Product Review: Panache Jasmine

Hello Ladies,

Ever since I was gifted the Panache Andorra several months ago, I’ve been vocal for my love of this style and have recommended it to nearly all of my customers.  The fit, support, and quality cannot be beat, and when I heard the Jasmine was similarly designed, I jumped at the chance to test it:

Sizing:  I ordered the same size I bought in the Andorra (30HH) which fits perfectly; however, the band on the Jasmine is rather firm without the stretchier quality of other styles.  If you’re between two sizes, you may want to size up for the Jasmine.  Nevertheless, the support and anchorage the bra offers as a result of the firm band is rather impressive, and I feel lifted and secure in this bra even after considerable movement.  The cups also fit well with all of my breast tissue encased and contained within them.

Fit:  One of the things I enjoy about the Andorra is how the wires are not as wide as some of Panache’s other styles and how the cups/wings do not sit quite so high under the side.  The Jasmine utilizes this design strategy to great effect, and I feel supported and contained without needing to worry about chaffing or rubbing.  Furthermore, I feel like the Jasmine has a slightly lower cup and center gore than the Andorra which creates more of an open chest.  The Jasmine also uses the same inner side sling as the Andorra to give forward projection and added side support.  Finally, the lift the bra provides is phenomenal so much so that I . . . erm . . . popped a button on one of my older J. Crew tops the other day because of how high my boobs were sitting.

Materials:  A key selling point for me was that both the Jasmine and Andorra utilize a soft stretch lace at the top of the cup.  I sometimes have trouble with bras that use less flexible fabric near the top because they either don’t contour to my bust shape properly or they dig into the tissue.  The stretchy, soft lace ensures the cup of the bra always fits perfectly even if the shape or size of my bust fluctuates.  Additionally, I love the fully-adjustable strap which features a felted underside so it feels soft against the skin.  The strap itself has less stretch than any other style I own and never digs into my shoulders.  My only initial caveat with the materials was the gorgeous printed fabric.  It felt VERY rigid and stiff, bordering on scratchy.  However, I know Panache can starch some of their bras to the point of allowing them to stand up and walk by themselves, and I was willing to reserve judgment until I wore and washed the bra.  To be honest, the first day was a little painful, but after a quick wash, the stiffness drastically faded so the bra felt more comfortable.  I imagine after the rest of the starch is washed out, the material will be soft and smooth.

Design:  I love the way the Andorra looks on me, so I was equally excited for the Jasmine.  As I mentioned, I like how the Jasmine seems to be slightly lower in the front than the Andorra, but my favorite aspect is the printed pattern.  The colorful birds playfully arranged among grass and bamboo shoots has an Asian vibe, but it also fits perfectly with the trend we’re seeing for unique prints.  In fact, I feel like this is a darker version of the upcoming Freya “Just Flew In” set.

The stretch lace top cup plays perfectly off the print, and I feel like this is a great way for me to get the versatility of a black bra with something fun thrown into the mix.  Lastly, the discreet seaming makes this another tee shirt friendly fashion style which blends well under most tops.

Other Comments:  I forewent the matching pants because of my realization that I don’t really need matching underwear for every bra I own, but I was pleasantly surprised that my black Andorra shorts perfectly match the lace on the top part of the cup!  So, when I feel like being matchy-matchy, I’m whipping those out instead.

Final Grade:  A+

 

Product Review: Panache Jasmine
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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27 thoughts on “Product Review: Panache Jasmine

  • October 24, 2012 at 1:45 pm
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    It looks wonderful! Oh dear, now I’m seriously tempted to order one. I just got my first Andorra, and while I like it, the way you describe the slightly lower center front of the Jasmine sounds like it would be right up my alley.

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    • Erica
      October 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm
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      Sweets, over time, I think this one may become my new favorite bra (I’m fickle, what can I say?). As I mentioned, the only thing that really gave me a slight pause was how stiff the material was to start, but after only one wash it is already feeling so much more comfortable. I do feel like this is lower than the Andorra, and I can’t help but swoon over the cool bird print although I do love the multicolor floral print they are doing for spring. If you get a chance, give it a try!

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  • October 24, 2012 at 3:54 pm
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    Gorgeous! I’ve been on the fence about whether I wanted to get one or not, but this may definitely push my hand. Perhaps after Christmas shopping is all finished! 🙂

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    • Erica
      October 24, 2012 at 4:19 pm
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      Nicole, you will love it! I wish I could find a picture of the version coming in January/February of next year because it’s lovely!

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  • October 26, 2012 at 3:01 pm
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    I’m so glad you posted this review and mentioned your Andorra size too. I tried this bra in a size lower than I take in the Andorra and it fitted horribly, even though I didn’t get spillage. I thought perhaps the cut just didn’t work for my body. Maybe I’ll give it another try one cup size up!

