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Lingerie Review: Ava “Ines” in 70I

24 Apr

Ava is one of those brands, which I quite rarely review but every time I do, their bras pretty much fit me like a glove. Their availability is not as good as with some other Polish brands such as Kris Line or Ewa Michalak but I am fortunate to live in the same city where the Lumingerie lingerie online store is based – so I have access to many Polish brands that are carried nowhere else in Finland! I popped in at the Lumingerie storage to say hi to the lovely owners, and Mervi decided to put together a bag of goodies for me, the sweetheart she is. This particular set has been very much on demand, so if you see your size on the web store, grab it while you can (psst, they also offer free delivery within EU)!

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The Design: The Ines is a non-padded balconette style which reminds me a lot of Panache and Cleo bras – in fact, it’s something that Panache and Cleo would create if they made a love child together. What I mean by this, is that the shape of the bra is beautifully rounded as with most Cleo signature balconettes but the construction is a bit more elaborate to offer a tiny bit more support, especially around outer breast area. The cut of the bra is called “Side Support Bra” at the website but it is still not too full-coverage which is something you would typically expect from a Panache bra.

The style of the Ines set is quite young and hip yet sexy – the leopard is still very much on trend and the black/raspberry colour combo keeps it sassy. The stretchier lace upper panel compliments the bra beautifully and brings together the four-piece cup construction.

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The Fit: When buying Ava bras, you need to remember that their cups run on the bigger side. I would actually go as far as saying they run exactly one cup size big, as my usual European bra size is 70J and this bra fits me very well in 70I. The cups are still very spacious and could perhaps even endure some period size fluctuation. The band is firm in 70 and is rather something between UK 30 and 32 than a solid 32. To be frank, the Ava 70 band is a perfect fit for me: I am exactly between 30 and 32 with Panache and the Ava 32 (70) band is just snug enough to feel comfortable yet sturdy on my body.

The cups of the Ines are quite deep as you would expect from a Polish bra. However, the underwires are not particularly narrow, which is something you need to consider if you like your wires are narrow as eg with the likes of Ewa Michalak. I would say The Ava wires are quite close to Samanta and Ewa Bien wires, which is a rather good width for me personally.

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Comfort: The way I see it, there are two ways to judge if a bra is comfortable enough for everyday wear: A) after the “breaking-in period” (the few times when you wear the bra for a first time and then wash it) it shouldn’t “feel” too much while wearing it, and B) it stays put when you are active. The Ines ticks both of the boxes, especially the latter! Don’t get me wrong – you will totally feel it when you wear it for the first few times and the centre gore especially tacks my sternum very firmly. However, the bra does “loosen up” a bit after a few wears and thus becomes more comfy over time. The sturdiness is still there though – this bra lifts heavy! It stays and feels supportive no matter what, which is a sign of a well-thought-out full-bust bra.

The Ines hooks at the back with three hooks and eyes in the bigger sizes and features fully adjustable straps which is always a great feature regarding comfort. This means the bra can be adjusted no matter the shape or the size of a person wearing it. It also comes quite high on my armpits but as the materials are not scratchy, I actually enjoy it as it means my breast tissues near the armpit area is fully encased.

The Ines bra comes with two different types of panties – regular short-style knickers and a thong. Obviously, I went for the shorts, as I like my panties to cover a bit more and feel comfy no matter what. My only issue with the knickers is that they are cut quite small – I thought I would be fine with size Medium as my size hasn’t changed for the bigger in many months but it appears, that Ava does run very small with their knickers. Sure, I can wear the Mediums but I wonder if the Large would have been a more flattering look. That thought in itself feels peculiar to me as I usually still wear Small-Medium with all other brands!

As mentioned in the beginning of the post, this set is flying off the shelves, so if you want to get your mittens on it, don’t wait! You can find the English website for Lumingerie here. The Ines bra (65-105 D-L) costs an affordable 39€ and the cute panties (S-XXXL) 19€.

