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8 July 2012

Living with bigger boobs | Panache Tango bra review

I can't say I've ever really been 100% comfortable with having bigger boobs. When I was in senior school the boys used to call me flat chested, and then even when they started growing they wouldn't believe I wasn't 'stuffing my bra' (did anyone actually do that?!) Then, they didn't stop growing. I remember being an awkward 15-year-old, cringing as I was measured in Marks and Spencers, with my Mum desperate to make things better by finding me a bra that was befitting of a teenager and didn't have a wide strap at the back and three big ol' rows of hooks.  I was so jealous of friends that could get away with not wearing bras; who didn't have to worry about huge, uncomfortable strapless bras at proms and parties and who could wear 'strappy tops' and not feel exposed or uncomfortable.  I've never grown out of being that person envious of friends who can buy bikinis for £3 from Primark or H&M or wear lighter fabrics or tops with pretty detailing that skim over smaller chests.  Despite being measured all those years ago, for a long time I fought the fact that I was bigger than the sizing stocked in high street shops and used to buy bigger back sizes than I was to make the cup bigger, or buy bikinis in plus sizes (bikini tops in size 20s and then the bottoms in size 12, ridiculous!).  I had bras that were anything from 32DD to 36C and everything in between.  Then, a few years ago, I was in Brighton with my Mum and decided to get measured in Bravissimo.  They told me I was actually a 30F, and it really was life-changing seeing the difference in the way bras looked and felt now I'd found my real size.  That's also when I first noticed Panache, who, along with Bravissimo, are also stocked at Very.co.uk, ASOSAmazon and a whole host of other retailers.  Most of their bras are around the £25 mark (though I must admit I've snapped up several of mine in the ASOS sale) and for me, the fit is absolutely amazing.  Best British Bloggers got in touch with me a while back to ask if I wanted to review one of their bras or bikinis and kindly sent me the Tango Plunge bra in raspberry and matching briefs.


I was a bit embarrassed to show my face in an underwear photo so what I've done is Photoshop another model's face onto this photo of me wearing the bra.  Lols, or not....


I actually would have loved to have been able to show you a photo of me wearing this bra, but, I've never kept my blog a secret from friends, family, people at work and other people who know me and some of them I'm just not completely comfortable with seeing me in my smalls.  You'll just have to trust me I'm afraid that it fits like an absolute dream and is now one of the best bras I own - the colour is gorgeous too (and the best bit? Only two rows of hooks!)  



Of all the fashion tips I've picked up in life, one that has definitely stayed with me is that good underwear makes a huge difference.  Although I've spent my life resenting my bigger bust I know just as many girls who would like smaller boobs as would love to have F cup boobs (and one friend who has recently paid a significant amount of money to have exactly that!) and I've learnt over time that it's not about wishing you had something different but about making the most of, maximising, and being comfortable with what you've got. 


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  1. I recently did a post about being small chested and how it was a pain to find a bra!
    I went to be measured at Marks&Spencers and they measured me at 28B, but it is absolutely impossible to find that bra size unless it's in the 'my first bra section', and I really do not want those bras!
    So I'll have to go and get measured somewhere else and see if they size me at something else, damn!
    Glad you found your perfect bra in the end! Loooove the set you bought, gorgeous colour! xx

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  2. I completely understand this post! I'm only 5ft and my boobs seemed to come from nowhere when I was a teen. It's always been a bittersweet feeling having bigger boobs, especially when other girls say 'I'd pay for your boobs' and things like that. I've never tried Panache so will have to check them out. The only downside I find to these lovely underwear companies, is that they are a little pricey. Guess you can't win them all :) xx

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  3. gorgeous, it's like my Boux Avenue set. I do envy my friends who can buy underwear for under a tenner but I'm so glad I have been properly measured, I wish I had done it earlier!

