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Boob friendly brands – Effuniak/Ewa Michalak

Recently, when I was browsing through Thirty Two D forum I came across a post about new discoveries that mentioned Ewa Michalak website and her plunge bras in all sizes. This is one of the reasons I decided to write about Ewa and her designs, the other ones being the fact that at this moment her bra constructions are the absolute best that are available on the market (even though they still are not compatible with every pair of breasts and the designs may not be to everybody’s liking).

To start with – who’s Ewa Michalak? She’s been a lingerie designer for 15 years and during that time she cooperated with Polish lingerie brands such as Corin, Kris Line (you can often find their bras on Brastop), Kinga, Konrad . As she says herself in the interview for Balkonetka: “I came across the Lobby Biusciastych through “The bra alphabet doesn’t end at D”  article written by Kasica of Stanikomania and Butters77 – the founder of the Lobby. It was kind of funny as a magazine with it had been lying in my place for almost two months and I was just going to throw it away but then I decided to cut out some pics for inspiration. It was then that I found this article, I read it and I opened the Lobby website. And my first thought was “Oh my god, I’m so stupid and I know so little’. And when the Lobby brafitters calculated a bra size for me I almost dropped dead.” Ewa, who chose a nickname Effuniak, stayed on the forum and started to design and construct bras for bigger and smaller breasts. The lobbyists started to test these constructions. These bras were really beautiful and girls who got to test them were really kind of lucky ones – that’s how the rest of us perceived it. You can see some of Effuniak bras from that period here . Weren’t they cute? A lot of them were half cups, even for  large breasts (over HH cups). You can just imagine this long virtual queue of women waiting to get one of their own. And unfortunately, few got one:( The designs were unique and mostly unrepeatable, and  at that stage it was impossible for Ewa to start a mass production of lacy bras mainly because of costs.

Later on, last summer, Ewa opened an impromptue shop on her blog. It wasn’t yet a real shop,  yet it was better than nothing. Still you had hundreds of women waiting for new batches of plunges to appear there, and when they did appear they were selling immediately – sometimes almost everything got sold in just one evening. Just like nude bras, or other colourful ones (banana, watercolour, ladybird, peaches ) or even “cow” plunge or “cat” plunge (however controversial they were).

Finally, last autumn Ewa opened a real internet shop. Finally  all of us could buy plunges – auberine, chilli, denim , that were soon followed by sea moss, red moss , pleated bras and quite a few others. What’s more, in autmn collection  the construction of big cups got improved. Before the cup was made from 3 pieces of fabric, now it’s made of four.  This spring and summer brought more designs, among them my personal favourite – powder dots. What this bra does to my breasts is absolutely astonishing. I must admit I got into a kind of self admiration after putting it on – couldn’t stop staring at my tits in the mirror:) Recently Ewa introduced a strapless bra too – although only smaller cups:( to start with. There’s also a photo of a girl testing Ewa’s halfcup on Balkonetka – so maybe this autumn we’ll finally  be able to buy them too.

What is exactly so unique about Effuniaks? Why were all those women so frantic to get them? The answer is – the CONSTRUCTION. I already mentioned it at the beginning – Effuniaks at the moment are the best constructed bras on the market. H+ cups (or even G+) of other brands often have a construction error –  their producers assume that big breasted women have breast under their armpits instead of having them on their front. This problem of “triangular women” is described in Kasica’s article on Stanikomania ( I really suggest Google Translate, or any other “engine translate”, as the article is very interesting). If you’re a G+ you can try an experiment – just fasten your bra in front of you and see what shape it gets – if it’s a cradle, it’s bad…:( In case of Effuniak bras, this error is not there. The cups are fully on the front of the bra. The other thing is underwires – G+ often have very wide ones, wider than it’s really necessary (it’s also conneted with this first error I mentioned) and also very high – can poke into your armpit. Effuniaks have quite narrow and relatively low underwires even in big sizes. Another thing that makes them so unique is the lift – they were even nicknamed -“ elevators for the breasts“.  Just look at this  uplift.  The girl from the second link is also shown without a bra (but wearing a t-shirt) to show the elevation.  Isn’t it amazing?  What more can I say??? Well, recently there’s been another survey on Stanikomania, this time for  “The most comfortable bra”.. Effuniaks won (though not unanimously)…

