When I was in Kraków, Poland for work recently, I wanted to visit a store where I could try on some Polish bras 'in the flesh'. Didn't have much spare time so I could only visit 1 shop for max. 1 hour.. Some googling led me to *Brafitteria*.
I was somewhat disappointed when it turned out they mostly sold regular / UK brands like Freya, Gossard, Cleo and Panache.. No Avocado or other Polish brands. But luckily they did also have a small collection of Ewa Michalak! My experience with EM so far was limited to the two bras I already owned (70H - Ewa Michalak » ... S Turkusowe Kwiaty (703) and 70GG - Ewa Michalak » Pl Kicia Szałowa and I had never tried any unlined EM bras.
I was especially excited to try Czarna Mgielka, as I've coveted that bra for years but was never sure which size to order.. and semi-cautious because I'd read about scratchy fabric / tight band, high wings and possible stabby gore; making me want to try it on first. The Brafitteria store had Czarna in 70H (too big) and 70G (too small). So a classic Goldilocks moment 💁🏼 but very useful to determine my size and confirming that the rest of the issues I could deal with. So YES I still want Czarna and I'll probably order it soon in 70GG!
Anyway, back to (edit: not Ty Wiesz but) Ja Wiem..: I had _not_ expected to fall for this bra. I'd seen it around on EM's website but I dismissed it as too boudoir (and too expensive to justify buying just for occasional wear) - and I didn't like the rhinestones. But at the Brafitteria store it was one of few bras in my size, so I did try it on and... WOW, epic uplift! This bra felt great, almost like it was made to measure. No straps chafing my armpits (hallelujah!), no wrinkling, comfy band, wires pretty much perfectly matched my IMF.. And I actually really liked the design. Very pale powder pink with contrasting black seam finishing, like a ballerina gone bad girl 😉
So, because I had allowed myself to get one bra as a souvenir from Poland, I bought the set!
I've worn it frequently over the past few weeks, with good results. This bra is really well-constructed and very comfortable. The 70 band fits snugly on the second (out of 4) set of eyes. Same as my other EM's in a 70 back, that I've been wearing on the 2nd hook from the start and progressed to the 3rd hooks on thinner days or between washings. Fine by me and as I've found Ewa's bands to be pretty stretchy-but-sturdy, I wouldn't go for a 65.
So in this bra's shoulder/armpit area, I don't know what magic they used but the straps do not bother my armpits - at all. On my first EM (Kwiaty, S style) the straps were wayyy too wide set and I've altered them since. On Kicia, my second (PL style) it was better, but on this SM the strap placement is awesome. Hoping Ewa will apply this to more future bras! Also, the wires are nice and low under my armpits! Chafing straps and poking wires often bother me, but this really is a happy-armpit-bra 🙂 Yay!
However this bra is probably 95% but not 100% perfect, some small issues considering projection / size:
The wires are quite narrow (feels like a smidge too narrow, perhaps?). After wearing, the wire marks on the side do align well with my breast root / IMF but under my boobs, the marks are a bit too low. This is often an issue for me (and usually much worse), with buckling / folds & 'orange in a glass' in bras with insufficient projection. In this bra, the projection angle is a bit weird actually. It doesn't project forward (like a 90' angle) but more upward (like a 50' angle), if that makes sense? I believe this is also what makes the wire slide down a bit. I'd almost consider a 70H for projection - and because on my bigger side, there's some in-cup quadding next to the black seams, where the powder pink fabric has more 'give' than the seam. But the cups in this size are already quite tall on me (the straps will definitely show under anything other than high-necked shirts) and the 70H Czarna was definitely big, confirming that 70GG is probably the best size for me in unlined Ewa's.
Oh and I also bought the matching strappy briefs, which look amazing on (with many laces & straps, great design!) and fit very well in size 40. So far I've experienced Ewa's briefs and thongs to run pretty generous, as in other brands like C'Kate, Gossard etc. I normally wear 14 (42) and sometimes even upsize to 16 (44).
So all in all, some nitpicking issues aside, Ja Wiem is great and I'm very happy with this unexpected purchase from Poland!
P.S: Sadly the rhinestone adornments cannot be easily removed like I'd hoped, as they are actually part of the sliders to adjust the upper straps. Guess I'll have to get used to them or attach new sliders. Removing the straps is also an option but IMO this would make the bra less special?
Updated on Oct 20, 2016 Flag this
When I saw this bra reviewed by Sweetnothings and 2Cakesonaplate, I knew I could not resist.
