My next stop on my Toronto bra boutique venture was Secrets from your Sister, which is possibly the largest bra-focused shop in Toronto. I arrived in the middle of the day on a Wednesday, and there was no wait to be seen for a fitting. I told my fitter that I'm wearing a 28F nowadays in Panache/Cleo, and she started bringing me bras to try on. I am super lucky that SFYS carries Ewa Michalak, and so I was happy to buy this Bibi Perla to replace my old one (which is accelerating rapidly to the end of its life; it has become very stabby in the gore).
The appearance is the same as my older version, except that the charm on the gore is slightly different, and there is a slightly dark mark on the outside of the right cup (which, looking at my photos now, can't even be seen as it's hidden behind the Bratabase watermark). SFYS were the ones who brought the mark to my attention, and they were very upfront about being willing to give a small discount because of it. Other than this, the bra is in perfect, new condition.
I have always had great experiences at SFYS, but this time I was a little bit at odds with my fitter about what the proper cup volume would be for me. With this bra in particular, she first brought out a Bibi Czarny Tulipan in 28F. I tried it on, and although I wasn't quadding (due to the stretch lace), my breast tissue was pushed up unnaturally high, and I could tell that it was too small for me. When I told her this (and also mentioned that I own many other BM's, all in 28FF), she said something along the lines of, "I think the next cup size up will be too big for you, but we can try it". So then she brought out this, the Bibi Perla, in 28FF. When she came back to assess the fit, I pointed out how there was no wrinkling whatsoever, and my bust was sitting in a much more natural position instead of being excessively pushed up. Instead of agreeing with me, I think she just felt like she wasn't gonna change my mind, so she let me be. (She also felt like my Deco softcup was too big in the cup, but let that one go too). Granted, I am definitely in-between cup sizes right now, which obviously she wouldn't have known. A lot of my EM BM's are a smidge too large in the cup, such as my Puder and my Porto.
In conclusion, I was happy to get a replacement for my OG Bibi Perla, and although I had a small disagreement with my fitter about the fit, I am glad I stuck to my guns and came home with a size I know will fit me for probably the full life of the bra.
Updated on Sep 26, 2019