The Panache Jasmine is available in sizes 30-38 D-K, for about $62.00 (matching panties available up to a US size 18)
The Jasmine is a bra I have been wanting to try for a long time (since about October), but couldn’t really justify spending the money on. I had asked for it for Christmas but got the Fern instead, so I was just kind of holding out to see if this print would go on sale (there’s a new print/color for spring, I believe is the release time frame). Yeah, as you all know, I’m a bargain hunter.
But, on a recent trip to Nordstrom, I saw that they were stocking the Jasmine! Finally! **Random sidebar, I hate that they only carry up to a 38J in store and online….where’s the JJ and K cups?** I grabbed the Jasmine along with a few other bras to try on, and I brought this one home in a 38J.
I’ve been recently measuring about 38.5″ for my under bust, and all of my 40’s are too big, so I really thought I would love the 38 band in this. Here’s my thoughts… (I have yet to put the measurements on Bratabase, but will update this post when I have done so).
Features: 4 part cup, half adjustable straps, gorgeous bird print, bow on center gore, semi-padded straps, 3 sets of 3 hooks and eyes and stretch lace upper cup.
Fit: I’ll be honest, I’m not 100% sold on the fit of this. While all of my breast tissue is fully encased in the cups, the wires are pretty low on the sides, leaving some of my armpit fluff out to pasture. This isn’t really an issue, but I’m used to the much wider wires of my Elomi bras, so it feels a little bit weird. I think I would have liked to try a 38JJ just to see if this went away at all. As I continue to lose weight, I’m having more and more problems with armpit fluff that is not breast tissue. I really need to figure out which exercises will help reduce the amount of extra skin and tissue I have going on under there. I swear it’s not boob, though!
However, the cups fit perfectly (I know it looks like double boob in the side shot, but that’s just because of how I am twisting to take the photo; It is smooth under a t-shirt), and that stretch lace is DIVINE. I did find that I had a little bit of trouble settling into the bottom of the cups, but I eased into it with more wear. I love the height of the center gore, and I feel like it hits me at a really great place. I love how narrow Panache’s center gores are, as they really work well with the shape of my breasts.
The 38 band is refreshingly snug. It could definitely use a good break-in period, but I don’t feel like I’m having my air cut off or anything like that. I love that the band does not travel all over the place, and it firmly holds the wires under the root of my breasts. I’m falling out of love with my Andorras lately because the band is too big (40J) and the wires aren’t staying where they should, causing rubbing and pain 😦
Support and Shape: Oh my gosh. I looked in the mirror and was like…..how is this possible from a Cut and Sew bra??? I have similar lift in this bra as I do with my EM PL Stalowka. It’s insane. The shape is slightly pointy (ever so slightly) from the side, but it’s nothing when you consider the lift and AWESOME cleavage. There is a lot of projection and a lot of lift going on here. Love it!
Fabrics: The fabrics are definitely a little starchy at first, and I would say that the band is less stretchy than other Panache bras I have tried (for instance, much less stretchy than the Sienna), but is comparable to how the band feels in the Tango II that I have in a 38J.
Other Thoughts: I really love the shape and lift that this bra gives! It’s amazing. I think I will end up ordering a 38JJ (obviously not from Nordstrom…..) to see if I feel any better about that next cup size up (though I’m afraid I’d lose some of the great cleavage!), so I may update this review at some point.
Overall grade: A+
And here’s a photo of this puppy underneath a t-shirt. No judging on the contents of said t-shirt haha
Other reviews of this bra: Sophisticated Pair