Ewa Michalak Saint-Tropez Swimsuit Review

Ever since I first became acquainted with the Ewa Michalak brand, I had been hoping that a swimsuit would be released for sale.  I had even written and asked (pleaded!), to no avail.  So, when Spring 2016 rolled  around and I saw the first Facebook hints that some sort of swimwear would be released, I was super excited.  However, when I first saw the photos of the Saint-Tropez swimsuit I actually felt a bit disappointed.  I didn’t think that the retro style would suit me.  I had never tried high waisted bottoms and I just couldn’t see myself pulling off that look.  Still, I had waited soooo long for EM swimwear that I  couldn’t miss the chance to own my very own set, regardless of my initial reservations.    Anyway, its good to try new things.   Change is good!

I asked the lovely Jaimie of Bra Obsessed to please order a set for me right away.  Truth be told, I asked Jaimie to please order two sets for me to try because my size has fluctuated a bit as of late.  I’ve heard other adult  women say that their breast size has increased because of a ‘hormonal growth spurt’or  simply that their ‘breasts grew’ (and I can only assume that they mean ONLY their breasts).  Maybe that is true. Regardless, the truth of my own situation is that my breasts grew.  So did my gut.  What can I say?  I ate a lot of snacks over the winter and didn’t go to the gym as often as I had intended.  I confess!  That, my friends, is the reality of my situation.  It is what it is.

I purchased this set with the top in size 65GG (one cup up from my pre-winter indulgence size 65G) and the bottoms in size 36.  The band measures approximately 22.5″ unstretched and I actually couldn’t stretch it past 29″.   This is good news because it means it will stay put when it is wet.  It felt comfortable on my 27″ ribcage. The swim top is in my favourite S bra style.  It gives that wonderful up front and centre, lifted appearance that has made the S style so popular with so many women.


The suit is made of Lycra so that it is appropriate for pools and oceans (if you’re so lucky).  The inside of the cups are lined with nylon instead of the usual cotton  of EM bras and the swimsuit does have the removal ‘cookies’ for correcting asymmetry or boosting cleavage.


An interesting feature of the swim top is the removable cleavage strap detail.  The cleavage straps are elastic, with metal hooks and eyes for easy on / off and they feature adjustable sliders so that you can custom set the length yourself.  The straps attach to a metal ring on the shoulder straps and to a fabric loop at the centre of the gore.


Adding or removing these straps allows the wearer to choose from two quite different looks, as shown below.


The back (in size 65GG) has a regular 3 x 3 bra hook and eye closure, but these are disguised by a simple fabric tie that you do up over top of the bra closure.


Its almost like Ewa knew I’d been stuffing my face all winter because the bottoms actually have a sort of tummy control lining and they smooth any lumpiness that might have otherwise shown, which is nice.  Because of this lining, the bottoms feel snug and firm without much stretch, similar to how any type of tummy control underpants might feel.


I doubt I’ll get to wear my suit in Saint Tropez, but watch out Puerto Backyarda, the weather is getting warmer and I’ll be ready!







Ewa Michalak S Bezus – a Bradrobe Staple

Although brightly coloured, fun printed bras are great to have and work well under many outfits, I think that there is still an important place for simple, beige  bras in all of our bradrobes.

Ewa Michalak’s S Bezus is one of those bras that I had overlooked previously, possibly in my haste to focus on those fun, bright bras instead, but also because I find it more difficult to imagine how a bra will look on me unless I see it on a model who is a similar size to me.  While this bra looks very nice on the model, I had difficulty in visualizing it on myself.   Maybe I just don’t have the best imagination but maybe other readers are guilty of this also?

Stock picture from the Ewa Michalak site:


I recently had an opportunity to purchase  the S Bezus when it came up for sale from another implanted lady who had purchased it in a size too small for herself.  This bra, in size 65GG, is one cup size larger than I normally wear, however, my 65G bras do fit quite snug and I’m unable to wear the ‘cookies’ in them, so I thought it was worth a shot.  I was pleased to see that it does indeed fit, with the cookies in, making it a good ‘oomph’ bra for me.  Band measurement on this one is approximately 23″ unstretched and approximately 31″ stretched hard.  I have a 27″ ribcage and the band felt snug but not uncomfortable and did not ride up, however, if you prefer your bands very firm, you may wish to sister size down with this one.


