Bra fitting help » Help finding new bra, need advice from large busted ewa-michalak buyers?
Curvy Kate » Gia Balcony Bra (CK2101) » 32G 32:9
I have a major cup disparity I am finding out, if one cup fits the other one doesn't. In this bra, neither cup fits (one too big, one too small) also the band rides up in the back on the smallest hook.
I'm going to keep this bra, as it is comfortable and I am down to only 2 bras with only one that remotely fits. I'm officially calling a state of emergency on my bra situation. I'm thinking about trying ewa-michalak because their bras have removable inserts and there is a style on their website I am really eager to try. (Biustonosz S Przeplatanki)
Their website has me at a 75F, and this site suggests 70G-75G. I'm not sure which to start with but I am hoping not to waste funds on the wrong bra. Any help is super appreciated.
I just got my Ewa Michalak bra in the male from another user, and it is at LEAST two cup sizes too big. I ordered a 70HH. So I'm going to try the 70GG next.
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If you look at the Ewa Michalak website, you'll see that the band sizes don't really mathematically compare with the Imperical equivalent; that's why it probably sounds nuts that people in your size range would be in the 70's when you were thinking more of 75-ish. On her site, a 65 band is equivalent to a 30 band, 70 to a 32 band, 75 to a 34 band, and so on (you'll see it in the drop-down menu for sizes). You can't think of a 70 band as one that will only stretch to 70 cm. My underbust measurements are very similar to yours, and I wear 70 bands in Ewa Michalak. They typically stretch between 30.5-32", depending on fabric. I'd be sliced in half if they only stretched to 70 cm! lol I see the Curvy Kate bra you're wearing stretches to 35", which is abnormally big for any 32 band bra. That would explain why you need to wear it on the tightest hooks for sure!
S is one of the different styles. There is a description of all of the styles on EM's website here: http://www.ewa-michalak.pl/Style-Guide-cinfo-eng-6.html. The ones you need to know are:
PL: padded plunge
CHP: padded halfcup
HM: unpadded halfcup
S: padded balconette
SM: unpadded balconette
*BM: unpadded balconette with stretch lace (not described on that link I gave you, as it is a newer style)
There are a few others, but they are for the smaller bust sizes, maternity, strapless, etc.
You'll notice all of the bras start out with the style abbreviation, then there will be words that describe the pattern/color/design. Some will have the word "Biustonosz" at the beginning, and that's just the Polish word for "bra." So, for the bra you've been eyeing, Biustonosz S Przeplatanki, it sort of translates to:
Biustonosz = Bra
S = style name for padded balconette
Przeplatanki = the color/design name
All EM bra names follow this same formula, so once you recognize the different styles, you'll see they're just available in different colors/designs.
Also, I think trying a 70H as you mentioned above (or 70HH even) for the S bra would be a great start. You could fit the cups to your larger breast and then put either one or both of the pads on your smaller side to help make you even. Just an FYI, some of the older styles don't come with pads, so always ask if you're looking to purchase a pre-owned bra from someone.
It's common practice to size up 1-2 cups in the S & PL cut (not everyone, but many people), so that might explain why pictures of others may look misleading to you (and camera perspective can make images misleading as well). Also, if you read all of the text on the "Sizing Help" page on EM's website, she does mention scenarios in which people may need to size up or size down from what the calculator gives. http://www.ewa-michalak.pl/Size-Calculator-chelp-eng-10.html Keep in mind all calculators just give a general idea since everyone measures themselves a little differently. The only way to really find your size is to try bras on.
Hope that helps!
Updated on July 15, 2015 Flag this
I got their calculator very close to my UK size, but I had to pull the 'tight' measurement super-tight, as in, hold my breath and suck in and pull super hard. I wear a 32J in UK (the one CK I fit is a 32JJ but its slightly big), and I have a 32HH and a 32J in their unpadded styles, and the HH is too small.
However, the padded styles, like the S, you need to go up at least one size.
The perimeter you measured - is that bigger or smaller side?
I'm thinking you would order a 65 uh . . . HH or J, idk. Or even H?
There are some EM bras in that size range in the listings here, mostly new w tags, I think - much faster shipping but generally about the same price and not as good a selection.
Oh, but actually - cheaper than THAT model - thats her most expensive bra, for obvious reasons! It costs as much as a babydoll
Updated on July 15, 2015 Flag this