Monday, 30 April 2012

The bra that changed my life

The wonderful Kitty Lingerista at Undercover Lingerista is celebrating her 1 year bloggiversary by running an amazing competition on her blog.  She is asking people to write about the bra that changed their life; this is my entry.

Like many women, I spent most of my life wearing the wrong size bra.  Until very recently I hadn't had a proper fitting and, although I never used the ridiculous '+4' method to calculate my size, I know I have been wearing far too big a band for the majority of my boobified years.

I have been large-breasted since my teens and used to order bras from my mum's 'Great Universal' mail order catalogue.  Unfortunately I was limited to boring white bras as that's all that was available in my size but nonetheless I would pore over the lingerie pages wishing I could make those pretty coloured sets work for me.

Later in my teenage years I found La Senza and enjoyed having a wider choice of colours available to me, but as I got older and my boobs continued to expand I became unable to buy bras in my size on the high street.  Fortunately by this point the internet had taken off and I was able to purchase bras online from places like Figleaves, Brastop and eBay, but my choices were limited and I lusted after bras in pretty prints, colours and patterns.  Most of all I longed for a bra that was not full cup or balconette (which came up as pretty much full cup on me) and even dared to dream of having a plunge bra.

Finally, I discovered the bra that changed my life.  The Ewa Michalak PL Garden.

PL Garden

In fairness, the PL Garden was one of several bras I ordered from Ewa Michalak in my very first haul almost a year ago, but it was the Garden that stood out from all the beautiful gems inside the treasure chest that was the brown cardboard box containing my purchases.

(N.B. The PL Garden is not in this picture as I was wearing it!!)

For so many years, I had longed for a bra like this.  A PLUNGE BRA!  Its bright white background contrasts so beautifully with the red floral pattern and lace edging.  And the matching undies are gorgeous too!


I actually cried when I tried this bra on and saw my reflection in the mirror.  Finally my boobs looked how I had wanted them to for so many years!  They were uplifted, supported and had such a wonderfully rounded shape that they almost looked indecent - well, certainly compared to the shape I'd got from my previous bras.


I love how the direct translation from the Polish version of Ewa Michalak's website (using Google Translate) describes how their plunge bras 'bring together the breasts producing two round apples' - such a perfect description!


I could not stop myself from repeatedly squeezing my boobs - I was not used to them being so rounded and well supported.  Thankfully I was in the privacy of my home and I just about managed to restrain myself from doing so in public!!

The colours of the fabrics used in this lingerie set are so flattering to my skintone.  I had been back from holiday for over a month when these pics were taken so not much tan left but somehow the bra and undies make me look lovely and brown again.

Since getting this set, I have worn it on many occasions.  It has never failed to give me great cleavage, fantastic support and amazing uplift.  I always feel that same excitement when I put this bra on - there is something truly magical about it.

Additionally, I have stopped getting the back and neck ache I used to suffer from previously - I had never associated it with my bra before but clearly the PL Garden has affected my life in more ways than one.  Having big boobs does not necessarily mean you are bound to suffer with aches and pains!

Sadly, many of my Ewas are now too big in the band as I have lost a bit of weight and my shape has changed somewhat.  However this is good news as it means more new bras are needed to refill my lingerie drawer...

If it hadn't been for Ewa Michalak bras, and in particular the PL Garden, I may well have still been wearing bras that were the wrong size for me.  I would recommend Ewa Michalak bras to anyone as they will give you superb results and could even reduce/stop any back and neck pain you may be experiencing.

So there it is, the bra that changed my life.  I hope you enjoyed reading about it.

Did a certain bra change your life?  Why not write to Kitty and tell her all about it - you could be in with a chance of winning some superb prizes in the process.  You can enter her fantastic bloggiversary competition here - but be quick as the closing date is Monday 30th April 2012.  Good luck!

15 comments:

  1. Terrific post! I have to consider which bra changed my life...

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    1. Aww thanks, K.Line :-) It's such a great thing to think about - I daresay most ladies have a bra which changed their life in one way or another.

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  2. It looks amazing on you as well!! Reading your blog has definitely convinced my to try an EM bra, but I have to wait until my purse is a bit heavier and I've shook off some of these uni lbs!

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    1. Thanks Rachel :-) I am sure you won't be disappointed by EM bras - they are every bit as lovely as you imagine.

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  3. I have purchased some Ewa bra's because of you, but after 2 months the band at the back seems to have stretched, so I'm thinking I bought a band too big? Also I constantly have to 'push myself' back into the cups, again I'm thinking I bought a cup too small?
    Such amazing bra's though, cannot wait till I can place another order and get more!
    You really opened my eyes to looking more beautiful, something I thought I'd never find, so thank you :)

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    1. Hi Marianne,

      Thanks for your kind comment. I am so pleased that I inspired you to buy some Ewas - they really are the most wonderful bras, aren't they?

      It's interesting to hear that you have experienced band stretching too. I had the same with several of my bras from my first order but wasn't 100% sure if it was down to me losing a bit of weight or if the bands had actually stretched. Also it might be down to me becoming accustomed to wearing a tighter band - I started off in 80/36s and am now most often wearing 70/32s! Ordering smaller bands has definitely helped.

      If you are constantly having to readjust yourself in the cups then you need to go up a cup size, possibly even two.

      I know what you mean about thinking you'd never find a way to look more beautiful - Ewa Michalak bras definitely help women achieve this! Enjoy your new bras when you place your next order :-)

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  4. is there an option for having the EM site in english??

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    1. Yes, there is indeed. Click on the British flag at the top of the page and it should refresh to the English version. Just a quick point though - I always read the pages in both English and Polish (using Google Translate - sadly I don't speak Polish!) as sometimes not all the information is transferred across to the English version.

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  5. I've got similar measurements to you (31 underbust and 43 bust), and I usually wear a 32FF (sometimes a 32G). I am dying to try Ewa Michalak, but her calculator puts me at a 34G, which sounds way too big. Any advice on sizing?

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    1. Hi there, thanks for your comment.

      My size has changed somewhat since I bought this bra and now I measure 30.5 underbust and 46 over. I wear a 70K from Ewa these days so many of the bras I have reviewed on here are too big in the band for me.

      In my opinion, 34G would definitely be too big for you so disregard the EM calculator size on this occasion. I think it works better for smaller sizes than for us larger cupped girls. I would suggest a 70/32 band from Ewa and cupwise maybe try a G but go for one with removable pads (most of the newer bras have them - it will say in the description) as you can keep them in if the cup is a smidge on the large size.

      Hope this helps - it's often a bit trial and error to find your correct Ewa size. Do let me know how you get on x

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    2. It looks like the general consensus (of all the people I've asked) is that I should try a 32G (with removable pads). Thanks for your help! I'll let you know how it works out.

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  6. That's good for you, Curvywordy. Your story is very inspirational. This could give some hope to those women who are suffering from the downside of having big breasts. Well, basically, a plunge bra is made for women who have big breasts. Other bras don't support or firmly hold breasts if these are too big. With this bra, it would limit the movement of your breast, and give you a more youthful appearance. Well, congratulations on finding your solution. :)

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  7. Hello, I found those bras in their website but I noticed that they are very expensive. Then I searched in Figleaves but it wasn't working. I searched in Brastop but apparently they didn't have them there. I also searched in eBay but they only had one. Do you know where can I find them more cheaper?

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    1. I think the prices are reasonable for the quality of the lingerie. You can keep an eye out on eBay as sometimes people sell on unwanted items on there. And sometimes Ewa Michalak have a sale so that's worth checking from time to time, too.

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