So I've had this bra for about 2 years already - and even though it is marked as 'didn't fit' because of some minor issues, this BM La Gloria actually works well on me. I wear it quite often!
Look: Firstly, I .really. love this color. It's a foresty-green that leans towards dark teal - I think it's just Glorious (see what I did there? (; ) I like how the green color is matched with a green sewn-in ribbon running over the straps. The bra cups are constructed from floral stretch lace fabric, with a black stretchy mesh underlayer, creating some 'depth' and giving the lace a darker green ...hue than it actually is. Two years of wear < say, bi-weekly? I have a pretty large rotation > and bi-or tri-monthly-ish (?) handwashing sessions did cause some color leaking, so sadly it's currently a little less vibrant than when I first got it. As the lace fabric loses it's color more easily than the strap-ribbon and bra band material, there's some color discrepancy now. Also there's some minor snags/pulls on the lace, which makes sense as it's a delicate fabric.
Fit: To me this feels very much like a 'standard' size 32G/70G, if that makes sense? No extremes or outlier-measurements across the board (depth, height, wings, band, gore, straps etc,). The band is snug but not tight on my 78cm. ribcage, and it has held up well over 2 yrs of wear. The cups are reasonably projected and narrow, the shape it gives is up and forward, but also somewhat 'held close to the body', almost minimizing? To illustrate; I often reach for La Gloria when wearing a dress that is snug in the bust area, this bra always feels like it -holds me in- a little.
Construction-wise, I specifically love how relatively low the gore is! Wasn't sure what to expect of the gore height on a BM, but this is exactly where I prefer my gores to hit my sternum. Also, unlike some other Ewa bras, the strap placement still feels wide-ish but not too bad! I can wear it a full day without major discomfort, and even though the straps are somewhat 'rough'/ firm, it doesn't chafe to the point where I have to move the straps inwards (like I really could not avoid doing in my S style). May have helped that I sized down to 70G from my usual 70GG >> more on that below.
Due to the stretch, the fit is quite forgiving and on most days, this bra fits me well. When I'm feeling a little 'fuller' there's definitely some bulging; but the stretch lace prevents any real quad or cutting in.
All in all a bra with great construction and support, up to Ewa M.'s technical standards for sure, holds up reasonably well over time - with a gorgeous color and a flexible fit.
Keep in mind though that if you're evenly full / somewhat FOT like me and prefer a bit more coverage and support, just keeping your normal Ewa M. size for the BM bra style may be worth considering. Especially when strap placement doesn't bother you as much. Read more 592 more words
I'm currently measuring a 27.0" underbust, which I find to be quite surprising. The band on this bra stretches to 27.5" before there's wire distortion. I'm wearing this bra on the loosest hooks, but I feel like I could get away with the third hookset already due to slight sliding.
I think that the cups fit amazing. I feel like I've got a fantastic happy medium going on with it. My smaller side has a bit of gapping at the top of the lace, while my larger side is straining a bit, but isn't bulging. Pictures don't show the straining as much, but as I'm sitting here writing (and ...admiring my breasts), I can feel my larger side cutting into the lace a little bit. This affirms, to me at least, that I'm in between a KK/L cup. I think when I hit high tide, this bra is going to be too small. You'll also notice that on the side view on my larger side, not all of my tissue is encapsulated by the bra cup, but it's pretty close.
I'm pretty happy with the fit, albeit it's not perfect, but it's 10x better than my current 65J bras that are digging mercilessly basically everywhere. Read more 95 more words
My shape is low set, narrow and short rooted, soft and slightly pendulous.
I received this bra through MagdaBras4you , and it took about 2 months from the time I ordered it until it arrived in Canada. Ewa Michalak's shipping prices make it impossible for me to order direct, so I was glad to get this one through Magda. To assess whether or not this bra would fit (before ordering it), I tried the 65FF - Ewa Michalak » Bm Koronkowa. I haven't yet looked at how they measure compared to each other, but based on the pictures and fit, I'd say the Koronkowa ...was a better fit - better fit in my IMF around the underwire, and it also had a rounder profile. I get a more natural lift with the La Gloria, and the upper cup isn't as rounded looking as other bras I've tried - like my unlined Comexims. I'm hoping that this bra will 'round out' a bit more with wear and a wash because I'm not super bowled over with the shape I get right now; not that it's terrible or anything, just not super rounded, which I prefer (but my natural shape isn't super round either, so you know...). The lace is very accomodating to fluctuations and different breast sizes, so that's a nice feature. The underwires have to be pulled right up under my breast because if I don't hike it up, I get some space next to my IMF and a little tiny wrinkle. The band is nice and snug and has a bit of stretch but is not stretchy. I stretched it until the wires started to distort.
