Product Review: Panache Georgia

My torrid love affair with Polish bras has taken over the content of the blog for the last few months, and while they hold a special place in my heart, I realized a few weeks ago that there were so many other brands and new styles worth considering, particularly because not everyone has the same success with Polish companies as I do.  As a result, I went on a bra buying spree with several of our vendors, including a whopping six new bras from UK staple Panache.  To kick off the next few weeks of reviews, I want to start with the absolutely gorgeous and completely upscale Georgia set.

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Sizing & Fit:  Because of personal issues, my weight ticked upwards and impacted my bra size.  At the moment, I am firmly in 31 band territory, but when I ordered the Panache bras, I was closer to my standard 30HH size, which is what I am wearing here.  While the bra clasps on the loosest set of hooks, it feels a touch firm to wear without an extender for the first week or so, and the cups have a slight overflow toward the top.  Given my current weight, I believe the Georgia runs true-to-size and would recommend ordering your standard Panache size.

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Originally, I heard Georgia was a reboot of the non-defunct Sienna bra frame minus the stretch lace upper cup; however, Sienna featured a band-less design, meaning there was no additional elastic banding beneath the underwire.  Georgia features a banded frame, and the exceptional lift and forward, rounded profile remind me more of the Envy, Jasmine, and Floris bras.  In fact, the height and wire shape for Georgia is nearly identical to Envy with the former having only slightly more coverage at the center.

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Despite the raised gore, the sweetheart neckline and lower sides of the Georgia contribute to making the bra feel less binding on the sides as well as more moderate in coverage than other Panache styles I have tried.  Because I am extremely center projected with little side breast tissue, the Superbra line is always too wide for my shape, and Georgia is no exception.  The underwire width contributes to extra space on the sides as well as outside bottom where I have no tissue to fill the cup, but the center of the bra does boast a fair amount of projection.  Georgia is not as deep as the Cleo Marcie, but I do avoid issues with center shallowness here.

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Even with a few minor fit issues, the Georgia is quite comfortable, and I receive an impressive lift and hold from the bra.  In fact, the firmness of fabric is a key selling point for me as a retailer.  Many of our customers with softer, bottom-heavy tissue complain that popular styles like Clara, Andorra, Envy, and Jasmine—praised in the blogosphere and by fitters alike for the amazing stretch lace—create too much jiggle with movement.  Since the upper cup uses a stretchier fabric, the softer tissue has more leeway to move and change shape within the cup, but the Georgia’s firmer, inwardly-shaped top section ensures a snug hold ideal for those customers.  On the flip side, anyone with full on top breasts will experience issues because of the lack of openness at the top although sizing up may alleviate this.  As a balanced fullness breast type, I found the shaped worked well for me outside of the obvious minor size issues.

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Materials & Design:  Panache deserves an ovation for their use of materials and quality commitment with the Georgia.  Despite its affordable $62 price tag, the Georgia has the quality and design of the upscale Black line.  Restricted stretch, felted straps do not cut into shoulders while firm powernet mesh wings anchor to the body and stay put as you move.  Fuller-bust people needing a fully-adjustable strap often struggle with the felted design, but I’ve found many of them can have the adjustment piece moved onto the felted section if you are patient.  The two-ply mesh three-section cup has less give which accounts for the improved shaping and lift, and the bra seems as though it would hold its shape better over time.  Gorgeous floral lace features an upscale feel and look which elevates the overall appearance.

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Speaking of the aesthetics, Georgia is a breath of fresh air in a season inundated with blue and purples.  A deep blush pink contrasts perfectly with a rich charcoal for a unique, old weird sensibility.  On the lower cup, the blush color shows through the fine gray mesh while the upper cup uses a scalloped section of lace to complement the sweetheart neckline and added more visual interest.  To anchor the design, charcoal extends onto the straps and the wings for a bra as luxurious as it is practical.

For more information on the Georgia bra, watch our video review:

The Brief:  With a flattering mid-rise, the Georgia brief mimics the subtle details in the bra with its continuation of the charcoal and blush contrast.  The hips and rear of the bra are a matte gray, and the curved lace details mirrors those found on the upper cup of the bra.  Furthermore, the two-ply mesh is folded over to create the leg openings rather than use an elasticized edging for a comfortable, discreet fit.

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Product Review: Panache Georgia
Erica
Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.
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14 thoughts on “Product Review: Panache Georgia

  • December 9, 2015 at 12:14 pm
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    Gorgeous bra – thank you for the review. I feel confident that I should definitely try out this bra. I know the bras are nothing alike, but from a distance, the neckline shape reminiscent of the Masquerade Rhea. I’m happy to see you post a review for a non-polish brand! And your hair looks really nice. 🙂

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    • Erica
      December 10, 2015 at 12:35 pm
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      You’re welcome, Rebecca! I have lots of Panache on the horizon. 🙂 I think this is worth considering for you, just be aware of the closed in top cup (like Floris). The colors are beautiful, and I like that sweetheart neckline shape. Oh, and thanks for the compliments on the hair. 🙂 It was getting on my nerves, lol.

