Review: Ewa Michalak PL Jagodzianki

Sweet Nothings reviews Ewa Michalak PL Jagodzianki. Photo by Lydia Hudgens.

Dear Poland, I take back everything I ever said about padded bras; you were right and I was wrong.

This is my second set from Polish lingerie brand Ewa Michalak, part of the group Ewa originally picked out for me back in November (I reviewed the BM Bibi czarny Tulipan earlier this year). I had to exchange this set for a better fit, and US Customs has been trying to keep my international deliveries for themselves, so unfortunately by the time this set arrived in New York there weren’t a lot of sizes left in this particular style on the EM website. Nevertheless, the padded plunge (“PL”) styles are Ewa Michalak classics, so I thought it would be a good set to review anyway, in case any of the other PL styles caught your eye.

[Disclosure: I received this set free of charge from Ewa Michalak for review purposes. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

Sweet Nothings reviews Ewa Michalak PL Jagodzianki. Photo by Lydia Hudgens.

Appearance

I’ve learned through the magic of Google that ‘Jagodzianki’ roughly translates to ‘blueberry bun’; it’s the name of a traditional Polish pastry (so, yeah, pretty much perfect for Sweet Nothings, right?). The bra features lightly padded three-part cups with a cherry red base and a navy blue lace overlay. Inside the cups are little pockets where you can tuck removable pads. These were included in my order, although Holly, who reviewed this style for The Lingerie Addict, reports that the pads were not included in hers. The pads can be added to one cup to balance out any asymmetry (remember, it’s a good idea to fit your bras to your larger breast, and then you can use these pads to help fill out the cup on your smaller side if you wish) or you can wear a pad in each cup for a little extra boost. I chose not to wear the pads for these pictures, which I’ll discuss in a moment. Red bows trim the low, plunging center gore and straps, and the navy blue straps are fully adjustable. The band closes in back with three rows and three columns of hooks and eyes.

Sweet Nothings reviews Ewa Michalak PL Jagodzianki. Photo by Lydia Hudgens.

The cherry red/navy combo is repeated on the front of the briefs, which feature a slightly higher rise than a classic bikini, with fairly full coverage over the navy blue hips and rear. I go back and forth on how I feel about the color blocking on the front: I love the red/navy combo (two of my favorite colors to wear!), but I’m not sure that I love how it makes a red inverted V pointing to my crotch. It’s a common pattern for EM briefs, but I think I’d prefer, say, a red waistband or red trims, instead of the red center panel.

Fit

As I mentioned in my review of the Tulipan set, the general consensus among those used to UK brands seems to be to choose a size in Ewa Michalak that is one band size higher than your UK size, keeping the same cup letter, so technically one volume larger. As I generally wear a 32H in most brands, I settled on a 34H/75H in this style (Ewa originally sent a 36G and 36H, neither of which was quite right). The band fastens firmly yet comfortably on the loosest hooks, and I have plenty of room in the straps to adjust them to suit my height.

The underwires are both shorter at the sides and narrower than many UK brands, which means they fit my shape much better. Sometimes I can’t wear my Panache bras, Envy and Jasmine in particular, too often or I get red, sore spots under my arms. I don’t have that problem in Ewa Michalak bras. The cups are set closer together and really pull the breast tissue in from the sides of the body.

Sweet Nothings reviews Ewa Michalak PL Jagodzianki. Photo by Lydia Hudgens.

I usually have terrible luck with padded bras, particularly plunge bras. The cups can feel small and shallow, and I’ll feel like I’m spilling out of the cups. I don’t know how Ewa does it, but not only does Jagodzianki offer a low, plunging center gore, but good grief this bra has a lot of depth and projection. My breasts are very full on bottom, and I usually need more room in the bottom of the cup than some bras offer. Not a problem here: this bra is designed to send breast tissue UP and OUT, straight away from the rib cage. When I add the removable pads, the effect is amplified: serious lift, full breasts, and major, major cleavage. It…it takes some getting used to.

I take the same size in EM briefs that I do in brands like Freya, Fantasie, and Curvy Kate. I find these briefs fit well with no digging or slipping. Sometimes the waistband rolls down, but nowhere near as much as a standard bikini brief does.