To cap it off, some practical advice on how to choose a size of an Effuniak bra if you decide to order one. These bras have very tight bands, so if your frame is say 75cm(30inches), in most cases you will be well off in a 75(34) band. In case of Effuniak strapless, you may even need an 80(36). Anyway you have a calculator on the website – you have to take two measurements of your frame – first one  very tight, the second one without squeezing. As for the cup – there’s also a special way to measure for it. Bend down, so that your torso is horizontal,  make sure the tape is vertical and then measure your breasts. Type in your measurements into the calculator (first the measurement of your frame tight, then loosely, then around your breasts), click “jaki mam rozmiar” and you get the answer. But the answer from the calculator is only the starting point, as usual… According to  Ewa  you have to consider the shape of your breasts too, if they look like:

UU – most probably the cup indicated by the calculator will be fine;

00 – the cup indicated may fit but you may need a cup size bigger one; 

OO – you definitely will need a bigger cup size by one or two cups;

VV – the indicated cup may fit, but you may need a smaller one;

W – the indicated cup will be too big, you’ll need one smaller by 2 or 3 cups; 

^^ – breasts that are long and narrow at  the base ending with a kind of a ball – just like a pear – you should take  2 or even 3 cups smaller size than indicated by the calculator.

I hope this will help you check out for yourselves how Effuniak bras fit and what they can do for your breasts:)

Boob-friendly brands – Avocado

I’d like to start introducing Polish lingerie brands that produce, have produced or are starting to produce full range of sizes. The brand that I’d like to begin with is Avocado,  a producer of luxerious lingerie for bigger breasted women. The company is not a newbie, they have been on the market already for several years. I remember seeing their first ads in women’s magazines 7 years ago, then visiting their website and salivating at all those beautiful bras.I wanted to have them all. They were quite different from what was available for us in normal shops. First of all, they had D+ cups (up to H), and secondly bras were made of French lace, had intricate embroidery etc They didn’t like like beige tents that we had to buy from most lingerie stores at that time. Here I must admit that a lot of Polish women still haven’t got over this trauma of beige tents – they simply refuse to buy bras in this colour (irrespective of how practical it is) as they were forced to do it for a long time. However there was a little snag too,  Avocado prices were kind of crazy… Out of reach for an average woman with an “average” Polish salary. I was really sad as I couldn’t treat myself to everything they had in the catologue:(

A bit later on (2004), I had a sudden influx of cash and I decided to pamper myself and buy 2 bra and thong sets, a white and blue Tutti Frutti and another one – black with red lace embroidery (already don’t remember its name). So I placed an order for 2 75D bras and bottoms and the waiting started – at that time internet shopping wasn’t developped that much as today, and it seemed like forever to receive my package. Finally it arrived, imagine my joy at having two new fancy bras, and the fact that actually their cups were much two small didn’t really matter to me. At that time I had no idea how a bra should fit, the Lobby of Big Boobed women didn’t exist yet and it didn’t even cross my mind that perhaps, I should have chosen a bigger cup – they were available afer all…

Time went on… The bra awereness among (some) brafitters and women started to develop, so did the size range of Avocado. 2008 collection already had bras up to J cup, now even K is available as well as smaller bands such as 60 and 65. However, Avocado’s K is not equal to a British K cup… Actually it was hard to compare it to the British sizing, because the company’s website was missing a proper size chart for along time:( This year when I decided to treat myself to some luxery again (especially due to the fact that some of the bras were on sale;)) I was really wondering what size to take, in the end I decided to take the biggest cup available with a 70 band… Of course later on I was told on the Lobby they might be too big for my British 32GG… Well, it was too late to change the order, so I waited impatiently biting my fingers when I looked at the diminishing stock of ordered bras at the website (meaning less sizes for a potential exchange). However, I had a really nice surprise when I received the parcel with Kabuki, Creole and two CanCans – two latter ones were fitting perfectly, two former were a little too big (but nothing that I small fold couldn’t solve). And the bras were stunning too – I’ve never had a bra such as Kabuki before… Creole was gorgeous either, with its metallic sheen it’s almost like wearing jewelry. CanCans are not as beautiful, but they are still one of my summer favourites.