Lets take a look at the lavish little details which always set Ewa Michalak bras apart from the crowd.


The cups are covered in a shiny beige knit.  The benefit to this is a smooth appearance under clothes; the flip side of that is that the fabric could snag if you don’t treat it with care.  Washing it carefully and keeping grubby man hands away from the goods should take care of those issues 😉   The lace at the gore and sides of the cups is gorgeous and elevates this otherwise quite basic bra to a thing of subtle beauty.  A small satin bow and ‘diamond’ drop detail at the gore gives a pretty, feminine touch.

A close up of that lovely lace:


This insides of the cups are lined with cotton for comfort.


The bra comes with removable ‘cookies’ which can be used to even out asymmetry or to give an extra cleavage boost.


Four rows of three hooks offer extra stability.


Interestingly, I did notice that although moving to the GG cup gave more depth, there was very little difference in cup height as compared to the G.  I checked this out by laying my 65G S Kicia Szalowa  bra over top of the 65GG S Bezus to see what the actual difference was and found it to be very minimal:


Below, I am wearing my S Kicia in size 65G in the top picture and my S Bezus in size 65GG in the bottom picture.  My cleavage is less mashed together in the GG, but the cups are not noticeably higher.


It would appear from this little experiment that when keeping the same band size but going up by a cup size, although the larger sized cups will be deeper, the cup height will be scaled down.

Clothed appearance is predictably smooth.  As the bra is quite close to my own skin tone, this will work well under light coloured / thinner tops as well.


If you are looking to add a beige bra to your own bradrobe, it may be time to give the S Bezus a second look.


Review: Anna Pardal Emeline

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Anna Pardal Emeline Classic Plunge

On my search for an everyday black bra I found a stunner!  Emeline is far from any ordinary black basic bra even though it can pass for one easily.  The first time I saw it on the Anna Pardal website I was in love and decided I had to order it ASAP and luckily for me Erica from A Sophisticated Pair happened to have a 30g in stock…in stock!  Do you know how rare that has been for me, a bra ready to ship in my size is pretty much non-existent.  I emailed her immediately and she sent it quickly (Erica provides amazing customer service btw).   When I opened the package, just a few days later, it was even more gorgeous in person but unfortunately for me it was a tad too tall and a tad too large.


Since Erica didn’t have a different size for me to try and the new Anna Pardal styles were soon to be released I decided to reach out to Anna W. of Anna Pardal directly to ensure I got an Emeline thinking it would soon be discontinued and of course Sabine made it into my cart as well since I have no self-control lol.  I decided to try a 30ff and hoped that the unaltered size would work….sadly it was too small.  So I decided to send Anna pictures of the bras and ask her advice on what I should try next to get that perfect fit.  After telling her I loved the narrow gore and that the strap sort of dug into my narrow shoulders, she suggested I try a 30g with reduced cups and straps moved in 2cm and requested that the gore be made as narrow as possible and I also asked her to please add a pocket for an asymmetry pad to be inserted since I have one breast slightly smaller than the other.  Emeline arrived a few weeks later and you know that sound in the movies when the sky opens and you hear aaaaahhhhh, yep that’s what I heard as I tried it on and fell in love with this piece of Heaven.


The fit is exactly what I needed and it is my most comfortable bra I own,  but that isn’t even the best part.  Emeline is a sophisticated, elegant and rich looking work of art and I feel amazing wearing it each and every time I put it on.


Nothing can compare to feeling beautiful and comfortable at the same time and let’s face it there have been plenty of occasions when as a woman we’ve had to choose beauty over comfort….darn heels!


The Emeline Classic Plunge is a lightly lined molded cup bra and while it holds its shape it isn’t stiff like other molded bras I’ve tried.  The 30 band is firm and perfect for my 26.75 inch ribcage measurement on the loosest of 4 hooks and the reduced cups are the perfect depth and height.  The fully adjustable straps sit perfectly on my narrow shoulders and are stiffer then other bras I own but once I found the correct adjustment they haven’t budged and feel amazing.  The narrow wires and projected cup give me the most amazing lifted shape and the perfect amount of cleavage, nothing over the top.  Thanks to the narrow gore I don’t have any problems for my close-set breasts and it tacks perfectly without pinching or digging.  So for fit, dare I say perfect…Absolutely!


