Here at Guilty Pleasures we were delighted recently to get introduced to the nice people at Lingerie Please. Let us chat first of all about the name, Lingerie Please. Such a lovely word please is, engaging, persuasive, polite and, to use a nice British expression, good form. And since lingerie is so much about form, these two words go together like sleeping in and Saturday morning to me. We spoke quickly with our new friends about what aspect of the LPbusiness we might feature here at GP, and agreed that a review of summer ready strapless bras would be timely.
I must confess that I am a strapless novice. I broke a collar bone in my teen years, and it did not heal quite perfectly. This left me a little self-conscious about exposing a lot of upper torso. Something changed though. After decades of failure, I found the perfect LBD. A stunning dress, a glorious black tulle bombshell sheath guaranteed to blind friends, family and strangers to most of my many flaws. It is, therefore, high time I found the perfectstrapless bra.
Let’s get right to it with a little dare and compare exercise featuring the Panache Atlantis T-Shirt Strapless and the Wonderbra Ultimate Lace Strapless.
Panache Atlantis T-Shirt Strapless Latte
I mention dare, because of course there is an element of dare in any strapless evening. One runs the risk of slipping, yes? Nothing wrong with a proud display of cleavage in the right settings of course, but tugging at the trousseau within view of the cocktail crowd is decidedly not good form. Therefore, the strapless bra must stay precisely in place, and provide the correct effect through long hours of wear.
I am happy to report that both models survived rigorous half-days trials without any generally ungainly gown grabbing. I wriggled in and out of 3 dresses in each tested bra, bounded up and down countless stairs, and savaged a couple of sandwiches with sad abandon without any loss of altitude. Both the Panache and the Wonderbra rely on a combination of elastic compression and silicon gripper strips on the bands to achieve a fixed effect, and for both tested bras the effect works.
So, slippage is a no worry thing. If your bra is correctly fitted, band and cup both, it will stay up. Now that we know this to be true, it is time to consider higher needs, yes?
Comfort for example.
O.K., who am I kidding? You should see the shoes I have in mind for my dress. My feet will take my thinking off everything else. Except desert. Comfort is secondary in this category. In the interests of doing a complete review though I will report that both bras are more snug around the ribs than your typical daily wear. They need to be. So there. The Wonderbra has a broader under-wire (plastic in fact) construction, and so is less prone to digging. Let us now move smartly on to other higher needs.
Like Cleavage. Both models employ gel filled, molded cups to provide lift and compression, and both can declare victory. Your bosoms will be buddies (and get along smashingly well). The Panache, with slightly more pronounced cup cookies, creates a greater swell of the girls. With that said though, one of the strengths of the Wonderbra is revealed. The Wonderbra cleavage effect is aided by very clever flexible plastic fixed “stays” embedded within the cup. These stays actually look like a pair of hands inside your bra. Not grabby hands, mind you, just firmly insistent hands. You will giggle when you see them. These “hands” nestled within a roomier, more generous cup (relative to the Panache) helped provide me with a genuine 1” bust boost, a full cup promotion.
Panache Atlantis T-Shirt Strapless Black
The Panache is less subtle and measured up at shocking 2 cup gain for me. The additional Panacheoomph comes in part from the more pronounced gel padding, which is quite firm compared to the more yielding and pliable Wonderbra. I am happy to delight spectators, but don’t want to be a spectacle. The two cup flourish is spectacular, but silhouette and shape are terribly important things. I felt a little exaggerated, a little cantilevered in the Panache, not quite natural. In time I might get used to so much more of me, but not just now. I instantly loved my new profile in the Wonderbra though, and my dress draped perfectly. This, for me, tips the scales in favor of the Wonderbra.
Your results may differ, and here are a couple of thoughts as to why: If your party frock sits a little low or has a very broad yoke, the Panache demi-cup style runs a lower risk of peeking out than the plungy, three-quarter cupWonderbra. Additionally, I do believe too that the Panache will very much flatter curvier and bigger banded women than I.
Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless Lace Ivory Front and Back
These are things to consider before buying your strapless number at Lingerie Please. Both tested items are well made, reliable and attractive bras. One is more expensive than the other. The Wonderbra retails at a little under $60.00, the Panache a little under $40.00. To my thinking, a special night in a beautiful dress deserves a little extra attention underneath, so do consider the bigger investment if you can afford the bigger spend on what I believe to be the better bra.
On the topic of price, here is some lovely news. Lingerie Please periodically runs clever promotions which allow smart shoppers to buy parcels of pretty things at generous discounts. Just now, for instance if you purchase a £5 voucher (~$8 US), you get 50% off your entire purchase. Buy a voucher and save a bundle. It really is free money sitting on the table for you to stuff into your purse. Go grab it.
Overseas shoppers will be a surprised as I was at just how smoothly Lingerie Please fulfills orders worldwide. My order reached home in the U.S. from the U.K. within a week of placement on the LP site. Returns and exchanges are handled well, with extra grace time allowed for overseas shoppers.
The brand assortment is immense, browsing around the online shop is a snap, the independent product reviews are helpful, and the checkout process is smooth.
My Lingerie Please experience has been so good in fact that I will be back for more next week with a little review of other summer appropriate intimates. Stay tuned for a battle of versatile multi-way’s. More good form coming your way – Convertible Test Drive. Wonderbra vs. Panache.