Just before I headed off on my holiday to the Dominican Republic in early April, I received a number of bikinis from large cup lingerie brand Panache. The one I am sharing with you today is the Panache Swim Eadie Balconnet Bikini Top (£34, 30-38 D-K) and Classic Pant (£20, UK sizes 8-20).
Image courtesy of Panache
I fell in love with the Eadie bikini as soon as I saw it on the Panache website; a crochet bikini is something I have wanted for so long but I had given up hope of ever finding one in my size (or close to it).
I often size down in the cups in bikinis as I find the stretchy fabric can sometimes be too forgiving and end up giving too little support. I therefore opted for the top in 34J and the briefs in 20.
The Eadie bikini features unpadded white fabric, which is overlaid with navy blue crochet. Both the white fabric and the crochet overlay have a good amount of stretch to them, but I guess the crochet acts as reinforcement and so means the cups have less give, especially compared to the Panache Swim Tallulah Bikini I reviewed recently (read it here). I also found that the bikini bottoms have less give…more on that later.
Because of this, as you will see from my photos below, the 34J is definitely too small for me. I probably should have returned it for a 34JJ or 34K, but I loved the look of the bikini so much that I wanted to show it to you just as soon as I could (and whilst my tan was still present)! So please forgive the quadboobing – I am well aware that I need a larger cup!
The Eadie is one of the most stylish bikinis I have ever worn. Fit issues aside, this really is a ‘wow’ swimwear set. The combination of the plain white fabric and the navy blue crochet overlay is pure genius and looks effortlessly elegant. The crochet also gives a flattering contouring effect, which makes the wearer’s boobs look great!
The unpadded cups on the balconnet bikini are made of four parts – three on the bottom and one across the top – and they give a great rounded shape. The wires are a little wider than I’d like, but they fit comfortably and do not poke me. The central gore is a nice height to avoid any centre boob spillage, but again my preference would be for a lower gore in order to avoid awkward tan lines. As previously mentioned the cups are definitely too small for me, but I would be nervous of even wider wires if I went for a larger cup. Despite the too small cups, the central gore sits flat against my sternum.
The 34 band is very firm on first wear. So much so that when I first tried it on I decided not to take it on holiday with me and to return it for a 36 when I got home. That is, until a kindly person on Instagram advised me that she’d done exactly that and ended up regretting it as she found that the band stretched out quite quickly and was now too big for her. When I returned home from my holiday I decided to take heed of her experience and stick with the 34. And I’m glad I did – when I put the bikini on to take these photos it felt much less tight that the first time I’d tried it. The band fastens with a large navy blue plastic clasp.
All too often I see large cupped lingerie and swimwear with teeny tiny straps. This is no good for us – we need wide straps to support our heavy boobs! The Eadie’s straps are indeed rather narrow and although they feel pretty sturdy I suspect they will stretch out in just a few wears. This wouldn’t render the bikini top unwearable, but once the elastic has stretched out the straps can become rather uncomfortable to wear as there is little or no give left in the material. I’d like the straps to be half as wide again, please Panache! The straps are fully adjustable and the sliders have stayed in place whenever I have worn this top.
The Eadie Classic Pants are great. They are the perfect cut, with a decent rise on my lower tummy and good butt coverage, but as mentioned earlier in this post I did find the briefs on the small side and this is almost definitely because there is less give due to the double layered fabric. You can see from my photos that the bottoms cut into the soft flesh on my hips; although it doesn’t look great I can assure you that they don’t feel uncomfortable. These are the largest size available – a UK 20 – but I think if a 22 or perhaps even a 24 was available I would have sized up. It’s great that Panache offer plus sizes but I do hope they extend their sizes soon as there are plenty of larger ladies who would love to wear their swimsuits.
I really love how the Eadie bikini looks – its simple design and classy feel makes it a winner for me!
Have you tried any Panache Swim items? What would you like to see from them in future collections? Let me know in the comments below.