Trust me, this is one word I have never used in relation to a sports bra. But I finally got my mitts on the Panache sports bra and I couldn’t believe it: for once, a bra that lived up to all the hype.
I have now worn this bra for several activities, ranging from low to high intensity in cold, mild, and warm temperatures: snow shoeing, tennis, pilates reformer class, Bar Method, and brisk walking (hey, I’m pregnant!). It has not let me down!
This is an encapsulation sports bra–i.e., each breast is compressed individually–which I prefer to a compression sports bra (where both breasts are compressed together aka the uniboob) which doesn’t give me as much support.
And even though my breasts do extend past my ribcage in this bra, I haven’t noticed that I “run into” them with my arms when reaching across my body during sports, like with my backhand in tennis, where they used to really get in the way in my other sports bras. I think this might be because of just how held in they are in this bra.
First are the super comfy straps. They’re nicely padded and covered in mesh fabric, and they widen out at the top of the shoulder before tapering back down for a thinner strap on the back.
This construction means I have never noticed my straps pulling, slipping, or giving me any sort of pain while exercising, even during intense tennis drills. I also haven’t noticed any red marks on my shoulders when I take this bra off, which I’ve noticed I can still get on occasion even with a tight fitting band on other bras. I’m guessing the extra cushioning and the weight distribution from the strap all account for these perks.
Now, here is my one big caveat with the straps and the noticeable negative I have experienced with this bra. The straps are only this comfortable when I wear them in the regular leotard style and don’t hook them into the racerback option. The first time I tried the racerback style I had to let the straps out all the way to get it closed and keep it from pulling. Unfortunately, it was so uncomfortable that I immediately undid it.
Even the hook-and-eye closure has extra cushioning so you don’t feel it when you’re exercising.
Even with my extra heavy pregnant breasts, this bra has not let me or my breasts down. The Panache sports bra gives them superior support and lift, is super comfortable and breathable, and firmly holds them in place so much so that I literally don’t notice my breasts when I’m working out — a first. While I usually can’t wait to strip off my sports bra after a workout, I’ve actually worn this bra a few times to run errands on casual workout-gear-as-clothing-because-I’m-pregnant days, something I’ve never done before in my life.
Plus, I love the fashion colors it comes in. In addition to basic black or white, you can get these pretty versions:
Claire at Butterfly Collection fitted me into a 30H in this bra via our Skype fittings. She has found that the band is on the tighter side and the cups generous, so although I’m fitting into 28J/JJ in most regular bras, going up one band size and and down two cup sizes in this sports bra worked perfectly for me.
The Panache sports bra is $68 and comes in sizes 28DD-H, 30-38 D-H, and 40DD-GG. Bare Necessities has the full range of colors and sizes. So go, have fun working up a sweat in this superior full-busted sports bra!