My previous Pari Pari bras were one of the worst I ever bought; poorly sewn, coming apart at the seams, made of cheap fabrics and with no visible signs of shaping the boobs. When brand released new styles I was skeptic, but decided to risk my money – maybe people at the design department heard about their poor review? I wasn’t mistaken, they did, and altough Athina has it’s fair share of shortcomings, it is still a fine daily bra compared to the distaster Reggia and Catherine were .
Pari Pari Lingerie – Athina 65G
Obwód rozciągnięty/Band stretched: 78.0
Obwód w spoczynku/Band: 58.0
Szerokość pojedynczej fiszbiny/Cup width: 16.0
Głębokość miski/Cup depth 24.0
Długość pojedynczej fiszbiny/Wire length: 27.0
Szerokość mostka/Gore width: 1.8
Wysokość mostka/Gore height: 8.0
Wysokość pasa koło miski/Wing heigth: 9.0
Szerokość ramiączek/Straps width: 1.7
Haftek w rzędzie/Hooks: 2
Ocena: / Rating:
Estetyka / Aesthetics
Wygoda / Comfort
Cena / Price
Wytrzymałość / Lonegvity
Kształt / Shaping
Remembering the Reggia trouble I decided to order a smaller cup, risking quadraboob, and what we get is on the edge of quadding. Cups are made of black netting with garland floral embroidery and have only one vertical seam. That is quite a risque move for a non-experienced brand.
There is a side support panel on the side of the cup with one of the edges of the panel not attached to the cup. It definitely helps with shaping and keeping the boobs front and center instead of under my pits, even though the final effect does not impress me much. Cups are deep and wide as in all Pari Pari models, which unfortunately can casue a misleading too big cup effect.
Cups are shaped like a right triangle, with hypotenuse being the edge of the cup from the gore to the strap; fabric of the cups reaches very high, up to 3/5 of the strap length. The edge of the cup is finished with flat elastic, fortunately sewn a little deeper into the cup and not directly on the brim. I suspect the designer wanted to achieve a bralette-type situation here.
Gore is – again – askew. Not as askew as it was in Reggia, but still. There is a classic bow as a decoration of the gore. The band is made of one layer of microfibre; is it a little see-through and very unstable. I think it will last 6 months of intensive use at most. When stretched to maximum the eyes of the fabric are clearly visible and a pointier nail will pierce it quite easily.
When it comes to comfort the band is a bit of a deal, given the elastic band cutting into my skin and band rolling under and further cusing trouble under the wires. Apart from that not much is going on.
Shaping is way better in Athina than in previous models, but it still needs some work to be done. My boobs are cross-eyed, but at an angle the whole thing looks acceptable. This kind of shape is sometimes called an omega, and it really resembles the shape of that letter.
To sum things up – if you are on a budget Athina might be a good option for a bra that you buy to make do before finding the One True Bra, but not much more than that. The construction still needs some work to be done and a better choice of fabrics (the band…). Pari Pari tries to conquest the niche of cheap and easily worn-out lingerie and I think this is where they should stay unless they decide to match the rivals in terms of quality. It is sad that a company with such a variety of designs manufactures bras that are best used as Instagram picture props, because there are a few gems there that would work if made of good fabrics and with good construction as a base.
From left: Campi II, Catherine IV, Carelia Push Up. First two bras were tested by me with poor results, I don’t think I will try the third one.
Previous reviews: Pari Pari Lingerie – Catherine III Push Up 65G PL/ENG , Pari Pari Lingerie – Reggia 65H PL/ENG
What are your experiences with Pari Pari? Is there another cheap brand you want to test on us 😉 ?