Avocado has been enjoying positive feedback also from two other Polish bra bloggers, Kasica of Stanikomania wrote a review of Saskia, giving it a 4 out of 5 note, Mauzonka of Balkonetka did another review about Charlotte with equally positive feedback.

The above photograph (from Balkonetka) shows another model of Avocado bra.  I don’t really like beige bras, I hardly ever wear them – I have one, but I could wear a beige bra like Charlotte. What about you?

I just wonder when the size range of the brand increases even more to accommodate British J and K cups… A size chart is already on the website, so it’s easier to choose a fitting bra. Looking at it you can notice that “a jump” between cups is quite big, bigger than in British bras – where it’s 2,5cm (an inch),  Avocado’s cups grow every 4cm. It seems that the website is being reorganized too – I hope it means it will be possible to pay by credit/debit cards and PayPal. An English version of the website is being prepared too (though it’s not there yet), so non-Polish speakers will be able to order lingerie from Avocado either.

Boob-friendly swimwear

Last time I came down like a ton of bricks on swimwear that we can find in most shops, saying its size range is not sufficient to cover the variety our bodies can have.  Bikini tops (or swimsuits) that come in bra sizes (all of them) do make a difference  – have you read How to look good in underwear?”  That is why I’d like to show you what you can wear on the beach and be much more  comfortable and better looking.

Let’s start the ball rolling with the triangle tops – almost the most popular type of beachwear. Do they exist in bra sizes? I have to admit that an hour search through Figleaves and Bravissimo didn’t bring any results… The only bikinis that I found in this style come in clothes range of sizes (XS-XL)…  Frankly speaking I’m a bit surprised at this because as far as I remember last summers’ collections did have several pieces like that . (Did you see any wire-free triangle bikini tops in bra sizes in this season’s collections?)  However, even the one shown in the link wasn’t available in full range of sizes, you could only get it  from 30 to 38 D to F cup. As you probably remember from collages I showed here, D to F cups don’t really represent gigantic boobs, in combinations with smaller bands they can be even called small… Can the reason for not introducing this style into this summer collections be the fact that it doesn’t really give a fantastic support and also the fact that they are only good for slim girls with relatively small breasts? (I already mentioned in the previous article why it’s not really advisable for bigger busted and/or plumper women). So, if  triangles like this are not really available what else do we have there?

What about tailored type of triangles – halterneck style, also unwired, slightly padded for extra support? You can find a lot tops like that from Freya and a few other brands. Freyas this style are available from 30-38 D-F, although 38 only comes with D and DD cups. Midnight Grace and Zoggs come a little further there as one provides cups and bands from 30-36 D-FF (0ne cup more, one band size less) and Zoggs Sandon bikini top still can be purchased to H cup (although only with 32 back size, and the stock is already low).

As you see, tailored cups already increase the range of size, not by much, but it’s always something. What more do we get if we add underwires to the tailored cups? Triangle halterneck underwired bikini tops, these go up to GG, or even HH cups. Here you can say:” HH means quite big breast even with small back size. How can these girls wear halternecks? They are so uncomfortable and dig into the neck”. You are right about the size, but not about the comfort – properly fitted halternecks don’t do any discomfort to  your necks as most of the weight of the breasts is supported by the band.

The above photo shows halternecks from Freya, Panache, Fantasie.