The strappy bra hype is perhaps getting old, and I suspected Asteria would be an armpit attacker.. But look at that awesome back!
When Figleaves had a 30% discount on this style I just had to try my luck.
She arrived today and the sad news is, yes this is an unhappy armpit bra. Very wide in the front which makes the arm area chafey ☹️
The good news, the rest of the fit is pretty good - and I love the appearance.
Band: unlike 2Cakes I do think the band is pretty stretchy, I ... would have considered a 30 if the cupsizes went above G.
Cups: these are pretty deep, somewhat stretchy and thus quite forgiving for upper fullness. There is some bulging on my larger breast and some wrinkling on my smaller, so I think the cup size is spot on. Shape is natural, almost a bit pointy.
Gore: this is kind of low, good for me because tall gores always bother me!
Straps: things get tricky here. On the front, the area where the 4 straps attach to the cups is too wide for me. As mentioned, this really hurts my armpits (always a sensitive spot for me, so people with a better armpit tolerance may not mind as much). On the back, the wideness is also noticeable as the outermost straps on the 'wings' almost walk off my back and shoulders.
Fabrics: Bluebella seems to value their quality. Materials are comfy, feel sturdy and there's a sort of subtle pinstripe design going on, instead of using just plain black. For me personally, the meshy back band could be less stretchy.
Briefs: made from the same comfy materials. No pinstripe layer here though, which is a shame. Not sure if I love the way their straps are placed? I ordered a 16 for my generous butt. A 14 would have worked as well, the straps are almost too loose. Better than sausage straps though https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" />
So, final verdict: Very pretty bra, natural shape, unusual design. The back is definitely the main attraction!
But please beware of sensitive armpits.
Updated on May 18, 2016 Flag this
*Warning, long review:
Ever since first seeing promo pics of this bikini, I've been drooling over it like crazy. I love the look of longlines!! However, longline bras normally don't tend to work on me, mostly because of bands flipping up. Furthermore there was hardly any review/measurement info available on Cassie. So I was a bit hesitant. Then Evadne wrote a review on it - around my size range - this was really helpful and made me want it even more..
Sadly this beautiful bikini was quite pricey, so I took some chances hunting down a cheaper one.
Having learned it ran small in the band ... but large-ish in the cups, I thought I would need a 32FF (normally I'm 30GG but I have a bigger band / smaller cup-tolerance policy for bikinis). As this size was already sold out, I tried a 20% discounted top from Bellelingerie in 32F. However that turned out to be waaayyy too small - 2 sizes at least.
Everything else seemed either sold out or full price https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> But then - miraculously - a 35% discounted 32G turned up on Amazon!! With matching bottoms, similarly reduced in price! Divine intervention? So anyway I couldn't resist ordering the full set: top, brief and high waist brief https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" />
This 32G works well on me and I'm REALLY pleased with it!!
Technically it's still slightly too small - some quadboob going on. But since Cassie is quite FoT friendly, it mostly looks cleavage-ey https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" /> Wires are perfect, they encase my tissue brilliantly. Surprisingly the band does not even flip up on me! (so far - walking around in it at home). However the band really is quite tight indeed; normally I mostly wear 30 bands but in this, sizing up to 32 was inevitable - and I would even consider a 34! Think this runs like a 30GG?
Slight point of (self)criticism, the chub on my tummy is not really flattered by the tight band. Pictures might look ok, but admittedly I didn't upload the least flattering ones. Still, the 32 feels extremely sturdy and not uncomfortable at all. Like something I could really splash around in! (*last time I went swimming in a Pour Moi bikini, I actually lost both my top & bottoms underwater, when diving off a 20ft / 6m diving board.. > embarrassing < So sturdy tops are VERY welcome https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_razz.gif" alt=":p" />*)
About the bottoms, I was unsure whether I would like the high- or lower waist ones better. Got both in size 14/L.
Turns out, even considering the belly issues I just mentioned, the low rise bikini bottoms are my preferred choice! In a weird way, the high raise ones seem to accentuate my hip/stomach area? Apparently I can't pull off the real pin up look. So anyway, I'll be keeping the low ones and reselling the high waist ones (UK size 14 / L - running kind of tight in the waist).
All in all, recap: I don't mind the quadboob. Band is tight, but feels fine. Tummy chub I'll just have to get rid of https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" /> - or if not, I think I'm still ok with the way this bikini looks. Fabrics are great, thick and seem to have long-lasting potential. Print and colours are everything I hoped for and more. Very vibrant and cheerful https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> Wow, this bikini is SO pretty imo! Really lived up to my expectations. Love it <3
Updated on Jul 29, 2015 Flag this
SO happy to have this - took me about a year to actually order it.. Almost missed out, seems like they're discontinuing Kicia?
