The Panache Olivia is a style I have longed for ever since I saw it at Moda back in August 2014. I was hugely tempted by the SS15 colourway of Apricot, and when I saw AW15’s colourway of Deep Jade, I knew I had to try it out. I had a bit of trouble locating my size from nearby stockists, but luckily for me, the lovely folks over at Panache offered to send it to me!
This is the Panache Olivia in Deep Jade, size 30JJ bra and 14 brief. Unlike many other sets, the Olivia only has one option for briefs, which is unfortunate if you’re more of a thong or short person. However, personally, I adore high-waisted briefs, so I’m pretty happy!
The Olivia is constructed as a balconette with stretch upper, and I’m going to start off by saying, this bra is unbelievably comfortable. The fabrics are incredibly soft, and while the top is obviously stretchier, the whole bra has a very gentle stretch to it. The first few times I wore this bra, I genuinely spent the full day running over to various friends and family members telling them to feel the stretchy upper section – the fabrics are that nice.
In terms of appearance, I think this set is absolutely stunning. This bra features all-over polka-dot embroidery, with florals spreading across the band and upper cup, and the deep jade colour is so lovely and rich. One big plus for this bra is that it has a very smooth, flat finish, which makes it very easy to wear. It has no protruding trims, and the seamwork is very flat, so I find it’s great if I need something smoother for underneath tighter fitting clothes.
While the wonderfully soft fabrics are great for comfort, it does mean that this bra doesn’t give as much shape and support as firmer fabrics would (such as in the Panache Floris, which I reviewed here). The stretch fabrics used in the cups means it gives a fairly natural shape, and it definitely isn’t as supportive as some of my other bras – I don’t think I’d fancy running for a train it. I personally find it’s fine for everyday wear, but if you need firm support or if you do prefer your bras to give you lots of uplift and shaping, this might not be the best bra for you.
Compared to the Floris, the Olivia is slightly lower cut towards the straps – they both have the same cup height at the gore, but the Olivia is cut more straight across, giving more of a sweetheart neckline. The cups are also slightly more closed on top, and the cup depth is smaller than in the Floris. However, I think both of these things are made up for by the stretch fabric, resulting in deep and projected cups, as well as a good amount of leeway in how the top fits, though I’d say the top is less stretchy than in the Panache Jasmine (review here).
The wires of the Olivia seem to be identical to the Floris, though due to the softer fabrics used, they don’t feel as firm/rigid against the skin. As with the Floris, I found the wires to be firm and fairly narrow for this size range, following my breast root perfectly without going too high at the underarm. The gore is average-to-low and fairly narrow. I am quite close-set, but the width and shape works for me, though I would (as always) personally prefer slightly lower/narrower.
The briefs are primarily made with the same polka-dot embroidered fabric as the upper cup, with panels of sheer mesh around the waist and floral embroidery trimming the legs. The leg elastic is the same super soft, ultra-stretchy elastic used at the tops of the cups, making these a wonderfully comfortable pair of briefs! I wouldn’t say they do much holding or shaping, but I personally find the higher waistband great to stop any digging in around the hips.
The U-shaped band fastens with 3 sets of hooks and eyes, and is slightly generous, somewhere between 30-32″. The straps are embroidered (which should help to stop them warping or stretching out over time) as well as being fully-adjustable. I would actually say that this bra is similar to my Ewa Michalak BM Miętusek in a lot of ways; the wires are slightly wider and there is slightly less projection at the bottom of the cup, but aside from that, they are very similar bras. So, if you’re a fan of one, I think it would definitely be worth trying the other.
There are only a handful of bras which I have loved so much from the first wear I’ve had to buy more. As you might have guessed, this bra is one of them. Within about a day of receiving this bra, I of course had to get my hands on the Apricot colourway!
As I said at the start of this review, finding places that stock my size in the Olivia has been difficult, so this is the 32J with size 12 briefs. For some reason, my camera didn’t seem to like this colour very much, so apologies for the lack of detail in these pictures.
Once again, I absolutely adore this set. As a sister size to my usual 30JJ in Panache, I found the 32J to fit pretty much identically. I think the band runs slightly firm, as I found the band to be about the same size as in the Deep Jade (stretching to around 31″). I also found the briefs to fit very nicely and comfortably on me despite being a smaller size – I think due to the stretch fabric, there’s again a bit of leeway in sizing, which I am personally quite pleased about.
Overall I am really, really impressed with this set! Panache is usually known for their firm and supportive pieces, but the fabrics are so soft and comfortable, they’re unlike anything I’ve seen in a Panache bra before. If you like Panache’s balconette construction and appearance but you want a bit more added comfort, I would absolutely recommend trying out the Olivia! For some reason stockists of the Olivia seem to be far and few between, but you currently find it at Belle Lingerie and other smaller online stores.
Bra: Panache Olivia Bra in Deep Jade, size 30JJ. Available in 30-38 bands, D-K cups, RRP £32.
Briefs: Panache Olivia Brief in Deep Jade, size 14. Available in 10-20, RRP £18.
Bra: Panache Olivia Bra in Apricot, size 32J. Available in 30-38 bands, D-K cups, RRP £32.
Briefs: Panache Olivia Brief in Apricot, size 12. Available in 10-20, RRP £18.
Panache ‘Olivia’ set in Deep Jade provided for review by Panache. Though this set was received free of charge, this is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own.
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