Without much noise, Ewa Michalak has introduced S cup bras in larger sizes. Right now, S Pieprzyk, S Grace and S Szykuś are available in 85KK, the largest cup volume available from the brand. I’ve also spotted the S Trapez in the extended size range (but it seems like it sold really well already) and you can still snatch an S Wiśniówka in 70L. I assume you can try to order any of these bras as a special order.
Now, I haven’t talked much about Ewa Michalak on this blog, because while it fits some really well, like Caroline at Curwywordy, the brand had not worked so great for me. First, I’m not a fan of padded bras. Then, the only model available in larger cup sizes was the PL and after trying a couple of them, I realised that they just give my least favourite shape in a bra: what I call “the basketball” and that they weren’t supportive enough as an everyday bra for me. Finally, a while ago, Ewa Michalak has started to sell specialty sizes as special order only. I don’t mind that they are unreturnable, as I find it easier to just resell the bra if it doesnt fit. I’d rather not pay the extra fee for special orders, but I understand how producing these sizes can mean an extra cost for an independant designer and I applaud her for providing the option. What I really really really don’t want to deal with is getting into an email exchange to see if my size can be made. I wish the specialty sizes were on a drop-down menu with a disclaimer that they cost extra and are unreturnable…
Anyway, when Ewa Michalak launched her new model, the S bra, I was very excited to see that it gave a much nicer (to my tastes) shape than the PL, perkier and less round and bulky. I also noted that it was supposed to be more supportive than the PL. Sadly, it didn’t cover the largest sizes.
Fast forward a few months and when I spotted an an S Wiśniówka – the same model sported by Anna from Bras and Body Image in her S vs PL comparison – on the drop-down menu, on sale and just a cup size off from my EM size, of course I ordered it!
As expected, it was too small, but even then I could tell I like it much better than the Pls I’ve tried. I was worried about the taller center gore, but it is still a lower balconette style for this size range, comparable in height to Panache Harmony/Melody and clearly lower than Panache Jasmine and most Cleo balconettes. Because the top of the cup curves in slightly, it feels much more secure and less jiggly than the PL, but it is still open on top enough to accomodate slightly fuller on top breasts without quadboob. The wires are markedly narrower than on the PL, so a bit too narrow for me, which combined with the too small cups resulted in side boob. They would still sit on breast tissue in the proper size, but as far as I can tell with just trying the bra on, they didnt feel uncomfortable.
In terms of appearance, I find that red and black lingerie can be a bit gaudy, but it turns out the bra was not red, but a deep shape of pink, resulting in a classier effect. The lace on the cups sits flats and hardly shows under thin clothes.
All in all, I’m pretty happy with this bra. I would consider buying an S bra in my PL size if it shows up and I’ll keep this one with tags on as my size sometimes fluctuates. If I don’t get around to wearing it this winter, I’m sure I’ll have no problem reselling it.
Now if the SM (S shape without padding) bras ever get released in larger cups, I’ll probably get over the e-mail thing!