With the recent debut of the new SF style (review HERE) from Ewa Michalak, we thought it would be helpful to our readers if we did a comparison of the S, SM and SF styles for you. Although all three styles are similar, they have distinct differences that I will point out that make each one unique and might have you favoring one over the others.
I’d like to first do a short recap the three styles for you, starting with the classic S style. The S is a lightly padded balconette with a higher gore and comes with removable push-up pads to give you that extra oomph and/or help with asymmetry correction.
Next is the SM, which is an unlined balconette with a higher gore and cups made of a stable (non-stretchy) material, typically lace or mesh. This style does not come with removable push-up pads.
Lastly we will recap the SF, or Semi-soFt style which the most recent style debuted in the EM line. The SF is a good compromise between the S and SM, being a semi-padded bra with the same high gore as the other two. Like the SM, this style doesn’t come with removable push-up pads. The bottom of the cups are made of a stable (non-stretchy) material while the top of the cups is made of a double layer of elastic tulle, allowing for more stretch and forgiveness up top.
Now that you know the basics of each style, I’d like to get into comparing the three for you. Let’s start with their similarities. All three styles come with three or four rows of two or three hook and eyes (depending on size of the bra) as well as fully adjustable straps. They also all are designed in a way that pulls your breasts forward to create maximum cleavage. Due to the medium-to-high gore on these styles (3″ tall on my 65GGs), they are well suited for softer breasts that tend to fall in the center when wearing a bra with a low gore such as the PL style, or if you have wide cleavage and want to pull your breasts closer. The down-side to the higher gore is that these styles can be difficult for women with very close-set breasts, as the gore can tend to sit on the tissue (or implant). Lastly, the cup height is mid-level which makes this an ideal bra to wear with a medium neckline, but may be difficult with a lower cut top.
Since we have covered the general style and similarities of these three bras lets move on to what makes them so different, and that really is their cups. Aside from the classic S style being the only one of the three that comes with pockets for removable pads or “cookies”, it also has light padding sewn into the cup. The positives: it gives you a little extra oomph without feeling like you are wearing a really padded bra; it covers your nips for modesty (no nipping out in this bra); and the lining is very soft against your skin. The negatives: in warmer weather this bra can be a little hot, creating the dreaded boob sweat we all hate; and if you already feel like your breasts are big enough, the padding on this bra may not be something you are looking for. The cups of the SM style are pretty much the exact opposite of the S. This style does not come with removable pads and is constructed of very thin and shear material. The positives: this bra is a godsend in warm weather, as the cup material is light and airy; and although it pulls your breasts front-and-center, with no padding it doesn’t add any extra bulk to your boobs. The negatives: if you are more modest (or your office seems to always be frigidly cold like mine is), this bra is going to have you nipping out a bit; and since this bra has no padding or cookies, the sizing is not very forgiving so you will need to have your size down and may not work well if you have a lot of asymmetry. Last is the SF, which really seems to marry the S and SM together. Like the SM, this style does not come with removable pads, however the cup is made with a slightly thicker material so it is not sheer. Also, if you love the shape that the S style gives you but you find that the top of the cups are too closed off, the SF is a great alternative since the tulle at the top allows for more FoT breasts without creating that “muffin top” look that the S style can sometimes make. The positives: if you like the modesty of the S style but don’t want a padded bra, this is a great compromise; and if you need more room at the top of your cup, this is a great style. The negatives: like with the SM, since there is no padding, you really need to know your sizing. NOTE: Another difference I noticed with the SF is that the cups are more full coverage on this bra than on the S or SM styles.
As far as which is the best style? I really don’t think any of them are the “best”, as I think that they all serve a purpose, and in my opinion all deserve a spot in your wardrobe 🙂 Personally, I prefer the S style and wear that the majority of the time. However, on super hot days I will chose between the SM and the SF, and which one I choose is 100% dependent on if I am going to work or not. As I mentioned earlier, my office building is always freezing and I hate worrying about if my nips are showing, so if I’m going to work then I will wear the SF. But if it is hot out and I am going to be outside, I almost always reach for my SM. A small little side note about the SM style for those of you who are also enhanced like me: since I have very little natural tissue and no hang, my breasts do not fill out the very bottom of my cups (a very common thing among implanted ladies). Though this happens in all my bras, since the SM is sheer it is the only bra where I actually see that gap. It’s not a big deal, but it did worry me the first time I tried the SM, until I found out this is normal.
If you haven’t tried any of these styles before, my suggestion is always to start with the classic S style first and really get your sizing down. Once you know what size you are in Ewa Michalak, then branch out to the other styles. As a quick tip, the SM and the SF do seem to typically run a little big in the cups (or seem that way since there isn’t any padding to fill the cup out a bit), so I might suggest getting a cup size smaller in these styles 😉 I hope you have enjoyed this review and please let us know if you have any questions!
4 thoughts on “Ewa Michalak’s S, SM and SF Styles – Battle of the Bras”
Thanks for the detailed comparisons! The S has been my go to bra, but I recently got an SF and agree with you that it’s a nice choice for summer.
I was wondering if you’d be able to speak to the differences between the SF and the BM? They look to be similar (semi soft with an elastic tulle upper). The BM comes in so many cute prints… I just hate to have to wait a couple of months only to find out it’s a poor choice.
I’m a 75FF, with short roots and soft tissue.
Thank you so much for your comments! I’d say the BM is more similar to the SM than the SF. The BM is like an SM, but with stretchy material in the cups. The SF only has stretch in the top of the cup (the tulle), but the BM is made with stretch material all over the cup. It is also more minimizing than any of the S styles. For some, that’s a plus, but if you like the front and center look then it may not be the right style for you. I love my BM because it’s very comfortable, but with the stretch in the cups it doesn’t give as much structure. I hope that helps!
Thanks for the detail! I like the SM, but because my tissue is so soft, it feels like there’s a bit too much ‘bounce per ounce’ to really be appropriate for work. 🙂
If the BM is even softer, it probably wouldn’t work for me as a daily bra. Hopefully the SF will come out in some cute prints eventually… and I’m sure this heat wave will end at some point, and I’ll be able to go back to wearing my S bras.
I agree! I hope EM comes out with more fun patterns soon 🙂