In December, I ordered some bras from Polish lingerie brand Ewa Michalak to make the most of a site-wide discount that was in place. I wanted to get my hands on some PL (plunge) bras, and so I added the PL Słowianki Bra to my basket.
Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak
I love the red and white combination very much; in fact, it reminds me somewhat of the PL Garden that I absolutely adore but have sadly long since grown out of.
At the time of placing my order I was wearing a 34KK/75KK, and I was pleased to see this size was available, so that was what I went with.
I am wearing the pads in the bottom of the cups in these photos, and as you can see they make the cups just a little bit too small for me. When I wear the bra nowadays I do so without the pads and the fit is good, but bordering on being too small. I therefore think a 34L/75L would be the right size for me at the moment.
Unfortunately, the matching briefs or thong were not available in my size, so for these photos I improvised with some red and white items I already had in my lingerie drawer.
First of all, here I am in the PL Słowianki Bra 34KK 75KK with some fab red frilly knickers from Yummy Bee, along with a suspender belt from eBay, my red plus size 20 denier matt finish Magic stockings from The Big Tights Company, and some red killer heels from eBay.
I think this look works well! At first I did wonder if the white suspender belt looked like a bird had pooed on my tummy, but I have grown to love these photos and now I am really pleased with how the combination of lingerie works together. In regular lighting, the reds are all quite similar hues, but in these photos my knickers and stockings have come out rather darker.
So, let’s talk about the bra. The PL style is simply a padded plunge; the PL Słowianki Bra has lightly padded foam cups, and there are removeable pads in the bottom of the cups (mentioned earlier) that can be kept in place or taken out to help correct the appearance of asymmetrical breasts. I wear the pads in both cups to give my boobs a bit of extra boost, and the additional layer of padding does help the cup to hold its shape for longer.
The four part cups (three on the bottom and one across the top) are covered in a red and white print on the bottom and a pretty red lace with white backing on the top. The cut of the cups provides a great shape for breasts, lifting them and holding them at the centre of the body. The support the cups give is excellent and they do not minimise the bust at all.
The bra has some little details to make it look extra pretty: there is a large bow on the central gore, as well as a small bow at the top of each cup where the strap is attached. The diagonal seam across the cups is covered with a white satin ribbon, which adds a look of delicacy to the bra.
As ever, the narrow wires of this bra suit me very well and encase my breast tissue perfectly. The central gore is lower than Ewa’s other padded options because of course this is a plunge style, so anyone with softer breasts tissue might be better suited to the S cut, which has a higher gore. The gore lies flat against my sternum and does not poke me or cause irritation. Under my arms, the wires are not too tall and do not dig into my armpits.
The bra’s band fastens with three rows of three hooks and eyes, and as you can see it runs a little on the small side as I am wearing it with an extender in these photos. There is a reasonable amount of stretch to the PL Słowianki Bra’s band so I know I will be able to stop using the extender when the band stretches out with wear.
The straps are red with a white satin ribbon stitched down the front centre and there is a slight embellishment along the edges to ensure the adjusters do not move out of place during wear. Although these straps were probably designed to only adjust halfway, it is possible to force the adjuster onto the front section if you need to wear your straps shorter. I generally find these straps very comfortable, but if I wear the bra on a very long day I notice that the ribbon down the middle causes a bit of a pinch point where the straps are stretching but the ribbon is not. This can occasionally give me shoulder ache, but I must emphasise this is only when I wear the bra for longer than usual, and even then it doesn’t happen every time. It may look as though the straps are digging into my shoulders, but please appreciate that I have pretty squishy shoulders, and also boobs of the size of mine take quite a lot of hoisting and so some shoulder indentation is inevitable. Please rest assured that I would not keep reviewing Ewa Michalak bras if I routinely found them uncomfortable to wear. They are amongst the most comfy bras I have ever owned, and on top of that they look flipping amazing, so it’s win-win all round!
As mentioned earlier in the post, I do get a bit of quadboob when wearing the pads in the cups as seen here in these photos, but also sometimes it happens even without the pads. I therefore think that I would be better suited to one cup size up in this bra.
Whilst deciding whether or not my white garter belt looked like a bird splat running down my abdomen, I decided to take some more photos of the bra with different panties and hosiery. I opted for the same frilly knickers from Yummy Bee, but this time in white, and my red Prague Lady Lace Holdups from The Big Tights Company.
This is a great alternative look for anyone not wanting to wear a suspender belt, and how exciting to have red hold-ups! Before I got acquainted with The Big Tights Company I never even knew red hosiery existed, and especially not for plus size women, but they have lots of sexy options available for larger ladies. Do check out their website – I wear their hosiery in the majority of my blog posts and can vouch for the quality of the items as well as the superb customer service provided by Laura. No, their prices are not the cheapest out there, but if you buy from them you will be getting hosiery that lasts and lasts, and also that fits incredibly well. It’s worth every penny in my book.
So, the Ewa Michalak PL Słowianki Bra is a firm favourite and at the moment I am wearing it at every possible opportunity. It’s great to have some colour in my lingerie drawer and I adore this pretty print of white flowers on a red background. I wonder if Ewa would ever consider making this bra in a royal blue and white print instead? I would absolutely love that!
You can read another review of the PL Słowianki Bra over at Fuller Figure Fuller Bust.
Do you like colourful bras or are you more of a fan of neutral colours such as white, nude, or black? Let me know in the comments below!