The popularity of the fuller bust non-wired bra is ever growing. The promise comfort with great aesthetic. And with a focus on natural shape, it is no surprise that wireless bras are loved by all. But how does the Andorra Non-Wired Bra by Panache stand up expectations?
The non-wired bra is quickly becoming my favourite for everyday wear. A good wireless bra provides support and uplift whilst maintaining a subtle and natural shape to the breast. Typically, they are more comfortable and a little more forgiving for the changeable breasts of hormones in flux.
At the time of writing this, I’m 38 weeks pregnant and have spent the past eight months with incredibly changeable and, quite frankly, cranky boobs. They are, at times, swollen and sore. My rib cage has expanded and my nipples have become permanent bullets. Although the mass of my breasts have not changed, wearing a conventional bra wired bra has become almost impossible.
Thankfully, the lovely team at Panache sent me the Andorra Non-Wired bra to try. And I can safely say, it has been a huge comfort.
The Andorra non-wired has a four-part cup construction that includes a sling panel to lift the breast tissue. The cups are overlaid with a stretch lace that also covers the central gore and back band. The lace has a scallop edge visible on the cups and band.
The back band has wide wings constructed from a mesh fabric before petering to a narrow, three hook-and-eye closure at the rear.
The sling construction of the bra means it offers great uplift and support. It gives your breasts a full and rounded shape that is very natural. This means my wide-set breasts with narrow roots are less forward in their projection than in many bras. It also gives a slightly vintage shape without becoming a fully fledged bullet bra.
I really like this slight nod to days gone by. I love wearing this bra beneath striped, boat neck t-shirts for a real nod to vintage fifties trends.
Despite the lack of wires, the support remains great on this bra. The Andorra is actually more supportive than many of my wired bras and definitely more so than other non-wired styles that I’ve tried. My boobs barely giggle in this bra. They stay put even through the most stringent of testing (running up and down the stairs with an over-excited puppy in tow).
I will be completely honest that the fit in these photos is not perfect. The cups are a little too shallow and the band a little snug. A week prior to taking these photos, the fit was perfect. Sadly, my ever-growing baby bump has ideas other than perfect fits.
I’m wearing a 36H which is my usual size in Panache and Sculptresse by Panache styles. This does suggest the bra is a little snug on the band. Even with a slightly expanded rib cage, 36 bands are typically generous on me (but not so generous to allow me to drop to a 34). I fasten other bras with a 36 band on the tightest settings. This bra, however, is on the very loosest setting. It is also firm, meaning that there is very little give in the band. This does suggest a longevity of the bra – it is unlikely to stretch and sag. It also suggests a smaller back band than usual in this range. Due to this I would suggest sizing up if you’re on the edges of a band size.
The cups are also slightly shallower than other Panache and Sculptresse styles that I have tried. The stretch lace, however, minimises the shallow cup. As you can see, my breasts are safely encase within the cups. However, if you’re between sizes then definitely consider sizing up with this bra.
Price and Comfort
The Andorra non-wired bra is £30. It is available in the black featured in this review as well as a soft blush pink version. This price point is a real selling point of this well constructed, comfortable and durable bra.
Panache bras are long lasting and it looks at though this bra will be the same. It has already washed well and the lack of stretch in the back band suggests that it will not stretch out of shape but maintain its fit for a long time to come.
The bra is also extremely comfortable. As I mentioned, my boobs are very sore and tender at the moment. This bra, as one of my most comfortable and supportive bras, has been worn regularly since receiving it. It has become an essential in my lingerie drawer. I am certain it will remain so for a long time to come.
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