hello, summer! This is the perfect summer padded plunge bra that I picked up at the post office today. It's a bit lighter (feel & fabric - because the interior is white) than the Comexim basic, which feels a bit heavier and sturdier than this pearl flower mint plunge bra, but it's nice to have something a bit lighter for the summer.
The fit isn't perfect, but it's not Comexim's fault; I should've ordered 70HH. It maybe looks okay from the pictures, but it's a tad small on my larger side (left) and pinches there. I stepped on the scale and I actually weigh 10 pounds more than ... 2 months ago, great /s. So, it makes sense why this bra is too small for me on my larger side, it probably would've fit me back then though.
I initially ordered 70HH, then had 2nd thoughts about it, emailed the office and I said that I wanted to change my order to 70H (like a crazy person...), but now 70HH would've been right so I should've just stuck to my original order. The moral of the story is: don't email the office so many times, once you submit it, submit it. LOL. Will definitely hold onto this and see if I lose some weight though, fingers crossed.
Other than that, maybe the bra is a bit grandma-ish, but I love it! I don't think you can tell from the photos, but this actually has many more interesting details than just plain light green: the gore and all of the fabric area under the cups (to the band) is one layer of the flower printed mesh, so it's transparent & makes the bra appear lighter/sexier, I dig it. The wings are the same print fabric, but they're sturdier and lined. I like how all the of the hardware and strap elastic is mint green. Also, there are pink/peach flowers in the print, but it doesn't really show up on the photos. There is a little C (for Comexim) emblem on the mint green bow -it would cool if my initials were "C," like Christy!
Per usual, this bra from Comexim is a winner; I just wish I hadn't gained 10 pds, or it would've fit perfectly. But I will still hold onto to it. As far as pricing, this bra is on their cheaper end, I think it's b/c there are lighter fabrics used. The price is 125 zloty for the bra, and 22 zloty for shipping, so 147 zl total. For all of the details and the sewing on this bra, wow, definitely worth it! Thank you, Comexim = )
It's too bad b/c this bra is soooo close to perfection; if I gain 10 pounds I have to go up a cup in padded plunges though (apparently).
Update: 3-Jun-2021, I decided to order it in 70HH. This bra is just too perfect for summer!
Updated on Jun 04, 2021 Flag this
This is a solid bra, and I'm so happy that I purchased it. My only complaint is that I didn't get 3 rows of clasps in the back (just 2!), and I noticed some other Perlas in this same size (30G) have 3 clasps, so I'm not sure if they have changed the manufacturing, or if this is just different b/c I bought it direct on ewa-michalak.pl, which was on sale for about $45 cad. I would prefer 3 rows of clasps. as comexim generally does. With my current bust size, I like that extra security.
The bra is available on sale on the ewa-michalak.pl website, like I ... said it's about $45 cad or $37 usd (not including taxes or shipping!). It's available in three colours: black, white, or beige. Or you can also buy it at Levana Bratique in the US https://levanabratique.com/tulip-lace-bra/ although she calls it the Tulip Lace Bra, in beige or black. In Canada, you can buy it at Secrets for Your Sister in Toronto (SFYS.com) in black, and it's on sale (limited sizes though!) in red here, SFYS.com, only $50 cad, final sale and no returns though. If you are unsure about your Ewa Michalak size, I would definitely purchase through a boutique, so you could at least return it if it didn't fit. Thank you, margesimpson for telling me about it's sale price!
Since this style is not a full-lace cup, the fabric on the bottom is a bit sturdier, IMO, and so I think I get a little bit more uplift than with the full-lace BMs. Note: I believe that the black bra in this same style runs about 1/2 cup tighter (it's what I read on a bratabase review), but many black bras are tighter than other colours, due to the dying process, I believe.