The bra is exquisitely made with high quality fabric and precisely stitched, even the bows are beyond elegant.  The antique peach flower print is subtle yet beautiful against the deep black background reminiscent of an oil painting.


I feel incredible wearing this amazing bra, the shape is fantastic and is nearly seamless under a fitted tee.  It has become my favorite bra and I reach for it at least a couple of days per week.  If I want to dress up or just hang out in shorts and a tank top I feel beautiful knowing Emeline is underneath.


I just can’t say enough about how impressed I am by this bra,  I love it so much and Anna has perfected her designs to suit all women of different shapes and sizes.  She is a true artist and even though she must be extremely busy she takes the time to respond quickly to emails and is so kind in her replies,  she truly cares about a perfect fit.  Somehow she created the most elegant, sophisticated and comfortable black bra that I have ever owned.  If you have been on the hunt for perfection, look no further…Emeline is still available in 4 news cup styles with the option of additional alterations for a small fee and if you subscribe to the Anna Pardal newsletter you will receive 10% off your first order at annapardal.com.  If you are anything like me once you look at the site Emeline won’t be the only item in your cart.  Have you tried Anna Pardal yet?  I would love to hear your thoughts!






Bra Obsessed – Ordering Polish Bras in Canada (and an exclusive discount for you!)

So, you’re Canadian, eh? There are lots of great things about this great country of Canada.    We have Timbits.    We invented hockey.  We get our milk in bags.  We keep Canadian Tire money in our kitchen drawers.  We know what a touque is and we own them and wear them sometimes too.   – and that was just my short form joke list of great things about Canada.

What I want to talk about today though is how to get a fabulous Polish bra right here in Canada.    Of course you can order direct  from Poland, but be aware of a few things first:  our customs limit, meaning the value of the product that you are entitled to receive before duty charges can be levied, is only $20.00.  Obviously, you need to know your bra size in whichever Polish brand you are looking at (it isn’t the same as your non-Polish size and it is even unique to each company and sometimes even each style within each company).    And finally, return postage charges to mail a non-fitting or unwanted item back to Poland aren’t cheap.    It all seems pretty risky and daunting.  Which is why I’m so happy to let you know that you can actually order your Polish Ewa Michalak, Comexim and Anna Pardal  bras and panties right here in Canada, with free fit advice, hassle-free exchanges and no customs woes  through Canadian based Bra Obsessed.  I have had the pleasure of using  the services of Bra Obsessed since my own Polish bra obsession began.   In fact, I have even been so lucky as to have had Bra Obsessed’s lovely owner Jaimie over to my house on a few occasions and have had the privilege of in-person fitting services, marathon try-ons and sneak peeks at up and coming releases!   In this blog piece, I am giving our readers an opportunity to get to know Bra Obsessed via the following interview with Jaimie.

What influenced you to get into the retail lingerie business? In short: Polish bras!  I have always been obsessed with finding a great fit.  I have also always been obsessed with pretty things that make you feel great.  I have tried hundreds of bras for myself (literally, I really am Bra Obsessed!), but was never truly satisfied with them.  When I discovered Anna Pardal, Comexim and Ewa Michalak there was no going back.  The fit was exactly what was missing for me and they were so gorgeous.  I wanted them all!   I would no longer put up with my sad, droopy or boring bras when I could wear these beauties. I was so excited about them that I started telling all of my friends.  Soon I was ordering bras for my friends, helping with sizing advice and walking them through the process.  They were all so happy with the bras and I was amazed at how women of all sizes really loved them.   It wasn’t just my “hard to fit size” (I know, I know, insert sad violin sound here) that worked great with these bras, they worked great for everyone!  After a while, word was getting around, and I had people approaching me to help them order a bra.   I loved every moment of this. I was, however, frustrated with how expensive it was to send bras back to Poland when they didn’t fit. It was also hard when one style could fit so different than another.  I discovered I was very impatient and hated waiting for the bras to be made and shipped.  So I decided to follow the advice of my friends and family to jump in and make these brands readily available for Canadians.  My goal was to make the whole process quick and easy.  Easy to order and get sizing advice. Easy to return or exchange.  Also quick to ship because I would keep many styles in stock.

