When you mention Polish bras, I usually think of white, lace and dangerously pointy boobs. At least that’s how I remember Polish lingerie. Obviously times have changed. Poland is really ahead of the curve in terms of styling and support when it comes to getting your boobs dressed.
There are quite a few brands from Poland that are providing beautiful bras and lingerie, in a huge variety of sizes. Some recent ones I’ve noticed are Avocado, Krisline, Dalia, and Konrad. I do wish they were easier to find in Canada. I guess I’ll have to wait until I visit family or take a vacation.
The one brand that I have been anxious about trying on is Ewa Michalak‘s brand Effuniak. So I finally took the plunge. After much ooh-ing and ahh-ing, I finally ordered a few bra’s off of the Ewa Michalak site. Just in time for their prices to go up slightly. Actually it’s about a 10 PLN difference, which is about $3 CDN, so not a deal breaker by any means.
But seriously, I’ve been admiring her bras and have been curious to try them out since reading about them on Thin and Curvy, Invest in your Chest, Venusian Glow, SophiaJenner, and Bra Fitting Cidade.
The one major obstacle for me (and probably most women) is the sizing. Boobs are very personal. No two are the same (even on the same body, yeesh). And to make things a little bit more challenging, Effuniak bras are sized differently. Bras are a tough thing to buy online (much like swimwear and makeup); you need to touch it, feel it, try it on. You need to be able to test out your relationship with a bra to see if you like it.
I jumped right in anyhow. I figured I can always return them, thanks to the Effuniak return policy. But first I convinced my mom and sister to join me on my online bra shopping expedition!
We all got ourselves measured, picked out our favourites, and clicked the Buy button.
The measuring itself is best done with a friend/family member that you trust (liars and prankster are not appreciated here). To measure under your bust, get your friend to hold the tape against your skin, tightly right underneath your bust. The tape must be parallel to the floor (no sagging). Stand tall, and exhale. That’s the number to use as your underbust measurement. Exhaling gives you a better number, as you may accidentally inflate your measurement by expanding your rib cage as you breath in (it can make a BIG difference). The next part I did on my own; without any bra or clothing on, lean over 90 degrees, and wrap the measuring tape perpendicular to the floor and around the fullest part of your boobs (I know that some boobs are saggier than other, but this needs to be taken into account when getting your size). Once again, be careful not to measure on an angle or let your tape measure sag.
I happened to be a different size than my usual 32E. I think this can be attributed to the “bent over” measuring method.
Underbust: 73cm Over bust: 104cm
That puts me smack-dab in the middle of 75FF (34FF) territory. Oy vey!
Both mom and sister measure up a cup and up a band size from their usual, so I didn’t feel too bad. I just hope the calculator on the website is correct.
As a double-check I visited Balkonetka.pl. It’s a great resource for boob sizing! Sign up for an account and you can see loads of girls getting opinions on their bras. The website is completely in Polish, but in case you don’t speak the language, Google Translate does a decent job (not sure of other browsers, but Chrome automatically translates every page). After searching through the catalogue, I couldn’t find an exact size double, but the bra size looked like it might fit me. Fingers Crossed.
One of the bras ordered will take 14 days, so it will be a while before I get my package, but I’ll be sure to review once I do. Can’t wait!
Here are the goodies I’m waiting on:
Ewa Michalak HP Puder
Ewa Michalak PL Cieluś
Ewa Michalak CH Onyx
I figured, they’re a good cross-section of the different styles available, and I’ll be better able to see what cut suits me best.
‘Till next time.