I haven’t been posting for a real long while. Sorry, I’ve been really busy doing other things. This particular post was kind of caused by a recent affair on the English fanpage of Ewa Michalak. For those of you without Facebook this is what happened: one of Ewa Michalak’s clients posted a link to her blog where she describes an alteration to the straps. Edit: it wasn’t FussyBusty, it was somebody from Ewa’s team – they keep up with all the bloggers.
I can only imagine the face of Ewa when she saw it – and mind you, I have very rich imagination, but it was probably the WTF kind. Well, for a start she kept calm (as all of these recent memes advice) and asked if this problem was common. It turned out, that yes indeed, a lot of her foreign customers remade her bras in the very same way. Hmmm, here’s a funny thing strikes me and not only me, all the English speaking Polish clients of her – why don’t we have the same kind of problems? The girls posted links to their photographs in the said bras, Ewa looked at them and here I think she was close to banging her head on the nearest flat surface. Her response was in line with her regular straight forward attitude. Sure, she was not diplomatic at all and no PR specialist would advise her to do this, but she told you the truth. Ladies, Ewa’s system of measuring for bras is not the same as the British one. After you measure your UB – even in inches, get your I-phone or whatever other smart device into your hand, turn on the calculating app (if you can’t calculate into cm into your head) and basically what you get – your tight measurement in cm (exhale, place the tape horizontally and squeeze without breaking your ribs) is your band size in Ewa Michalak bras. I agree that the cup that you get out the size calculator on Ewa’s website may not be the right one – this parameter is influenced not only by the measurement of your boobs but also by their shape and texture.
Ewa Michalak’s sizing system is supposed to let you choose your band size based on your real UB measurement in cm. The other thing is – her bra styles are halfcups and plunges, so these are styles that do not cover the entire breast – some tissue will be always exposed. One more thing, they are not supposed to fit the same way the British brands do – those in your sizes often have wires that end up almost on your back – much behind your breast tissue. This is the reason I stopped buying Panache and also Freya – in GG in smaller bands the back part of the band gets really really short. Bravissimo in 32GG is unfortunately the same. The wires of Ewa Michalak’s bras are supposed to encircle your breast and to end just where the breast tissue ends. Not further into your armpit.
I don’t really believe there are so many of you that genuinely need 50, 55 or 60 bands from Ewa, but instead of talking more I’m just gonna show you what bra sizes are worn by Polish customers of Ewa. Sizes and measurements. Almost all these data were taken from Balkonetka, a few other entries came from both Lobbies. I don’t give the name of a given model on purpose – to keep the anonymity of the user. What is shown are: – UB measurement -where I could get it: two measurements – tight one and the one without squeezing the tape. Breast measurement (standing, without bending down, unless both measurements were provided), Ewa’s fitting size; and the user’s assessment of the bra and fit with comments (much abbreviated by me).
|UB in cm||Boobs in cm||EM size||rating||remarks|
|1||68||86||65D||5*||Wires slightly too narrow|
|2||66||85||70C||4*||The band still holds even though the bra is old|
|3||64||92||65E||5*||The band slightly looser but still holds well|
|4||71||89||70C||5*||My favourite bra now|
|6||75||101||75E||5*||An ok bra|
|9||78||115||85HH||4*||Very tight band|
|10||74||102||70H||5*||Very tight band, have to use an extender|
|11||71||101||70G||5*||Sensational fit and lift|
|12||72||115||75HH||5*||The band could be tighter|
|14||62||86||60F||5*||A bit too small for the bigger boob|
|15||64||92||60F||5*||Moderately tight band|
|16||68||95||70FF||4*||Just beautiful fit|
|17||60||85||60E||5*||Very pleasant on the loosest hook|
|18||74||102||75G||5*||Beautiful and comfortable|
|18||66||92||65F||4*||Very nice effect|
|19||67||97||65H||5*||The band seems loose but holds very well|
|20||83-87||No date||85G||–||The lift is ok though the wires could be wider|
|22||71-73||92-93||75C||Very tight band (red panther)|
|23||77||110||75H||4*||After many washings it doesn’t give such a lift anymore|
|24||87-94||116-128||85GG||5*||I like the effect.|
|26||90||115||90E||5*||For me – the best (very wide ribcage but no fat tissue)|
|28||73||96||75F||5*||The band is on the tight side|
|29||64||92||60F||5*||The band is moderately tight|
|30||71||92||70FF||4*||The band is tight (IMO)|
|31||66||90||65F||5*||My new love|
|31||67||97||65H||5*||The band seems on the loose side but holds well|
|32||93||135||95J||5*||Fantastic fit and lift – I can run|
|33||72||116||70JJ||5*||Comfortable and pleasantly tight – I mean the band|
|35||59||90||65G||5*||A band’s a bit on the loose side, but it’s a second hand|
|37||76||101||80E||5*||I love it|
|38||59||90||60GG||5*||I love the profile|
|39||61||85||60F||5*||Tight band, great fit|
|41||78||108||80F||5*||Great fit, comfortable bra|
None of the numerous Polish customers of Ewa complain about straps cutting into the armpits. What we may complain about are: too short straps, too long straps, straps that adjust only half way, or the fact that the little circle between the front and back part of the strap just gets directly on a shoulder (grrrr, uncomfortable), the straps may roll or stretch or be of not satisfactory quality in our opinion, ect. But never have I heard on Balkonetka or on any of the Lobbies that EM straps cut into the armpits as described by Fussy Busty.
Written by a person who wears EM 75G for 74-77 cm UB and 102 cm around the boobs.