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    • Erica
      October 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm
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      I think the Jasmine is a touch more generous than the Andorra but not a full cup size. I’d try your Andorra size and see how that compares. The frame isn’t identical to Andorra though as I think the Jasmine is a combination of the Andorra and Tango. I love mine and feel like it’s a great variation on the wonderful Andorra! 🙂

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  • November 3, 2012 at 9:51 am
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    Hi Erica. Thanks for the great review. Under my screenname msondine I said on YouTube I hoped you would do one some time;)
    I asked Bravissimo to send me the Jasmine as an exchange for the Panache Harmony Balconet in 28K which was wrong in all aspects. The wires were much too wide even for me and they became also a bit distorted by the band which was a bit on the tight side – although I easily could close it. I tried the Andorra some time ago, after seeing your lovely video review. It had everything I looked for in a bra: stretch lace, side seams and a very lovely silhouet under clothes. However the 30J unfortunately was too small in the cups. So now you’ve confirmed The Jasmine is a lot like the Andorra, I ordered it in 30JJ which what I think must be the right size for me. But it’s even better now you write that the center gore is a bit lower than the Andorra. Especially since I very recently realised that center gores are one of my main problems in bras, especially in brands with wider wires like Curvy Kate and Panache. They assume if you’re wide-rooted you are also wide-set. And I now know I am extremely close-set. Their wires are mostly much too wide at the height of my nipples, while they fit under my armpits. This is a spot my breasts are so close together there’s only place for one wire. Especially the Curvy Kate Emily gave me that problem. It’s a lovely bra, which I own in lavender. But it made me black and blue between my breasts. It unfortunately also gave me a rather east-west-ish look.

    By the way: on Ebay I saw a white version of the Jasmine. I didn’t even know this exited.

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    • Erica
      November 5, 2012 at 11:52 am
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      MsOndine, I’m crossing my fingers for you for the Jasmine! I really love mine, and it’s quickly taking over from the Andorra as my favorite bra, in part because it is a little lower but also because it doesn’t have the embroidery that extends down past the band. Sometimes this will flip up, and I need to readjust. Just be prepared that the fabric is very rough/stiff to start, but now that I have washed mine a few times, it has really softened and feels great. Why Panache feels the need to starch their bras so much is truly beyond me! The upcoming Jasmine also looks great since it is a multi-color floral print using blues and raspberries. If they released the same month, I could see it hanging well with the Elomi Roxy Longline!

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    • December 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm
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      The white bra on ebay is an older, discontinued model called “Jasmin”, it is not the same as the current “Jasmine” under discussion. I think Panache should have chosen a very different name for the new bra, they are too close!

      To me the Jasmine looks a lot like the Panache Emily, with a stretchy upper panel. The construction looks identical to the Emily. Emily is a great bra which I wish Panache made in more fashion colors, I would buy them all!

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      • Erica
        December 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm
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        Thanks for clearing that up, Ms. Pris! You’re right that they should have chosen a more distinct name for their styles. I’ll have to give the Emily a try in the future!

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  • November 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm
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    Oh, another helpful review! As per the review I just left, I also ordered this in my Andorra size. It looks mostly okay, but I feel very compressed, and there’s an indent along the seam line between the fabric and the lace. I wondered if I needed a 32 (I’m a 30-3.5″ under bust), but I think possibly the real issues is that I’ve been wearing too small of a cup size.

    Thank you again!

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    • Erica
      November 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm
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      Hi KB! I’d bump up to the HH cup (per your other comment) and see if that helps the fit. I found this one to be a little more generous than the Andorra but not an entire cup size. However, the band on the Jasmine did feel a lot more firm than the Andorra which I think will mean some women need to bump up the extra band size. Glad you found the review helpful!!

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  • November 20, 2012 at 3:30 pm
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    OMG I love this bra.
    (Here is where I confess I ordered it off Figleaves, back when I first found out about it. I’ve been desperately trying to find something nicer than my everyday Keira, and luckily my Figleaves order arrived just in time for me to wear to the wedding I was attending!)

    So I am extremely hard to fit, and I have tried so many bras over the last year, trying to find some that really work for me (out of the really very limited selection that come in my size range). This Jasmine is the first one that made me so excited when I tried it on! (It works! OMG amazing! It actually works!)

