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Quick review: Ewa Michalak S Szafirek

I love blue bras, so when I saw the Szafirek pop up on Ewa Michalak’s site I ordered almost straight away. As an added bonus, the bra had 20zl off for two days only!

I ordered a 65FF with the matching briefs in size 36 (UK 8). I received the set in about a week – the fastest I’ve ever had an EM order delivered, as nothing had to be made to order.

The bra didn’t quite look how I expected it to – I think I was expecting a slightly lighter blue. However, I’m still really happy with the overall look. The fabric is navy blue lace over a beige background, which matches my skin tone rather well. This gives it a slightly sheer appearance in real life (the photo below doesn’t represent this well) despite it being a padded bra. The knickers don’t have the beige backing behind the lace panels, so if your skin tone is significantly different from the bra backing this is worth taking into account. Personally I would have preferred the beige backing on the knickers too, simply for consistency. The knickers are made of a silky polyester fabric which is also found on the wings of the bra.

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Fit wise, the 65FF was OK. I’d have preferred a slightly tighter band, but I expected this and I like to avoid special orders wherever possible so it’s not too much of a concern. In my experience with the S style (albeit I’ve only tried 3) the bands have always been slightly looser than the older PL styles I have. Cup wise, the FF was pretty spot on with the removable padding in place. My boobs have shrunk a tiny bit in recent times, which has led me to wonder if I could get away with a 65F without the padding. I love the 3D styles from Ewa and these sometimes go up to an F, so I’d love to try and squeeze in one! The knickers were a good fit on me in my usual size.

I wore the set all day today and found it very comfortable straight out of the box. This surprised me, as I always expect some discomfort from non-plunge bras due to my close set shape. However, the gore is very narrow on this bra so it’s a good choice for others with this shape. Other things to note about the shape are the cups. For those used to the rounded shape of Ewa bras, the S gives a slightly different silhouette. The website describes this as a “rounded shape with a subtly marked peak”, which I think is very accurate. Unfortunately I didn’t snap a picture to show this. Personally I prefer the perfectly round shape I get in the PLs, but this isn’t different enough for me to be particularly bothered.

Overall I’m a big fan of this bra and looking forward to the other new bras to come from Ewa for Spring!

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Urkye “Dzwonek” Top Review

I really like the short-sleeved tops I’ve ordered from Uryke, but they are designed as summer tops and I’m not sure how much wear I’m going to get out of them this winter. With that in mind I was keen to try one of the Dzwonek tops, which are the long-sleeved versions of the Kokarda tops.

The navy blue and green versions appealed to me as they are usually colours that suit me, and I went for the navy version mainly because I’ve been looking for a top that goes well with the pesky jeans in the photo below – I love them, but they’re really hard to wear! (I know, this is getting worryingly close to an outfit post…)

I went for the 34oo/ooo, which is the next ‘boob size’ up from all the other items I’ve reviewed so far. In some items I’ve felt like I could do with the extra space, while in others the o/oo has given me plenty. I chose the oo/ooo here purely because the smaller size was out of stock and I really wanted to try the top, and luckily it’s worked out well. I think either size would have worked for me because of the shaping – in the princess seams of the Francuski, for example, there’s less room for variation.

The fabric feels like good quality, and is just the right level of clingy so it shows off your shape but not all your lumps and bumps. It’s a great length for me as I always have to wear a belt with my jeans and don’t like to have that on show. I wasn’t crazy about the bell sleeves when I saw them online, but I actually quite like them in person. They balance out my skinny jeans quite nicely, and they’ve got quite a relaxed feel. One of my favourite winter cardigans also has this shape of sleeve so it works really well on top.

The only thing that doesn’t work for me about this top is the neckline. It’s just a little too wide for me at the shoulders, so without a jumper on it wants to do this:

 

I think this is partly a symptom of me ordering the oo/ooo, and partly me just having narrow shoulders. The dress I have with the same neckline does it, but to a lesser extent. To fix this, I plan on taking in the shoulder seams slightly – as it’s a raglan seam this is pretty easy to do without changing the shape too much.

At the time of writing, these tops are awaiting stock on the Urkye website, but should be re-stocked soon!

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