When placing my most recent order with Ewa Michalak I decided to try some different styles – my theory was if they fitted it would mean a whole raft of new bras would then be available to me 😉 Previously I have only ever gone for the plunge style as this is the only one available in my size range; however I have always wondered if I might be able to fit into one or some of the others.
The current styles are described as follows on the Ewa Michalak site:
Bra designed for deep, plunging necklines. It is very low at the centre. The plunge bra makes your breasts closer together.
Bra worn under broad and low necklines. Cups have one vertical seam. The edges of the cups form an almost vertical line. The halfcup bra is low cut and shows the upper part of your breasts.
Bra to be worn without any straps. Perfect for any special occasion (under strapless / halterneck tops or dresses). Thanks to moulded cups and band strengthened by sillicone tape, it gives enough support for your bust even without the straps.
Bra for everyday use, giving the best support for your breasts. The cups offer more coverage than other bra styles. The balconette bra gives you lift, shape and comfort.
This information is most useful; however it does not address the matter which causes most confusion (for me at least) – what is the difference between the styles available on the site?
I have spoken to friends in the past who have explained the differences between the various styles (PL, HM, HP, CH) but I wasn’t sure how each one would suit me. I knew therefore that I would have to try them out for myself in order to be sure I was going for the best style for me.
The PL (plunge) style is available in every size, as far as I am aware. However, the CH, HP and HM styles are not and only go up to a certain cup size. For my size range, most of the CH and HP bras stop at a 36/80H or a 34/75HH. The HM, which is an unpadded style, goes up to a 36/80G or a 34/75GG. I emailed the lovely Ewa a while ago to ask her if any of these three styles would ever be available in larger cup sizes. She replied very promptly to tell me no they wouldn’t as they do not look good on larger breasts. Despite this advice, I decided to find out for myself how they looked on my 46″ overbust and 33″ underbust chest.
I will write separate reviews for each of the bras I ordered, however in this post I am hoping to summarise my findings of the CH and HP styles. Please note that the comments here are my personal opinions and findings of the two styles – they may well come up differently on other people as we all have unique and very individual boobs!
The PL style is a plunge bra with two vertical seams and one horizontal (ish!) seam on each cup. This bra is designed to pull everything into the bra and push the boobs together, whilst giving a rounded shape. The central gore is lower than other styles, but is of course higher on the larger cupped bras than on smaller. The wire comes up much lower on the sides when compared with other bra manufacturers (significantly lower than Panache, Freya and Fantasie, for example). The plunge is the best style for larger breasts but it is important that wearers find their correct size as otherwise there can be some spillage in the centre of the bra.
I have PL bras in a variety of sizes – 36/80J, 36/80HH and 34/75J, with the latter being the best fit so far – and adore the shape and lift they give me.
Here I am in a 36/80HH in the PL Panterka Czerwona:
The CH style is a halfcup bra and on larger cups it has two vertical seams. These seams are very vertical indeed, which is what gives the cups their depth and in turn gives my boobs the ‘facing forward’ and pushed up shape. Ewa Michalak describes this shape as ’rounded apple breasts’ and I think this is the perfect description.
The central gore is higher than the plunge style by about an inch, meaning that the tops of the cups run almost horizontally from here to where they join the shoulder straps. The sides of the CH also come up higher, but not so high that they poke into my armpits (as is the case with bras from many other manufacturers).
I tried the CH bras in 80H (CH Miętus) and 75HH (CH Pawie Oka) – these both fit well in the cup (as technically they are the same volume) but the Pawie Oka has a stretchy band and so I am hoping to exchange it for a 70J if it is available.
Here is a picture of me in the CH Pawie Oka:
The HP style is also a halfcup bra and has two vertical seams on larger cups. Well, I say they are vertical, but when looking closely at them it is clear they are curved in order to give the cups their shape. The central gore is the same height as the CH but the wires at the sides do not come up as high.
I have found that the HP bras somewhat flatten my boobs, giving a slight minimising effect. Ewa Michalak make note of this on their website: ‘In comparison with the CH, the HP pushes the breasts to the chest and pushes upward.’ I thought this minimising shape would be immediately apparent in the photos I took but perhaps not – I think my boobs actually look quite good! However I know the bras do not feel quite right when I am wearing them and when I look down I do not see the beautiful shape the PL and CH bras give me but instead a slightly misshapen appearance where my boobs are being unwillingly pushed out to the sides somewhat. I must stress that this is how I have found the HPs fit – I have no doubt that on others they would be perfect, but perhaps these others would need to be a few cup sizes smaller than me.
I tried the HPs in a 75HH and found them a good fit sizewise on me.
Here is a picture of me in the HP Nina (an exquisite bra but sadly the wrong shape for me):
My opinion is that if you are a fan of the shape Panache and Elomi bras give you then you will suit the HP style very much.
The HM style is an unpadded halfcup bra. This style is not available in my size so I am writing this based on my observations from the Ewa Michalak website. I am most envious of ladies who can fit into this style as the designs are every bit as beautiful as their padded counterparts and I would love to own a Ewa Michalak lacy unpadded bra. The fit seems to be similar to the HP, where the breasts are pushed against the chest and lifted up, which is why this style would not suit larger cups.
Obviously I do not have any pictures of me in an HM bra as I have not tried this style. However, from reading others’ reviews I think this style would give a similar fit to Panache and Elomi bras.
I love the CH shape so much that I am planning on ordering as many as possible for my collection. I notice that Ewa Michalak don’t have many new designs available in CH and are instead concentrating on the HP – for my own reasons I hope and pray that this soon changes and the CH is brought back into the spotlight again as for me it is a stunning shape.
You can read another guide to Ewa Michalak on the Venusian Glow blog here.