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Oh my goodness, I'm finally getting around to writing a review for this bra I re/cd last winter! I purchased two Gaia bras, Samira Soft and Chantal Soft, in the same size, 70I (translated to 32G UK) however these are *small* in the band. The BAND on this particular bra measures the exact same as this Ewa Michalak BM Chili https://www.bratabase.com/bra/dngre/ So, I think this band is more like a tight 30 band (Ewa Michalak tight). I know it's black, and technically black bras are always tighter because of the dyeing process. But wow - these two Gaia bras are *tight* in the band (to be fair though, these are the only two solid black bras that I own r.n.)
The cup depth is about the same as my 70I (32G UK) Gorsenia bras.
Therefore I think this bra is about 30GG UK, *with a tight band. This Gaia bra has a 4-part cup. I actually went through my bra collection to see if I have any other 4-part cups and I only have one - a soft Comexim! The top part of the cup is lined with elastic, so it may not be suitable for someone with a lot of upper fullness.
I would compare the quality as similar to Gorsenia, which is more of a budget-friendly brand (see this article https://www.thebreastlife.com/blog/10-polish-lingerie-brands/), my Gorsenias are holding up quite well, actually! So, not at the level of quality as an Ewa Michalak or a Comexim bra, which both cost more, but I have found GAIA bras online on amazon for as low as $9 on sale. Granted this was like 32D, or something (so a common matrix size) - that bra was obviously on clearance.
I just checked the prices on amazon.com for these bras, and the average price is around $35 for a full-bust size; however it might be cheaper/easier to buy these directly from Other Eden in the U.K., since that is the amazon seller - they do have a local return address in either the U.S. or Canada if you're in N. America. Just FYI, but you might want to compare the cost of going through amazon, or going through the seller directly (Other Eden).
I actually bought this directly from Gaia's website https://www.gaia.com.pl/ but I used a packing forwarding service, because they only ship to the EU. The cost was 17.53 € (about $17.70 usd) plus the cost of the package forwarding service. Bummer I can't try it on! It's just too small. I don't want to stretch it out at all.
I compared this 70I to all the other Gaia 70I and the band is smaller! Although I don't stretch the bands out very much when I'm measuring them.
I know Gaia does have some die-hard fans in N. America and I think it is because of the SHAPE - narrow and projected cups. For what I paid for this, these are top of the line bras for this price point!! I looked at some popular molded bras and they were about this price, and they would not last as long as this one (I'm just guessing based on the construction, which is similar to Gorsenia).
Addendum: I just checked again Gaia's size chart https://www.gaia.com.pl/tabela/ (note: I use Google translate to read the website in English) and plugged that into the A Bra That Fits Calculator.
70I is for sizes 68cm -72cm in the band
101-102 cm in the bust
According the the ABTF calculator, if I plugged in the numbers correctly, it's closer to a 28HH UK (about). note: if one is switching back and forth between UK/EU, you can't exactly "sister size" between them. You can sister size in EU, and you can sister size in UK, but to go back and forth in both EU and UK...it's a little messy.
Updated on Sep 13, 2022 Flag this
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