Off the Rack ~ Curve Expo Spring/Summer 2018 Part III: Panache

I’m still catching up on the Curve Expo Spring/Summer 2018 (two months after it happened!). Apologies, readers, for my semi-absence within the last couple months. Work and obligations (weddings, etc.) have been relentless. I’ll be off next week, on vacation in Yosemite, but I’ve got one more Curve post and then a whole lineup of other topics after that. So enjoy this week’s post, and I’ll see you in a couple weeks!

This week, I’m catching up with the Panache family. The biggest news is that “Panache Black” line has been rolled into regular Panache, with the most popular “Black” styles sticking around. Additionally, the Cleo and Panache swimwear collections are now just “Panache Swim.” To be honest, I’m disappointed that Cleo Swim is no more. It really shows in this season’s offerings. It’s lacking the bright, youthful designs that appeal to me.

Well, let’s get to the highlights, starting with Panache regular:

This is the classic Jasmine bra, in a subtle animal print (which was a trend among several brands).

This is the classic Jasmine bra, in a subtle animal print (which was a trend among several brands).

The gorgeous Clara’s new fashion colorway is this metallic taupe and black.

The gorgeous Clara’s new fashion colorway is this metallic taupe and black.

The Andorra family now offers a wireless full-cup bra.

The Andorra family now offers a wireless full-cup bra.

Andorra wireless on a model.

Andorra wireless on a model.

The Etta bra is a holdover from the old Panache Black line, offered in mauve this season.

The Etta bra is a holdover from the old Panache Black line, offered in mauve this season.

Petra’s gold embroidery on navy blue was gorgeous. My camera could not properly capture how luscious the blue was.

Petra’s gold embroidery on navy blue was gorgeous. My camera could not properly capture how luscious the blue was.

Petra (formerly of Panache Black) on a model, who told us the embroidery was so smooth that she wears it as a tee-shirt bra.

Petra (formerly of Panache Black) on a model, who told us the embroidery was so smooth that she wears it as a tee-shirt bra.

I thought Quinn (formerly of Panache Black) was quite beautiful, and even has a coordinating partner in the Sculptresse line, called Estel (see below).

I thought Quinn (formerly of Panache Black) was quite beautiful, and even has a coordinating partner in the Sculptresse line, called Estel (see below).

Lois is apparently not a new style, but I’ve never noticed it before. I think this combination of greyish-blue with super sheer black and thick seams is ultra-sexy.

Lois is apparently not a new style, but I’ve never noticed it before. I think this combination of greyish-blue with super sheer black and thick seams is ultra-sexy.

The Ardour cups and band are pretty standard, but those scalloped lace straps are so sweet.

The Ardour cups and band are pretty standard, but those scalloped lace straps are so sweet.

Next up is the Sculptresse line, which had some really lovely additions this season. The whole collection has a level of maturity that’s somewhat rare among plus-size ranges, with no neons or animal print in sight.

The new style Dionne was the clear star of the collection. You know I can’t resist a good cage bra!

The new style Dionne was the clear star of the collection. You know I can’t resist a good cage bra!

I usually go for louder prints, but Chi Chi’s photographic white cherry blossom print was incredibly sweet.

I usually go for louder prints, but Chi Chi’s photographic white cherry blossom print was incredibly sweet.

A closeup of Chi Chi’s floral print.

A closeup of Chi Chi’s floral print.

New style Estel matches the Panache Quinn up above.

New style Estel matches the Panache Quinn up above.

Dana is a new strapless bra covering size 36-38 E-H, 40 D-GG, 42 D-G, 44 D-FF, and 46 D-F. The back was wide and ultra-smooth, though I’m not especially impressed by this yellow-y ivory color, especially considering the lookbook shows it as a much darker pinkish tan color (called “linen”).

Dana is a new strapless bra covering size 36-38 E-H, 40 D-GG, 42 D-G, 44 D-FF, and 46 D-F. The back was wide and ultra-smooth, though I’m not especially impressed by this yellow-y ivory color, especially considering the lookbook shows it as a much darker pinkish tan color (called “linen”).

Next we have the new sports bra colors, a black/pink/white painterly combo, grey/mango, and the wireless purple with black and pink trim:

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Finally, we come to my old favorite, Cleo by Panache.

I love this new limeade color of the Marcie bra (one of my most-loved bras!).

I love this new limeade color of the Marcie bra (one of my most-loved bras!).

The new Koko Muse color is a heathered neon coral with lime trim.

The new Koko Muse color is a heathered neon coral with lime trim.

The new Piper longline color is…eh. I prefer the previous two colors of cobalt blue and neon coral.

The new Piper longline color is…eh. I prefer the previous two colors of cobalt blue and acid neon coral.

I looooove Minnie’s new inky gingham colorway.

I looooove Minnie’s new inky gingham colorway.

Oh my god I adore the new Spencer “midi bra” style. It looks like fish scales or a mermaid tail. SO GORGEOUS.

Oh my god I adore the new Spencer “midi bra” style. It looks like fish scales or a mermaid tail. SO GORGEOUS.

