Panache Rhapsody, Fern, and Clara fit checks

I’ve tried on a few Panache bras recently that didn’t quite work for me. I shall try to explain why and who they could work for.

Rhapsody

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I believe the Rhapsody is the same cut as the Tango, with an upside-down U for the bottom half of the cup. This may create lift for some, but since I’m full on the bottom and the fabric is rigid it fights my shape, resulting in in a diagonal line instead of curve at the bottom of the cup. The top of the cup has support but not lift, so it gets pulled down by the bottom of the cup, and it looks like my breasts are pointed at the floor in front of me. It runs pretty true to size, so it’s just a bit too small for me in a 34FF. I do love the rainbow embroidery though, it shimmers! If you like the tango or have some projection and breasts that are not top or bottom-heavy, this could be for you.

 

Fern

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I tried this in a band size up since I was gaining weight at the time (36ff). The bottom of the cup isn’t projected enough for me and the apex is too projected, so I get another fabric fold, wrinkles in the cup, and the top of the cup cuts in. I would not recommend this to the shallow-breasted, but some of the designs have been so pretty! The fabric is very supportive.

 

Clara

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I mentioned this before, but now I have pictorial evidence! The bottom of the cup is not projected enough, and I have to go up a cup size to get a fit, with a bit of fabric fold on the bottom. Like Jasmine, there’s a bit more projection at the seam than my breasts normally have, so my breasts look shorter. As a result, the top of my breasts are mostly covered in the stretch lace instead of the cool pattern. I didn’t go with this because of aesthetic reasons- I can barely see the lovely print, which is what I bought it for! It does feel more supportive on top than Jasmine/Envy, but the bottom of the cup not having enough room is a bummer. Again, I think this bra would work better for women with more even fullness in their breasts and moderate projection.

Have you tried any of these Panache staples? Fern has been offered forever, Rhapsody has been out for several seasons, and Clara has caught fire and become a basic. Did you have similar issues with the fit, or did you have better luck than I did?

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2 thoughts on “Panache Rhapsody, Fern, and Clara fit checks

  1. I haven’t tried these personally yet (hate Tango, never fell in love with a Fern print, and found Cleo before Clara came out), but we are going to carry Clara in the shop for a trial run. I have read some good reviews from people comparing the hold and fit to Andorra and Envy which are popular here. I know Tango is a core style which some people like, but I feel like it’s one of those frames which isn’t s good as some other options right now. Panache has been improving over the last couple seasons, and I never get requests for Tango anymore. Now, a basic Floris, I hear that one a lot! Great review per usual. 🙂

    • Thank you, Erica! It’s interesting that there’s a basic Clara because the basic Andorra has many of the same fit compatibilities. It feels a bit redundant? The fashion colors are gorgeous if you don’t have a lot of projection on the bottom. I can say that Clara passed the ‘jumping up and down in’ test for me, even if I decided not to keep it. Floris seems quite a popular buy- I assume it’s well suited for fuller breasts?

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