Anyway, this is really one of my favourite styles of bras. I bought it for summer, and I'm so glad that I did. It's not just a plain bra, it has some nice touches, like the bows on the straps, and the bow on the center gore, with the little glass gemstone. The stretch lace on the top of the cup accommodates asymmetry, and it very feminine. The way it's designed, this bra is very aesthetically pleasing. I highly recommend this bra, and it's a joy to wear!
I have narrow roots, so Polish bras, like Ewa Michalak, fit well for me.
Updated on May 08, 2021 Flag this
Update: 3-29-21, I actually decided to throw on this bra yesterday as it was hanging in my bathroom after being handwashed for the 2nd time. I was honestly planning on putting it in the listings b/c I didn't think it was wearable. However, I'm not sure if handwashing it again softened up the cups or what. For whatever reason, this time when I was wearing it, I didn't feel like I was in danger of coming out of the cup on the left side. I wore this bra to just walk to the store and get some tea. Some observations: this bra gives some definite "cakes on a ... plate"/Marie Antoinette cleavage. It makes my breasts look like two bowling balls. You can definitely see the roots and the roundness. This isn't a look that I usually go for.
When I was walking to the store, I definitely felt like my breasts were bouncing around as I was walking. Maybe if a person had less soft tissue, they would bounce around less. So, this type of bra is more a bra that will put your breasts on display, but not necessarily contain them/minimize bouncing movement: I don't think I could ever go dancing in this bra - I would be bouncing around everywhere!
Lastly, later that night when I was meal prepping, I took off the straps and wore this bra more like a corset (strapless). It basically stays in place b/c of the longline shape.
Thanks for reading my novella!
TLDR: This was my first attempt at purchasing ABTF after learning my correct bra size. I purchased this bra online, because it was cheap and based on it's appearance, but I didn't factor in cup shape, and what would work for my FOB breasts.
This is a discontinued bra I bought off of YourBraStore.com for $15 shortly after I learned of my "true size": I bought it because I thought it was cute. And, I mean, for $15, I was willing to take the risk to see if it would work out. Wow, did I have a lot to learn re: cup shape, ha ha.
The good: initially I kind of thought that this bra was wearable (or I convinced myself it was) because it was so cute. Construction wise, the things I love about this bra are the band and the straps. The band, guys, wow -what a winner! The fabric is stretchy and smooth, and I find the band comfy yet supportive. Because the fit was so odd with the cups, I did the whole "upside and backwards" thing with the band to confirm that it was indeed the correct size for me; when I measured the band, I did get it to stretch to 30", so it is TTS.
I've rarely had straps that are so perfect for my frame: I'm used to wearing poorly-sized V.S. bras (34DD), and the straps were *always* coming off my shoulders. These straps are in the perfect place for my frame, so thank you "Curvy Kate," whoever you are...
Now on to the bad: unfortunately, I believe the cup shape is wrong for me. I believe the cups would work better for a FOT person, and when I looked through the pictures, I think this looks better on FOT women. I'm not sure if you can tell from the pictures, but my larger breast (left) is almost coming out of the top, as far as, and my nipple is dangerously close to the top of the cup - not a good feeling! Also, on my right breast, there is some mild gaping at the top of the cup, so I don't believe it is an issue of cup size, more of cup shape.
This is the type of bra that *wants to be seen* as it makes an uneven pattern under t-shirts, however, I couldn't wear this when I'm almost coming out of it. Also, I wouldn't really consider this bra padded, per se...it's more like thickly lined.
There was one more left in 30G on YourBraStore.com, which I think is a useful resource for us Canadians (or whoever), but it's better if you know *how you fit* in each of the brands, before you order online. In my case, I don't think going up a cup size or two would solve the issue of the overflow, I just need more projection close to the underwire since I'm FOB.
Updated on Mar 29, 2021 Flag this
I like this bra, and I bought two more of the same colour/same size! I guess I am a boring person like that (looks at Sonya's colourful bra collection...), but I got to have something to keep the girls covered! I thought about ordering the Megan Plunge, https://www.bratabase.com/browse/comexim/megan-plunge-653/, just to have this same style in a different colour, but then I also read that their black bras can run tight?? and I didn't want to risk it not fitting, when I really need a few good-fitting bras a.t.m.
