Panache Porcelain Plunge

The Panache Porcelain was my first small-band big cup bra. Simple and smooth, looked great under tight tanks. The straps were placed a bit widely for my liking and I owned several 32G Porcelains until recently, when they stretched out after six to nine months and I felt it was time to try other bras that might be more durable. Recently I spotted that the Porcelain Plunge was $30 on ASOS, so I thought I’d give it a try!

black porcelain plunge

The Panache Porcelain Plunge comes in a larger size range than the standard Porcelain- it goes from D-H instead of D-G. I’m not sure what about the construction expands the offering, but I remember Ewa Michalak says that plunge bras are supportive in larger sizes (PL) where half-cup bras don’t work as well (CHP, CH, HP, HM). I can wear a 30GG if the band is stretchy (Freya Deco, CK Emily and Showgirls), so if this stretches out quickly, I’ll buy a 30GG and use an extender next time.

Construction:

Like the standard Pocelain, the band is not continuous, and the cups are seamless and molded. The contour material is a good deal thinner than an EM plunge or Freya Deco or padded half-cup, which has its ups and downs (feels lighter, but less nipple modesty). Fully adjustable straps!

Fit:

Very comfortable. This bra stays in place during the day, and I had only a bit of spillage towards the middle after several hours (so far true of all plunge bras I’ve tried, because my tissue is on the soft side). The band is what I would call an ‘average’ 32, does not come up tight as many Panache bras do, but not as stretchy as the Freya bras I’ve worn. The straps did not seem as widely set as the standard Porcelain, but one’s mileage may vary. The cups fit just right in a 32G (what I wear in the majority of bras).
There is fabric at the bottom of the cup where it doesn’t curve out at all, but this seems to be the design to provide support. It didn’t feel like the orange-in-a-glass effect which I get with some bras that have very little room at the bottom of the cup. The fabric doesn’t fold over, just tacks against the skin as in the photo. It may not be for everyone, but suited me just fine and was calibrated for the appropriate size. Hurrah!

Looks:

Smooth and sleek, this works great for me under fitted or knit tops. No scalloping, no design distractions- even the straps are smooth. The Porcelain Plunge doesn’t give my breasts a ton of lift or projection, but the shape is pretty round and front-and-center. There’s some cleavage where I’d expect it to be, but it’s not as extreme as the PL bra I tried, the Tempt Me, or the Deco.

I haven’t tried a GG or H in the Porcelain Plunge, but I don’t know of any other GG/H t-shirt bra besides the Curvy Kate Smoothie (which is not a plunge). It could be a wardrobe staple for many women sized out of the Deco! I like it better than the standard Porcelain for its straps, extended size range, and the necklines it enables. This one’s a keeper!

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