If you like showing a lot of cleavage you can also find something for you as there are plunge bikinis for slightly larger breasts – such as this one  – up to a G cup. Mind you,  they are usually ligtly padded so getting it dry after a swim in the sea may take a little time…  Unpadded ones are available too.  If you’re an owner of (relatively) big boobs you can still show cleavage and wear plunges – a Polish brand of Effuniak just introduced 3 padded plunges into her shop – and the cup sizes there go up to LL. It’s just too bad that the website is not available in English yet…  The Effuniaks are at the moment the best constructed bras on the Polish market, some of the costumers that bought plunge bras from winter collection even nicknamed them elevator for the breasts” – see why – 80(36)L …

Another type of bikini which I’d like to show is a bandeau. According to some Lobbyists this style is quite dangereous – not everybody looks good in it (even if it’s good size), it may: make your breasts look smaller and your hips look larger and more masculine and emphasize even a little unfirmness in your breasts. There a quite a lot of celebreties that proved this fact (check out link 1, link 2, link 3, link 4) although in their case it’s also the fact that these bras are really badly fitted. The lobbyists’s  advice is – you can wear it if your figure resembles an hourglass, it it doesn’t – better choose some other style… Bandeau bikinis made by boob friendly brands have underwires, most of them reach a G cup :

Finally a style that can accomodate even larger breasts – underwired balcony bra, some of the models from Panache go up to K cup, though quite a lot of them are already sold out (it just shows that that sizes like these ARE bought by women). From what I’m browsing now I see that owners of H+ breast will already have some difficulties buying their size, fancier styles are mostly gone, you can still choose from simpler designs like Geneva (there’s also a red one in Figleaves though many sizes are now gone), there an Amalfi in Figleaves – and still a few of HH or J cups there… Freya didn’t do especially well in this segment this year as most of their “larger cups” go only up to HH (though I must admit they are quite tight and supportive ( already bought one, so it’s my own experience), so you may just choose a slightly looser band a fiddle around with a needle and thread…).

For those if you who like sunbathing but don’t want to show your tummies all the time there’s tankini. You want to tan – just fold it up, you want to walk along the beach and hide some unwanted folds – just roll it down. They are available in halternecks – just like this one – up to an H cup,  balcony style , wire free triangles etc.

And finally – swimsuits in bra sizes, with quite some variations on the top – you can get bandeau, halternecks, balconies, sports swimsuits – which are also available to H cup ( so you don’t have to put on a flattening tube and not look your best)… Figleaves also has quite a big selection of them – even too big – it’s easy to get confusud… I may just suggest sticking to boob friendly brands – those that don’t mark their swimwear as XS, S, M etc – check out: Fantasie, Freya, Panache, Shock Absorber… (seems like I really narrowed the amount of swimsuits….)

As you see I did most of my browsing in just two e-stores – Figleaves (that’s where all the photos come from) and Bravissimo, but there are many others online shops with lingerie and costumes, you don’t need to buy there. I’m not even mentioning British Ebay which is a deep goldmine of lingerie and swimwear in all sizes, quite often at bargain prices. Bargain prices… Well, I like buying on sales too, but in case of popular sizes they are gone quite fast and don’t last till sales:( If you wear 30-32G/GG whereabouts  it’s better to hurry, I noticed these get sold out the fastest… As for the Polish shop of Effuniak – if you’re interested, just write to them asking for directions how to order and how to measure yourselfs (there’s a “special” way for Effuniak bras) etc.

To cap it off I appeal to you – don’t maltreat your breasts on the beach with clothes sized bikinis! Your boobs are worth a better treatment.

Spring and summer 2010 bra collections… Freya

Another brand that produces full range of sizes is Freya – their bras are always very colorful and feminine. This spring and summer collection is not an exception from this rule… Personally I would like to buy at least half of it for myself:) For example these ones…:

Dear ladies, meet Frankie and Saffy. Both these of these bras available from 30-38 and D-GG cups. Aren’t they nice and colourful? You just think of summer looking at them:)  Styles available to J cup are Arabella – this season’s colour is cassis (apart from base black and other colours that still can be  bought on British ebay), and Jolie. Freya makes also some styles of bras to G cups only – like this lightly padded half cup – Summer ( available too in soft version to GG cup). And here this company deserves a big kick in the ass – why only up to G(G)? If you can make Arabella or other styles up to J, why not these ones??? 

These are not the only styles available for this spring and summer, for more check out Freya website . Other styles that are also worth attention as they are recommended for “beginners” as a “first good size bra” are Pollyanna (black, white, caramel) and Rio (black, white, beige, red).  These basic bras are available for example in Bravissimo, British Ebay and a lot of other online lingerie stores.