Luckily Kaszka from EM agreed to have them make me a PL plunge style instead of the S, and it turned out great!
Decided on a 70GG and it fits well without the cookies.
The strap separation bothers me much less than in my 70H - Ewa Michalak » S Turkusowe Kwiaty (703) .
The gore is lower and very comfortable (with the Kwiaty S style, the gore tends to irritate slightly after a day of wear).
Perhaps the wires are sliiightly narrow, almost poking my breast ... tissue. No discomfort however.
Quality is great - soft cotton lining, sturdy straps, nice firm band.
Appearance wise this is probably a love / hate kind of bra - I happen to love it! Awesome leopard print that continues all the way into the band, the black lace part is lined with beige and there's beautiful red ribbon adornments.
Also the matching thong is adorable. I got 2 in size 40, which is fine on my generous hip / butt area.
All in all, probably my new favorite bra!
Updated on Feb 03, 2016 Flag this
Here it is, my Voodoo bra!
Definitely runs big-ish, both in the back band (this is a stretchy 30, already closed on second hooks *and I know the middle hook isn't closed but I suck at closing bras behind my back (; if you do too, Voodoo does need back-closure-contortion!*) and partly the cups (I'm normally more of a 30GG or H). While the mesh under-cups are tight, borderline quadding, I wouldn't want to size up: read on..
This bra is pretty awesome - still loving the design! I actually prefer wearing the X-cross-straps on my back, instead of on the front as advertised, this way it actually seems quite ... wearable under modest necklines. Support and basic construction seem good (only tried it on and took pictures), shoulder straps are nice and wide, quality of hardware and materials appear to be at usual mid-range lingerie standards IMO.
However, I'm very glad I never bought it at full price.. Mainly because of one major design flaw that I had luckily been expecting from reviews I'd read: the puckering fabric overlay!
People (sweetnothingsnyc, Hcupchronicles, Figleaves etc. customer reviews) mention how it looks like there's an empty nipple pocket (?) that sort of folds and is hard to adjust. I was hoping this pucker might be avoided / minimized by sizing down. In the size I chose it's not too bad - but still noticeably there (more so in real life than visible in pictures).
So yeah, it really seems like a scaling / manufacturing flaw - the (rigid) mesh under-cups definitely fit a size smaller than the satiny-stretchy over-cup parts. As if they put the overlay of a 30H on a 30G under-bra? On a technical level, the darts in the satiny cup part seem wrongly sewn. Like their angle doesn't successfully match the desired cup shape. Also it's obviously difficult to match stretchy to non-stretchy materials? Still a shame though, and probably the reason for Voodoo being significantly discounted on Figleaves.
Anyhow, personally I hate the feel/look of visibly too-large bras, so any puckering or gaping annoys me. Because it was an expected flaw I can accept it. Still have to try it under clothes, it may be fine! If it does keep bothering me I'll consider attaching the satiny part to the outer wings/wires - pinning the fabric that way did seem to fix the issue.
All in all, if some pucker-annoyance is not your pet peeve, and strappy bras are your cup of tea, Voodoo is actually quite a good option in the fuller bust range!
Updated on Apr 12, 2018 Flag this
Oh dear, this would be my epic dream bra if only it was more comfortable and fit better!
The gorgeous rich colours, the stretch lace, nice rounded profile.. I absolutely love Clara's appearance!
Tried this bra in a couple sizes (30H, 30HH, 32GG, 32H) and actually they all 'kind of' fit.. No major jumps in band and cup between sizes, stretch lace makes for a forgiving fit. The 30 band made the hard wires + gore too stabby for me. The 30HH and 32H were too full coverage for my taste. In the end I went for 32GG as it had the least issues. Clara works much ... much better for me than Andorra, which I tried (but hated) in a 30H. They're supposed to be sister cuts but I found the Andorra's cups less flattering and too tall.
However, in Clara the fit is still not great and comfort-wise it could be better as well.
Gore: too wide and too tall for my fairly close set boobs. At first it tacked like a bench screw, but I used pliers to bend the upper gore outwards. Somewhat better now, but still pokes my tissue in certain poses (reclining, leaning).
Cups: too shallow at the bottom I guess? They tend to slide down from my IMF, leaving empty space at the bottom. Hoisting the cups up makes it better (should've added a picture), but this also causes the gore to be even taller.
