Ardour is another renegade that kept switching brands – from Masquerade, through Panache Black to Panache. We have a soft spot for these, because you really need to be special to go through three rebrandings and still remain a part of the collection. It’s such a bestseller that it has entered the mainstream – high time for a field test, then!
Obwód rozciągnięty/Band stretched: 77.7
Obwód w spoczynku/Band: 64.2
Szerokość pojedynczej fiszbiny/Cup width: 13.8
Głębokość miski/Cup depth: 22.3
Szerokość mostka/Gore width: 2.3
Wysokość mostka/Gore height: 6.0
Wysokość pasa koło miski/Wing height: 8.0
Szerokość ramiączek/Straps width: 1.4
Haftek w rzędzie/Hooks: 2
Ocena: / Rating:
Estetyka / Aesthetics
Wygoda / Comfort
Cena / Price
Wytrzymałość / Longevity
Kształt / Shape
Ardour gives my bust a pointy shape, similar to what bras with a vertical stitch across the nipple line do with my boobs. It’s closer to my bust’s natural shape rather than a perfectly spherical one – it’s clearly designed to provide the bust with a natural, ‘younger’ shape.
It’s a hybrid of plunge and balconnette bra. It will be fine for the plunging necklines of some of us, but for us it’s a little bit too high at the gore. It has soft, moulded cups, which makes it a good T-shirt bra; it does not show through thinner fabrics with it’s texture. The shoulder straps are a little bit thicker, hemmed with satin and lace, which looks very beautiful, but…
he one thing that I can’t forgive Ardour for, the one thing that makes me wary of it are the straps. They’re beautiful, I can appreciate the craftsmanship, but this bra is in need of cosmetic surgery, because I can’t wear it for longer than a couple of hours at a time. The regulators / slides are attached in such a manner that after adjusting the strap length to my figure they get caught on my shoulderblades; imagine how fun it is to feel a piece of metal digging into your bone. Ow! Unfortunately, Ardour’s straps are so short that the regulator issue is amplified.
Red marks where the slide winds up, green – the optimal place for it
I understand the reason for the regulators being attached the way they are (otherwise it would be impossible to adjust the strap length), but in my opinion a longer piece of elastic could have compensated for that. This isn’t a design issue per se, but a result of my rather non-standard measurements and my scoliosis – I can’t expect every manufacturer in the world to add extra-long straps for the women with longer or curved backs and I’m not mad at Panache for not doing so; this is the first bra of theirs with which I experienced this issue. I do need to deduct some comfort points, because I can’t wear the Ardour all day without ripping out the regulators completely (and hey – a bra shouldn’t cause your shoulders to tingle!). If you’re interested in how such an operation is performed – leave us a comment, we’ll show you how it’s done 🙂
It can’t be denied that Ardour comes with amazing panties – transparent on the butt, covered in the front, they even come with the same decoration as the bra’s gore! I’m always pleased to see manufacturers not skimp on the panties and adding the same decorations as on the bras. The buttocks are wonderfully emphasized by the vertical stitching, so people loving their butt will love Ardour’s panties.
In summary, Ardour is a beautiful, elaborate combination of a temptress with an “I’m not under the shirt” bra. It’s designed for women shorter than me and with a spine as straight as an arrow. It’s just not my design – I’m not meant to enjoy decorative front straps 🙁