Some of you may recall that my friend and fellow blogger Dezi offered up a fabulous review of the Panache Tango II Plunge bra back in February; however, since we both wear different sizes (30H vs. 32F), I wanted to see how the bra stacked up for women on the higher end of its cup size range.
Sizing: Even though many reviewers find they need to size up in the band for Panache, I opted for my usual 30H. The band was on the tighter side of what you expect from a 30, but I didn’t feel the need to move up to a 32. If you frequently are between two band sizes, you may feel it is uncomfortably tight. Nevertheless, while the band was true-to-size, the cup seemed small to me. I had some spillage with my normal H cup even with too-loose-for-wear straps, and I know that other times in the month *ahem*, the cups would really be a no-go. With many plunges, however, women often find they need to size up because there’s less cup there to support and cover the breast tissue. Keep this in mind if you are considering this style!
Fit: Sizing problems aside, I actually like the fit of this bra, and I’m not a huge Panache fan (great company, but the styles often don’t work for me). The underwire is lower on the sides and front, and the bandless design means I have less bra resting on my torso—a nice change of pace given that all the bras I own are banded. I also like how the wings are moderate coverage, so they strike the right balance between too high for comfort and too low to offer much support.
Materials: As Dezi so eloquently stated, the wings of the bra are made from “awesomeness!” Soft and lightweight, the wings anchor and support a heavier bust perfectly. The Austrian leaf embroidery is a cute touch, but I’d love to see this style without the embellishment since it would be more versatile under clothes. Also, the seams are also a touch thicker than I normally like, but they don’t rub or chafe. Finally, I do wish they had used fully adjustable straps!
Design: It’s not often you see plunges up to an H cup, and it’s so refreshing to get away from the standard 3-section balcony that so many of us GG+ cup women are forced to wear. Again, Dezi was spot-on when she said this was a great open neck bra that doesn’t need to amp up the cleavage factor (women looking for bombshell boobies need the Curvy Kate Elegance or the Freya Deco). Overall, it’s a good, comfy bra at a fantastic price.
Other Comments: We still have a few of the cornflower blues left—or UNC Blue for my fellow Heels fans.
Final Grade: B+/A-