What do you think? Don’t you just want to buy some of them (at least)?;)

The photographs come from Freya website.

Spring and summer 2010 bra collections – Curvy Kate

What I would like to do today is to show you some more bras that are available in full range of sizes. Quite some of  brands that do produce them, also make them look real nice and sexy,  not like “grandmam’s” bras -as for example a Doreen that has been named the ugliest “horse collar” (not even a bra) in the lingerie world.  The colours available are not limited to “traditional trinity” of black, white and beige either…

The second  brand (after Panache, which wasn’t perhaps that nice…mmmm, maybe apart from Cleo and Masquerade) I’d like to show you is Curvy Kate – as they say “beautiful bras for a fuller bust” that are available  DD-J cups and with back sizes from a 28-40.  Their previous collections were full of lacy bras in “all colours of a rainbow”  (blue, purple, navy, brown, coral, cream, fuchsia) – some of them are even still available in the bra outlet of Brastop or on British Ebay;)  This spring/summer collection also brings a lot of colourful lingerie.  See for yourselves:

This range of sizes of Curvy Kate goes from 28-40 back and DD-J cup. Showgirl bras are lightly padded and the sizes available go from 28-30 DD-J, 32DD-HH,  34DD-H, 36DD-GG and 38DD-G.  I recently became a happy owner of navy/coral  Ella and two Showgirls – black and yellow Tease me and fuchsia Thrill me. They are just beautifull…:)))) My bramaniac soul is very happy about them:)))  A little tip for you here though – Thrill Me requires very careful adjusting when you put it on – make sure the wires are just under your breast, and that there’s no empty space on the bottom of the cups etc. This is a half cup and some breasts may look like a ski-jump if you don’t put in on properly;)

If you want to check out some of these bras for yourselves, go to Dama de Copas, they carry the brand. If  you can’t go, then you can shop online in Lovebras – they still have quite a lot of the collection left, I admit though that some sizes are already sold out…:(   Here I’d also like to say a few word about prices of bras, just passed through a Triumph shop tonight and was a bit shocked.  I don’t want to swear here (and I wouldn’t like you to do it either when you comment on anything) but the only words that come to my mind are: “#*@#*  is this???!!!  This crap is 50-60Euros???!!!”  In comparison, the cost of a bra from the current collection Curvy Kate  is  26-28 British pounds plus shipping (online stores). The ones that are already onsale are between 13 and 19 British pounds… The price of a bra at Dama de Copas is about 40 E  (and remember that Ines and Margarida provide you with a service of brafitting that can take up to one hour)… Why is anybody still buying bras at Triumph and other places like that???

Collections, collections… Panache

So, what can you put on your boobs? What are the brands that produce so “huge” bras that can accommodate G, H or K cups with wahtever band???    The brand I would like to introduce to you today is Panache – British company that produces bras in full range of sizes, with cups from D to K and back sizes from 28 to 40. They are also planning to introduce a line of bras for very small breasts – Panache Atlantis. As they say on their website: “Atlantis offers solution products for the smaller bust. This liquid filled collection is exclusively designed for cup sizes A-DD. Atlantis promises to increase the appearance of the bust by a whole cup size and has recently been revolutionised with new shapes and technology, proving that Panache’s expertise can reach beyond the D plus market”. We can only hope that these cups will be accompanied by 28 and 30 bands, as the market is already full of 32-38 A-DD bras…