How did Bra Obsessed come to be? Along with the above answers, I credit the support of my husband and friends to push me into this.  It was already my passion but I had to hear “you really need to do this for a living!” from several different people before I was confident enough to take the plunge.  I was already spending my evenings analyzing fit requests and researching brands, so it seemed right (and exciting) to make my obsession my job.  I had seen the need, and I filled it.

How long has Bra Obsessed been open? Bra Obsessed is brand new, having just opened about 8 months ago.

Do you have a storefront, or are you strictly online? I do have a store.  At the moment it is very small, and attached to my home but eventually I plan to grow.  In the meantime, since much of my job is mobile it works great.

How do you find the majority of your customers? Being brand new, most of my customers I get through word of mouth.  I find  that if I put in the extra effort, and let my customers know that I really care, they will tell their friends. I also get many new customers through my bra parties.

What is the best way for potential new customers to get in contact with you? Emailing me is always best (bras@braobsessed.com).  Much of my job (and my life) is on the go but I usually see my emails right away and try to respond as soon as I can.

What makes you stand out from other lingerie retailers? This is a tricky question.  First of all, I’m new in the market so who am I to question retailers who have been in business for decades?  I would never want to put any retailers down.  Honestly though, I really love what I do.   I have seen how people light up when they look in the mirror and like what they see.  I want every customer to experience this boost.  And I work hard to get the perfect fit so that customers can feel this great.  I will not sell something to the customer just because they may be willing to buy it.  I really do talk customers out of certain purchases.  After all, how can they trust me if I let them buy something I know won’t work for them?

What is your favourite thing about your job? Hands down it’s helping people gain confidence.  I mentioned this on my website, but time after time I see people put themselves down when they do not fit into their bras.  But nothing is wrong with them!  Everybody is beautiful in their own way!  Most people do not fit into the mainstream sizes sold, and that certainly does not make them weird shaped or misfits.  It means that something is wrong with the mainstream lingerie companies! Some of the feedback I have received has really touched me.  I have customers tell me how instantly their back and neck problems disappeared when they wore the right size.    The ones that touched my heart the most though, are the customers that say they never felt pretty or sexy.  Wearing the proper size though, has helped them to love themselves, even to the point of being comfortable calling themselves pretty or sexy.   Nothing beats helping people see their own beauty.  It is so satisfying! Secondly: If you asked me years ago what my dream job would be, it would be to design lingerie.  So to now be heard from Comexim and Anna Pardal in design choices and fit adjustments is FUN!  Eventually I would like to design my own line of bras, panties and bikinis, but… baby steps. Third: (I know, I know you asked for one thing, but I seriously love so much about my job!) I now have a legitimate reason to buy all the bras. “I need to sample them all so I can know how they work.  It is really for the customers Hun”.   I know you fellow Bra Obsessed are a bit jealous of being able to use that reasoning on your husbands, sorry!

What is your favourite thing about the lingerie industry? A  whole industry devoted to secret pretty things.  How exciting is that!  I think wearing a sexy or pretty bra and matching underwear when no one else knows leaves you feeling powerful. It’s your little secret that makes you own your day.

What is the most common question that your customers ask regarding bra fitting and if you are answering online, how do you help to answer the question? What is my Polish size? This is a tricky one because they all fit so differently, even within the same brands. The information I need to help people is the following: What is your snug and relaxed ribcage measurement? Do you prefer a very snug band or a bit more relaxed? What is your overbust measurement while standing up? What is your overbust measurement while leaning over at a 90 degree angle? What are your best fitting bras (size make and model)? What style and colors do you prefer?  Bold or Neutral?  Lined or unlined? Also any pictures of people wearing their best fitting bras helps a lot too.  I completely understand if people are uncomfortable with this.  If they do not want to send a picture that is absolutely fine, we will work around it. It really does help me to figure out their size though.  The picture helps me to see if their current bras have any fit issues, what shape breasts they have, and what styles would be the most compatible for them.

