Lingerie Review: Ewa Bien B132 “Fantasi” in 65E

17 Jul

In the full-bust industry you rarely bump into anything truly different – the last time that happened to me was when Playful Promises launched their D+ collection last winter. When Ewa Bien sent me their new SS16 catalog I was super excited for one style in particular – the Fantasi. Even though I could not wear any of their bras as I am just outside the size range, I knew I needed to see this beauty on someone – so I practically told Jo this is a set she needed to review, no discussion of it. Luckily, she agreed with me that this was something super unique and the whole thing was settled! Here’s how we liked the B132 Fantasi in Black… *Diclosure: This bra was generously provided by Ewa Bien. All opinions are our own!*

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The Design: The B132 Fantasi is a soft non-padded balconette bra which is made out of a thin embroided fabric with a touch of heavy black strapping and piping. This cage-style bra shows under almost any top or a dress, so it is definitely not for the faint-hearted! The cups are also completely see-through which may be a downside for some – but then again, if you minded see-through cups, you probably wouldn’t be opting for this set anyways!

The cups of the soft balconette are constructed of two parts that connect with one vertical seam. This is very common structure in smaller sizes when it comes to balconette constructions but can also be made in bigger cups, like with this Avocado bra I recently reviewed. This style of balconette gives two cakes on a plate -style cleavage and leaves room for fuller breast tissue at the top. This style is a bit too open at the top for Jo, but it still looks fantastic, especially as a boudoir piece.

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The Fit: We first requested the Fantasi in 65F just like with the other Ewa Bien bras we have reviewed so far. However, this one ran a whole cup size large, so we ended up swapping it for 65E which is a rough equivalent to 30DD in UK sizes. This is a size Jo wears with Gossard, so it’s safe to say you need to size down in the cups with this particular style. The shape of the cups is very open at the top too, which is not ideal for Jo’s full-on-bottom breasts and still leaves the cups gaping a bit. This bra is meant for more “night-out”  purposes, so this was not a huge issue, but if you are more FOB and looking for an everyday bra, you might want to skip the B132 shape altogether.

The bra band of the B132 Fantasi on the other hand was a bit firmer than with the previous Ewa Bien styles Jo tried. This was a positive surprise, as Jo is very petite and usually would require a 28-band instead of 30. However, it is still a bit loose on her and if there were an option of 28/60 band, she would definitely want to go for that. The wires of the B132 were quite perfect for Jo though, which makes this bra a better fit for her that it otherwise would be. There is also just the right amount of space at the bottom of the cups, so I would say this bra is perfect for those with a narrow-to-average breast root and breasts that are evenly full allover.

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Comfort: As the B132 Fantasi is a completely see-through style with a thin yet sturdy cup material, it is an ideal bra for the hottest of summer months. The elastics that form the caging on the decolletage are very stretchy and move around easily with the body and the metal parts are high quality, so no itchiness there at all either. The straps are fully adjustable, which is always an upside especially if you have a longer or shorter than average torso length. As said before, the wires are also just the right length for Jo, which is always a big factor when it comes to your bra’s comfort level.

The bottoms are very innovative with a strappy kind of styling and a higher rise that reaches the middle of what we call the “cookie pouch”. I would have personally preferred them a bit higher if I was wearing them, but Jo really enjoyed them this way as well. All of the Ewa Bien panties we both have tried have come up quite small so that is something I would consider hard when opting for you panty size – especially with a style like this, which may create some bulges on the hips if you are wearing a too-small size. Jo is wearing a size Small in the pics and she usually goes for XS with most brands, so go at least a size up with the bottoms, if not two (especially with more rigid materials, such as rigid mesh). Overall the set is a comfortable and beautiful ensemble, which may not be your most practical for work etc, but suits perfectly your date nights, girls-nights-out and boudoir occasions.

The Fantasi set can be bought on Ewa Bien online store and the bra (sizes 65-80 B-G) will set you back at 199 pzl, the strappy bottoms (S-XL) retail for 105 pzl. In total it makes about 70€ which is a reasonable price for such a gorgeous set! What do you think of risque styles like this – see-through cups and all? Let me know in the comments! xx

6 Responses to “Lingerie Review: Ewa Bien B132 “Fantasi” in 65E”

  1. Sewing for Cat People July 17, 2016 at 10:12 pm #

    Oh wow! This is amazing, I now need this in my life! I love see-though cups and the cage detailing.

    Can I ask what size you’d recommend for someone who wears a 30F in playful promiese. A 30E? or a 32DD?

    • Sophie July 17, 2016 at 10:31 pm #

      I would say you would fit best in a 65F or 65G with this style as these are EU sizes:) that would be equivalent to 30E or 30F in UK size but as I personally feel Playful Promises run a bit big in the cup, I would probably go for the 65G with Ewa Bien. However, it also depends on your shape! Do you have more breast tissue on top or bottom of your breasts? If you are more full on bottom 65F may be enough for you, if you are fuller on top the 65G would probably be the right choice. Hope this helps! xx

      • Sewing for Cat People July 17, 2016 at 10:35 pm #

        That is so helpful! Thank you so much!

  2. thepetitecollegiate July 18, 2016 at 12:31 am #

    Oh my goodness, I need this set in my life! It’s completely stunning. Do you happen to know if Ewa Bien ship stateside?

    • Stef August 31, 2016 at 5:55 pm #

      They do ship to the US, directly through their website. They answer almost immediately and will provide you with a shipping quote if you message them through their Facebook page. It’s called “Ewa Bien producent ekskluzywnej bielizny.” There is a US distributor in Lake Mary, FL that sells the Ewa Bien brand as well. The website is rebelromanceshop.com. Since she’s in the middle of selling out the spring/summer collection and adding in the new fall/winter colection, you’ll find that her Ebay site has a much larger selection right now that includes the Fantasi styles. If you search Ewa Bien on Ebay, it’ll pop right up. The name of her Ebay shop is Flirtysexythings.

  3. Nádia Sepúlveda August 25, 2016 at 9:36 pm #

    I fell completely in love with this set…wow!!! It’s truly different, like you said, those sheer lacey cups, the straps…oh my! Need to try Ewa Bien designs some day!

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    Nádia
    My Fashion Insider

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