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Polish Lingerie 101: Cleavage


 I found it nearly impossible to keep myself from comparing the British full bust brands with the Polish ones I encountered. It was the biggest challenge of my trip and I believe it's an easy mistake to make when ordering internationally. If we approach these producers as if they're the British brands in disguise, we will continually be disappointed, frustrated, and confused. The British brands preach a singular and consistent message about correct bra fitting, proper breast appearance, and technical construction. It's inevitable that their devoted converts -- and I count myself as one! -- would want to apply their mandates to other lingerie cultures. However, if we remove our familiar conceptions of how these companies should be, we can understand Polish lingerie in it's own context.  So, here's the first mistake I made and the first section of our class, Polish lingerie 101:


For example, I definitely packed my beloved Amelie.
I thought I had packed my most seductive sets to wear and by the time I left, I thought my favorite bras made me look like someone's busty grandmother. The Polish brands told me repeatedly that their bras were made to offer lift from the bottom, a push from the sides into the middle, and a rounded shape. When I heard this explanation the first time, I thought, "Uh yeah, aren't all bras supposed to do that?". Hahahaha, how naive I was!

Cake action. Samanta Modesta 351
I've never seen my boobs look higher or more centered. In fittings, I kept laughing incredulously, grabbing my chest with both hands, and half articulating my awe ("My boobs! Amazing! They've never..! Incredible!"). When I calmed down enough to speak in whole sentences, several companies and store owners explained that Polish women love the "cakes on a plate" cleavage that half cups provide. Instead of the Victoria Secret's pushed close look, women overwhelming want their breasts up and presented. One representative told me that the name of this cleavage in Polish translates to "buffet". Accurate, no?

Thoughts? Which type of cleavage do you like better -- buffet or pushed together? I'm partial to the cake look myself, as the other type makes me gross & sweaty.

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  1. I definitely prefer the Polish look. Not only does it fit my shape significantly better (I often get more gaping underneath the straps or find the wires too wide in British brands) but I find I like the appearance so much more. I had how wide British brands tend to make my breasts look. Also, considering that I normally wear mostly shirts/dresses from Poland, Polish bras go best with them!

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    1. Hey June, after my trip, I would say I'm completely in agreement with you. In terms of the fit, there weren't any bras bothering me on the side. This may sound superficial, but I really, really liked how these bras made my boobs look. And I'll have to check out the Polish top + Polish bra combination...

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  2. I prefer the "cake" look, but I like it best when the bra pushes the breast toward the chest more (like Ewa Michalak HP bras). I'm not too partial to projected boobs, I prefer a more compact shape. In fact, I probably just prefer very subtle or no cleavage generally speaking haha.

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    1. I know, everyone likes something different and that's why it's wonderful that we have such amazing options to choose from. When I first got there, I was uncomfortable with the cleavage too, but after several fittings where women were celebrating it, I got into it. But don't worry, the posts will have a bunch of different styles. :)

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  3. I love the cake look. This is why my Rhea and Delphi are my favourites (other than them being so comfy!) :D

    p/s: What size are you wearing in that white bra? How much is it?

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    1. Hey Slique, I'm a cake girl too. The size I'm wearing is a 65G and there will be more information about the Samanta brand overall in their profile post.

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    2. Looking forward to it! :D

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  4. Fascinating post. Most definitely, the Polish aesthetic is different than any other. For myself, I MUCH prefer the UK shape (of course, there are many UK shapes but you know what I mean). The whole boobs on a plate thing, while utterly appealing on a variety of levels - who doesn't love insanely lifted, centred breasts?, is distracting IMO. I mean, in one of those bras, I wouldn't be able to stop looking at my boobs - how would anyone else?? :-) I have never bought an EW bra - though I read all the positive reviews with interest - because I already have very deep, front-and-centre shape to my breasts. I can imagine, in a Polish shape, they might be at the door a good 30 seconds before the rest of me.

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  5. Where oh where can I get that Samanta Modesta?!

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  6. Very interesting! I have very bottom-heavy splayed breasts so don't really get a 'cake' look even from Ewa Michalak. I also don't really get the pushed-close look either.

    However, I'd say it depends on whatever else I'm wearing! A deep v-neck probably won't show off 'cake' as much as pushed close, if that's what one's going for.

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  7. I've emailed Samanta and they said they're working on finding a way for me to buy the Modesta. Hooray! My only problem is with sizing. Can I ask what size you were wearing in that bra vs your typical Panache/Cleo/Masquerade size? In all the Panache brands I'm 32G or 34FF. What do you think I'd wear in the Samanta Modesta? I'd hate to have to go through all of this and have to return it, but I really want that bra!

    Thank you!

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    1. Hey Allison, my detailed guide to the constructions available from Samanta will be coming out in the next few days so you might want to wait a wee bit to order. In tighter Panache styles, like the Cleo Marcie...I'm a 30FF. In the picture, I'm wearing a size 65G.

      The catalog I have offers the following size range for the Modesta #351: 65 CDEFG, 70 BCDEFG, 75 ABCDEF, 80 BCDE, and 85 BCD.

      The style # above, 351, is described in their catalog as an occasional bra or one meant for smaller breasts. However, the 351 is part of a larger collection. The Modesta group has six different bra constructions and four different underwear options. If you wanted the same details -- embroidery, bows on the straps -- maybe another model would work. If you preferred the "buffet" look, then they do make a pushed-from-the-bottom padded style with more size availability.

      Gah, I hope that helps! :)

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    2. Thanks, that does help, although I'm disappointed. I just figured since the bras you wear usually come in my size, these would too. Bummer! I guess I'd be wearing an 80H (or possibly G since I can also wear some 32FF bras). I was looking at their catalogue online and I can't see it well enough to figure out which styles are the pushed-from-the bottom ones. Any ideas?

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    3. Hey Allison, not to worry! My general guide to Samanta's styles will be coming out today, with complete size availability and company descriptions of what those products offer. Because you're right, it's damn hard to figure out from their website what might be going on! I'm here to help...Promise. :)

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    4. You know, I realize this is more complicated than I thought. I have a Freya Jolie plunge that fits very well and it's a 30G. The tag says it's an 80G in France but a 65G in the EU (which seems to be the Polish size). I may just be a 65G or a 70G. Hmm... This is crazy!!

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  8. I actually like the cakes on a plate a little more because I feel like you can usually get more anchorage in the center from those styles so you don't feel like you'll spill out of the middle if you need to bend over or move a lot. I hope that UK manufacturers catch on to this style of manufacturing soon!

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  9. I'm terribly jealous :).

    Did you by chance notice who had the widest/narrowest cups?

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  10. I love the cakes on a plate/buffet (awesome, am adopting this) look, because really I feel that anything else makes me look matronly and wide. Poland FTW, I say. Oh, and you look FABULOUS in that white bra. Seriously.

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  11. Even though I'm 28GG, I can't really achieve cleavage easily either way because my boobs aren't very firm or dense at all. BUT I like what little cleavage I can get from the 'buffet' look much better because it feels like they're held more firmly and I like it when they're higher up.

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