Polish lingerie brand Ewa Michalak recently brought out a new design of bra: the FB style. It’s made exclusively for ladies with particularly large busts, going from a band size 32/70 all the way up to (amazingly) 60/140, with UK based cup sizes – band dependent – from D to P. Despite being very happy with the S and PL bras I wear, I was very keen to try this new style as a lot of my readers have asked me for my feedback on it. I approached the team at Ewa Michalak and they kindly agreed to send me the FB Tęczowe Bra.
Image courtesy of Ewa Michalak
Ewa felt it would be best for me to have the FB in the same size I have for her unpadded bras, so I was sent a 34KK/75KK.
The FB Tęczowe Bra uses the same print as the similarly named S Tęczowe Kfiaty Bra, which was available just over a year ago. I adore this print – it’s so pretty and I love how the florals have been given an unusual look with the bright rainbow colours. The contrasting black lace on the top of the cups stops the eclectic print from being gaudy. I have long grown out of my S bra in this print so it was very exciting to be able to get hold of the FB version.
The FB bra is an unpadded style with what I’ll describe as ‘reinforcements’. It’s definitely stronger-feeling than Ewa’s unpadded options (BM, SM) thanks to the thicker non-stretchy material used on the lower half of the cups. The cup’s uppers are made from super soft stretchy black lace, which is lined with plain black lace mesh for support. The bra has a pretty plain black bow on the central gore and a smaller bow at the bottom of each strap where it meets the top of the cup.
For reference, in these photos I am wearing my FB Tęczowe Bra with the matching thong (no longer available but I got it last year when I received the S bra), teamed with my Kix’ies Lois Holdups, and some black heels from George at Asda.
In my size, the FB Tęczowe Bra is made from four part construction, with one long section across the top of the cup and three parts underneath. These three parts allow for superb depth and shaping, meaning that there is plenty of room inside the cup for breast tissue. I suppose you could in fact say this bra is five part construction as the top section actually has two parts: there is the aforementioned large lace panel, but also at the side there is a non-stretchy panel of the floral material, which helps to stablise the top section and keep one’s boobs securely within the cups.
The FB Tęczowe Bra gives superb shaping. Just look at my side-on photos below – amazing! The combination of Ewa’s dreamily narrow wires and super deep cups result in breasts that are centred on the front of the body and projected magnificently. I’ve never felt that my boobs are ‘in your face’ in an Ewa bra, but more that they are positioned in the most flattering and attractive way. Size-wise I feel that the 34KK/75KK is on the large side for me in the cup as there is wrinkling in the bottom of the cups and when I readjust and shuffle myself around I can fill it but then the top is more roomy. Based on this, my advice on cup sizing is to go for one size below your unpadded Ewa size, or two sizes below your padded Ewa size. That said, I must say that it’s quite the novelty to have a bra that does not quadboob in any way, shape, or form, even when I lift my arms above my head or push my shoulders right back!
I feel like the wires on the FB are narrower than those on my S bras, but in fact they are exactly the same (you can see the measurements on Bratabase here). They are certainly taller, and although they don’t poke my armpits I am more aware of their presence than those on my other EM bras. The central gore is also higher, but of course that is to be expected as this bra is designed with very large breasts in mind and it is intended that they remain within the bra during wear. The gore sits perfectly flat, as with all my EM bras (even when they are too small – astounding!) and as it is nice and narrow it doesn’t poke or chafe. The cup coverage is much more than with my other EMs so this is not a style suitable for a low-necked top or dress but it would be perfect underneath anything mid to high neck.
The band fastens with four rows of three hooks and eyes, just as with the other bras in my size range. It is intentionally very firm – as noted by Ewa on the item page on her website – so if you like a looser fit I would recommend sizing up. I wear this one on the loosest hooks and it is just about ok for me, although on hormonal days I may wear an extender to give me a bit more room.
The straps are fully adjustable and although they do have some stretch it is fairly limited. They are a good width to allow for the weight of the breasts to be spread across a wider surface area, and as they are pretty sturdy I think it’s unlikely they will fold during wear. There are embellishments along the edges of the straps to ensure the adjuster does not move out of place and in fact it’s quite tricky to move the adjuster when I tried to do so, so I am not expecting it to budge an inch!
The FB bra comes with these silicone pads to help spread the weight of one’s boobs even more, so that the bra is extra comfortable when worn for an extended period. Ladies with big boobs will know that it’s pretty much impossible to completely eradicate shoulder pain when wearing a bra as the shoulders have to take a lot more weight than our smaller-boobed sisters, and so bra solutions such as this are a fantastic thing to have on standby. I think it is a brilliant touch from Ewa that these are included free of charge with every FB bra and I have worn them not only with this bra but also with other bras, especially on occasions when I have known I’d be sitting still a lot as the pressure point doesn’t move as much as when one is active. I find I get a funny damp patch underneath the pad, which I assume is because the silicone causes the skin to sweat a little, but it’s not noticeable to anyone other than me when I remove the pad and touch my skin.
I have worn this bra on several occasions as I wanted to give it a fair road test before reviewing it on here. With my PL, S, BM, and SM bras, I have found them to be very easy to wear. They arrive, I adjust the straps, and I wear the bra. With the FB, I have found it takes more time to adjust it to a comfortable fit, be that with the band, the straps, or the cups. This might just be because it’s a new style and I am still getting used to it, but it definitely needs more fiddling and adjusting whenever I put it on.
For me, it feels like perhaps the straps are in the wrong position somehow as they are not comfortable for a full day’s wear. My heavy breasts pull on the straps – as they do with all bras, but it seems much more marked with the FB – putting more pressure on them than I am used to. This also makes the straps rub against the front side of my underarms somewhat, to the point that on some days I just can’t wait to pull the bra off my body. I have never had that with a Ewa Michalak bra before.
I have also found discomfort from the area underneath the underwires (I am not sure if there is a technical name for it, sorry). On other EM styles the underwires sit in lightly padded channels, and then there will be material underneath that is edged with felt-like material so it’s pretty soft. On the FB Tęczowe Bra, the material here is harder, and so it can rub during wear. I am not sure what the material is, perhaps a nylon mix or something similar, but I think it – combined with the zig-zag stitching holding it in place – makes for a chafing situation that is not helped by the weight of my breasts pushing it all against the skin on my underbust area.
All that said, I would still strongly recommend this bra to women with particularly large boobs. There is not a lot of choice out there for the exceedingly busty and there are a lot of good points to this bra. It may be that in the right size (I think 34K/75K) the issues I have mentioned will be eradicated, but as I only have the 34KK/75KK I can’t make a judgement yet. I hope that in the future I will be able to try another size and of course if I do I will review it here on the blog so that you can see if it’s more comfortable for me. There are also ‘bra solutions’ out there that could be worth investigating, and I will be reviewing an item very soon that might help any of you who suffer with a painful bra band and/or rubbing and chafing.
The FB bra is a lot more expensive than Ewa Michalak’s other offerings; a typical bra is priced at around 179 Polish zlotys, which is currently a smidge under £30, whereas the FB is 389 zlotys, roughly £64. However, the value you get from the FB is incredible. It really is built to last from very sturdy construction and those of you in the upper end of the cup size range available will know that there are either limited options in your size or maybe even none at all! My lovely friend Tanya over at the Secret Plus Size Goddess blog tried three FBs in 42L/95L and reviewed them here; she also entered the measurements on Bratabase here.
Have you tried the Ewa Michalak FB bra? Let me know in the comments below!