My shape: FOB, projected, both narrow roots with average root height, centre-full.
Some thoughts on ... this bra: since I live in Canada, I'm thinking this bra will do well as a 3-season bra - fall, winter, spring. Since it is a padded bra, I'm thinking I might want something lighter for the summertime, but if I lived in a hot climate, this might only work as a winter bra...not sure. I did live in California for nine years (the central valley) and I probably wouldn't wear this type of bra in the 100F+ summer weather, I just would sweat too much.
As soon as I tried on this bra, I was like, "I will take two," it fits that well, lol. Of course, I'm comparing to the poorly fitting 32DD/34DD bras from V.S. that I was stuffing myself into before I discovered by ABTF size, sooo...this is obviously much better.
There is a handy dandy app now, created by Reddit users u/mathandplants, u/EuphoricToe1, and u/winsbe01, that helps one convert her UK size ---->Comexim size, or her UK size ------> Comexim bra size when ordering from Breakout Bras (if that makes sense...if any ? ask below) Here is a link to that app http://comeximcalc.herokuapp.com/
Of note: on the Breakout Bras website, they recommend "sizing up" 1 or 2 cup sizes. According to ABTF mods, this is a bit simplified; depending on what one's cup size is, she should size up 1,2,3, or even 4 cups sizes. Honestly, now that the app has been invented-- as long as one has determined her accurate UK bra size--I think it's better to use the app as a starting point, and she shouldn't be that far off for Comexim sizing. Those are my thoughts on sizing!!
It can be confusing when ordering Comexim bras from Breakout Bras since they use different labels.
I find this bra to be very comfortable and supportive, I like what it does to my posture. Furthermore, the colour works well as nude, and it doesn't show through any of my clothing, even a very thin shirt. At first I thought it was a little itchy, but it doesn't really bother me anymore. At this price point, I have very few complaints about this bra; I recommend it for people who are a similar shape/size as me.
disclaimer: from my opening paragraph, I'm not saying this bra is boring in any way. It has a simple aesthetic that I enjoy. It's understated. Plus, it works for me b/c I wear a lot of thin shirts (in Canada, yes...the heat is always pumping), and this bra doesn't show through colour or texture: in my opinion, it's a good workhorse bra. I think this also doubles a T-shirt bra for me.
Updated on Apr 14, 2021 Flag this
This is a bra hack that I read about on Reddit that may or may not work for you. The discussion came up: what can you do about *hiding the seams* of your seamed bra under thin shirts. One redditor recommended (sorry, I don't remember her name to give her the actual credit) wearing these Hanes bralettes, inexpensive (I'm in Canada so the prices show up differently, but it's my understanding these are 2 for $10 on this website https://www.onehanesplace.com/hanes-get-cozy-pullover-comfortflex-fit-wirefree-bra.html) Otherwise you can buy these guys on amazon, available in like 15 different colours.
Tbh, I first tried this with a more colourful bra, BM Chili ... (Ewa Michalak) https://www.bratabase.com/bra/dngre/, and I wore it with a shirt that I actually wouldn't combine with this bra/shirt combination IRL (but it is the thinnest shirt that I own so I wanted to see if it would work). While the Hanes bralette did block out the black and red colour, I could still see some of the stretch lace texture through the shirt. But this is literally the thinnest shirt that I own, so...(also, it's an athletic shirt, and I would honestly never wear this combination).
The second try is with a 100% cotton thin summer shirt. For this second attempt I wore BM Suzy, this bra https://www.bratabase.com/bra/dng9l/, and the Hanes bralette. It worked!!