I think the La Gloria is absolutely stunning, with it's shimmering green-blue colour. I took a picture with some natural daylight to hopefully capture the colour a bit better. There are little black bows on the gore and straps, and the straps themselves are the same green and black as the bra (they remind me of garter belts for some reason). The straps don't have a ton of stretch to them. I'd say the straps are supportive, but JUST long enough for my tall frame. If I let them out to the fullest to where they are most comfortably loose, I get a bit of a saggier look. If I tighten them a bit, I get a rounder look... so it's a trade off for me. The inside of the bra has a black thin mesh lining that is not attached to the upper section of the cups, which is typical of the full lace BMs.
Overall excellent quality, beautiful lace, average to above average shape on me. Read more 341 more words
My shape is low set, short and narrow rooted, and soft.
This is my second La Gloria. I exchanged my 65FF - Ewa Michalak » Bm La Gloria (1173) with this 65F because I lost a few pounds and my 65FF was too large. This one fits perfectly, and so alas... I have La Gloria back again. After deciding to sell my 65FF La GLoria, I actually purchased 65F - Ewa Michalak » Bm Crazy Bra (1174) , so I wasn't desperate for this one, but I love green bras and was happy with my crazy bra, so I couldn't resist.
The shape is actually ...fairly rounded in this one - more so on my larger side. I'm happy with the coverage and shape. It looks good under a shirt, and I can barely see the lace showing through. I'd wear it with tightish fitting shirts without too much worry. The straps adjust long enough for my short frame, and are almost all the way extended in these pictures. The cups have an inner lining that runs all the way to the top of the cup (some end before the top seam). The band is true to size for a 65, but it's too long on me, so I have it on the third set of hooks in these pictures. Hopefully it doesn't stretch out too soon, as there are only 4 sets of hooks, so I can't go much tighter. I find it very comfortable, and nothing is chaffing or scratching. The wings are a touch lower than I prefer on bras, but still decent. I don't feel like I'm falling out or anything, I'm just so low set that I prefer ridiculously tall wings.
Overall excellent quality, comfort and appearance. It'll be well loved. Read more 191 more words
My band measurements right now: 27" tight, 27.8" comfortable, 29.2" full exhale.
I absolutely love the color of this bra. It's stunning in person.
Upon measuring, I thought the band ran and fit quite tight for this model. I also think the cups look quite pointy, but maybe that's just the silhouette I'm rocking right now? I also think that it would be ideal to try a 60KK/65K in this bra, as I have quite a bit of quadding on my left (larger) side given the right angle. The strap placement is always an issue for me.
BM La Gloria is the last of my orders directly from EM and I finally got it today.
The green colour is exactly the same as the one in the photos one the website. It is an absolutely beautiful forest green with brown details. In the photos, the browns look more like black, but they are definitely brown!
Now, I don't know why in my photos it looks like the bra is a little small on me, because I feel like when it's on me it's the largest of my 70FFs I have. I think I might have taken these photos without properly scooping and swooping so it looks like ...it's small under the armpits and is sitting on my breast tissue but it's really not. I've been wearing it all day and it fits great, supportive, safe, nothing is spilling out, poking or bothering me in any way whatsoever. Also in the photos the band is sitting too low on my back I think cause I didn't adjust it. I have a very sensitive mole on my back that I have to be veeeery careful with so when I first put on a bra I have to have the band a little lower so as not to accidentally catch it. In some cases I tend to just leave the band lower if it's bothering the mole, so maybe that's what happened here as well. Point is, probably I will add new photos because these seem hasty and I barely even remember taking them cause I had a busy day!
Anyyyyhow. Loose band again, definitely not as tight as my 70FF - Ewa Michalak » Bm Fluo. It's double layered with stretchy mesh + stretchy green fabric. I mean it's snug and it fits great but will it stretch? That remains to be seen. This just confirms my hunch that the 70 bands on EM bras are true 70s now. BM Fluo fits more like a loose 65, this is definitely a 70. I don't know what this means for 60s and 65s but I thought it was just worth noting.
