Summer = Bikini Season!

I thought I would let you all see my choice for a bikini this year (and since I’m not swimming in dollars, the next 5 years too!) I was hoping for a bandeau style, and while I really, really wanted the Panache Stella bandeau, I finally settled on the Panache Marisa in 32G, with size XL (US) bottoms. They finally arrived, and I immediately tried them on. I found the bottoms to be just slightly large on my ~40″ hips, but not so much that I can’t wear them. The top… Well, I haven’t tried on too many bras recently that were THAT much too small, but wow. Currently I measure 31″ underbust and ~40″ bust. This bra measured 32″ band (stretched) and a precisely 9″ depth. I require at least a 10″ cup depth. I didn’t even take a picture, the quadboob was so bad. So it was back to looking for a hard to find 32GG. The Marisa was released Spring 2014, so there’s not too many left! Finally tracked one down from Figleaves. The result was so much better!

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32G

I do have to note that there is a couple differences between the 32G and the 32GG. The G had 3 “panels” making up the front of the bra, while it clipped with a simple but tough plastic clip in the center. The GG has 4 “panels” on the front. The back closure was one I’ve never seen before; two small wings crossed in the back, hooking with small metal hooks almost on the side of the bra under the arm.

So what did you pick this season? I had such a hard time deciding! My top contenders, besides the Stella, were the Panache Eadie, the Cleo by Panache Lucille, and the Panache Britt.

I found one that fits! (reasonably)

I’ve been watching on eBay for anything that’s under $30 and a 30J or 32HH. I’ve found a couple, but when they arrived and I tried them on, it was a no-go. However, just today, another one arrived. I was almost afraid to try it on, lest it be just another one that didn’t work for one reason or another. It’s a very pretty bra, hot pink with black lace… and then I put it on. Wow! It lifts as well as my Curvy Kate Thrill Me! So entering as one of the few that currently fit me: Panache Sienna in 30J! The band fits nice and snug like it should. I don’t have any overspill in the cups and I do fill them out completely. The only thing I really don’t like about it is the usual problem of the edge of the cup coming too high into my armpit/arm. I’ll do a proper review of this sometime and show pictures, but for now I had to let out some excitement over finding one that fits! It’s lovely!