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. Read more 384 more words
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. Read more 308 more words
I found this bra in the listings, and although it had an (!) by it because it had been up for a long time without an update, I did actually hear back form the seller, although not right away. It was in my price range, within Canada, and one that I’d really wanted to try. Having a better feel for my measurements, I took a gamble to message the seller even though it was an old listing. To be honest, I was totally surprised that I even had a reply. She replied around the holidays and we set up a swap, ...and although there were a few hiccups, the bra arrived and I rejoiced! It’s so beautiful, and I had been really wanting to try a half lace BM after learning that they fit a little bit smaller then the full lace ones for whatever reason. Feeling like maybe my Cabernet was a half size too big made me suuuuper curious about the half lace BM fit.
This bra is a gorgeous shimmering champagne or pearl colour (hence the name), which is not exactly the colour that I would normally gravitate towards, but I needed a lighter neutral (non white) bra, especially as my 30E Curvy Kate Ellace in latte was too small and I hadn’t gotten a larger size in it. (This is actually the bra that I swapped for, with a few tea samples as well). It’s a surprisingly hard colour to match for underwear that isn’t especially made to match from Ewa. The pearl detail at the gore are beautiful as well. This bra sorta straddles granny with sophisticated glamour...it’s definitely not what I would consider fun. But it’s still utterly gorgeous. And I think that I pull off the colour pretty well on my fairly pale skin. The lower cup material is super soft and smooth. It’s also very lightweight. As mentioned, this is a half lace BM, so it’s not reinforced with the tulle inside, but it does have the stretch lace on top. To me, I think that the lace is somewhat more substantial than the lace of my Cabernet.
When I first got it, I messaged my bra fitting friend about it and the fit and she had asked me if it had more room at the wire, because I get wrinkles at the wire with my Cabernet and I said “yes, I think so” and sent off pictures. She replied back that “yes, it looks like it has more immediate projection but not as much lift” (but did say that it looked like a good fit)...I immediately felt defensive and was like “this bra fits me perfectly...it’s rounded and lifted and roomier at the wire and way better than the Cabernet” but maybe more in sentiment and not in the same words. A little bit later as I evaluated the fit and did comparisons with the Cabernet, I realized that she was right, with her infinite bra wisdom, and I apologized.
The measurements of the bra are nearly identical to the Cabernet, yet I feel like I have a whole different fit. Somehow it is magical. I think that it was brasaremean that said that because it is not lined, the cups have a little bit of droop, and I think that is precisely why it’s more rounded on me than the full lace. I’m allowed to extend down a bit more as well as out, which allows, me to round out some. Given my medium bust range, I’m not too heavy, so I don’t see it as a problem for me, but can see it as a problem for busts that are heavier than mine. A little bit about the band...it is a 70, yet definitely does not even stretch to 30” but as it’s not lace lined, it might stretch out faster.
My breasts seem to currently be average to taller roots, but deflated and shallow, thus making them functionally short, and on the narrow side. Fullness has increased with my growth from last fall, and while I am still center full and full on bottom, I have gained a little bit more upper fullness so that I am a little bit more even than I once was. My tissue is soft and malleable, which can make them a bit deceptive and tricksy at times, as well as pendulous. I need narrow-ish wires, immediate depth and center depth, but less apex depth because the deeper the apex, the less upper tissue I have to fill out the upper portion of the cups. I feel like I am contained in the bra and appreciate the lower gore and soft, stretchy materials. It’s a very comfortable and seems to work with my characteristics and shape.
After trying this one on, I feel like I have to own a few more of th half lace BMs, however I’m still going to try more of the full lace ones to see if my Cabernet is the rogue outlier or not. Read more 738 more words
My shape: full on bottom, soft tissue, narrow shoulders/roots. Appearance: Very well-constructed, shiny satin beige bra with stretchy lace top of the cups. I love the little pearl charm at the gore, but it could be an issue showing up under shirts. The fabric is really smooth and soft! This is perfect for hot summer days. I included pictures of me wearing it under a light blue tank top so you could see that it doesn't show up underneath light colored tops. (Except the strap where it sticks out. Not much I can do about that, hah!) Fit: I've had mostly successes with the BM styles, and this one is no ...different. It's the first half satin, half stretchy lace style I have tried, and it fits quite well. As always, I have issues with the fabric and strap digging into my armpit on one side, so I will probably move the elastic over so it isn't as bothersome. Overall, for a "plain" beige bra, this one is very nice! I ordered this one from Levana Bratique; she calls it the "Tulip" bra.It seriously only took two days to get here once I ordered it. I love that I can get Ewa bras so fast in the US. Read more 98 more words
Okay, seeing as I've just got this bra (I literally just picked it up) I'll probably add some more stuff later, once the shine wears off.