In the pictures, you can see the seams showing through with just the bra, and when I put the Hanes bralette over the seamed bra, the seams no longer show through : ) YMMV, but I think this is a hack that would either *work in a pinch* if you only have clean colourful bras to wear to a professional event, or if you are adamant about never showing seams. Note: the extra layer DOES trap some heat b/c these bralettes are spandex/nylon.
A note on sizing: in case you were wondering, I determined my size in this bralette by reading through the amazon comments. One woman said she was 30G and wore size small, so that is what I ordered.
Honestly, b/c this is a bit like a compression sports bra, it does add a bit of cleavage/lift, too, if that's the look that you're going for.
Updated on May 27, 2021 Flag this
It's too bad that [society dictates] that I have to put a shirt over this! Lol. It's so pretty!
I was so pleasantly surprised by this bra - I didn't think I could wear it until Fall/Winter, I thought it would be too hot. What was I thinking? It's totally summer-wearable.
I put it on yesterday, and gave it a trial run. I did not want to take this bra off!! I don't know if you can tell from the pictures, but THIS BRA IS SO COMFORTABLE!!
So, this would be my #1 Comfortable bra right now, granted I am little bit between sizes (I know I ... said that about the Comexim Arizona, but I hadn't given this one a trail run) despite the fact that it has thicker padding (the same thickness as the Comexim basic has), which made me think that I couldn't wear it until Fall.
So now I'm thinking re: the Comexim Basic plunge, maybe it does run .5 - 1 cup small, as the Charme cups fit me the most comfortably right now. (disclaimer: it's for sure the same pattern, I believe it's just the way the materials are).
Also, regarding it's value, this is alllllll that I want in a bra: Comexim Charme is both *supportive* and comfortable - I don't know how they do it!
Living in Canada, sometimes our bras are more expensive than in the US. For example, a local boutique sells Prima donna brand for $170-180 to $200 per bra (including tax). That's not on sale, but...you get the picture.
I was thinking yesterday when I was wearing this bra: I don't see how a $200 bra could be any better. Finding a good bra like this really improves your day! And I've only learned that recently!!
The only alteration that I might request the next time is to move the straps in 2cm. I'm thinking that might improve the mild gaping I have on my smaller side (right side), which I do not even notice when I'm wearing the bra. My shirt will cover over it, and it's not a big deal.
I know I'm going to write this, and then there might be some people who can't find a good bra - due to uncommon sizing, or figuring out alterations, etc - I'm sorry : ( : ((((cyber hug from Canada))))
150zloty, so that's $39.18 usd (plus $5.75 shipping). I believe they traditionally have a Black Friday sale, 20% off, so save your pennies people! Definitely this bra is worth it. I could not wait for black Friday, because I needed some bras now : )
Updated on Jul 10, 2021 Flag this
Is this tan? Is it yellow? My eyes are playing tricks on me...
*so close,* but I am just sized out of this bra r.n.
I thought I would give this bra a whirl b/c Syrokan has some decent reviews on bratabase.
This sports bra is available on amazon canada in band sizes 32 - 40 w/cups B-F, and 42B-E.
When I got this package I was confused as to what I ordered, since the package was from Ontario, and amazon said this would be shipped from China. Also it was supposed to arrive from 31 May - 21 June, so it was way early. Anyway, when I pulled ... it this out, I thought, "This bra is waaayyy too big..." but then I could barely fit into it, lol. I think I was just comparing it to my previous sports bras (tiny).
This is my first bra-sized (aka, out of matrix sizes) sports bra that is close to fitting. I can't really give you a full review b/c I haven't gone running in this or anything, but I will just tell you my impressions in case someone is thinking of ordering this model.
1) Price: $31.99 cad (+ free shipping through amazon), which is about half of a shock absorber or panache sports bra (in Canada).
2) Comfort level: Awesome.
