Friday, 2 August 2013

Panache Superbra Melody Balconnet Bra Teal 30KK

Since starting my blog, I have been regularly asked about Panache bras so I thought it was about time I reviewed one on here.  

The reason I haven't done so before is that I tried them years ago and found the wires to be crazily wide for me and the way too cups too tall.  However, I have heard that Panache have a range of fits amongst their different styles of bra so when I placed a recent order with Bravissimo I decided to add the Panache Melody Balconnet bra to my basket to see if it worked for me.


Image courtesy of Bravissimo

I opted for the teal Melody Balconnet as it was in the sale and the only option available in my size range was the 30KK.






First off, I must say that the colour of this bra is absolutely gorgeous and very similar to the Bravissimo stock photo. Teal is my favourite colour and this is a really lovely shade.  The fabric used for the Melody is lovely and soft.  The bra has unpadded cups, which are part fabric, part lace.  The lace on the top half of the cups is not stretchy but the fabric is a little.  

As you can see from the photos above, the Panache Melody Balconnet gave me a weird shape, unfortunately.  In some of the images my boobs look rather 'boxy' from the side and that is because the fabric of the cups is fighting against the natural position of my breasts.  They cannot seem to reach agreement!  My boobs are somewhat flattened by the cups and front on they look pretty sad.

My boobs were too narrow for the ultra wide wires (that reached all the way round to my back, as can be seen from my pictures, particularly the second one of my back where you can see the wires on the left hand side!) but the cups appear too small in some of the shots.  I found that there was some excess lace on the top of the cup, as if I did not have enough upper volume to fill it properly, but in fact I think it was that my boobs were trying to fill out the wrong areas of the bra.

The cups were definitely too shallow and wide for my boobs and this is evident by the empty space at the bottom.  This would not go away, no matter how much I fiddled and adjusted the bra, so I admitted defeat and accepted the fact that this bra does not have enough depth in the cups for me.

The 30 band was much too big for me and as you can see I am wearing the bra on the tightest hooks in these photos.  Interestingly, I tried another Panache bra recently and the 30 wouldn't even do up so there is a lot of variation between the band sizes.  Size issues aside, the band was very comfy to wear during the short time I had it on and this is undoubtedly down to the high quality materials used.

The Panache Melody Balconnet has a 'bandless' design along the front of the bra.  Personally, I don't like this feature as I find it reduces the amount of support I get from the band and cups.  For large boobs like mine I need all the help I can get and I definitely prefer the sturdiness of a full band.  I also suspect the bottoms of the wires of the bra would have dug into my ribcage if I'd worn it for a whole day.

The straps only half adjust and I found that this was not short enough to get the best fit for me. It might be possible to force the slider onto the thicker front section but seeing as I was only trying this bra on and did not intend to keep it I did not think it would be appropriate to risk damaging it.

I found the cups to be ridiculously wide, and they wrapped all the way around to my back.  I don't think I have ever tried on a bra with such wide wires before!  It was really bizarre.  I found that the wires poked my underarms, despite them only being a bit too tall.  In the cleavage area, the wires actually hurt my sternum where they pressed so hard.  This wouldn't have been a deal-breaker if everything else had been fine as it's easy enough to bend poking wires so they no longer apply so much pressure.  However, the central gore was so wide that it sat on my breast tissue and felt incredibly uncomfortable.  In fact, I couldn't wait to take it off!

In conclusion, the Panache Melody Balconnet is sadly not for me.  However, I am sure it works brilliantly for those with wider set breasts that are not 'up front', like mine.  And I'm envious if this works for you - it's such a lovely bra!

14 comments:

  1. After your amazing advice the other day, i ordered myself a couple panache bras as they were on offer! 1 boob fitted perfectly but the other one tried to escape out the top. For me they also gave me a weird boob shape, so im sending them back. My mission for perfect bras is on going.... xxxx

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    1. It's worth trying other Panache styles as the fit seems to vary quite a bit. I'll definitely post a review if I try any others - I am particularly keen to try the Jasmine as someone has suggested on here x

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  2. Isn't the Melody notorious for being ultra-wide in the bigger cup sizes? I think you'd be way better off searching for a Panache bra on Bratabase that more or less match the wire width you've got in bras that fit you well :)

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    1. Yes, possibly. I wish Bratabase had recommendations for me (Panache or otherwise) but sadly it does not. We need more women entering their bra measurements!

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  3. Oh no, what a shame! Panache make such beautiful lingerie so its sad that this bra doesnt work for you. Maybe worth trying another one, possibly the jasmine as I heard that has narrower wires. I'd love to see you do a blog review of it x

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    1. Oooh thanks for the tip! I would love to try the Jasmine and any other Panache styles that have narrower wires and of course I would review anything I tried x

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  4. I have been thinking of trying this bra as I need something with very wide wires to fit my wide set boobs and I'd heard Panache lingerie might work for me. I will definitely give it a go now after reading your informative blog review. Thanks! x

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    1. Yay! So glad this review was of use to you. I wish the Melody balconnet had worked for me as it is really lovely - I am sure you will be delighted with it! x

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  5. that color lingerie looks amazzing on you! ur soooooo pritty babe. i luv ur blog x

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  6. How lucky, the man that gets to see that bosom bare !!!
    #envy

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  7. yes they are damn wide...i have one on 30 k long time ago not remember what is name but for sure it was Panache

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  8. I bought the melody in 30K+had the same issues as you,but after some manipulation of the wires to curve them more+taking in the gore,it has a much better fit. It's between a full+balconette in fit now. I have a few panache bras+am hoping to find more,but the fit does vary from style to style. I have a Cleo by panache bra in 32J that fits like a push up bra+has stretchy lace on the top of the cup to prevent spillage,but I can't wear any of their other bras in that size. I wear a 30 K in the fern,but in some of their other styles a 30 K had a lot of spillage+finding a larger cupsize has been incredibly difficult. Thanks for posting,it helps sometimes to know I'm not alone in this struggle.

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