Suomeksi: Heippa kaikille! Pitkästä aikaa laitan tulemaan myös suomennosta postaukseen, koska tämän postauksen tuotteet on sponssannut ihana kotimainen alusvaateverkkokauppa Lumingerie. Lumingerien varastohan sijaitsee täällä meikäneidin kotikaupungissa Oulussa, joten välillä piipahdan siellä ihan vain kahvittelemassa ja ihailemassa sesongin uutuksia. Tälläkään kertaa en lähtenyt kotiin tyhjin käsiin, vaan mukaan tarttui Avan ihanan pinkki leopardi-kuosinen “Ines” setti, jonka Lumingerie lahjoitti minulle arvostelua varten. 

Ava onkin minulle jo tuttu niiltä ajoilta, kun olin viimeksi kesätöissä Lumingeriella ja muistelin heidän mitoituksensa olevan hieman reilumpaa kuppien suhteen. Muistini ei pettänyt minua vaan niinpä koon 70J sijasta mukaan lähtikin 70I, joka vastaa brittien koissa n. 32G:tä. Puolalaiset merkit ovatkin tunnettuja hieman syvemmistä kupeistaan mutta myös tiukemmista ympäryksistään, joten vaikka moni brittimerkki istuu minulle myös koossa 30H (65H), niin tämä kaunokainen on aivan riittävän tukeva jo 70-ympäryksessä. Ympärysnauha on myös ihanan leveä, joten se tukee hyvin aivan arkikäytössä.

Alushousuja tähän settiin löytyy kahta mallia: stringiä ja tavallista boy short-mallia. Meikäläisen mantra on “Mitä mummompi, sen parempi”, mitä alkkareihin tulee, joten tiedätte varmaan kummat mulla lähti matkaan. Näissä kannattaa myös kiinnittää huomiota kokolappuun: puolalaisten pikkarikoot on aikas niukkoja, joten suosittelen ottamaan ainakin koon isommat tämän merkin kohdalla. Mun kooksi valikoitui M, mutta veikkaan että L:kään ei olisi ollut hassumpi. 

Tätä settiä ei ole enää montaa jäljellä, joten jos hyvinistuva, kaunis ja vieläpä edullinen alusvaatesetti kiinnostaa, nyt kannattaa katsoa vieläkö omaa kokoasi olisi jäljellä. Rintsikat löydät (koot 65-105 D-L) täältä ja alushousut (S-XXXL) puolestaan täältä. Lumingeriella postikulut, vaihdot ja palautukset on ilmaisia, joten jos merkki ei ole vielä tuttu, voi liivejä tilata vaikka parissa eri koossa ja laittaa vääränkokoiset takaisin!

Ava Lingerie – A Quick Overview / Pikainen katsaus Avan malleihin

3 Aug

As many of you have noticed I am on a bit of quest to find the best of Polish lingerie – and have already found so many wonderful brands and styles to try on and review. Today I will overview a few styles from a Polish lingerie brand called Ava. This brand offers great basics and lovely lacy styles for women with small and big busts. Ava offers different styles to suit a variety of shapes and sizes which makes it a great option for many girls on a tighter budget. I am wearing a 70I in these bras (32G in UK sizes) and I would suggest everyone to size up in the band and stick with your regular cup size. The sizes go up to EU J-cup.

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This style is called Orne and it’s a basic blush beige bra by Ava. When looking at the stock photos Orne wasn’t something I would have jumped up and down for, but when I got it on, I truly fell in love with it. The look is great for everyday and the colour is more blush pink than beige actually. I really like the cup construction as it gives me tons of lift and a lovely curved shape. The upper material of the bra is stretch lace which is great for accommodating a-symmetrical boobs. The bra is also very pretty – it would probably be one of my safest choices under light-coloured clothing. 