    This bra is fantastic for my close-set, wide-root, soft breasts. The center gore is not only lower than other Panache bras I’ve tried, but also quite narrow. The 4-part cup shape is fantastic, and means the cup is nice and deep at the bottom (which I need), the side support is great, and the stretch lace is magical. The cup shape and stretch lace on top do things for my shape that no other bra has ever been able to do. It creates a very forward (but not pointy), lifted and defined shape.
    The cups are a little narrower than I’d ideally like, but I am at the extreme when it comes to width, and I suspect the slightly narrower cup helps with the forward shape. I think I might like to try it in 32KK, if they made that, but they don’t (maybe we can convince them to add a size? hey, I can dream!), so the 32K is good enough. (anyone who’s on Bratabase, I have a full review of the Jasmine on there)

    By the way, I don’t think the side support works exactly the same on this as the Andorra . . . it’s my impression that the Andorra is basically a 3-section cup with an extra piece inside (one seam meets the wire at the bottom of the cup) whereas on the Jasmine the side support is an actual cup section (two seams meet the wire at the bottom of the cup). So I bet they will fit some people a little differently. (The Andorra I would guess might be a little shallower at the very bottom of the cup. I tend to have trouble with this.) But I haven’t tried the Andorra because it doesn’t go past J, so this is just from pictures, obviously I could be wrong 😉

    Erica, are you going to be doing pre-orders for the new colorway you mentioned is coming up? 😀

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    • Erica
      November 20, 2012 at 4:03 pm
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      Raspberryleaf, thank you for weighing in with your thoughts! I do find that the Jasmine tends to give a little more forward projection than the Andorra which can be a tough order to fill in the H+ cup size market. I wish they would create the Jasmine in a basic color instead of reserving the frame for fashion only. You are right that the Andorra is only a 3-section cup plus an internal sling whereas the Jasmine has no sling but a four-section cup design. It does change the fit a little from one to the other, but *usually*, there’s a lot of crossover in the women who like either style.

      I can gladly accept pre-orders for upcoming Panache styles, so if anyone is interested, you can email sophisticatedpair[at]gmail.com. 🙂

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    • December 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm
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      If you like this one but have a hard time fitting in the Andorra, try the Panache Emily! It has similar cup construction to the Jasmine, and a lower center gore than the Andorra.

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      • Erica
        December 11, 2012 at 1:45 pm
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        Thanks for the recommendation, Ms. Pris! I’m anxiously awaiting the new Panache Idina as well which is scheduled to debut in March. 😀

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  • March 26, 2013 at 9:35 am
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    Hi there! I’m a huge fan of your blog and I always check it for reviews before I consider ordering a new bra. I’m quite a few months behind on hearing about the Jasmine, so hopefully you’ll see this comment::
    I tried the Andorra after reading your post about it. I measure a 30GG and tried the Andorra in 30H, one cup size up, as you suggested. The comfort and fit amazing, but it gave me the worst shape from the side. I want to try the Jasmine because it’s so pretty! Do you think the Jasmine will give me the same shape as Andorra?

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    • Erica
      March 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm
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      Hi Elizabeth! The fit of the Jasmine is different from the Andorra but not extremely so. I find the Jasmine is a little rounder than the Andorra, but it’s not as round as some of Panache’s Cleo styles like the Marcie or Lucy. What kind of silhouette are you hoping to achieve from the side? Maybe I can make some more specific recommendations for you. 🙂

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      • March 30, 2013 at 9:22 pm
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        So far the only bra I’ve had success with is the Lucy in 30GG. I like the shape and support Lucy gives. I just tried the Melody without success– bad shape and the wires were too wide. I might try Bravissimo’s Alana, but I’m not sure of their return policy for US customers. What do you suggest?

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        • Erica
          April 2, 2013 at 12:37 pm
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          Hi Elizabeth! I stand by the Cleo Marcie, especially if you like the Lucy. The side profile for the Marcie is high and rounded. There’s also the Freya Deco although I don’t know how you feel about molded cups. Personally, I adore the Jasmine, but I do know that the side profile has a hint of a point. I’d hate for you to order it, and then feel like it’s too much like the Andorra. I’ve never tried the Alana, so I can’t comment on that one. Other options (depending on preference): Fantasie Rebecca, Curvy Kate Princess, Cleo Juna, and Masquerade Rhea.

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  • February 26, 2014 at 7:15 am
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    Hi Erica, I just love the design on the latest Jasmine bra and really want to get one, but I’ve never tried Panache bras before. I’m only able to order online, so was hoping you could suggest a size based on my Freya sizes. I fluctuate between 34F/32FF depending on the style. Many thanks!

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    • Erica
      February 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm
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      Hi Kate! The prints can be inconsistent from one season to the next. In the one I reviewed, I would recommend going with a 34FF for sure because I felt like the band was definitely firm. The cups were also one size smaller than my Freya size too. I heard the champagne pink one ran truer to size though, so you may be able to wear a 32FF or 34F in this one. Manufacturer inconsistencies certainly make it more challenging to give recommendations on sizing! 🙁

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