Gorgeous set - I love the black stretch lace over the "nude" base, giving it a silvery look in different lights. I think it's very sophisticated-looking.
I thought it was slightly too large in the cup, but it is in fact too small. I've had it for a while and thought it fits, but have realised that I've been wearing it with the straps completely loosened because it's so tall at the underarms. The underarms/straps dig in terribly on my narrow shoulders when actually tightened, even moreso if I tighten to where I would actually need them. I also get deceptive gapping at the top of the cup/strap, which ...made me think the bra was too big when it wasn't. I went into this issue more on my blog review.
I usually wear a 30JJ in most bras, but I was told PLs run small and to size up, so this is a 30K. I thought it was too big, but as I said above, it's actually too small. I would likely need a 30KK/L, with alterations to the straps/armholes, for it to fit properly.
It is quite firm in the band, I would say it's a true 30. The wires are quite narrow, and it has four columns of three hooks-and-eyes, which are good as the bra stretches out. I've had this bra for about half a year now and it's barely stretched at all, though I've only really worn it a couple of times (due to it being too small). Read more 141 more words
I'm loving it, it's such a pretty bra. And the band is properly tight! I can *just* close it without using an extender, but I prefer one or two extra rows for the first wears until the band has stretched a bit.
The main issue I have with this bra (and the 70M one) is that the gore is painful. This is most likely (from what I know now) a combination of my sternum not being used to gores that tack on the underside plus the weight of the boobs. The PL doesn't lift much in the center, something that it appears I do need in a bra. Cups seem to be alright, but when I push the gore flat they quadraboob just a little. So they're actually too small. *edit on this october 2013* I've discovered the source of the pain. I need to wear the bras 1 hook larger. When I do this, the bra does not pain me at all. Yay!
This was my first Ewa Michalak and I wish I had opted for a 32. I read later in reviews that this particular model tends to run large in the band. I find the metal sections that attach the straps in the back to be quite uncomfortable at times. In terms of shape, the bra gives a lot of upflift and an extremely round shape, almost like a ball. I wouldn't wear it under a sweater, as this shape looks a bit unnatural in my size, but it looks fine under a shirt. I've had this bra for a while and it holds up pretty well. Bear in mind that the large cup size PLs are not real plunges. The center gore is about the same height as my Panache Harmony and I don't have any problem with falling out of the cups.
I really love this bra and wear it as much as possible. The fit is great, the style is great and the quality is great too!
My boobs are very close set so I generally have a problem with balconette bras digging in and I prefer plunges. This one is perfect, with nice low central wires in this size but still great support. The wires are narrow and the cups are deep, so it's perfect if you have upfront boobs. I get great cleavage in this bra and a nice rounded shape from the side.
The cups are lightly padded with foam, more to shape than to add size. The ...black lace on a nude background looks great, although the lace shows through very tight tops. The bra has washed very well and still looks great after several months wear. The band has stretched a little, but no more so than you'd expect with good quality elastic. There are four hook positions anyway, helping to extend the life of the bra. The straps are also fully adjustable and are joined to the bra with sturdy metal fasteners rather than the usual flimsy looking plastic.
My only complaint about this bra is that I wish it had more padding over the underwires, as I find they hurt my (admittedly bony) ribcage. For this reason I wear this bra looser than I should, and I would prefer a 55 (26) back if there was a little more padding. I don't feel like I've lost out on any support with this compromise and I'm still very happy with it, it's just the one alteration I'd need for it to be perfect! Read more 167 more words
This was my second purchase from Ewa Michalak after my 65GG - Ewa Michalak » Pl Onyks (196). This bra fits me well and is both supportive and flattering. Sizing down to a 30G was an improvement in fit mainly due to narrower and shorter cups. I almost always struggle with cups being too high under the arm. My 28GG - Freya » Deco (4234) is very tall under the arms, if it were any taller I think it would be unwearable. The Pl Onyks is lower than the Deco but higher than I'd like and the Pl Black is even lower ...under the arms and therefore much more comfortable for me. Also, sizing down in the cup prevented any gaping such as that which I initially experienced in the Pl Onyks. I have read many people online recommending to size up in the cup from one's British size when choosing an Ewa Michalak Pl model but I find the opposite to be true. Whilst my most comfortable size in most British bras would usually be 30GG and sometimes 30G, I am happy to take 30G (and 32FF) in Ewa Michalak because of the depth of the cups, especially at the base of the cups. Being able to wear the smaller size means narrower wires, shorter cups and less overall coverage which is exactly what I require. I must admit that this is not the most comfortable bra, probably due to the material, but it has become more comfortable with wear and I imagine will continue to do so. It took quite a few months for my Freya Deco to become comfortable enough for me so I think this is a process I will just have to endure with virtually any bra. The only other issue I really have is that the wires dig in under the cups and at the gore. It is not too uncomfortable for the most part but of course the longer I wear the bra the worse it feels. I have slightly turned the wires away from my sternum at the gore and this has helped a great deal. So far I have found the wires in Ewa Michalak's bras to be very rigid which has advantages and disadvantages. I'd rather have these wires than weak wires that distort, flatten the cup, give a bad shape and hinder support. Overall this is a well-fitting, attractive bra with which I am happy Read more 305 more words
This 70L band is SUPER tight (probably extra felt because I'm forced to still wear my old 75 band bras). I felt a little light-headed after trying the bra on for a couple minutes so I took it off and grabbed my extender. I'm comfortably wearing the bra now with 2 rows added. Hearing about the stretchiness of EM bras I think this is a good thing, it'll stretch sometime soon and I'll be able to get the most out of this bra with the 4(!) rows in itself.