The straps are maybe the best part of this entire sports bra? I mean that make it special, lol. They are fully adjustable Velcro straps; close up pictures are better seen on amazon. The material feels very soft on my shoulders, and I like the design of the racerback, it takes the pressure off of my shoulders (and I definitely want this style in my next sports bra). Also, the band is excellent! Not just a cheap fabric, it's ribbed material, which seems a higher quality to me. So, there aren't any zippers or straps/buckles poking me: this is important in a sports bra b/c you don't want to chafe! (and I've read some reviews of other adjustable sports bras having zippers or buckles that chafe: please, don't sign up for permanent scarring from your bra ; )
I sister sized up in the band, since they only start in a 32 band, but I normally am a 30 band.
I haven't tested it, but this is the kind of sports bra you might be able to wear for 8 hours. Don't get me wrong, it took me several minutes to contort my body into it : ), but it doesn't seem as super tight, or super compressing as some sports bras.
3) Colours: on amazon Canada it's available in 10 different colours.
4) Because it's padded it doesn't show nipples at all, if that's important to you. However, I wonder if a padded sports bra makes the bra less supportive? IDK, I'm just thinking of my previous sports bras that were all unpadded.
1) I noticed that near the holes where the straps go through in the front (to be adjusted), the material was already fraying a bit (see picture)- and all I did was try it on.
2) What's so great about this bra is the comfy straps, but how long will the velcro really last? Lol. That's why they don't make shoes with Velro straps (well, for adults at least). If I was going to keep this sports bra, I would honestly try to just adjust the straps once, and just keep it there.
Anyway, when I tried this on, I am just one cup size too big for this. I'm about 30G, so I would need, imo, a proper sister size of 32FF, which they don't have in this style. Of note: some Syrokan sports bras do go up one more cup size, to 32G (US sizing), which is what I would need. Of course, they are sold out of 32G in their other styles, so it looks like I will be biting the bullet and buying something more expensive. Update 5-20-21: I noticed too much fraying on the fabric the second time I tried it on (to take measurements), so it's definitely going back. I also took off one additional star for quality. So, while the fabric is soft and comfortable, maybe it needs to be tougher for sports?
Plus, is the band still too tight? even after sister sizing...I'm deciding to sister size up again, to 34F, in a different Syrokan sports bra. 28 band wearers might want to give this a whirl?
Update: I decided to keep this bra, even though I consider this 1 cup too small. This bra does really contain me, I even tried doing some light jogging in this bra, and I didn't notice any boob discomfort.
For an ideal fit, I would sister size up. 30G --> 32FF, but unfortunately, they don't make this is 32FF, so I'm wearing 32F, with some mild quad boob on top, and hoping that I loose some weight!
Updated on Jun 14, 2021 Flag this
This is a lovely bra that I ordered from Breakout Bras - my first order with them - they emailed me a 20% off coupon to entice me : ) It worked, lol.
However, I don't think this bra & me are meant to be as I'm having a hard time figuring out my sizing, and I plan on returning it for another bra : (
The problem with this bra is: I'm kind of in between band sizes 30 and 32. The band feels too loose in this particular bra (30GG/65J), maybe I'm just comparing it to the other Comexim bra I ordered (Basic Padded Plunge) where ... the band feels stronger. But if I were to "size down" any more in the band, that would put me at a 28 band, and I just think that would be too small (for example, today my "snug" band measurement is 29.5").
Also, the cups are a size too small - maybe they look okay in the picture, but to me = too small.
LadyNoName said with this bra to size one band down and three cups up; since my "normal" UK size is 30FF/G that would put me at 60K/L for the Onyks; that sounds to me like that probably is the right formula, however, another bratabase user review for this bra callie510 actually visited the Breakout Bras store and tried on the bras there, and said in her review that the 28 bands were all over the place, sooooo....after having to send this bra back, I'm just not sure that I would get something that is close to fitting. So, I plan to exchange it for a more "boring" and plain bra.