I’m a big fan of the new Dakota plunge bra, but it unfortunately stops at a G-cup.

I’m a big fan of the new Dakota plunge bra, but it unfortunately stops at a G-cup.

Love the split straps on the back of Dakota.

Love the split straps on the back of Dakota.

The new Lyzy bra is really a bralette, but Cleo calls it a “triangle non-wired bra.” Either way, I’m digging that thick, comfy-looking band!

The new Lyzy bra is really a bralette, but Cleo calls it a “triangle non-wired bra.” Either way, I’m digging that thick, comfy-looking band!

Lyzy from the side. Looks like it stills gives a good profile despite being wireless. And unlike most full-bust bralettes, it comes in CUP SIZES (28-38 D-H) instead of small-medium-large.

Lyzy from the side. Looks like it stills gives a good profile despite being wireless. And unlike most full-bust bralettes, it comes in CUP SIZES (28-38 D-H) instead of small-medium-large.

Lastly, we have swim, which to be honest didn’t exactly thrill me. Just…where are the bright colors, nautical styles, and graphic prints? I miss Cleo Swim!

Ceylon has a nice crocheted high neck, and also comes in a one-piece (though both only go to G-cups).

Ceylon has a nice crocheted high neck, and also comes in a one-piece (though both only go to G-cups).

Anya Voyage is the closest thing to the Cleo aesthetic, but it’s still quite subdued (and stops at G-cups).

Anya Voyage is the closest thing to the Cleo aesthetic, but it’s still quite subdued (and stops at G-cups).

Alanis (which again stops at G-cups) has a pretty floral print.

Alanis (which again stops at G-cups) has a pretty floral print.

Off the Rack ~ Curve Expo Spring/Summer 2018 Part II: Elomi, Fantasie, & Freya

After four weeks of weddings and working overtime, I’m finally back to blogging! And I’m continuing my coverage of Curve Spring/Summer 2018. This week, I’m covering the Eveden family, which is Freya, Fantasie, and Elomi (well, and Huit, but that’s the small-bust label, so it’s not included here).

I rarely write about Elomi, since it’s Eveden’s “full-figure” brand so I can’t assess the fit. But there are several very nice pieces this season that I want to highlight. Plus, the Eveden rep actually told us Elomi is the biggest label in the brand family.

How stunning is this “Sachi” cage bra?

How stunning is this “Sachi” cage bra?

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Off the Rack ~ Curve Expo Spring/Summer 2018 Part I: Fortnight and Impish Lee

It’s time for the semi-annual Curve Show roundup! For Spring/Summer 2018, I mostly checked in with our usual favorites, but I also stumbled upon a couple brands I’ve not covered before, which I’ll be sharing in this post.

First up, some great news from Fortnight! A couple years ago, I had the opportunity to try one of their Luna bralettes on a trip to Portland, Maine, but the largest size was still one cup too small for me. When I emailed Fortnight later, they told me there had been so much consumer demand for larger cups that they were planning on introducing bigger cups—and with the SS18 collection, they finally have! The “Luna” longline will be available in G-cups.

Unfortunately, that’s an American G, which is only a UK FF, and the new G cups will only be available for 30 and 32 bands. But at least it’s some progress. Perhaps if it sells well enough, they’ll keep expanding.

The Fortnight reps I spoke with were very excited to explain that the brand wasn’t created with a specific body niche in mind, so every item is engineered to its individual size. As such, the gore height will vary depending on the size, going higher with larger cups, and some sizes will include interior side-slings for more support. Additionally, they’ve added sizes XL and XXL to all their slips and bodysuits (which previously only came in S, M, L).

For all the extended sizes, plus-size model Candace Huffine (who’s on the May 2017 cover of Elle magazine) collaborated with Fortnight to ensure great fit, and she features prominently in the new collection’s marketing materials. She also helped design the inkblot leopard print that runs through the collection (see below). Here are the two new Luna colorways, which are pretty yet still true to Fortnight’s minimalist, slightly androgynous aesthetic:

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Next up is Impish Lee, a brand I’ve seen making its way through the blogosphere but never paid that close attention to. Started as an Etsy shop by sisters Kali and Noelle, Impish Lee has expanded to an amazingly designed website and are now seeking brick-and-mortar distribution (hence why they were at Curve). [Read more…]

Off the Rack ~ Sugar Candy Everyday Fuller Bust Seamless Bra

Yesterday, Darlene reviewed the Sugar Candy bra in size Medium. Today, I’m reviewing it in XS and Small. Click here to start with Darlene’s post.

Just like Darlene, I was initially a bit skeptical of the Sugar Candy bra’s claims. But also like her, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I love it!

I’m currently wearing UK 28GG or 30G in most brands, which the Sugar Candy size chart puts at size XS. But I was doubtful that the smallest possible size would really be right for me, so they sent me two sizes to try.

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Turns out I was correct, and the XS was significantly too small, with quad-boob, escaping tissue at the armpits, and a very low neckline.

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