Featured Product: Panache “Portofino” Underwire Balcony One-Piece Swimsuit #SW0950
Spring is just around the corner, and it’s time to start stocking up on new swimwear. To help you get started, we’re reviewing the new “Portofino” Underwire Balcony One-Piece Swimsuit #SW0950 by Panache! The nautical navy and white contrast, beautiful bronze-gold hardware, and ruched front panel are slimming, elegant, and timeless—the kind of look that never goes out of style. More importantly, though, the Portofino is a great size-specific suit designed to keep you secure and comfortable.
But first, what exactly are the benefits of size-specific swimwear? For starters, it looks better. Typical S/M/L department store sizes rarely give you the right kind of support, and improper distribution of your breast weight can make even the cutest top look unflattering. Moreover, size-specific swimwear diminishes strain on your muscles and does a much better job of holding you in place, reducing the possibility of an awkward wardrobe malfunction at the beach. The Portofino is comprised of seamed fabric in slimming navy, and it's available up to a K cup and a 38 band. The ruched front conceals belly ripples while the double-lined front panel provides additional tummy support. The back of the suit includes a high keyhole to prevent unwanted back bulges. In lieu of fully adjustable straps, the suit features semi-adjustable double straps. If you typically prefer things fully adjustable, don’t worry—this design offers serious support. The twin straps are intended to distribute weight, prevent digging, and create fuller top coverage for ladies with heavier breasts.
Most significantly, the Portofino features floating underwire cups—a brand-new design for Panache. The hidden cups are attached to the suit at the sides, not the front, which prevents the suit from pulling away from your body at the top and keeps the underwire hidden from view. To show you what we mean, we took the Portofino for a test spin.
Panache Brighton, 38J
Pictured above is the Brighton, a popular Panache one-piece from a few years ago. As you can see, there is a visible gap between the front of the suit and the model's sternum, and the underwire has moved to fill the space. This is because the cups are attached to the front of the suit, so the weight of the breasts pushes against the suit itself.
Panache Portofino, 38J
The Portofino, pictured above, uses the floating cup design to eliminate the gap and hide the underwire from view. Because the cups are separate, the breasts put less pressure on the front panel. The white band at the top cup hugs the chest to keep things in place, making this fit more flattering and more effective than previous Panache designs.
As with most size-specific one-piece suits, taller ladies or those who are fuller around the middle or rear may need to go up a band size. For the most part, though, the Portofino is an attractive, accommodating suit that will work for any body type.
"It reminds me of the Veronica that did so well a few years back," said our model. "With the side ruching and the inside liner, you don't feel lumpy or bumpy underneath, just really smooth and secure. I haven't liked anything enough to replace the Brighton so far, but I will definitely buy a Portofino for myself."