Happy International Women’s Day! I am so excited to finally be able to announce that Panache is hosting a 2016 version of their Modeled by Role Models campaign! Panache, the family-owned lingerie and swimwear brand, is now accepting nominations for Inspirational Women to model for their brand. Nominees will be chosen for their individual achievements, contributions to society and healthy approach to body image. The annual campaign looks to shift the perception of what being a fashion model entails through inspiring and empowering women by using models whose beauty is more than skin-deep. Their goal is to celebrate female role models from all around the world.
Starting today, March 8th, in honour of International Women’s Day, and until April 3rd, Panache will be accepting nominations for women who you would like to see in this campaign. What a huge honour that would be, right?!? As a survivor of sexual assault, having recovered from an eating disorder and being a blogger for body positivity, I know I would love to participate in such an amazing campaign. People can be nominated by their friends, families, communities, workplaces, fans, followers and even strangers. If someone has inspired you to love your body exactly as it is, nominate them today by heading to ModeledbyRoleModels.com/Nominations. It’s absolutely okay, for more than one person or organization to nominate the same role model, really the more the merrier. Based on all of the nominations they receive, Panache will select 15 nominees as the finalists who will move on to the next round.
The public will get a chance to voice their opinion by voting throughout the month of April. They will help to narrow the contestants to a final top 6 role models, who will all get to participate in a photo shoot in London, England in May 2016. WOW! That sounds absolutely amazing! What a fantastic prize! The photos from that shoot will be used in the Modeled by Role Models campaign as well as exhibited across Panache’s digital and social outlets and in retail stores around the world in September 2016. Okay, that is officially amazing! Don’t forget to head to www.modeledbyrolemodels.com to nominate your role model today and tag your body positive entries with #myrolemodel. Plus of course, follow @lovepanache on Instagram and Twitter so you don’t miss out on further details and your chance to vote with the rest of the public.
The first time I saw Panache and Sculptresse lingerie online, I thought it appeared to be a high-end line with quality fabrics and designs. I loved that they were specialists in bras for women with a D cup or larger breast since I know having had both A cups and now D-E cups, the bras need to be designed differently. But these larger cup bras actually had the feminine details that so many supportive bras lack, without neglecting the support that larger busted women need. When I first opened the package, I knew that all of my assumptions were correct. It is the small details like the fact that each item is individually wrapped and that the tags never puncture the material itself, avoiding all damage that way. The price tags are carefully tied to either the bra strap or the size
tag on the briefs, with a silky ribbon. I was also excited to try a bra that wasn’t a firm cup design as that is the style I was used to. I don’t know if everyone feels the same, but sometimes I worry about visible nipples without that feature. I honestly haven’t noticed it as a problem, mind you since
these are lace covered bras, I wouldn’t likely wear them under a lightweight t-shirt. I would, however, absolutely wear them under something sheer if I was trying to show off the girly details on purpose.
My absolute favourite part of these bras, beyond the gorgeous design, of course, is the fact that they keep my breasts looking natural and separated. Most of the other bras I own are the push-up variety, and while they, of course, serve their purpose, they may not be best for everyday wear. As I mentioned above, they are not lined so the breast cup mimics the natural breast shape in a way that feels so comfortable. I wasn’t sure if I would find the lace itchy, but it is so soft that I barely notice a texture at all. First, I tried on the Panache Clara Full Cup in a 36E with a size 16 or XL Clara Brief in a bikini style cut. It is a black lace set with a gorgeous charcoal detail. I posted a close-up of the fabric on my Instagram page, so you could see all of the gorgeous details. It is a full cup bra. The straps are sturdy but not overly thick and I love the scalloped detailing along the edges of the full strap length as well as around both the top of the cup and the bottom of the band. Functional and yet beautiful!
The other set is the Panache Idina Balconnet in the colour latte, which is so gorgeous and girly! I fell in love with it the second I took it out of its package, especially because the balconette bra is paired with a high waisted panty. The back of the underwear is sheer which makes for a sexy surprise in the mirror or for your partner as you walk away in the morning. Especially because on me, this is practically skin tone, which I think is a classic but super sexy look. I
‘m wearing a 36D which is my usual size at many Canadian lingerie retailers, but I think I would have preferred a 36E in this style as I felt the black and purple bra contained my full breast without a hint of spillage from the sides and the underwire was in the perfect spot on my body
. The Idina high waist panties, also in latte in this set were a 16 or XL again and fit perfectly as I expected. In fact, their label specified that I would “love the fit” and I certainly do. In a pinch, I could size up and I’m certain they would still fit pretty well just because of the type of fabric the designer used. The plus side of going up a cup size is knowing for sure I am an E cup which means I can look forward to trying and wearing items from the new Sculptresse line which is designed specifically for plus size women, who also have larger breasts. Panache also has a swimwear and a sports bra line. After 30 years in business in the UK and now expanding into North America, I’d say Panache is here to stay and now that I’ve had an opportunity to try them, I’m glad they are.