Saturday, 18 January 2014

Ewa Michalak S Grace Bra 32KK/70KK

Polish bra designer Ewa Michalak makes a range of bras in different cuts and styles. There's pretty much something for everyone and with some of the newer releases there seems to be something for every occasion.

A few months ago came the introduction of the 'Grace' collection; lingerie that was ideal for bridal wear.

3D Grace
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The Grace bra comes in both the 3D shape, which is a plunge bra for smaller breasts, and the S shape, which is designed for those with larger breasts.

S Grace
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Ewa Michalak very kindly sent me the S Grace to try in 32KK/70KK:








The S Grace has lightly padded foam cups overlaid with gorgeously soft cream lace. There is a large cream bow on the centre gore and a pretty pearl adornment underneath.

As always, I adore EM's trademark narrow wires and deep cups. So many other lingerie manufacturers can't seem to work out how to make large cups (I'm talking H up) without crazily wide wires and subsequently incredibly shallow cups. Ewa has got this issue well and truly sorted and I have not yet found bras to match the incredible fit I get from these cups. My breast tissue seems to be all on the front of my body, without any at the sides, and so the narrow, deep cups work perfectly for me. The wires do not poke under my arms and the central gore sits flat between my breasts.

As with many of Ewa Michalak's lightly padded bras, the S Grace has removable pads in the bottom of the cups to help correct asymmetry. I have kept the pads in place in these photos as they help give a bit of extra lift to my breasts and also provide additional sturdiness to the bra. My boobs are very heavy so any extra scaffolding is always appreciated! The pads can cause me a touch of quadboob depending on where I am in my monthly cycle but generally the KK cups are a good fit for me.

The 32/70 band is very comfortable. It fits without digging in or riding up and stays in place all day. As I have quite an extreme 'v' shape to my upper back, I find that rather than a bra's band riding up if it is too big I am more likely to experience my breasts falling out from the bottoms of the cups. Thankfully I do not experience this at all with the 32/70 band so it's spot on for me.

The band fastens with four rows of three hooks and eyes. It's perhaps a little stretchier at the sides than some other EM bras but the front section has almost no stretch at all.

The fully adjustable straps are very plain, with only simple embellishment along the edges to stop the length adjuster sliding with wear. A fantastic feature of the S Grace is that the straps are multiway, so can be worn either in the traditional 'straight down' position, crossed over at the back or even halterneck. (N.B. There is no special halterneck strap provided with the S Grace, as there is with the PL Onyks, for instance, but it would still be possible to wear it this way by buying a halterneck strap from an online shop or the high street.)

Here are some photos to give you an idea of how the bra looks with the straps crossed over:





I had to lengthen the straps to be able to wear them crossed over like this but once I got that sorted I found it very comfortable to have them in this position and actually it was a very odd sensation as I am not at all accustomed to wearing straps across my back. For anyone who struggles with painful bra straps this could be a great option as it changes the pressure point so could provide relief to discomfort.

I found that the cups seemed to fit slightly smaller when wearing the bra in this way. I still have the removable pads in place in these photos and this issue was subsequently solved by taking them out.

The band also fits differently and you can see from some of my images that it gapes at the top. I could probably wear it on the second hooks when wearing the straps crossed over in order to resolve the gaping.

It's really great to have a multiway bra in such a large cup size and to have this option for bridal lingerie will no doubt be a godsend to many a busty bride. However it's really important to note that this is NOT a strapless bra - trying to wear it as one is absolutely disastrous.

I really wish I had been sent the matching briefs or thong and in particular the stunning suspender belt - it's gorgeous beyond words!

Grace - pasek do pończoch
Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

Grace - pasek do pończoch
Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak

It's always lovely to review lingerie as a set rather than a standalone bra and I know from your feedback that you as readers prefer seeing the full set, too. The good news is that I have some other Ewa Michalak reviews coming soon that include matching bottoms...so stay tuned.

The Grace range is absolutely beautiful and is ideal for any bride. It's also great as an almost-white-but-not-quite lingerie set and looks wonderful against tanned skin - even mine, which is artificially tanned!

12 comments:

  1. Wow, that looks great! White is so flattering, though getting it to stay white is a bit of a nightmare (I was reading this thinking "why don't I have more white underwear", then remembered that that's why!). I think straps that can cross over might make the bra suitable for a wider variety of breast shapes too, since they seem to change the way the cups are supported, but having more options is a good thing anyway.

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    1. Hi Jan, thanks for commenting. I agree that getting white to stay white is quite a troublesome task! And having a bra with crossover straps is marvellous and opens up a range of new wardrobe options :-)

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  2. Ooh I love those straps! I am so pleased I saw this as this bra is the perfect excuse to buy an awesome cross backed dress I saw! Love your blog, my lingerie drawer is so healthy!x

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Claire! This bra would certainly be perfect with a crossed backed dress :-)

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  3. This bra looks great on you!
    I've always wanted to try an EM bra but not being able to try them on without purchase had always put me off.
    I have a question, would you recommend EM bras for petite girls? (I'm 5'1 and 36G), you mentioned that the underwire never pokes you which is my problem with most of my bras aside from the half cup ones...which aren't practical for me, day to day.

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    1. I would definitely recommend EM for petite girls. I am only 5'4 so hardly amazonian, but also because EMs have the lowest underarm wires of any bra I have ever tried. They are amazing. But check out Bratabase (link near the top of my right hand sidebar) as the bras on there have measurements of the height of the wings, which should help you x

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    2. I definitely will have a look, thank you for the advice!x

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  4. This is very pretty! Quick question - I found previously EM bras to have wires too narrow for my shape. Are all wires on the bras you've tried of a similar width?

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    1. The measurements of all my bras are on Bratabase (link near the top of the right hand sidebar) so feel free to compare and contrast :-) I do find that the S wires are slightly narrower than my PLs, if that helps at all?

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    2. Thank you! I will research. I think they may be too short for me (a shame, as they're so pretty and well-priced) but I'll check it out :)

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  5. I wish u'd been sent the thong too!! Luking at past photos of ur bum in a thong is not an unpleasing sight. if i may be so bold as to say so?? *blush Rach xxx

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  6. My sister has been looking for a wedding bra set and it looks like this is just the ticket! She is 34J and only size 12 on the hips so we can mix and match sizes from EM to get a good fit. Thanks for all the info and of course another informative blog post x

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