Every woman needs a basic black bra in her lingerie drawer. A bra that’s just right for wearing under dark clothes for work and also perfect beneath a little black dress on a night out. However, a basic black bra doesn’t need to be plain or dull, and today I am reviewing a set of lingerie that is anything but: the Ewa Michalak S Kamea.
Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak
This design combines black and heather pink to produce a set of lingerie that is both pretty and practical. I was sent the S Kamea bra in 36KK/80KK and the high waisted briefs in UK 20/48.
The set is so pretty in real life! The black fabric is actually black with a heather pink criss-cross pattern, and the heather pink accents across the tops of the cups and on the waistband and front section of the briefs tie in beautifully.
Keeping with the criss-cross theme, I teamed the bra and briefs with my Kix’ies Sam Fishnet Thigh Highs, and a plain pair of platform stiletto heels from Primark.
The S style bra is a padded balconette, so you don’t get a low central gore as with the PL style, but you still get superb uplift, support, and shape. Ewa says that the S style is perfect for all breast types, and especially softer boobs as the cups have slightly more coverage, so they ensure that the breast tissue stays within the cups and does not spill out. The cups are constructed in four parts – three on the lower half and one across the top – and are lightly padded with foam. Black criss-crossed with heather pink microfibre material covers the majority of the bra, and the tops of the cups are covered in heather pink satin, which is overlaid with a line of delicate lace. There is a small black and pink bow with a cute charm on the central gore and another bow at the top of each cup where the straps are attached.
There are removable pads in the bottoms of the cups, as seems to now be the case with all EM padded bras. These pads are designed to help correct the appearance of asymmetry: so, if your left boob is noticeably smaller than your right boob, you can wear one pad – or two, if wished – in the left bra cup and none in the right. I find that each pad reduces the cup size by approximately half a cup, so do bear this in mind when deciding which size to order. The pads also help to gives one’s boobs a bit of lift, so I keep them in place in both cups as the extra thickness in the base of the cup provides my heavy boobs with additional support. I am wearing the pads in these photos.
I do love Ewa’s underwires. They are narrower than those found in British bras, at least in the larger cup sizes, and they don’t run too high under the arms. These 36KK/80KK cups comfortably contain my breast tissue and as you can see from my photos there is no quadboobing whatsoever. I still get a bit of cleavage so this bra is versatile in terms of the outfits I can wear it with, but there is a smooth line along the top of the cup, so it fits perfectly. The wires do not sit on my breast tissue at all, but instead sit in exactly the right position both at my cleavage and under my arms. The central gore sits flat against my sternum and does not poke me or dig in. The depth of the cups is also perfect for me as my boobs are held at the front of my body – where they sit naturally – instead of pushing them out to the sides and under my arms like bras with shallow cups do. So many lingerie manufacturers seem to think that women with large breasts need wide wires and shallow cups; we don’t! I am proof of this – look how happy my boobs are in this bra! Ewa is a genius at ensuring her bras make boobs look rounded and pert, which is something other lingerie designers should also take note of. I don’t want my boobs to be squashed into my armpits, and please note that the apex of my boob is not somewhere to the side of my body. So why on earth do so many larger cupped bras do that? If you have experienced this with other bra brands, I urge you to give Ewa Michalak bras a try. They have quite literally CHANGED MY LIFE.
Apologies for my little rant there. It just doesn’t make sense that while Ewa can make so many designs that are perfect for big boobs, the larger international brands miss the mark by miles. Oh well…I suppose their loss is Ewa’s gain! Let’s get back to the review.
So one of the things that wasn’t quite right for me with this bra was the band. It’s too big. That’s my fault – when I placed my order I went for items that were in stock, and as a 34KK/75KK or 34L/75L weren’t available I sister-sized to the 36KK/80KK. Whilst the cups are perfect for me, the band is too big, and I think a 34L/75L would be absolutely perfect. I was wearing the bra on the loosest hooks for these photos but when I wear it in real life it’s on the tightest hooks and even then the band rides up a bit. I have never taken in a bra band but I might just give it a go on this one. If I do, I will let you know how I get on. The band fastens with four rows of three hooks and eyes, so there are plenty of adjustment options providing the band is the correct size. I would say it’s stretchier than other EM bras I’ve tried recently.
The S Kamea’s straps are nice and wide, and adjust fully. There is embellishment along the edges of each strap to ensure the adjuster does not move during wear. The straps, although wide, are not particularly thick, and so they can fold over if you’re not careful. I used to bemoan the adjusters and connectors Ewa used on her bras because if they were oval-shaped the edges would cut into my flesh, but I am pleased to report that nowadays she uses ones with softer edges, thank goodness!
The matching briefs are just lovely. They feature the same fabrics as used on the bra, so they are every bit as cute and pretty. I love the bow and charm on the centre of the panties, and the lace along the edges of the heather pink centre panel is the perfect feminine touch. I ordered the 20/48 as I’d rather have my knickers a bit too big than too tight, but these are on the roomy side and so I definitely could have sized down to the 18/46. Ewa Michalak briefs and thongs are always comfortable to wear, and they’e not massively expensive either so it makes sense to buy the matching undies to complete the set.
The S Kamea is a great alternative to a traditional black lingerie set and despite the bra being a bit too big in the band for me it’s still one I’ve worn a number of times. The heather pink is an unusual colour but it works well with the black and may appear as a kind of nude against some skintones.
What do you think of this bra and briefs set from Ewa Michalak? Are there any colours of lingerie you’d love to see but can’t find anywhere? Let me know by commenting below!