Ewa Michalak Explained
Having heard of Polish lingerie brand Ewa Michalak on the blogging circuit for a little while I was really keen to try them out and judge for myself just how they compare to the bigger names in the game. At first I wasn’t too sure how someone not Poland based went about buying from them, because when you initially visit their website the language is set as default Polish. However located at the top of the main page is an option to switch to English by clicking on the UK flag.
Once you’re looking at the site in a language comfortable to you, the next task is to look for bras. Something that is pretty refreshing and definitely unique to the Ewa Michalak brand is the immense range of sizes; all bras in the shop are available from cups A right up to L, from 24 to 46 backs (with some being tailor made specially for you), so fabulous news for everyone who doesn’t like choice restriction based on your size.
|Ewa Michalak website
You’ll notice from the easy to navigate side menu that sizes are gauged as european, but UK conversions are placed along side the Ewa Michalak sizes so there’s no need to worry about translating. It is worth bearing in mind though that Ewa sizes aren’t exactly like for like, as I found out for myself. Often the bands are found to run small, and sometimes the cups.
Before you order anything you are recommended to fit yourself according to the sizing calculator found under the Sizing Help tab. You are required to enter three figures in cm: your underbust tightly measured, your underbust loosely measured and then your overbust measurement, where you measure round the fullest part of your bust standing in a bent over position.
|Ewa Michalak website – Sizing Calculator
Personally I think the calculator is very hit or miss. The measurements I entered for myself gave me a very way out bra size result of 75DD or 34DD in UK conversion, which I just had to disregard. It concerned me that it gave me a back of 34, when I fit a 28 or 30 back in the UK, translated as giving me a +4 fit which we all know is not the way to fit these days. Which is why I say you should note the inconsistency with UK sizes and take this into account when finding your own size. Judging by my usual 28GG-H I decided to go with 30GG which is a 65GG with Ewa Michalak.
Following three trials with some of Ewa Michalak’s best selling bras I’ve come to realise that fitting myself for the brand isn’t quite so simple. This is the first of three reviews so you can see how I faired with them.
Ewa Michalak Reviewed
Having been asked which bras I would like to review, I first opted for the HP Nina, which is a gorgeous half cup. As I mentioned earlier, I went with the 65GG (UK 30GG).
The Look and Fit
HP Nina is an ever so lightly padded black bra with silky smooth cups offset with three section dark floral ribbon trim and edged with pretty lace. The ribbon also trims the side wings and continues up half way of the front of the straps making this part less stretchy to the back half section. I find that the design of the ribbon in this way actually benefits the wear of the bra, making it more supportive and less bouncy. The hook and eye fastener is 3 hooks wide with four levels of adjustment to play with.
I love the look of balconette bras but don’t get on well with them, so when I saw the HP Nina looked very similarly styled but with a lower centre gore I thought I would give it a go. It’s fits perfectly for my shape and sits in the right place without nipping between my boobs. I’ve not really worn a half cup before so now I know it’s a good option for me.
When I first put on the HP Nina I was aware how snug the band felt; definitely a little closer than I’d usually wear. It didn’t feel overbearing so I decided to keep it on. The cups felt a little on the small side but didn’t dig in. I wore it quiet happily throughout the day although I increasingly became aware that the cups were feeling too small. I could feel the underwire prominently at the side of my boobs, which indicated to me that I needed more room. When I bent over (sorting laundry for the washing machine) my boobs would raise up and try to leave the cups, creating a quadra-boob effect.
I love the look of this bra because it’s quite sexy and modern looking. You don’t often see bras in this kind of design for the larger bust which is a treat. The half cup design really does suit me being a close set boobed girl so this has opened up more options of style to me.
The downside really is the tightness of the band, and even more so, the smallness of the cups. I feel if I increased the cup size to the H (making it a 30H) then I would have more room and it will probably reduce the tight feeling too. So in this respect, regarding the sizing of Ewa Michalak bras, I would suggest going up in the back and up in the cup than your usual size.
Keep an eye out for more Ewa Michalak reviews to come.