If I could go to the actual Breakout Bras store and try on the various 28 bands, etc., then I would probably take home this bra, this is the downside to internet shopping - not being able to try on many bras! Also, if I were to "size down" one band and "size up" three cups from 30G, that would put me at 60L, and for the basic padded plunge, I'm okay in 32G/70HH - to go all the way down to 60L for unpadded half-cup..that seems like an unlikely range for one person (maybe I'm just a skeptic!)
Anyway, I think this is a nice bra, I love colour, & other bratabase users have said this is a great fit, but this is a bra that I would like to be able to try on in multiple sizes.
TL; DR: A lovely bra, I just don't think it's meant to be b/c I live in Canada and I have to pay for the return shipping, and I don't want to have to send it back 3x.
Updated on Mar 29, 2021 Flag this
I don't know where to start, this is such a bra win - Happy2BraShop, I think you gave me some of your bra shopping magic with your comment last Saturday on your cross back bra!
I'm FOB, projected, I have some soft tissue (so I will "fill up" whatever cup shape it is - to an extent. I'm not totally fighting against every cup shape, if that makes sense), I have narrow roots, but when I gain weight, it's like I get fat *all around my boobs* on top, and on the side. (Tbh, I notice it particularly on top. like I almost have tall ... roots, but I don't) Which makes me have to go up in cup size obviously.
I'm close-set and that limits the styles I can try. The gore on this bra looks like it pushes my left breast (larger breast) a little, but I'm okay with it. I actually don't feel uncomfortable at all.
I also don't like a hard underwire, but I find Polish bras to have softer wires, and I've also found styles that accommodate my close-set breasts in Polish bras. Plus, I really love the design creativity in the Polish brands.
Okay, I actually do notice a big difference with the cross back, as far as comfort level. That being said I also have an upper body injury right now, so maybe for a normal person, it wouldn't matter as far as strap placement. But this strap placement really helps my shoulder issue, and I'm thinking of trying to alter my Pearl Flower Mint Plunge Bra (390) bra so it's like this.
Anyway, such a bra win. I literally want to order 2 more of these, because it was only $30 usd (& shipping) on sale.
This is something to consider in the profile though - it is a bit more pointy than my other padded plunges. I surmise it's because of the cross-back strap placement. I am so comfy though, I do not care!
If a person was just trying to get in to Comexim would I recommend this style? well, it's just basically the same as their other padded plunge; the cup is being pulled from a slightly different angle with the cross-back, and I do think it creates a bit more gaping on my smaller side. Not enough to be a deal breaker though.
Of note: you can still wear this bra the regular way. The straps are removable on both ends. You could even wear this as a strapless bra: that wouldn't work for me...well, it would depend on the outfit. If I just wanted nipple concealment, a thin padded layer, and the top or dress was form fitted enough to my body, I surmise this would work. It would totally depend on the outfit though.
As far as colours, I was hesitant to order b/c black and red aren't really my colour. However, I actually find this bra to be SO SLIMMING!! and that's another reason why I consider it a bra win. I'm kind of a fan of darker bras now. I surmise it's a combination of the black colour and the direction of the stripes?? Idk. I find it to be flattering.
Overall, 10/10/10 for beauty/comfort/function! For $30usd, who could beat it? Plus, you're buying from a women-owned company. I got this from Comexim.pl, but if your in the US/Canada, you can get some styles on BreakoutBras.com.
Updated on Jul 09, 2021 Flag this
Okay, I'm telling a story of how I determined my correct size in Ewa Michalak BM. It was some trial and error!
I took these pics in a sunny room, and you can see how gorgeous this bra is when the light hits it. I love these colours!! For this bra, which I no longer own, I tried it just for the cups to see if I could eliminate the in-cup quadding that was happening at the 70F size. I determined that 70FF was better, however after 2-3 wears of 70F that I couldn't return (I had already taken the tags off and washed it), I realized that I needed a 65 band as well. I exchanged this one.
Basically, I was determined to find the correct size in this bra, if it was the last thing that I did!
Updated on Jun 22, 2021 Flag this
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