Hey guys! I have a fluid mechanics test coming up on Monday, so you know that means it’s time for me to write a new post 😛 My favorite form of procrastination!
So what prompted me to write this was realizing that my PL Mak, which when I first received it almost 3 months ago, was a little too big without the push up pads in place, now fits perfectly without them. Picture evidence:
This is one of the reasons Ewa Michalak really meets my needs. Maybe the pictures don’t show it as well as I can see it, but this bra is much more full now than it was at the beginning of January. I don’t know if it was tissue migration, the fact that I’m only 19 and could well be experiencing breast growth still, or something else, but I love that with Ewa I can order a size up from what my “safe” choice would be and I don’t have to worry about it much. I also love that now that this bra doesn’t gape without pads, I can use them just for extra cleavage when I feel like it (and if I’m being honest, I always feel like it!). So yeah. If you know your boobs are growing (mine seem to have been growing steadily since around last April), ordering a cup size up in an Ewa Michalak bra that comes with removable pads is a good plan. I know that before I got this bra, I was having to buy a new bra in a higher cup size ever 3 months or so. I just do not have the money for that! I got three months out of this bra with the pads, so hopefully I’ll get at least three months out of it without the pads before it is just all around too small. That will still be twice the average life span of my bras prior to this.
The “other stuff” I mentioned in the title is just this little thought I had inspired by the semi-controversial Bras I Hate & Love post about using +2 instead of +0. I personally disagree, but to me it also doesn’t matter that much what the starting point is because I’m going to end up just telling everyone to do what’s comfortable for them, and +0 is just more logical to me than +2 (I personally find it much easier to tell if a band is too small than if it’s too big) but that isn’t what my thought was about.
After reading the post, naturally I tried on a few bras to see if I was falling victim to the very tight band look that she had going on in 28 bands. When I saw that picture, it looked very uncomfortable! I thought, “Surely my back doesn’t look like that! Wouldn’t I have noticed?”. Then, she mentions strained hooks as a symptom of a too small band. And my super comfortable, perfectly fitted (in my opinion) PL Mak has strained hooks! So today I took a picture of what my back looked like in it, to see if it was indeed too small.
The hooks do appear strained, though not nearly as strained as the ones on the 28 bands in her post, but I don’t get the corset-like compression she describes. I think my back here does look similar to her well fitted 30s (it’s hard to see what the hooks in her well fitted bras look like because her example is a darker bra and it’s a rather dark photo).
But the hooks on this bra do look pulled out when I take it off. But the more I looked at all my bras… all of my hooks look strained.
So, yeah. Obviously the PL Mak is the most pulled, as it is the smallest of the bands shown. But it’s also the only one that doesn’t ride up and move around. The 28J Tease Me stretches to 32″, far above my underbust measurement of 28.5″, but still shows signs of strain and pulling out. Even on the 34DD, the hooks I usually wore the bra on are pulled further out and show some strain (compared to the first pair of hooks which I don’t think I ever used), though obviously they show the least strain, since that band stretches to ~36″.
Basically I’m not sure that for everyone, strained hooks is a sign of a too small band. Two of these bras are definitely too LARGE in the band for me and the hooks are still pulled. Also when you look at how the back of the PL Mak fits me, I don’t think it looks too small. It has the normal amount of bubbling underneath the band, but none from the top, but the hooks strain. But I can pull it around 3″ away from my body, and it’s perfectly comfortable to me.
I guess ultimately it doesn’t matter. If your hooks strain but the bra is comfortable to you, wear it. I keep worrying that I’m wearing my band too tight, after reading about reversed letterphobia and the Bras I Hate & Love post, and I keep doubting myself. But then I remember that I have multiple bras in a 30 band that lay unused in my drawer because I can’t even leave the house without pulling the band back down to the correct level. I wish I could wear a 30 though! So many more options!
The other “other stuff” that I’ll go ahead and mention again, in case you don’t follow me on Facebook, is that I’ve made a couple purchases relevant to the blog! I bought the Small Red dress from Urkye in a 36oo/ooo and the Carmen bra and Carmen stringi from Comexim in a 65L and a size large. I’m in between sizes at Urkye, and in hindsight feel like I should’ve gone for the 38oo/ooo for the extra boob room (my bust measurement is too large for any of the size 36 clothes), but whatever. I’ll just wear shapewear and hope for the best on the boobs, since it’s made from stretchy fabric. The Comexim bra is going to be an iffy fit, because I bought it in what’s essentially a 30HH. I hear the bands run tight sometimes, and would rather have a slightly too large band than an unwearable one, so I went up a band size. Nowadays I think I’m a 28JJ (I think?!?!?!), and therefore would’ve needed a 30J, but the Carmen doesn’t come in a larger cup size, and it’s sooooo sexy… I couldn’t pass it up! And honestly, all my bras aside from the Mak are too big in the band and too small in the cup, and that doesn’t stop me from wearing them, and that won’t stop me from wearing Carmen assuming all else looks good.
Hopefully you guys don’t mind my hodge-podge post! Haha I just had a little to say about a lot of things. Also, how would you guys feel if I branched the blog out to other things (makeup, shoes, non-busty-specific clothing, general woman-with-curves things, delicious recipes?). I don’t really have enough money to do bra reviews very often, and now that I’m kind of buying exclusively from Poland, there isn’t much selection for me either. Let me know what y’all think!
Branching out is nice. It makes blogging seem more human, with varied interests.
I like the hodgepodge post! I am super ADD and sometimes get bored of long posts that just stick to one subject. I actually read your post all the way through which does not happen on many other blogs.
I wish you luck with fluid mechanics (it’s a crazy stuff AFAIK).
I agree with you on hooks subject: sometimes they pooled because of weight of the breasts, not because of wrong size (but if breasts are pretty much self-supportive then it’s a whole different story). And I think that too tight band/too large cup is definitely easy to eliminate, so it’s easier to start from there.
Branching out sounds like a good idea.
I think your bras fit. I have bras that are too big (and literally ride up) and the hooks are strained. I think to some extent it comes down to construction.
Also, the PL Mak looks like a completely different bra now!
Ok, I’m glad I have that reassurance! I agree it’s construction sometimes, and another commenter mentioned it could just be from the weight of boobs. Perhaps if I was wearing the same band size but with smaller boobs my hooks would be less strained.
And I know, right?! This is why I always err on the side of too large when I’m buying new bras haha. I don’t know when my boobs will stop growing (I haven’t gained any weight!) but I just do not have the time or money to keep replacing them, so I really appreciate the removable padding in Ewa Michalak bras.
Great post, thanks! I’m still waiting on what will hopefully be my first properly fitting Ewas in 60L, and am looking at trying Comexim in 65M, so roughly the same sizing strategy… Reeeeally hoping I do it correctly. I wish yours were already here so you could do a sizing comparison! I’m planning a big Comexim post whenever I do get mine, so let me know if you’d be interested in chiming in maybe. 🙂 I’d love to have another voice. Or else I can just link to whatever post you make, of course!
I totally agree with your views on the hooks pulling out! Nearly all of my bras do that, even the ones I feel are too loose on me and not as supportive or comfortable. I was super nervous after reading that same post that my bras were too tight. They also leave red marks but so do my bands that are 4″ larger so I feel like for me that again doesn’t mean my band is too tight. I once had one band that was too tight and I couldn’t breathe so I feel like you ought to know when it is too tight as it would be too uncomfortable. I feel like as long as you’re comfortable, feel supported, and have the proper fit it doesn’t make a huge difference what band size you’re in.