost as soon as I get them. They still last over a year with very regular wear, but that annoys me. That’s not what kills the garment. 12-16 months in, the underwire works it way out which makes for a very uncomfortable last day.
I really like this bra, but I dropped it down a star because when the hook is connected to work with racer back tops, it causes a lot of pressure on the shoulders, which resulted in pain for the rest of the day. When that hook is not connected, it fits perfectly. You do need to drop down a cup size (which is in the sizing chart, so I rated this as “fit as expected” because that information was available prior to purchase). The only other thing I don’t like is that the seams along the cups are visible through shirts, which is not ideal, but I’ll deal with it for the good fit and excellent support for high impact activities. This bra provides great support while running and doing HIIT workouts. This level of support is difficult to find in larger sizes (32F for me).