Off the bat, I will say, I definitely understand what you all mean by the narrow wires. Do you see how it's not stretching all the way to my back? I am amazed. lol. The band seems firm enough, but it also feels like there's more room to stretch. It has a measurement of 22 inches not stretched and 29 inches stretched. I'm somewhere around a 28 (for reference) and it feels pretty comfortable to me.
The gore tacks, but it doesn't press in ...painfully as some brands can do (I don't really feel it actually), and there's also some overlapping of the wires. I guess this contributes to it tacking fully, rather than just having one wire tack.
The cup height also doesn't feel uncomfortable. What I will say however, is those straps! Initially when I put them on there were on the slackest setting, I drew them up slightly because (and this is one point of contention with the bra) it didn't feel as if it were holding me up? Like my breasts honestly felt they were see-sawing... That I think is my major gripe with the bra. I don't feel there's much support with this. My second issue are those darn straps. As I said before, i tightened them (juuuust) slightly, but then I had to angle them inwards because the were wide (I think wider than my Jasmine from Panache). Now generally, this is a thing I do with straps, but after angling them inwards they felt like there were cutting in :/
Granted all in all, it's not a bad bra, and I'd say it fits ^_^. I could deal with the straps. I love the wires. It's just the support that's bugging me.
Just a side mention .. I like that little charm at the gore. It's a cute touch.
Just a note on the measurements I entered for the cup depth. Both the maximum and minimum cup depth were recorded. Maximum cup depth was measured by stretching the cup over the knee. This was recorded at 15.75 inches. The minimum cup depth was measured by hovering the cup between the knees and hanging the tape measure. This was recorded at 13 inches.
I've had this bra since October, and it's definitely a favorite in my collection. Before I really start the review, I will say that in the ~five months I've had this bra, I've had to go to the second set of hooks, and I do feel that the material of the bra is not as firm and supportive as it was when I first got it. Also, my fingernails catch on the stretch lace at the top of the cups sometimes, so there are a few fuzzy spots here and there where I've very minutely ripped the lace.
The pictures I've inserted are after a quick outing with my ...dog (plus after pulling up my boobs a bit), but I would say that my boobs don't move around all that much in this bra. Even considering the tissue settling that does happen, I would say it's mostly a cosmetic affect because it doesn't compromise the support of the bra. Beware, though, on me at least, this bra digs into my ribcage and /hurts/ after a few hours of wear. There have been a few times where I've taken this bra off somewhat expecting to be bleeding when I've not worn my bra liner. With the bra liner, though, this isn't a problem.
This bra--at least on me and my very soft tissue--has a more natural shape, I'd say. It gives me more of an oval/teardrop shape than, say, a Cleo Envy or Freya Deco.
Overall, if your boobs are like mine, I think you'll like this bra. It does a good job of keeping my soft tissue encapsulated, manages my very full on top breasts well, and has narrower wires than your average British full-bust brand. Still, I have the issue that I do in all bras of my breasts not filling the bottom of the cup and the wires being too wide. My biggest problem with this bra would be its material. It's incredibly soft and comfortable but not the most supportive. I'd go for this bra on a long day of sitting in class. Read more 236 more words
Ahhhh, here it is. My precious. 75F - Ewa Michalak » Bm Bibi Beżowa Perła (533) fit me well even when the band was loose and the wires really odd, and the cup too shallow. I still loved wearing that bra just cause it's soooo damn comfortable. 70G is not any different.
It fits about the same (if not better--more coverage, more space at the wire, more better). There is slight loose lace on top of my smaller side, but nothing to worry about.
Per Kaska at EM, half-lace Bibis run smaller in the cup, about half a size. I don't think that applies to Bezova Perla, it feels as roomy as my Antonina, but it definitely does apply to 70G - Ewa Michalak » Bm Bibi Czarny Tulipan (521) which I will review next.
