Thursday, 5 December 2013

Ewa Michalak S Porcelanka Bra 32KK/70KK

Earlier this year, Polish lingerie manufacturer Ewa Michalak brought out the new 'S' bra:  a fabulously shaped bra that is ideal for women with softer or 'difficult' breasts. This bra is designed to keep the breasts very much at the front of the body, so it seemed like a great option for me with my 'up front' boobs.

I reviewed the first S bra, the Wiśniówka, back in June this year and although I loved the shape and support it gave me, the 32K was too small and frustratingly the 32KK was a smidge too big! I also found that the cups gave almost full coverage, which is not what I was after at all. That said, it turns out that the S Wiśniówka 32KK is a bra I have ended up wearing a lot, especially under higher neckline clothing.

I was recently given the opportunity to try some of Ewa Michalak's latest bra designs and today I am going to share with you my review of the S Porcelanka.


S Porcelanka
Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

This lovely beige coloured bra can work as a 'nude' on a number of skintones and you can see from the stock photo here that the uplift and 'pulled forward' shape is very much in evidence.

As my previous EMs in 30L/65L had come up rather tight in the band, this time I opted for a 32KK/70KK.

(Don't forget that you can click on any of my photos to enlarge them)








I was in love. Look at that shape! Check out the uplift! And what about that cleavage? The central gore is so low that I initially mistook this for a PL (plunge) bra, but it is indeed an S. It seems since my first try with the S bra the design has been reworked and it now does wonders for my boobs. Gone is the gaping/empty space at the tops of the cups, and instead I get the rounded, uplifted and centred look that was previously only available to those with a smaller bust. I applaud Ewa Michalak for adjusting the design in order to provide a better fit and I am delighted that I now have more bra options.

The colour of the Porcelanka is described as 'cocoa beige' on the EM website. I'd agree with this, and it reminds me of the milky hot chocolate my granny used to make me on the stove in a saucepan when I was a girl. The cups are edged with pretty beige floral lace and there is a beige ribbon bow on the central gore with a diamante bow beneath to add a bit of sparkle.

The lightly foam padded four part cups are wonderfully deep and are placed close together on the band. They offer less coverage than the S Wiśniówka, so I get a decent cleavage but my boobs stay in place throughout the day. I admit that the cups give more coverage than I'd ideally like, but for me the main thing is that they are not so tall at the point where they meet the straps, meaning that the dreaded gaping is eradicated. This bra won't be suitable for some of my outfits but it's nice to be able to choose between PL bras and S bras more often now.

I found this bra incredibly comfortable to wear. The 32/70 band is a great fit and it feels perfect on the loosest hooks. The band fastens with three hooks and eyes and there are four rows of eyes, so with the bra fitting me well on the loosest hooks it looks like I'll get plenty of wear from it as I can move up a set of eyes as the band inevitably loosens with wear.

On the EM website, it states that this bra does not have removable pads to help correct asymmetry. However, my one does, so I am not sure if this is another design change or if the pads were added specially on this one. Personally I don't feel the need to use the pads for asymmetry but I do like them as they give a bit of extra lift and support in the bottom of the cups, so they will be staying in place, except perhaps at a certain 'time of the month', when I will remove them in order to get some much needed extra space in my bras.

The straps are only half adjustable and have a stretchy elasticated top half. Now, these straps are great for the initial few wears and incredibly comfortable, but I know after that they will go bad on me and I will have to find a way of replacing them. I already have them fully adjusted so the elastic in the front half will stretch out and make the straps too long, meaning I will have to remove them and put different ones on. A good aspect about the straps, however, is that they attach to the band at the back with circular rings, so there's no chance of them digging in or sliding round the wrong way. Hurrah!

The famously narrow EM wires fit me perfectly, encasing my breast tissue and keeping my boobs where they are most happy - at the front of my body! The central gore lies flat, too, so the fit is really great. And the wires don't come up too high under my arms and certainly do not poke me.

When I received my delivery of five new EM bras last week, it was the S Porcelanka that I chose to wear first of all. There was something about the look and fit of this bra that made me want to wear it all the time, and having worn it all day I am pleased to confirm that it was just as comfortable at the end of the day as it was when I put it on in the morning.

The S Porcelanka has been around for a while now but do give it a try if you haven't done so already - it's a really lovely bra that I am sure you will find as practical and comfortable as I do.

You can read a great review of the S Porcelanka by Voluptuously Thin here.

20 comments:

  1. I am dying to try an EW bra but am confused by their sizing. I live in Canada ( but I follow the UK bra sizing )and I'm nervous about ordering a bra that wont fit and not being able to send it back due to the cost of postage . I'm a 34 G-GG. does Ew offer help in sizing ?

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    1. Yes, Ewa Michalak have a size calculator here: http://www.ewa-michalak.pl/Size-Calculator-chelp-eng-10.html. It works for some people so definitely give it a try. However, others just go by their UK bra size so do bear that in mind, too. You could also try Bratabase (link near the top of the page on the right hand tool bar). Enter your measurements and see if there are any EM bra recommendations for you. Good luck - once you get the size right you will fall in love with EM just as I have :-)

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  3. I apologize if this is a double post, I typed a comment and my browser crashed!

    First: thank you for your awesome and thorough reviews, I love your blog.

    Second: Have you found that you generally wear the same size between the PL and S styles? I have an S Szykuś that I absolutely love and it fits like a dream but I'd really like to try the PL Charlie since it's the first PL I've seen offered in my size without being a special order since the S styles debuted. I've heard that PL styles can run smaller in the cup and wondered if you'd noticed that at all.