Wires: quite firm and long, but most of the wire length is in the gore, not on the sides. For me I don't like (or need) much side coverage, but others may find the sides too low.
Straps: are mostly ok, but as usual they're too wide in my armpit area.
Band: went with a size bigger than usual (32 instead of 30) because in this style it feels more comfortable than the 30 band.
All in all this is a gorgeous bra IMO, and like I mentioned it is pretty forgiving size-wise.
If you don't like hard wires and stabby gores, sizing up in the band helps a bit.
Because of how much I like it, I'm willing to ignore some fit issues. And as for comfort, I can work a full day in Clara without it being too chafey. But because of the gore it is definitely not suitable for after-work relaxing on the couch in the evening. Matching panties are very pretty too and fit my bigger hips & bum well in UK size 14.
Updated on Feb 22, 2016 Flag this
YES it arrived today: My very first Ewa bra!!
This bra made quite a journey to get to me: it was shipped from Poland to be stocked at Zathiya in the U.S., then I ordered it to be sent back overseas to the Netherlands.. Add stupid custom fees and you get the picture; I paid way too much for this bra https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_confused.gif" alt=":$" />
Let's forget about that, because I'm so in love with the print & total look of this bra https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> Colors, flowers, neon lace.. It's like a fairy floral funfair explosion! Very 'kitsch', which I ... adore <3
The fit is pretty good, considering I didn't know my EM size. If available I would have gone for 70GG - but that was completely sold out. Luckily some nice Bratabaser had added the measurements for this 70H, they seemed within my margins so I went for it.. And it turned out pretty well, it looks and feels good I think!
Perhaps the cups are sliiightly too deep; my smaller breast has some gapping on top. Nothing major, but I personally prefer slightly small over slightly large bras (and I think EM bras are generally meant to be more of a 'compressed' fit in the cup?)
Cup width seems good, confirms my idea of needing narrower wires than Panache / Curvy Kate etc. (even if wider wires are not actually uncomfortable for me, so I'm not replacing my entire bra collection https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" /> )
Funnily the gore is fine: I don't like high gores and the S style was said to have a raised gore, so I worried about that. But it's no problem at all!
Biggest issue is the straps being too wide set: no surprise because I had heard this could be an issue on EM bras. We'll see how it goes with daily wear, maybe I'll change the strap position. All in all size-wise, the 70GG would have been perfect I think. But this 70H is totally wearable and I'm very happy to have it!
Some minor nit-picking issues: I'm kind of a sucker for symmetry and this floral print is pretty different on the right versus left cup. Ewa does mention this when using printed fabric and it's completely understandable. Still I would have loved a bit more 'balance'. Next about the bright pink lace: that's not a perfect match to the fabric (as other reviewers have mentioned) but I think it's still fun looking. However, the lace is stitched over the outer edge of the white inner cup. So this white 'cup lining' is visible through the lace, which seems vaguely sloppy to me?
Lastly, I ordered both briefs and thong and they're very comfy + stretchy. My hips + bum need a large (UK 14 / EU 42-L) in briefs, and I usually tend to size up in thongs (e.g. in Curvy Kates I mostly get size 16). This thong was M / 40 - last size and I really wanted it - but BTB member Tanzi reassured me that they ran large. Aisha at the webshop confirmed this and it really fits! Size is in fact similar to the briefs which I got in a larger size, 42.
So in short: Love the set, both bra and briefs/thong are great. Symmetry of the print could be better and I have some very minor fit issues. I'll probably order my next Ewa S style (yes Kicia, I mean YOU!) in a 70GG. But all in all, my first EM is a success!
Updated on Aug 11, 2015 Flag this
Ok so I actually have many many bras still to add and measure, can't seem to find time for it as I've been too busy for months. But I hurried to add this specific bra for you all because it's on crazy sale right now!
Got it on Amazon (U.K.) for 12,90 five days ago - today I noticed it's down to 6,90 😯
*If you want to snatch one as well; the Alles brand size chart shown is sort of adequate, my overbust measures ~100 cm, underbust ~76 cm and the 70I fits me well (so I'd say size down in the band from the chart).*
May even ... try to return this and order another (or two!) for the crazy sale price, as it's a pretty awesome bra.