I ordered this one in 75F. It fits beautifully, but the issue with Bibi Black I had was that the band stretched out very fast and now it rides up even on the tightest hooks. That being said, this one fits tighter than that on the loosest, but we shall see how it stretches out. I think I would not mind if it stretched out a little bit because then it'd cover me on those 'everything is too tight' days ...during my period. Also, in this review I will mostly compare it to the other Bibi I already have, because I have no other EM bras atm. For reference, my larger side is the one where the tag is.
The bra is... a beautiful peachy colour. My photos really don't do it justice. I wouldn't say it suits my skin tone as a nude that well but it's not too bright and it is pretty much invisible under a light coloured shirt. I didn't notice any extreme nipple showing through the bra either. There is a very cute pearl pendant over the bow at the gore. So fitting and not tacky at all!
The lace is soft and very stretchy, making it perfect for my asymmetry, and the cups are pretty sturdy. The horizontal seam where lace starts cuts is on my larger side a little bit, I expect this to stretch out a little as well, as it did on the Bibi Black. If not, that's okay as it's really not visible under clothing unless you know what to look for. The seams in general do show a little bit under very tight or thin shirts. I think I do prefer the solid lower part of the cup over the lacy one of the Bibi Black. It just feels more supportive (and makes me very happy https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />).
Wires are firm, narrow, but very comfortable for me. They follow my imf perfectly. I do expect some sliding down on my smaller side... it's just a necessary evil to fit my larger side I think.
The gore tacks perfectly, doesn't cut in to either side and is pretty much a golden standard for how all the gores ever should be if that was my decision https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />.
The straps are honestly a little too wide set, but I'm used to it as it's the same as Bibi Black. The scallop-y edges of the straps are what bothers me personally, they rub against my skin and it can get pretty irritated, but again, this is what I experienced with the Bibi Black. After a while and a couple of washes it got better. The straps are a little short too. I did ask for them to be longer as I'm pretty low set, but idk if that change went through and I don't have my other bra to cross-reference right now. Unlike Bibi Black, I do not have strap gap with this one.
What I like about both my Bibis is that they give this... not-really-round-but-not-pointy-either shape. Breasts just look natural. Hopefully it is the same with all BM (and SF) bras as I'm about to make another order https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":D" />. I think this EM size might be the one, and it only took two tries!
Update: 3 weeks in, I have to fasten it on the third row of hooks. I do think Ewa bands run tight at first, however they also stretch out very fast. I suggest getting the equivalent of your UK band size in Ewa bands, at least in BM line. Read more 521 more words
Oh, where to begin! First, this is a new bra I ordered after trying this in a 70G I purchased through another user. It was a bit stretched out, but I liked it enough to try it brand new. Thank you to mandapandarawks who suggested Levana boutique. I ordered a new one there and as very pleased with the service and fast shipping. The 70G was sold out, so Judy suggested the sister size since the band runs tight anyway. It was an excellent suggestion. I compared the sizing for the stretched out 70G and the 75FF and they are remarkably similar. No regrets ...on that.
Bra arrived today and at first blush, it seems like an excellent fit. Wire and gore are quite narrow, nice low wings, straps stay on just fine. Projection is there. Color is nice and a good match for my skin tone. Pretty lace, you get it. Shows a little under a t-shirt, but nothing awful.
I do have a couple of things nagging me about this bra, however. First, I'm not 100% sure about the shape. I feel like it looked a little matronly under my top. Secondly, I'm getting a tiny bit of wrinkling in the bottom of the cup near the gore.
I kind of think maybe I'm in need of a little firmer cup fabric? Undecided if this is "the one" I suspect I could do better.
Me: short & narrow roots, center full, close set, pendulous, petite, short waisted, low set, fairly even fullness, narrow shoulders, soft Read more 153 more words
This is a lovely, simple, easy-to-fit beige bra. The fabric is very stretchy, making the band fit as I would expect from a 32. The cups have enough give to be flexible in sizing as well - I do think this bra is too small for my larger side, but the quadding is mellow and the cup manages to hold the breast well anyways.
While this is really 'just a beige bra' I do find it lovely - the sheer lace, the little center bow, all in all this bra makes me think I could feel happy and confident wearing this under a light colored top.
Of course the seams are slightly visible under a t-shirt (and that is a thick t-shirt), but nothing too distracting or loud.