    Thanks again for all the work that you do, your blog is a major factor in me finally going for my first EM order and now I'm very grateful and very hooked ;)

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    1. Hi Meg! Thanks for your lovely messages and very kind words. I am so glad that I helped you decide to try Ewa Michalak and that you love the bras just as much as I do.

      I have found that the PL and S fit me in the same cup size. However, I am at the far end of the EM cup scale, and I have heard from those who are a little lower down that for the S bra they usually go one size up from their PL size. Have you tried entering your details on Bratabase to see if there are any bras in your size range that might help you compare the fit of your S Szykuś? Incidentally, I have a review of this very bra coming soon!

      Hope this helps, and thanks again for commenting :-)

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  4. What a great thorough review. I'm a similar shape to you and think that this bra would really suit me. I feel the same as Meg ... this review has nudged me into ordering my first EM bra.

    I always look forward to reading your posts - thanks :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Donna - do let me know how you get on with your first EM order :-)

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  5. I've read a lot of your posts regarding EM bras and am itching to try one as they are gorgeous and seem very functional, which is such a hard combination to find in larger sizes! Do you have a particular one that you'd recommend for first time buyers? I'm a 34G and generally have had bad luck with plunge bras and molded bras so any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!

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    1. I think this one would be a great option for a first EM bra, but really it's up to you to go for whichever one you like best. Believe me - once you get the fit right you will be well and truly hooked on Ewa Michalak lingerie as it is so lovely!

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    2. I am totally a woman with the 'difficult' softer breasts they describe. The pics look amazing. I am a relatively small E cup - but they're big enough to foil the plans of 'normal' bras to keep them in line. I'd love to try one of these. Thanks for the review.
      Love Vicky
      http://aroundandaroundandupsidedown.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. 'Click on any of my photos to enlarge them'???

    YIKES..!

    X0

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    1. Yes, my photos can be enlarged as I know they are a bit small here and you might want to see some of the bra details close up.

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  7. I really really really really really really really really REALLY need to try Ewa Michalak, especially after reading this review! Your boobs look AMAZING.

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    1. I hope you received your recent order and that you were happy with your bras...?

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  8. I think the style has been changed, because I have one of the first S Porcelankas, and it doesn't have the removable pads which I remember from other styles.

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    1. Ah yes, I suspected this might be the case (as noted in my review). I wonder if the original Porcelanka was more like the S Starter bra that I found too tall in the cups?

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  9. Hi,

    I'm thinking about buying this bra for my mom and I hope you can answer some questions. First, a bit of background: My mom used to be a 30DD. Then, in '84 a gynaecologist pumped her full of hormones and her breasts grew *a lot* in just one month. Her underbust is 33.4 inches and her bust is 50, just to give you an idea. She's been wearing a 90DD since then and it's obviously not the right size. It has caused her too many problems (breasts under her breasts and arms, a hump, pain everywhere, awful rashes, deep wounds from underwires, etc). All of that, combined with her own conservative ideas which were exacerbated by how she gets treated at lingerie stores (they don't carry her size because she's a monster, a freak of nature, their store caters to normal women, she has to wear too small a size to hide them or she's a slut, etc). At some point I started picking fights with saleswomen and it honestly gave her confidence. As a result, last year, I got banned from two of her favorite stores and since then she hasn't bought a single bra because she's too embarrassed to go back. You honestly can't imagine what a difference it has made for her self-image. Of course, I do talk to her about it and that has helped too. She's ready to let me find her size now, but she's very reluctant.

    I think that she'll like Ewa Michalak's bras because she hates synthetic materials and I read that she uses a lot of cotton. I'm afraid that she'll hate them because she wants to hide her breasts completely. I contacted Ewa Michalak and she told me to buy an 85HH for my mom and to look for styles S and SM. Would that be in standard European sizing? If so, I'm afraid the cups at least would be small. As an aside, she also told me that I'm an 80DD or E and I'm between a UK 32FF and 32GG. What size would you suggest for us? Also, could you be so kind as to tell me what materials and how much of each she uses? And how padded are her underwires? My mom hates underwires with a vengeance.

    I'm just so desperate to find a bra for her and to help her feel better about herself. I know that it's going to be trial and error but I want to minimize the possibilities of getting the wrong size as much as possible. She's ready to give up and she hasn't tried a single bra yet. We also can't afford to buy many bras just to find our sizes, of course.

    She was complaining today and I told her that she has the most magnificent breasts ever and she looked in the mirror and smile and I was happy for her. She's on a good path and I want her to stay there.

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    1. i would suggest a 34KK, or 36K as a place to start for your mother's bra sizing.. a 38 (85 in EM) band on a 33.4 underbust will ride up her back something fierce with breasts that size (i wear an 85K in Ewa Michalak, my underbust is 36.5in, and i could probably size down in the band.. if my underbust were any smaller i know i would NEED to.) although, if your mom prefers to minimise her bust, Ewa Michalak would be a very adventurous first try, as there is quite a bit of projection in the cups, and especially the S style seems to make my boobs almost appear a bit larger.. it's certainly not minimised in the slightest. Panache, Curvy Kate and Freya would also carry that size (36k anyway, which can be altered down to a 34KK if necessary, as KK is quite difficult to find.) good luck!

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    2. All good advice ^, thank you!

      I would also recommend Bratabase. If you enter your measurements you will get recommendations as to what bras and sizes might work for you.

      Best of luck.

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  10. Your boobs are gravity defying..they are firm with this huge size..so this bra works perfectly for you

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