The cups have to be the deepest so far on 70FFs. Three part cups, they are lined with stronger brown mesh (more rigid) than my other BMs. The lace is stretchy at the top and so is the mesh to adjust for asymmetry. Typical BM cups that fit great. Now I've been wondering if I should just go for 70G because my larger side does feel a liiiittle bit squished and has some quad potential. But on my smaller side the bras all feel a little less supportive because I think it's like a few cups smaller. So I think 70FF is a good compromise to get a similar fit on both sides. But the doubt is killing me. I don't think my smaller side could even fill out the 70G :/. (For the record, my smaller side is the one with the tattoo)
The gore tacks and the bow on the gore is huge and I absolutely love it. Ewa altered the straps for me to be a little bit longer. They added 10cm I believe. Just wonderful https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> The bow... also wonderful. The green detail... I love it.
Overall, I am very happy with my La Gloria. What a beautiful bra!
edit: also, it gives me some major cleavage! edit: added some proper scoop and swoop photos, but now the straps seem overtightened (although they don't feel so, lol).
Update after wearing it a while: I find La Gloria to have the best side support of all my BMs. The lace on top is very forgiving to size fluctuations. Read more 500 more words
I got this on Thursday as well, but I was tired and didn’t add it. I think my is also a bit brownish brasaremean! It’s a stunning bra, and I definitely like the Bm cut for when I need to appear smaller. It is really comfy, and feels like it’s not there. The one downside is that it doesn’t feel as secure, but I was expecting that. All in all - extremely satisfied with it.
The cup construction of La Gloria is the typical BM style, with 2 lower vertical sections (1 seam) and 1 upper horizontal section, with a wedge area that connects the straps to the cups securely. The upper horizontal section is always made of a stretch lace, and this particular model has the upper lace section lined as well, which can vary by model. This lining doesn’t provide bulk, just modesty so you can’t see the nipples through the bra but does not stop them from showing through a shirt on a cold day. The BM style bra is not padded and provides full and separated coverage.
The ...band measures 22.875” and stretches to 29”. It has the standard 3 hooks with 4 rows of eye loops.
Cup Depth as measured by: 1 Hovering the cup between the knees, then placing the tape measure into the cups without any resistance. This measurement is: 12.5”
2 Placing the cup over the knee and stretching it similar to what a breast would, to the maximum resistance. This measurement is: 15.75”
I feel these two figures give you a general idea of the minimum and maximum depth that the cup can accommodate, just like the flat and stretched band measurements do with bands. Since Bratabase only has one cup field, I enter the larger of the two, as it’s this larger number that determines if a cup is going to fit me or not since I am on the max end of the cup scale, but do realize that some may need the lower number to determine fit for their needs, so I will always include both figures in the reviews for full disclosure.
The cup width is 6”, gore 0.5” wide and 4.15” tall, and wing of 4.75”.
While I didn’t try La Gloria in a 60K, I do have BM Crazy in that size which is the same lace and seemingly same liner, just with hot pink accents instead of black. To compare, Crazy had a 21.75”-29.75” band, 12.25”-15” cup depth, height of 9.25”, gore 0.6” and 4.15” width and height, and a 5” wing. This shows that my La Gloria has a firmer band and a lower wing, which is surprising, but the cup difference is logical in increase.
As for fit, the cups are perfectly hugging and the gore is just under 1 finger off the sternum which is standard for me. This one fits a lot better than its counterpart, BM Crazy, which is surprising as I anticipated it to fit the same since the lace and lining are the same. The mesh lining behind the stretch lace seems firmer than with Crazy, but not as firm as with Sofia.
I bought this as a replacement for my 60JJ which I have outgrown. This bra has a 29" max stretched band, but I can wear it on the 3rd set of hooks without too much trouble. I tend to wear my bands as loose as possible, even to the point of being wiggly because I am afraid of stretching out the eyes. The cups are too tall for me, but they fit well enough when I put a shirt on over it. Comparing the cup heights in a spreadsheet, I think I've come up with this pattern for all the 60Ks that I currently have.
9.375" height fits best, ...no severe apex wrinkling. 9.5" height is too tall, but not very noticeable. 9.75" to 9.875" tall is around 1 cup too big, but under a tight shirt the extra fabric doesn't bunch up and it's fine. 10" is 2+ cups too large and unwearable.
My cup height tolerance also seems to be based on wire width. The wider the wires, the less tall of a cup I can tolerate. 6" is best, but Ewa doesn't use 6" wires in her 60K bras. I've gotten 6.125" and 6.25" wires, and the narrower wires were better.
I find all of this fascinating as the BM cuts are all supposed to be the same. I can understand the band lengths being off accounting for stretchiness of the material, but there is no excuse for the cups themselves to cut at different heights. Read more 135 more words