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This style doesn’t have a name decided by Ava but at Lumingerie (where I got to try on these bras) we decided to go for the name “Pearl”. It’s Ava’s basic strapless style that is also great option for brides as it’s an off-white colour and features some lovely rhinestones and lace. I personally am not a big fan of the shape but it’s not the worst I can get – it actually reminds me of the “Evie” by Panache which is very popular style for a strapless. The band features silicone strips to keep the bra from shifting downwards.

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Blois is a nursing bra with underwires and drop cups. I think it’s a pretty boss option for those looking for a comfortable good-looking wired nursing bra. The bra felt great on and features a cotton lining inside the cups to make them as comfortable as possible. The drop cup is easy to use with a single hand and the cups are quite stretchy to accommodate size fluctuation. Of course, I am not a mother yet but if I were, this would definitely be a bra on my shopping list.

What do you think of Ava and their styles? Which one would you like to try on? Let me know in the comments! xx

Disclosure: I tried on these bras at Lumingerie where I worked for the summer. This does not affect my opinion on the bras and I simply wanted to show them to you here on my blog. I was not compensated for this post.

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Suomeksi: Olin töissä Lumingeriella tämän kesän ja saimme varastolle testiin muutaman mallin Avan liivejä. Ava on puolalainen alusvaatebrändi, joka valmistaa hyvinistuvia malleja naisille, jotka shoppailevat hieman tiukemmalla budjetilla. Ylläolevissa kuvissa teille olisi pientä maistiaista siitä, mitä malleja Lumingeriella on valikoimissa ja on vielä tulossa valikoimaan Avalta. Kaikkia malleja kokeilin koossa 70I, joka vastaa UK-kokoa 32G. Suosittelisin siis jokaista kokeilemaan rinnakkaiskokoa isommalla ympäryksellä, sillä ympärykset Avan liiveissä ovat tiukahkot. Kokoja on tarjolla EU J-kuppiin asti,

Kokeilin kolmea eri mallia: Ornea, Pearlia ja Bloisia. Kaikki mallit istuivat hyvin samassa koossa, joten epäloogisuus eri mallien välillä ei pitäisi olla ongelma näitten liivien kanssa. 

Omaksi lemppariksi muodostui ehdottomasti Orne – ihana perusliivi vaaleiden vaatteiden alle. Väri on enemmänkin puuterinen pinkki kuin beige, eli näyttää hieman nätimmältä kuin perus beiget mummoliivit. Myös muoto oli todella kiva – oikein tuettu ja melko luonnollinen. Parasta liivissä oli kuitenkin sen rinnan muotoa myötäilevä pitsi – tällä on helppo tasoittaa rintojen välisiä kokoeroja!

Toisena liivinä kokeilin olkaimentonta Pearlia, joka on oiva vaihtoehto niin morsiamille kuin muille valkoisten liivien ystäville. Muoto ei välttämättä ole se pyörein mutta liivit tuntuivat tukevilta yllä ja pysyivät hyvin päällä silikoni-nauhojensa vuoksi.

Viimeisessä kuvassa kaarituellinen imetysliivi Blois. Blois tuntui todella mukavalta päällä ja antoi rinnoille ihanan pyöreän muodon sekä riittävästi peittävyyttä. Liivi on varustettu avattavilla kupeilla sekä vuorattu pehmeällä puuvillalla taatakseen parhaimman käyttömukavuuden. Itsellä ei vielä lapsia ole mutta mielestäni vaikuttaa oikein hyvältä vaihtoehdoilta imettäville äideille, jotka haluavat kaarituellisen imetysliivin!

Mitäs mieltä te olette Avan malleista? Löytyykö jotain, mitä voisitte itsekin kokeilla! Heittäkäähän kommentia tuonne boksiin! 🙂

HUOM: Kokeilin näitä liivejä töissä Lumingeriella mutta en omista niistä yhtään antaakseni tarkempia tietoja esim. käyttömukavuudesta. Työskentelyni Lumingeriella ei vaikuta mielipiteeseeni liiveistä vaan halusin esitellä ne teille omasta tahdostani blogissani. Minua ei ole kompensoitu postauksesta.

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