Sweet Nothings reviews Ewa Michalak PL Jagodzianki. Photo: Lydia Hudgens

Comfort

This is one of my more comfortable sets. The bra fits my shape beautifully, the materials feel great, it’s useful to wear under v-neck shirts and button downs, and the briefs never pinch, dig, or slide around throughout the day. So why don’t I wear it very often?

Some of it has to do with my preference for unpadded bras, true, but it also has to do with my preference for a less dramatic shape with minimal cleavage. Not to put too fine a point on it, but as a tall woman who occasionally wears heels, I feel like I’m presenting anyone who stops to talk to me with a face full of cleavage, my boobs right at their eye level. That’s part of why I’m not wearing the bra with the pads in these photos; the effect is just…a lot for me, personally. Furthermore, I get SO much projection that it affects the fit of my clothes, especially if buttons are involved. It’s fine to wear under v-neck tees, but under my professional clothes I usually choose a bra with a rounder shape and slightly less projection.

Overall

If you’re looking for major, major lift and cleavage, this is the bra for you, especially if you are on the hunt for deep cups with narrow underwires. The removable pads are a nice bonus if you’re looking to balance any asymmetry or get a little extra boost, and the plunge shape means the center gore won’t peek out under lower necklines. The bra retails for about $47, and with the brief plus shipping to the USA an Ewa Michalak set costs around $75. While this is by no means cheap, it’s still an excellent price for such a well-made set; for comparison, some bras by Fantasie and Elomi are hovering right around $78-80 for the bra alone.

Those of you who have tried Ewa Michalak, what are your thoughts on her padded plunge bras? Is this a style you would wear, or do you prefer a different shape?

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Bra and briefPL Jagodzianki by Ewa Michalak. Band sizes from 30-46 and cup sizes from A-K, although limited sizes are currently available in this style.

Photos: Lydia Hudgens

7 Comments on Review: Ewa Michalak PL Jagodzianki

  1. Florence
    April 30, 2015 at 11:16 am (4 years ago)

    I’m so happy you’re getting into Polish bras now! They suit you so well. I have two PL bras and man I love the cleavage. It’s like butt crack cleavage on me. Not appropriate very often but damn I love it.

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    • Sweets
      April 30, 2015 at 11:33 am (4 years ago)

      Haha, I agree! Amazing cleavage, and also there’s a time and a place 😉

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  2. Amanda
    April 30, 2015 at 12:51 pm (4 years ago)

    I think I’ve said it before, but yes to ALL the polish bras! I’m so glad you’re reviewing them now. I especially enjoy seeing them on you, as we have similar boob sizes and I am also 5’10” (twinsies? ;P).

    I’ve tried a couple of EM’s PLs, and can never seem to get them to work on me just right. Maybe my tissue is too soft, causing them to flop all over the place in PLs (think the ‘no’ response in the ‘calm your tits’ meme floppage), or the cups have major gapping going on. And, likewise, they give me major cleav and uplift, so that they’re threatening to punch me in the face. I think PLs just aren’t for me. However, I love their CHPs and S model bras. Any chance you’ll have an upcoming review of one of those? I hope you’ll try those next, even if not to review on the blog.

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    • Sweets
      May 4, 2015 at 3:28 pm (4 years ago)

      I forgot to respond! Gah! So sorry. I haven’t tried CHPs yet, but I just bought my first SM set! It fits me a little better aesthetically than it does from an actual, you know, FIT point of view, but it is ADORABLE and I don’t care 🙂 Review will come soon, hopefully this month!

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  3. Rachelle
    May 4, 2015 at 6:43 pm (4 years ago)

    That settles it! My next bras will be from Poland!

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  4. PersephoneUnderground
    July 10, 2015 at 11:29 am (4 years ago)

    Ok, I know this review is a little old, but wow, that side-view shot is killer! I mean, you said the cups gave projection and lift, but holy cleavage batman! And these are without the pads? I don’t know if I’d fill this out as well as you since my size is quite a bit smaller, but wow! I might just give Poland a try next time I can justify further bra spendage.

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    • Sweets
      July 13, 2015 at 11:09 am (4 years ago)

      Haha, it is indeed without the pads! It’s…it’s a LOT of projection, perhaps a touch more than I can usually comfortably wear, but hey, sometimes the occasion arises 😉

      Reply

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