Construction / fit:
Narrow wires, pretty deep cups - somehow they feel deeper than they measure? It's a three part cup, lightly padded design with most projection at the apex. I haven't worn this out and about yet, but I'm not quite sure if the bottom of the cups is projected enough? Seems there could be some folding after multiple wears. After S&S the cups are filled well, and the set / placement of the straps does not bother my armpits as much as other (Polish or other) bras. Band fits me well in my standard Polish 70 (in UK brands I'm mostly a 30). Band material is a simple black mesh, this can dig in a bit so I prefer lined bands. But it's a pretty standard 3 hook band, nothing to complain about.
For reference, this 70I fits similar to an Ewa Michalak 70H I think. Or a Comexim 70J/K. And an average U.K. 30H I'd say.
(I actually ordered a 65J as well, to compare, fits equally well in the cups but the band is unnecessarily tight. May hold onto it for if this band stretches quickly, as mesh bands tend to do.)
I had never tried this brand but I'm definitely satisfied with their aesthetics and value for money! This bra is well made, even if the materials are not too luxurious - the satiny-shiny floral fabric feels slightly cheap. The added lace gives it more depth and richness imo. Personally I love the floral print, but it may be too granny-ish for some. For the price it is certainly a win!
Definitely run small. Ordered the high briefs in a 16/XL but they're t.i.g.h.t.! Just wearable but they feel like a 12 in other brands. For comparison, I comfortably wear a 14 in Panache/Cleo or Curvy Kate briefs, 40 in Ewa M.
I'll leave it at this for now, can definitely recommend this bra!
Edit: both bras and the brief arrived in cute individual powder pink 'Alles' boxes by the way 😊 A bit of a waste of packing material imo, but pretty cute and creates an extra 'gift-to-myself' effect (;
Updated on Apr 06, 2017 Flag this
I had heard Breeze ran small in the band and somewhat large in the cups. So I was looking for a sister size, from my regular 30GG/H to a 32G or 34FF.
First tried this bra in a sale, when the only sister size left was a 36F. Not a big surprise that that didn't work out (36F - Cleo » Breeze (9025)) but I as I really loved the design and rounded profile, I wanted to try a smaller backsize.
In this 34FF, the fit is definitely much better than in 36F - although a 32G(G?) probably would've worked as well. I'm now wearing it on the ... second row of hooks. So for my shape (tall roots, upper fullness) Breeze doesn't seem to run large in the cups. And maybe one size small-ish in the band?
About the band, this is actually longer than in other longline bras I've tried (Freya Flourish & Crush, Fauve Bronte). This means (for me) that the band also doesn't flip up as much, which is great. And the length means a nice smoothed silhouette under clothes, without bulges.
Cup wise I could maybe get away with a bigger size, but there's no real quadding. Some minor discomfort where the sides are kind of poking into my armpits (which seems to be caused by the side boning? Luckily much less of a problem than in the 36F).
Edit: forgot about the straps; they are not my favorite. Pretty narrow, kind of wide set and more rigid than I prefer.
Guess Breeze still won't be an everyday bra for me, but I really love the design and it gives some good special occasion cleavage!
Matching shorts are a nice fit in a size 14, for my larger 42 inch hips / butt.
Updated on Feb 13, 2016 Flag this
Bikini season has started and Flamenco has been beckoning me since summer 2015.. The vibrant print, the retro style, the quirky bow - so cheerful! So I jumped on it in a recent Pour Moi sale, got it for £11,60.
This is quite a short longline, the shortest part is just an extra 3 cm under the wires.
The 3 part padded cups are shaped to give a somewhat pointy vintage-y silhouette, that I happen to like. It's too shallow for me so the gore floats, this style stops at G while I could have used a 32GG. But for an afternoon on the beach or by the pool, I ... think it's fine!
The 32 band seems true to size, while in other Pour Moi 32 bands I've experienced a tighter fit. For a bikini it fits very comfortably though; and in swimwear I generally prefer to size up from my normal 30 band (ribcage measures 76 cm / 29.9 inch snug).
Some minor flaws:
The removable straps are a bit short (not a regular problem for me). So I wanted to make a cross-back but that won't happen. Also, the clips where the straps attach cannot be trusted. They randomly decide to detach by themselves - so I'll definitely add some stitches.
Lastly, the short longline band tends to fold under the cups. No disaster but it can look frumpy and rubs a bit.
However the colours are so rich, I love the print, it is well-finished and the quality seems fine.
Matching tie side briefs I bought separately on Figleaves for £5. They fit well in size 14 (forgiving fit because of the side ties).
All in all I really like this piece of swimwear and I'll surely enjoy it this summer ☀️
Updated on May 23, 2016 Flag this
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