The first line I’d want to speak about is Panache Superbra. In this line, virtually each bra goes from D to K cup. The back sizes also come in full range – from 28 to 40. One of their most popular bras from this line is Tango Balconnet (also available in plunge). This everyday basic bra comes in four colours at the moment (black, white, beige, red), you can also find some purple ones on sale in Bravissimo. While I admit that it’s not one of the most beautiful bras ever made, it’s recommended as a “starter” bra for women and girls who have  just discovered their real size and how a bra should fit them.  Other styles fom Superbra, IMHO much nicer than Tango, are Ariza and Eliza – 30-40 D-K. You can buy Eliza in ivory, black or pink,  Bravissimo still has some cobalt blue ones on sale either. If you browse through British ebay you can also find some teal, chocolate, purple or fuchsia ones from older collections. Ariza’s available in white, black and peach at the moment. Bravissimo also has a mulburry one, and browsing through ebay can show you that older collections had a lot of other colours – such as light aqua, teal and gold or ivory and peach… One thing that I would like to “warn” you about concerning these two styles, is that starting from GG, it starts to have an additional layer of fabric on the cups,which means they stop to be half sheer…:( Apparently Panache still doesn’t know that 30GG or 28H are not really such breasts that they require additional amount of fabric… Fortunately, this can be solved quite easily if you just have scissors and you’re determined enough:) Actually, even if you cut off the entire double layer and leave Eliza or Ariza completely sheer they still provide good support. However, it is possible to find a Panache bra that is still semi sheer at GG or even H cup (supposedly) … I’m talking about  Confetti 28-38 D-K. You can choose from black and white, mind you, there are also Confetti thong bodies (28-38 D-H), Confetti strapless as well as Confetti basques 28-38 D-G. Browsing through lingerie stores and ebay you may also come across black and gold Confetti isn’t it nice? I have it:).  Another interesting bra from Panache is Evie (black, ivory and nude) – the only strapless bra available up to H cup at the moment. Even though (as you see) it’s built up a bit too high at the central gore (which excludes low cleavage), it provides a good support and until Effuniak comes up with her strapless bras, Evie is the only possibility for G+ women to wear strapless tops.

The other line I would like to introduce to you is Cleo by Panache. Compared with Superbra this line is much more colourful and lively (just like Freya). If you like sunny colours, for sure you’ll love this buttermilk George which is also available in violet/pink at Bravissimo. E-bay browsing can also show you colours from last season – coral, green, white/tourquise. What about a Frances bra with these beautiful, girly multicolor flowers? And just to remind you that these balconet styles come from 28 -38(40) D-J cups. There are also other styles from this brand such as a plunge and padded bras, though they are not available in such a wide range of sizes. For example,  Jamie comes only from 28 to 38 back size and from D to H cup and Jo is avaiable from 28-38 D-G only:(

And finally the line of padded bras from Masquerade – bandeaus, half-cups, plunges. Most of these bras give your boobs a shape of “apples in a basket” and are high on the wish list of a lot of bramaniacs. Both this year and this year this brand  came on top in “Sexiest bra of the year” contest, where bramaniacs vote and choose the most tempting bra of a given year. Last year the voting brought big victory to Antoinette in D-G category – first free places were occupied by 3 colour versions of this  bra… Just to mention, 4th place was Masquerade Coquette and 6th place is Masquerade Hestia.    This year Masquerade bras also won in A-D category – first place belonged to a tourquise Georgiana, in DD-G you could find Maia, Georgiana and Antoinette (again). However it wasn’t as staggering as a year ago…   Do I need to add here that older styles are available on British Ebay?

2100 collection of Masquerade  also has Georgiana – this time in orange (I confess, I feel tempted…, my other orange bra is already too small for me due to migration(I assume you read the brafitting know how section and you know what migration is)).  Edit: latest news(09.04) – there’s another colour of Georgiana on Bravissimo (got an impression it’s exclusive for them only) – green apple… It’s just cute:)))    Another bra from this collecion that I’m trying ro resist to buy is Inca  an almost perfect beige bra if it wasn’t for a pattern (according to some of bramaniac)…  You get Maia too, which comes in tourquise this spring and summer… and a plunge bra of Estepona in green-grey-white and several others which you can see at Masquerade website. A little snag at the end – bras in this line only goes up to a G cup (from D) and band sizes come from 28-38. And now good news – starting next year Masquerade is going to be produced in G+ <yes yes yes>  – finally our prayers were heard…;)

Photographs of the new collection come from Superbra, Cleo and Masquerade websites. Photographs of older styles were taken from various merchans  on Ebay. Photos of “sexiest bra contest” come from Stanikomania.