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      • December 10, 2015 at 1:28 pm
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        I finally got a tape measure and had my husband help me measure my underbust. Right up into my intramammary fold (sp) and very snug. 29″. Maybe that is why my 32 band bras, after I wear them 1-2x, already need to be put on the middle hook??? I did lose over 15 lbs this year but I didn’t think it would put me in an entire new band size. I knew something was up when I scored a Cleo Maya on amazon for $18 and I could immediately put it on the tightest hook :-/

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        • Erica
          December 10, 2015 at 4:22 pm
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          Sounds like it’s time to drop to a 30 band then! That would definitely give you the firmness, and then you could always use an extender if necessary to start. 15 pounds can definitely change a band size. It’s possible you may have be between a 30 and 32, and the 15 pounds pushed you more into 30 territory too!

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  • December 9, 2015 at 5:40 pm
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    I was so interested to hear that this ran true-to-size for you. I love the shape and the materials, but both sizes I tried ran small in the cup and a little generous in the band. Maybe “small” isn’t quite accurate, but it definitely feels more closed on top than some other Panache/Cleo bras; for example, mine feel much more closed on top than Envy, Jasmine, or Esme. I really agree though that Panache is stepping up their game, design and materials-wise. Like, I loved the shape and design of the icy blue bra I ordered from you whose name I can’t remember to save my life, but wow: that fabric was scratchy and those wires were poky. Recent seasons have brought really impressive improvements. This bra is so beautiful, and once I sized up in the cups I love wearing it. Have you seen the pink-and-baby blue version for SS16? So much prettiness! I think this is a great new style for Panache, and I’m crossing my fingers they keep it in the mix for future seasons.

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    • Erica
      December 10, 2015 at 12:42 pm
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      That is interesting! Mine definitely feels truer-to-size, and I haven’t had issues with anyone needing to size down band-wise in the store yet. However, with that said, every single one of the six bras I got from Panache have different levels of tightness despite being 30s. There seems to be inconsistency there, and it’s possible that has happened within some of the styles. It’s one of the reasons I find bra reviews can only be a starting point, ahem, particularly when said reviewer is in weight flux, heh. You’re right the top is more closed in though, a problem for anyone with fuller top tissue. For the shop, that closed in top has worked well for the customers needing the Envy shape with a firmer fit. The spring version is GORGEOUS. I hope they transition this design into a basic model for future collections. I’m such a huge anti-Tango person, but they do need some core shapes that have an all-over firmer cup.

      BTW, the bra was Colette. 🙂 Very lovey bra, but yes, not nearly as nice as their newer versions. There is still some work to go, but it’s good to see these adjustments and tweaks being added into newer collections.

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  • December 13, 2015 at 6:24 pm
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    I was looking forward to see a review about Georgia…it was the bra that caught my eye the most on the Panache collection…truly beautiful mix of colors!

    I think I’d have some issues with the non-stretchy lace top though…I had problems with a slight wrinkling on the top of the Floris, Marcie, etc… 🙁 Would love to try it, but the store that stocks Panache in my hometown didn’t pick it… neither the blue version for spring :/ shame

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    Nádia
    My Fashion Insider

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    • Erica
      December 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm
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      Hi Nadia! I think this fits better than Floris, but the lack of a stretch upper-cup can be a problem for some people. I don’t have much of an issue, but I do like that Panache is trying to offer a mix to address customer demands. The new spring version is so gorgeous, but the charcoal/blush combo for fall was amazing too.

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      • December 20, 2015 at 6:43 am
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        Yes, you’re right, Panache seems to be exploring ways to fit different breast shapes…I was so glad the new Kayla was perfect on me, for example! After Lucy, I didn’t try any unlined Panache/Cleo bra that fit! (Kali’s colors didn’t attracted me!) Spring, come fast! <3

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        Nádia
        My Fashion Insider

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      • August 2, 2016 at 5:35 pm
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        erica, how do you compare it to Jasmine. I am 30JJ now. I love my Envy, but it gives me very wide silhouette compare to Jasmine even if i sew in the center gore. purple floris fills better wires wise(they are narrower, not much room at center, but sewed in center gore gives more room there. is Georgia same wires as Jasmine or as Envy? is it center projected as Jasmin or wider overal as envy. (I am 5 feet toll wear size 0-2 pants, width really maters for me). Thank you

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        • Erica
          August 11, 2016 at 8:53 pm
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          Hi Nadiya! I think it is narrow like Jasmine with a more overlapping gore (toward the top), but it does lack that stretch lace upper cup which doesn’t work for everyone. I really loved this entry from them, and I hoped they could turn it into a basic as an alternative to Tango. All of my customers who purchased it from us has really loved it! Did you see they are doing a basic Jasmine soon? I think it is slated to release in November!

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      • August 2, 2016 at 5:37 pm
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        are you goinG to try Cleo Kayla? I was so exited to see Cleo with stretch lace.

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        • Erica
          August 11, 2016 at 8:55 pm
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          I’m going to try! I do have a comparable size in store to what I normally take, but I can tell you it is very much a Jasmine-variation for the Cleo line. This one has also been really popular with customers because the wires are narrower than even Jasmine and slightly less tall. The stretch lace is placed differently though, resulting in a slight overflow of tissue where the lace and firm fabric connects for some customers with soft tissue. That said, many didn’t care because the bra itself was so comfortable!

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