Long time no review
I was recently given the opportunity to work with Polka Dot Bra, a Canadian online company that stocks lingerie from Polish brand Kinga. Part of Polka Dot Bra’s mission is to “embrace ourselves” and they dare their customers to do the same. Going along with their mission, their model photos are completely Photoshop free.
My package was shipped fairly quickly to the Midwestern US from Canada; I was also provided with a tracking number upon shipment ordering. The bra and panties were wrapped in a peach tissue paper and sealed with a sticker. Upon first glance, the Stella set was more attractive in person. The padded bra is covered with a paisley print in apricot, blue, tan and white over an ivory base. The paisley print pattern does continue up the straps and down the back. The straps are made of a slightly stretchy material. The gore and wings of the bra are overlaid with a Spanish knit lace. The matching briefs feature the same paisley pattern on the front, while the back is composed of the knit lace fabric.
The bra itself is fully padded and composed of a 3 part cup. The Stella III gives a more rounded shape due to the 3 part cup composition. I prefer the 3 part cups, because they do not lend themselves to giving an east/west look, which sometimes I can get when wearing a moulded cup bra. Although summertime can often mean hotter temps, and the desire to wear thinner bras, I like the rounded look that padded bras can provide under summer dresses. The gore is just low enough to provide just enough cleavage, without my breasts falling towards the center gore. The cups did come up a bit tall on me, leaving me with a bit of gaping towards the inner armpit area. It was not noticeable when worn, and going down a cup size would have made the cup too small for me. The band is comprised of the paisley pattern, and was a bit on the stretchy side for my preference. To balance, the stretchy band I had to adjust the straps quite a bit. It was a bit difficult to adjust the straps the first time since the straps are fully covered with fabric.
I was sent two sets of the bra and briefs to try: 80I/85H and 2X/3X. I ended up keeping the 80I and the 2X for the set. I honestly could have gone with the 3x for the briefs, but I liked the closer fit of the 2X better I would recommend sizing down in the band, since I felt like it was stretchy. I currently wear a 34GG in the Panache Envy and wear a size 12 US in jeans and a 14 US in dresses. You can see my current breast measurements here.
Overall my experience with my first Kinga brand bra was positive. The Stella III is well constructive, attractive, and supportive. I also had a positive experience with the matching briefs--they are comfortable and provide just enough coverage.