On a day like today when it is pouring rain and bitter cold, it’s kind of tough to remember that summer is right around the corner which means plenty of time spent at the pool or by the lake. Since my previous bathing suits were all cheap bikinis, I decided to treat myself this year to something better and more supportive. Way back in August, I pre-ordered the Halle swimsuit from Panache because I fell in love with the gorgeous color and the sexy styling, and even though I’m still months away from using it, I was still happy when it arrived last week.
Sizing & Fit: When I ordered the suit, I was routinely wearing a 32F, but then I lost weight and began wearing a 30F. Naturally, the size change had me concerned about whether the top would fit properly. *wipes brow* Fortunately, it all worked out, and this size fits beautifully. The band feels snug but not tight, and the cups do not have any gaping or spillage. Because the fabric has some stretch to it, I think there’s a bit of leeway with what size or sizes will work. Furthermore, I love how the underwires extend just the right amount on the side without being too high or uncomfortable, and the moderate coverage of the center gore keeps everything contained without seeming too much like a bra. Speaking of bras, the use of an underwire is inspired because it keeps the bra firm against the ribs and makes it feel like it will stay put all day. For the lower half, I ordered the size 12 bottoms (equivalent to a medium, I think), and they fit fine as well. I hate how bikini bottoms can sometimes dig into the skin, but these do not create the dreaded muffin top!
Materials: Immediately I can tell the difference in quality between the Panache Swimwear and my previous ones. The fabric feels so soft and comfortable and has enough stretch to accommodate curves. On a practical note, I love how the back uses a corrosion-resistant clasp instead of traditional hook-and-eye closures so that, again, the suit doesn’t feel too bra-y. Finally, the straps are adjustable, but there is another non-adjustable fabric strap which sits on top to conceal the layer beneath for a nice design touch.
Design: As I mentioned, the gorgeous color first attracted me to this style since I am a huge fan of anything in the red family, but I like how this red is more dark and glamorous. Beyond the color, I love how the fabric on the sides of the cup can be adjusted for different looks. In the photos, I’m wearing them in what I’d call the “standard” way, but you can move them forward for more coverage or to the sides for less. Even the bottoms have some options because the loop in the front can be moved to either side. The coverage level for both the top and the bottom works for me too. I was a little concerned that they would arrive and be some kind of “lingerie for the sea” set with too much fabric, but that is not the case. On the flip side though, I don’t think they are too revealing either, and I feel sexier in the Halle than I did in any other swimsuit I’ve bought in the past.
Other Comments: Erica ordered one of the suits as well, but hers hasn’t arrive yet. I’m kind of interested to see how they translate the balcony tops to someone with bigger boobs.
Overall Grade: A+