So, since Ewa Michalak announced today that they would no longer be making below a 65 band (no idea if this is temporary or not, obviously I’m hoping temporary!), I’ve seen a lot of questions going around about Comexim, wondering if they could take Ewa’s place for custom band sizes.
I haven’t personally tried ordering anything custom from them, but I’ve read of them creating a higher center gore, lowering cup height (I might do that one next time I order from them!), and even making 26 bands. I haven’t seen the direct evidence for any of these customizations other than the higher gore, but to me it seems that it’s worth asking.
So, if you’re interested in Comexim, how do you determine what size to buy in them, and how do you order?
The way that I determined my size in Comexim was by taking my UK size, 28JJ, and realizing that a JJ cup is the 14th cup. Then I counted 14 cups down on Comexim’s chart, and (keeping my usual band size) came to the conclusion that I would need a 60N.
And then I ignored this conclusion and bought a 65L because I really wanted the Carmen and it didn’t come in a 60N. But after trying it, I know that 60N would definitely be my correct size in Comexim!
Ordering was pretty easy for me, though I have heard stories of other women who have a hard time getting their emails answered. I initially emailed them asking if they could ship to the US, because I wasn’t able to check out through the website due to my address. They said yes, but that I’d have to order through email, and then would pay through Paypal. I told them what I would like, and they sent a Paypal invoice. My only complaint with the ordering process is that after I paid, it took two weeks for my items just to leave the warehouse. I’m not sure why, or if this is the standard for them, but I had already received the Urkye order that I made on the same day before the Comexim order even shipped.
Comexim doesn’t have an English speaking customer service person, as far as I’m aware, so use simple language that Google translate will be able to work out for you! Keep things short and sweet for simplicity’s sake. However, even with the language barrier, I have never received any emails that came across as harsh or rude from them.
How does Comexim compare to Ewa Michalak?
I would say the bands fit similarly true to size, with the occasional variance that you find in all brands. The wires are about half an inch narrower than Ewa Michalak’s CH style, and a quarter inch narrower than my PL. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but it can really make a huge difference once the bra is on (as seen in my post about “Strapgate”). The straps are set much narrower than either Ewa Michalak bra, which I greatly appreciated when first trying them on.
Side by side comparison, showing difference in wire width and cup height under the arm.
Comparison of straps from the front.
The shape Comexim gives me is not quite as round as Ewa Michalak, but still very nice and I actually probably prefer it to the perfectly round look. The projection is similar to the PL from Ewa Michalak, but is definitely less than the CH (as illustrated in the picture below). When looking at the picture, remember that the PL is two whole cup sizes larger than my Comexim bra, and the CH is one cup size bigger, so that will definitely have in affect on the perceived projection. If the bras were in the same size, I would venture to say that Comexim might have more projection than the PL, but since they are not quite the same, it’s impossible to say for sure.
Sorry for the blurry picture – hastily taken by my phone camera!
As of right now, Comexim does offer fewer shape variations than Ewa Michalak, but for those in need of 26 bands, they might be the new only option. And with theoretical customizations such as increased center gore height and lowered cup height, hopefully everyone can find a Comexim that works for them. And who knows, in the future, as their business grows, we may see more than just padded plunges coming from Comexim as well. Until then, as long as their padded plunges look like this, I’m not complaining!
All this being said, Comexim is not a “magic brand” just as Ewa Michalak is not a “magic brand”. No one brand will be able to fit everyone perfectly! But for those who are now sized out of Ewa Michalak, and are in need of narrow wires, Comexim is a definite option (also, their 60/28 bands are returnable 🙂 ).