Summer is a time of year that some of you no doubt enjoy a nice little spin in a convertible. Me, not so much. My hair takes air badly, and is a bit of a fright after a short romp with the top down. So our focus today is on other great summer convertibles, the kind that help keep ones top up. Let’s finish up our visit with the nice people at Lingerie Please with a test drive of two sporty multi-ways from Panache and Wonderbra.
Before the road test begins, allow me just a few words on this class of inner fashion. While a convertible car is a luxury item, a matter of choice really, a good convertible bra is a necessity. Simply a must-have. With so many bare shouldered and asymmetric looks in vogue and staying there, the bra that adapts to a variety of styles and to the need to bare a little more skin in the warm months and on special nights out too is your new best friend.
First on and on trial, the Panache Atlantis Multiway Bra. The Atlantis combines gel and graduated inner foam cups to achieve a push-up and push-in effect, and the effect is dramatic. This is a road worthy, curve hugging model with the pronounced turbo-boost common to the Panache line. Turbo in this case equaling a 2 cup gain in dimension which may make some of your t-shirts redline. Stability is provided by a 3 row, 3 column back closure and silicon gripper strips at top and bottom of the wide and comfy band.
Moving on from the good and great stuff now, to the not so entirely good. One of the things we look for in a convertible is versatility, and here the Atlantis receives a passing grade only. One-shoulder tops, halters, and racerback tops will all slide over the Atlantis, but there is precisely one, and only one position on each cup and band-half to fasten the straps to. As multi-ways go, it is just not so multi. You could want more from a convertible, but this one is a fine choice for the budget and style conscious shopper.
If you are holding out for more in a multi-way, I am happy to direct your attention to racier, high performance model the Wonderbra Multiplunge Bra. Where the Panache seems to me to be a slight change of the old recipe to accommodate a new need, the Wonderbra is a complete re-thinking of design to make a bra adapt – practically, comfortably and prettily to modern fashion requirements. Think of a style of top, any style, and the Multiplunge is up to it. Skimpy tanks, racerbacks and halters, easy. Bandeau sundress with a centered halter? Done. Asymetric party frock with a shoulder strap way, way over there? Simple. Halter neck with a lovely, drapey low back? Easy. Plungy, gorgy open neck gowns in a snap too.
Wonderbra’s versatility stems from a design decision to provide 6 places on each cup and 4 on each band to hook the discrete metal fasteners in. The possibilities, while not quite infinite, are close enough, and certainly a match for any outfit in your wardrobe or on any runway I have seen of late. A comfy enough translucent center panel mounted low on the demi cup allows for the super plungy top or the loosening of a button you might hesitate to on a normal night. The clever converter strap extends the band to accommodate low back and drapey looks beautifully, all the while staying comfortably in place.
My only complaint with the Wonderbra is that it is entirely made for the younger woman. Not from a fashion perspective as such, but one does want the eyes of a younger girl to find the remarkably subtle hook anchors buried within cup and band linings. I am approaching an age where you simply don’t mention age, and while I still have my legs, my eyes are getting weak. Trust me when I tell you to have the bra settings correct before applying eye makeup, and please my dear, leave plenty of time to dress. Last thing you want is to be getting flustered before getting into your frock. Once dressed, nothing but good news or better. It feels like a dream and really genuinely provides a gorgeous bit of lift, whatever you choose to wear over top of it.
The Wonderbra retails at roughly $45.00, and the Panache at a couple of bucks under $40.00. There is no doubt in my mind that the Wonderbra Multiplunge is worth plunging into the pocketbook for a few pennies more. No doubt at all. Our friends at Lingerie Please make both available for considerably less any day you might choose to shop with them. For a mere £5 ($8 US) you pop a voucher into your shopping cart that knocks everything in it down to half price. An engaging and economical shopping experience. Feel good, look great, save money. Just try to argue with that kind of fun would you?
Lingerie Please ships a truly lovely assortment of bras, knickers and such to all points of the compass, and by my experience, quickly. Beyond the Wonderbra and Panache models, you might look here through their really terrific assortment of multi-ways from other leading brands. Quite delighted to find a nice couple of convertibles I can afford, especially given that these are convertibles we cannot afford to be without.