The Fern by Panache is available in sizes 30-38 D-K, for about $45.00
I actually received this bra for Christmas from my husband’s Dad/Step-mom. I had asked for a 38J as this is the size that I have in the Tango II and that size fits well (as you know, I do wear a 40J in the Andorra, which runs a cup size small, so the 38J should have been perfect in the cups.). The operative word here is ‘should’.
Features: 4 part cup, 3 sets of 3 hooks and eyes, fully adjustable straps (with some wiggling), balcony shape, beautiful blue oriental print, bow on central gore, and eyelash lace at the top of the cups.
- For 38J
- Band length: 32″
- Stretched band: 37.5″
- Cup width: 8.25″
- Cup depth: 14.5″
- Wire length: 16.25″
- Cup Separation: 0.75″
- Center gore height: 4.75″
- Wing height: 5.75″
Fit: Okay, so full disclosure, I gained 10 pounds over the holidays. I’m not happy to admit that, but because of it, this bra was too tight on me. Before I gained 10 pounds, my underbust was measuring 39″…..so sadly, this did not fit….and it didn’t really stretch that much either. Most of the bras that I have stretch anywhere from 5-9″, so this is really on the low end of stretchy. I think that this would work only for true 38 band women, or a 36, depending on how you like the fit of your band.
As you can see the cups clearly do not fit me. The center gore did lay flat, but I had quad and side boob. I typically need 15-15.5″” of depth in the cup depending on the cut of the bra, so there is no surprise there. I would say that the cups on this bra do run small in comparison to the Tango II. The wires were borderline tall on the sides.
I’ve lost about 7 pounds now and am almost back down to my pre-holiday weight and have been working my abs, so this would probably fit better in the band now, but the cups would still be too small.
Support and Shape: The support is definitely what you would expect in a Panache Superbra, as is the shape. I am always pleasantly surprised by how round the shape is in Panache’s non-padded bras.
Other Thoughts: I actually did not keep this bra because the fit was so off. I ended up selling it on eBay and using the money towards my latest EM order (which should hopefully be here today or tomorrow!! Can’t wait!). I wish that I was able to keep it because it is so beautiful! I have wanted this bra for the past couple of months and was very much looking forward to it. The little touches are what really makes this bra special, and I think it’s a gorgeous addition to anyone’s lingerie drawer. I might see if I can catch this in a 38JJ when it goes on sale, but the wires were fairly high and they might not work as well on me in a bigger cup size.
Overall Grade: B+ …..why does it not run truer to size?!