The cups... are awesome. They feel like they are a bit narrow for me, but it also feels like it's ...a good fit in width especially when I scoop&swoop. This may also be because I am still kind of used to my old super-too-small bras that are also too narrow. There seems to be a hint of gaping at my smaller boob, especially when I pitch my shoulders forward. This might be because the cups are moulded and keep their shape, I guess. Not sure because I have never worn moulded before. I guess this bra will foce me to sit up straight properly and not hunched over
The center gore is still not on my skin, though when I sweep my boobs to the sides the gore lies flat. But as soon as I let go they flow back to their usual position (against each other) and force the gore just a bit outward. My roots do seem to touch each other so I guess they are just too close-set for a gore to ever lie flat. When I do push the gore flat, the gaping disappears.
After wearing it for a few hours at the end of the day (day it arrived), my rib cage hurt near the middle, about where the center gore ends on the sides. The band also curls up on the underside of my boobs, so there's probably a connection there. Read more 222 more words
I really want to love this bra. There's a lot of good things about it-- e.g. the strap placement, which is wide but still manages not to fall off my shoulders, the great shape and cleavage I get with the bra on, how much I like the light padding and the lovely, lacy (but not itchy!) look, etc. But there's also the fact that my Freya Ada still somehow managed to be so much more comfortable for longer-term wear that I only wore this bra for only about half an hour on a recent trip versus the two or three days I spent in the Ada.
The primary problem ...for me seemed to be the way the weight of the bra was distributed along the band, and how the way the band is cut seemed to contribute to that problem. With this bra, after a few hours of wear, I can feel it cutting in just above my stomach. I only start really feeling the underwires after at least 5 hours, but even then, the worst hot spot is right above my stomach, and I'm not sure what to do about that.
It doesn't help that the padding adds to the weight of my breasts and makes the bra feel a bit heavy-- my Freya bra seems ridiculously light in comparison. I'd keep this bra if I hadn't already basically found that I won't wear it if I have a better alternative, even in conditions where a bit of padding would help to keep my boobs warmer.
For anyone without high stomach issues or odd ribcage shapes, this could be THE plunge bra for you. My bottom-heavy boobs weren't a problem, but I will say that I experienced a bit of gapping even on my larger side when raising my arms up, or when my boobs had settled a bit. It's not noticeable under a top, though, or at least no more noticeable than the lace details on the bra.
The band felt pretty firm to me-- not Panache Sport firm, but just enough that I could wear it on the loosest hook without the band riding up. People with soft boobs might have some spillage in the center; mine are firm, and they still managed to threaten that a bit especially when I bent forward. Read more 276 more words
It's SOOOOO pretty!!! My first EM bra!! Woohoo! Finally a bra that does not immediately quadboob on me!! OK, so the band is too large. Fine, because I ordered this bra from the dropdown menu on purpose so I could exchange it for a non-returnable 70-band with correct cup. (this one is sister size of 70L) In a couple of minutes (when my pics get approved) I will put up a fit request to ask suggestions for the proper cup to order, as there are some things not quite perfect.
The center gore comes closer than any of my bras to my sternum, but still doesn't quite lay flat. It feels like ...the cups are just a tad too narrow, and I'm having some armpit boob especially when I move my arms to the front. The band is not very supportive, which I attribute to it being too large for me. OH! And it's got 4 (!) rows of eyes on the 3-hook band! An extra row is certainly nice and I hope the 70 bands have this too. The cups are a few cm deeper than my 32K CurvyKates that quadboob on me. But the cups are also narrower, which aligns with my feeling of the cups being just a tad too narrow on me.
This is my second ever padded bra (first one was early in my teens and horrible!), and I'm loving it already. So soft! And no nipple-poking, whoo! The lace is super pretty, the combo of black lace on beige base is very very nice. What I like very very much is that this bra will force me to walk properly upright and not slouch forward - for when I do, there's gaping at the top of the cups!! Gaping! Never ever had that before! Read more 187 more words