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  4. I know exactly where you are coming from. I'm the same bra size as you and I would love to be able to buy cheap little triangle bikinis from primark and wear so many tops that I can't. I will have to try these bras out. I've been living in my debenhams t shirt bras way too much lately! X

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  5. Excellent post!! I dont even remember my boobs popping up, but at some point they did and they didn't stop! My mum wasn't around when I was younger and didn't know the importance of a good bra until after my teenage years. But my god when the moment happened that I found my "real" size it was like a epiphany and everything just clicked into place. Bravissimo are excellent and I love Freya. Tbh I have never tried Panache but on your recommendation I will be on the look out. I live in Cyprus now; the women are smaller, shorter, more petite and their boobs are smaller. They just dont cater for big boobs here, most shops sizing stops at 34C or D if your lucky. At a 32 F thats most unhelpful. The first time I went to a bra store here I was so embarassed and kinda traumatised. I asked the assistant for help and her blank stare when I told her my size made me realise it was a lost cause. As you say, I think once you embrace your large chest and know how to dress it, lifes not so bad. And your right, people pay thousands for the boobs we were given! :) (ps. sorry for the huge comment - its like im writing an essay about boobs and bras)

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  6. I have the same booby (that word definitely makes me giggle, oh dear!) issues as you, I hate having to pay out megabucks for a decent bra that fits AND looks nice! I really like this one, the colour is lovely too :) I'll definitely look to the ASOS sale for new bras too, thanks for the tip :) x

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  7. I haven't tried Panache before but I do struggle finding bras that fit me properly, a lot of shops don't seem to stock my size or if they do it's not really "my size" (if that makes sense!).

    Will definitely be taking a look at Panache, Freya is another good brand I've found at Bravissimo :) xx

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  8. It's such a relief to find underwear that fits like a dream, I hate being uncomfortable! This is such a gorgeous set too, I love the colour :) xx

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  9. F cup! Blimey! It seems that no matter what size chest you have, we all have issues. I'm as flat-chested as they come, which sucks as my hips are quite big for my small frame so I wear the biggest gel bras I can find to try and even out my proportions! I absolutely detest bra shopping, I'd rather go to the dentist. New Look started my hate for bra shopping as the smallest adult bras they do are B cup! How rude is that! My only option for underwear in New Look is in the kids section with Spongebob on! Not exactly the look I'm going for!
    This post has made me wonder if I should go and get measured though....
    Glad you've found some undies that make you feel good though because that's all that counts in the end :) x

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  10. We should all love our boobs!!! It really is amazing when you find the right size, clothes lie better, your waist is more defined, all combine to give you more confidence in your appearance!

    I wore the wrong size bra for a loooong time when I was younger, 3 sizes too big around the back and 2 cup sizes too small!!! I know. The shame. Not to mention the discomfort :S I now wear a respectable 32 DD :) but you must have a cracking pair at 30 F Rosie?!! Just a little bit jealous!! :D xx

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  11. I have this same problem, so many of my friends tell me how jealous they are of my big boobs but I just wish I could wear things with fancy backs/backless dresses - no bra is just not an option for me! I've not tried this brand before, I've only just started trying new underwear brands since La Senza went under! Will definitely try these out though, especially since some nice bits and pieces are in the sale at the moment! Thanks :) xoxo

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  12. Great post. I'm the same bra size, and like you it took me years of bra fittings to get it right. What a difference it makes when hey finally get it right! I've never tried panache bras but now I will definitely check them out. x

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  13. Oh I defiantly feel your pains of having a large chest, I'm 30J and when I found a bra that fitted me right - it was a massive break-through! I hate paying £30 a pop though but oh well, you're right we need to make the most of what we got!



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  14. This was such a lovely post! I come from a long line of large chested women, and when I was a teenager, it was a little traumatic to have a US size 32D chest when most of my classmates were much smaller. Having the right bra made all the difference and still does! Although I still have yet to find the right bikini, sigh.

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  15. A strapless bra that is superior to all the rest! I have purchased many other brands of strapless bra only to find that it slides down to my naval or I try to hold the bra up with my armpits. Just my size bras have minimal slippage and is VERY comfortable in comparison to my everyday bras!

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  16. I love that color red! So sexy

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