How Panache Tango-ed Without Me

June 26, 2012

Tango.  It’s been Panache Superbra’s most successful collection having enjoyed a recent 10 year celebration with the launch of the Tango Luxe.  I’ve read countless reviews raving about the Tango’s super fit yet I can not speak of such an unequivocal opinion.  Panache Tango danced the last dance without me.

My Tango journey began with the balconette style in a 28GG.  I bought it in hot pink.  The colour was gorgeous and I was excited with the anticipated liberation.  It didn’t happen.

Tango 28GG

Tango 28GG

The 28 back was uncomfortably tight with side boning which came up so high it dug in and hurt beneath my armpit.  The cups were too small and restrictive; my boobs were pressed in and squashed and bulged over the cups.  It wasn’t a pretty sight and about as comfortable as cramming size 6 feet into a size 4 shoe.  It hurt.

I decided the balconette wasn’t the best style for me so opted for the Tango Plunge next.  This time I bought the 28H.  Would it fasten up?  Like heck would it.

Tango 28H

Now the cups were spot on.  I fitted in it like a dream.  If only the back fastened!  I’ve never in my life attempted to put on such a small band, I was sure it was defective.  I emailed both Panache and the retailer I bought it from yet neither helped.  I was able to return the bra for a refund but I never did find out if it was a dodgy product or not.
So the Tango 28H was almost there but not quite…

Tango Plunge 28H

Recently I bought the Tango Classic 30GG, taking the stance that the 28 just wasn’t going to fit me, and that judging by the fact I’d gone up in the band since the original 28GG I’d tried, this one may do the trick.  Yet again it didn’t happen.  Also stupidly I totally forgot to take any pictures of it on me.  D’oh!  This time the 30 band felt right but the cups were again too small.  At first I thought it was the right fit but found as I wore it a little the cups couldn’t contain me and I was falling out all over the place.  So annoying.

Tango Classic 30H

Finally I went for the Tango Classic in 30H.  I actually give up.  The band, yes, comfortable, the cups – ridiculously too big!  Where the 30GG faltered in the too small cups I expected the 30H to be the one (after all, the 28H was too small).  The cups seem to have been made to circle wider back under the armpit, so I could feel huge unfilled areas beneath and around each boob.  It looks silly and I feel swamped in it.

Tango Classic 30H

Tango Classic 30H

I just don’t think I’ll find a happy medium with Panache Tango and I’m gutted.  Sometimes I really do crave just a simple, non invasive, light bra that doesn’t feel like I’m lugging around the kitchen sink.  When the hot summer spells descend, that’s when I crave it most.
The only thing I would say is I’ve switched and played around with a few different ranges of the Tango, including the balconette and plunge with the original leaf embroidery and then the two plunge Classics.  The original fabric is taut with no stretch whatsoever, whilst the Classic is much more pliable.  Maybe I shouldn’t give up on Tango quite so soon, after all I could always go back to the 28H and try it in the Classic…
What’s your experience with and opinion of the Tango collection?  Any suggestions and advice for finding the perfect fit?
Becky x


  1. Becca ^_^

    July 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Thank you for the review. I was looking into this bra, but seeing is how you are having so many fit problems I think I’ll have to pass it up. So far I haven’t had any luck with any Panache bras. I’ve tried the Andorra and the Porcelain Viva, and neither of them fit properly no matter what size I tried.

    I have, however, had very good luck with their sister company Cleo. I’m in love with the Cleo Lucy bra. It gives a rounded shape, good support, and comes in a variety of colors.

  2. Cavy.girl

    July 6, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Hi Becca. 🙂

    I’ve definitely not had success, that’s for sure! I am getting a couple more sizes shortly so I’ll be able to better judge the difference between the Tango and the Classic Tango. If I don’t get far with these sizes, I’ll probably give up on the style for good.

    I agree with you about Cleo as I have the Lucy too! It is such a lovely comfortable bra to wear. I also get on well with Masquerade which is strange because they’re both Panache brands yet so different from the parent company.

    Becky x

  3. Betty Collins

    March 7, 2014 at 8:10 pm

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  4. Lisa

    October 12, 2016 at 1:28 am

    Am I the only one who thought this bra itches like crazy?

    I, too, experienced many of the same fit problems that you did.

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