I long for a bra/top that is comfortable enough to wear in bed at night, but that is also supportive enough to wear around the house during the day. When I am at home for the day I usually wear a t-shirt or casual top and pyjama bottoms, and go without a bra. Most times, this is perfectly comfortable for me, but there are instances when I wish I had something soft and supportive to wear to help keep my breasts in check. I have tried a number of options since starting my blog, including sports bras, non-wired bras, and even nursing bras (NB: If you'd like to read my previous reviews they are listed at the end of this post). A few have come close to meeting my requirements but I haven't yet managed to discover the holy grail.
I was therefore super excited when I saw that Polish lingerie brand Ewa Michalak were bringing out their own version of a sleep/house bra: the Nina Top.
Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak
It's described on the Ewa Michalak website as an 'unpadded top without underwires'. It looked just the ticket for me, and so when Ewa Michalak offered to send me one to review I naturally jumped at the chance.
I was advised to try the Nina Top in my usual bra size, and as this is currently around 34KK/75KK, this is the size I asked for.
The top is made from very soft fabrics, making it extremely comfortable to wear. The front comprises three panels on each side, which are contoured to allow for the shape of the breasts. The edges of each section are covered with pale pink ribbon, giving the top a pretty appearance. The top and bottom edges have a delicate-looking trim along them, and there is a pale pink bow at the top of each 'cup' where the strap connects. The back of the top is made from a stretchy black polka dot lace fabric, and there is another pale pink bow at the bottom centre of the back. The pink straps are fully adjustable and they do not fold over or dig in. The sides of the top do come up quite high into my armpits but I do not find this uncomfortable at all.
In complete contrast to all other Ewa Michalak bras, this top fastens at the front, but it uses a line of familiar hooks and eyes. It's really easy to do up; I wrap the top around myself and fasten the bottom hook, and then work my way up until all the hooks and eyes are closed. There is only one row of hooks and eyes, and for me this is a negative point as I would have liked the chance to be able to tighten or loosen the top at various points.
For me, I found that the band on this top was rather loose, so I would have liked to have tried a size down. Alternatively, if the top had been made with more than one row of hooks and eyes, I would have been able to move to a tighter setting, but unfortunately this was not an option available to me.
Overall, I think the cup size of this top was about right for day to day wear. I do find that I need to readjust my breasts if I'm moving around a lot and especially when leaning over, but for the most part my boobs seem to stay in place fairly well. However, when I wore the bra to bed one night, I woke up the next day to find my boobs were spilling out all over the place. I am not sure whether a larger cup or tighter band or perhaps even both would be the best option to solve this issue.
I think it's safe to say that most of the other house/sleep bras I've tried have not been the prettiest of lingerie, but the Nina Top is different in that respect. It looks really great, especially when teamed with some sexy knickers, hold-ups, and killer heels. In this instance, I have teamed the top with my black Prague Lady Microfiber Opaque Hold-ups from The Big Tights Company and black platform stiletto heels from Primark. I have also donned these frilly knickers from Yummy Bee, which come in three colours (black, red, and white) and are perfect for wearing with bras where you don't have the proper matching bottoms. I am wearing the size 18-20 here, but wish I'd sized up to 22-24 as these panties definitely come up small. Nonetheless, I think they work perfectly well with the Nina Top.
Being a non-wired bra top, the Nina Top does not separate the breasts at all. I found I sometimes experienced some between-boob sweat when wearing the top, depending on what I was doing whilst wearing it.
The Nina Top is longer in length than my other Ewa Michalak bras, and I really like this feature. I wonder if EM will ever make long-line bras, and by that I don't mean the ones made by brands such as Freya, as these are only a fraction longer than their regular bras, but instead bras that have bands that are long enough to reach my waist. I shall live in hope!
It's important to note that this top is not designed to lift the bust or give amazing cleavage, but instead it is intended to be used on its own as a sleep bra or worn over the top of a regular bra to provide compression and stability to the breasts during sports or training. Although I haven't worn the Nina Top over a bra during any physical activities, I did try wearing it over my PL Laguna bra to see if it did indeed provide additional support.
As you can see from these photos, my bust appears more lifted than in the previous ones, and this is of course because I am wearing an underwired bra underneath the Nina Top. My breasts also look more compressed, as seen by the quadboob effect in some of the photos. This could be minimised by wearing both the bra and the Nina Top in a larger cup size. I have to say, though, when wearing the Nina over my bra I didn't feel constricted, but it certainly felt more supportive. I jumped up and down a bit and ran back and forth a few times and my large boobs felt very secure. As I can't find a properly fitted sports bra in my size, I think the Nina Top would be a very decent alternative. Great news for all of us larged-boobed ladies!
Overall, I am impressed with the Nina Top and it is probably my best try so far for a house/sleep bra, and definitely for a 'sort-of' sports bra. However, I would like to try it in a smaller band size to see if that solves the issues I experienced with my breasts moving around when wearing the top to bed.
You can read another review of the Nina Top over at Fuller Figure Fuller Bust.
As promised, here's a list of my other blog posts where I have reviewed potential candidates for my house/sleep bra vacancy. Please remember that these posts were written at least two years ago and my bra size has changed quite a bit since then.