What is the most common problem that you see regarding bra fitting and again, if you are responding online, how do you help to fix the fit problem?  First and foremost I see too large of bands, meaning the customers are carrying the weight of their breasts on their shoulders.  I also see people  bubbling over the cups.  People really need to swoop and scoop, jump around, lean over and shake while they are trying the bra on.  Many people after doing this realize that they need to size up one or two cup sizes from what they would initially buy. These are tricky things to fix online as I need to trust the customers that they are truly testing the bras while they try them on.  That is where it helps when people send pictures of the fit as well.  A picture both from the front and from the side help me to assess.

Tell us about your bra parties and how they work. They are a blast!  They are much different than an average sales party.  They end up just being a fun girls night out.  I start off explaining the basics of fit.  Everyone at the party can come to me one at a time and have a private fitting in a separate room.  Most of the time they can leave with their bra in hand, and the other times I will special order it for them. I offer the host 50% off one bra and 10% of the nights sales towards any other items.   The host will invite 5 – 25 of her friends over who are interested in getting fitted.  I travel anywhere within 1.5 hours from London, Ontario.  Many people come to these parties having no prior education about proper bra fitting and leave feeling much better about themselves and fully supported in their new bras.  This is what I really love about these parties, I get to help so many who would never have asked for bra fitting help in any other situation.  Did I mention we usually also drink wine?  Like I said, these parties are relaxed and above all fun!  (Again, my job is to talk bras while sipping wine???  Pinch me, I must be dreaming!)

What is your favourite thing about Polish bras? The shape of course.  I can’t even put on my old droopy east/west facing bras anymore.  I am comfortable, I am really uplifted, I have great cleavage, and let’s not forget they are so pretty!  No more boring beige domes for me!  Here are a couple of before and after photos to compare the shape of a Polish bra (in this case it is a Comexim in both) vs. the shape of an average UK bra sold at specialty lingerie stores.  The difference is astounding.

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Do you have your own personal favourite Polish bra? If so, who makes it and what is it? Oh that’s so hard to choose.  They all have their own benefits in different ways. Anna Pardal has the rich and beautiful fabrics.  For Anna Pardal I love my Hibiscus, that fabric is just so beautiful! Comexim is the most comfortable by far.  For Comexim I am still partial to my Pantera.  It’s been around a while but I still love it. Ewa Michalak padded bras give the highest uplift, and the SM cuts have some very sexy options.  For Ewa Michalak I would have to say that it would be a tie between the sexy SM Czarna Mgielka and the new and super fun S Przeplatanki.

Do you have any hot, up and coming tips or advice for our readers? Rats, I wish I had a hot tip!  Comexim has some amazing new bras coming out this fall, but you readers probably already know that. Some advice though: Be aware of size fluctuations.   It is common for breasts to fluctuate even a cup size or two throughout the month.  If this is true of you, it may be beneficial to own a bra in a larger size for these times.  Nobody wants to be stuck with the dreaded quadboob at these times. Also, most people do not have perfectly symmetrical breasts.  It is common to be a whole cup or two bigger on one side.  Again, there is nothing wrong with you, this is normal!  Buy the bra that fits your bigger side and use cookies on the other (not Oreos silly, I knew we were both thinking that!).  Ewa Michalak has quite a few bras that come with asymmetrical pads, and Anna Pardal is now offering bras with inserts to put pads in for this very reason.  So be aware of your size differences, and use the cookies when needed.

What would you like our readers to know about you and your store? Most of all that I really care about finding my customers a great fit.  My bras are shipped from Canada so if you are ordering from Canada you will not be charged any duty and if they are in stock you will get them fast.  I usually ship out the same or the next business day. The more information my customers give me the more I can help them.  I currently have a small run of sizes of the Anna Pardal Hibiscus Classic and the Florence Sophisticate Balconette being made for the store.  So there will not be long waits for Anna Pardal bras either.  If you want to special order a size I can easily add your size to my current order as well.

And readers, now for the exciting part.   Bra Obsessed is generously offering a special discount exclusive to our readers!  Enjoy 10% off your purchase using the code enhanced10, valid until August 21, 2015.  Remember, if you don’t see what you want or your size on the web page, just shoot Jaimie an email at bras@braobsessed.com and she will take care of you promptly.  This could be your chance to get your hands on the beautiful and rarely seen Ewa Michalak SM Wanilla set as seen in my review here!  Happy Shopping!