Whenever I post reviews, I typically discuss styles I have either recently purchased or those I tested and dismissed; as a result, my reviews often miss a critical component of discussion: how a bra wears over time. For the first entry of 2014, I will revisit my bra purchases of 2013 and relate how the styles fared after the rigors of wash and wear. Keep in mind that this post centers on my personal experience with the styles, meaning my breast shape, size, activity level, and frequency of wear are going to vary from yours. A style that may have failed me could be a perennial favorite for you, which is what makes our open dialog here so interesting and important. All original reviews can be found under the tab in the above menu.
Technically purchased in late 2012, the Panache Jasmine quickly became my go-to for several months and was the bra against which I judged all others. The forward, rounded profile was only matched by the comfort, lift, and durability. Interestingly, my first day of wear was incredibly painful on account of the heavily starched fabric and rigid band, but several strong washes later, the Jasmine was dreamy. Furthermore, Jasmine maintained shape perfectly over time. The band stayed firm for months, and even the delicate stretch lace remained elasticized until the end. Despite loving the bra, I did find two issues. First, my breasts refused to settle into the bottom of the cups as the bra aged. By retirement time, frequent movement resulted in almost an inch of space at the bottom. My breast shape did change around this time too which may be partly responsible for the settling issue. My second complaint revolves around how the width of the wires became uncomfortably warped around my sides as I stepped down the hook-and-eye closures. In all fairness, stepping down the hooks easily modifies the fit of the underwire regardless of the bra, but with Jasmine, it became painful after a long day working. Modified Grade: B+
As an ardent lover of cobalt, Loretta easily nudged her way into my lingerie wardrobe, but my initial excitement faded quickly. The full coverage design which at first seemed practical for my busy days in the store became problematic when the tops of my breasts would slide up and over the cup, necessitating readjustment. Like Jasmine, stepping down the hook-and-eye closures resulted in wire width problems too; however, Loretta never did cause me any pain. Modified Grade: B
Tutti Rouge Liliana
Even though Liliana was a free sample, I am including it in my round-up as I did have a chance to test it multiple times. The high quality fabrics, excellent construction, and soft fabrics stayed fantastic, and the rounded but minimized profile worked perfectly under tops with less bust space. Not to mention, the low center gore created sexy cleavage under v-neck tops and dresses. However, I ordered a 30HH before realizing my Tutti Rouge size is a 32HH or J, making Liliana one band and about two cup sizes too small. I typically used an extender for extra space and often had to tuck breast tissue backward into the cup. Ultimately, I was not able to wear Liliana frequently because of the overflow, but I plan on revisiting the style in my proper size. Modified Grade: Abstaining [Read more...]