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Ewa Michalak Review: PL Amarant, Onyks, Cielus, and Bella, CH Toffik, and HP Fuksja

This Ewa Michalak review is long overdue, but there’s a reason for that. I’ve had these bras for 8 weeks now. I really wanted to wear each style several times before I added my opinion to the many rave reviews out there for these bras, because frankly I’m a bit torn on them. To start, here’s what I ordered:

I find Ewa’s size calculator way off for me and order based on my UK bra size. After converting my measurements from inches to centimeters and plugging them in, I got a suggested size of 34/75FF, but as you’ll see, this size would have been a terrible fit. In all of these except the CH Toffik, where it wasn’t available, I ordered a J cup based on a recommendation from Claire at Butterfly Collection, who kindly did me a personal favor and checked the fit of my first EM bra, a 30/65H PL Black I had pre-pregnancy, before I placed this order and advised me to go up two cup sizes.

SHIPPING COSTS AND ORDERING PROCESS FROM THE US

Shipping from Poland is about $15. You also must pay a Paypal assessment (the only way you can pay from the US) of 6% of your order. On this order that came to $15, so $30 all in for both charges was steep. However, EM bras are not quite as expensive as other full-busted bras: all mine ranged in price from $28-$43 versus the usual $68 and up. Spread between 6 bras, the shipping and Paypal fees added $5 to the overall cost of each, making the price $33-$48, still very reasonable.

Return shipping in my experience has also cost around $15, quite high, so I know many others simply resell the brand new bras that don’t fit on eBay.

It took about a month from the time I placed my order to receive it:

Ewa sends several emails throughout the process updating you on your order; I got an email for each step above, which is great that they don’t leave you wondering where on earth your bras are after they’ve debited your cash!

OVERALL FIT

I tried these all on for a professional fitter who double-checked the fit, how loose/tight the bands were and which hooks I should wear them on, so I could really feel confident about which ones to keep!

Bands

For several bloggers who have reviewed Ewa’s PL bras (the Plunge style), the bands run tight for them and they order up a size. For me, I experienced the opposite. Measuring a 29.5″ underbust and wearing a 28 in Panache Cleo at the time, all of my 30/65 PLs were loose and I got the best fit from starting on the tightest hook, except for the PL Amarant, which was very snug and I started on the loosest. (NB: My overbust at the time measured 41″.)

The HP Fuksja had a slightly tighter band than the PLs and I started that on the second hook.

The CH Toffik was the loosest of all of them and even wearing on the tightest hook it was still too loose.

June at Braless in Brazil, who wears a 28 band, has also found the bands on EM looser versus tighter. When we chatted about this she mentioned she and Bra Nightmares theorized that the larger band sizes in EM run much tighter for some reason than they do on the smaller end of the band size range.

So in general? I’d say if you’re in the 32+ band range, check Curvy Wordy’s reviews for band size info, but if you’re a 30 or under band size, I personally wouldn’t size up.

Fortunately for me, starting on the tightest hook was fine because I could expand out as needed as my pregnancy progressed. If I weren’t pregnant, though, I would have needed to get most of these altered down a size or special order them in a 60 so I could start them on the loosest hook. If you’ve read any Ewa Michalak reviews out there (Curvy Wordy is the queen of reviews on these bras and has a ton!), you may know that Ewa will custom make many of her bras in a 55 or 60 band size (UK/US equivalent to 26 and 28), but they’re non-returnable. (An alternative to this is ordering through the Big Bra Bar; see here for more details).

Cups/Style

The style differences between the Ewa bras were confusing to me to read on the website, so I put together this gallery that compares a “regular” bra (a Panache Cleo Eleanor) to the HP, CH, and PL. According to the Ewa Michalak site:

[On the CH,] the underwires at the center of the bra are higher than in our plunge (PL) bras. This gives your breast very good support. In comparison to our HP style, the CH halfcup bra pushes your bust forward and upward more. In comparison to our CH style, the HP halfcup bra pushes your bust more to the chest and upward.

In person:

L to R: Panache Cleo Eleanor, Ewa Michalak CH Toffik, EM HP Fuksja, EM PL Amarant, EM PL Onyks

For me, all the EM bras push your breasts way up and give them a high and rounded look versus a teardrop shape (which I’ve now learned that I prefer!). The cups are all padded. On me:

OTHER FIT NOTES

OVERALL

I have to give EM props for being one of the only companies who will make, on special order, 55s in a huge range of cup sizes. I also love that you can ask if they’ll custom make a certain style for you in your size if it isn’t listed; no heart-sinking feeling when you see a gorge bra only to see it doesn’t come in your size. For small bands/big cups, they are a fantastic option, and for higher band sizes who want a sexier looking bra than, say, an Elomi may offer, these could be the perfect go-to. However, it really is a more high, rounded, melons-on-a-platter look that I’ve also found makes me look bustier; many women who’ve tried them absolutely love the uplift and shape, while I’m still getting used to it. They are nicely made; not the most luxurious bras I’ve ever owned, but not cheap feeling, either–exactly what I’d expect from a $30-$45 bra. They have a really awesome range of colorways, from everyday neutrals to tons of fun options like this va-va-voom red or the funky Amarant I bought, something I’ve never really seen one manufacturer do! Personally, I’m more a fan of the HPs and CHs and likely won’t be ordering PLs again, but I appreciate that I have an option for a plunge when I need one.

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