I think I should start a new mini series entitled “Bras I have owned for ages, taken photos of, wear almost every day, but have never reviewed”, because I seem to be doing this a lot! Case in point: I got this bra from Ewa Michalak at the beginning of 2017 and have worn it almost to death – and fortunately, that speaks of the high quality of the bra! Considering how much wear it’s had, it’s not dead yet – it’s still full of life and on very high rotation in my bradrobe!
So I thought I should probably get a move on with reviewing it, considering how long it’s been, how it’s still (just!) in stock and how I can safely say it’s my favourite daily bra (and that’s saying something!).
So here we have the Ewa Michalak BM Bibi bra in black in a 65FF – read on to see why I love it so much!
Shape & Appearance
I’m utterly convinced that this bra is magic. No seriously, it’s a delicate soft cup bra with no padding and no foam, yet it gives me the best uplift and most natural cleavage of all my bras. Often for a bra that gives pushed up and pushed in cleavage, you have to sacrifice shape elsewhere, as in, you end up with big lumps of padding or flat spots in the cup. This bra provides that cleavage while still being super comfortable and without looking oddly shaped. In fact, I’d call the shape perfectly rounded. Quite a feat in a lace soft cup!
Speaking of which – look at the pretty lace! I’m a sucker for anything lace that isn’t “grannified”, and this couldn’t be more true in this bra. It manages to combine the sophisticated black colour with the sultry lace to create something that’s a little bit on the sexy side while still remaining ideal for daily wear.
The cups are split into three parts, with a vertical seam separating the lower cup and a horizontal seam across the middle. The bottom half of the cup is layered with a beige tulle (which I suppose is why it has such a great uplift and support), and the top half uses an elastic, scalloped edge lace.
At the gore is a button (rather than a bow), and there’s a button on each strap too. If you take a look at the product listing, you’ll notice that there are also two detachable straps across the bust. Personally I prefer the bra without them on me, but I love the option to have them. These are attached via small rings on the straps and at the gore, and the straps themselves are adjustable which is a nice touch!
The shoulder straps are fully adjustable, and I would say they’re slightly more stretchy than the average bra strap. It fastens at the back with three sets of two hooks and eyes (in my size – I think in larger sizes they have three hooks and eyes).
I also got the matching high waisted knickers – these have matching side and back panels with the same stretch lace used in the bra, and a panel of shiny, satin-feel, opaque stretch fabric at the front.
Size, fit & comfort
I chose the BM Bibi bra in a 65FF, a cup size smaller than my usual Ewa Michalak size. I’ve always found a 65G to be an excellent fit for me in their padded styles. The BM is unpadded though and the listing (as well as the team at Ewa Michalak) recommended that I size down, and this was a very good decision!
The bra fits me absolutely perfectly – I couldn’t want a better fit! The cups are smooth across my fuller-on-top breasts, they’re well-filled and the band is adequately tight and comfortable. The wires too are just the right width for me, being narrower than most UK brands.
Technically the 65FF equates to a 30FF in UK sizing, so the sizing I chose is something to bear in mind if you’re looking at unpadded Ewa Michalaks – I normally wear a 28GG/30G for reference (and I tend to find Ewa Michalak’s 65 bands to fit close enough to a 28 that they fit me really well).
The briefs are a size 38 and are a very good fit. They sit below my natural waist at just below my belly button, so I’d call them deep briefs rather than true high waist, but they’re very comfortable. The only issue I’ve had is that after (admittedly!) several wears, I put my thumb through the delicate lace in one place while pulling them on, so they do need a bit of care!