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Full Bust Lingerie Review: Ewa Michalak CHP Gazeta


In the nearly two years I've been blogging, I've never experienced anything like the CHP Gazeta's debut. I've been around for a lot of exciting changes too -- Claudette's launch, Freya's introduction of 28" bands to the Deco, Wacoal's purchase of the Eveden brands, the infancy of Curvy Kate's "Star in a Bra" competition, and of course, Cleo's long awaited swimwear. But there hasn't been one set,  announcement, or size extension that rivals the release of Ewa Michalak's CHP Gazeta and it's easy to see why. The Gazeta is the year's most original design, it's a unique move even for the daredevil designer behind it, and judging by the outpouring of anticipation and enthusiasm online, many women have been longing for such an unusually fun print.  I've received more questions about this set than any other product I've written about so at long last, (drumroll, please) here are my thoughts:



The Gazeta's spellbinding power originates with it's singular newspaper print, but that's not where it's visual appeal ends. The print itself looks ripped out of the 1930s rather than today's New York Times, features irregularly sized type and a glossy polka dotted finish. Many designers would've been content to stop experimenting after they found such a novelty and feel satisfied that the print alone would sell the product. However, Ewa Michalak isn't like most designers and uses equally interesting details to underscore the set's themes. The graphic black lines atop the wires and seams reference the thick font of old headlines, the oversize red bows and hearts add flirtatious contrast to the otherwise monotone color scheme while the black ruffles and garter-like tabs hint at burlesque costumes. I believe that lingerie design is an art form like any other and the best lingerie evokes a particular time, place, and mood. I'm impressed by how confidently the Gazeta succeeds in doing so.


On the Gazeta's product page, there's a small warning that it runs tighter in the band than previous CHP styles and I've received several inquiries about how firm it really is. I've never tried a CHP before so in comparison to previous versions, I don't know how it measures up. However, I felt the Gazeta was in line with the other Ewa Michalak bras I've worn recently and like the S Bambino or the SM Margot, the 65 cm band was just right when I'm usually a 28" from British manufacturers. If you've sized down in other CHPs in the past, I think that's unnecessary with the Gazeta. My usual Ewa Michalak padded size (65G) was ideal. Although, when it comes to the matching bottoms, I would be better off with a larger size in both the thong and brief. I'm usually a 38 and that's what I'm wearing in the photographs, but they pinched my softer bits.


After trying a CHP for the first time, I'm hooked. I purchased the previous half cup styles two years ago and I wasn't completely content with either the HP or CH cuts so I'm very, very happy to see the hybrid CHP fit so well. The sides are just right, they don't pinch or dig in, and the wires sit comfortably and grab all of my tissue. The silhouette -- as always with Ewa Michalak bras! -- is wonderfully round, if slightly more minimizing in profile than the S cuts. With the CH and HP styles, I had the most trouble through the top of the cups because one left me too loose and the other was too restrictive. However, the CHP Gazetka left me with a nice decolletage (the neckline reminded me of the Parfait Charlotte!) and a reassuring sense of anchorage.

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  1. I gave up on finding proper bras years ago because they didn't exist, then did exist and I was broke and they were ugly, then I went through 2 babies and a whole lotta boob...then divorce...etc. So while I knew better, I'd given up. Finally started down path of finding bras that fit and thus far it seems panache is too wide, but cleo and freya fit great. I'm fitting well in all the 32GGs i've been buying. had a fanatasie that still cut in at 32GG, but I think it was style not size.
    I'm in LOOOOVE with this bra, but still new to sizing and never bought a Ewa i'm scared since I know it won't be easy to return/exchange. I browsed and saw you generally do 28GGs....would you reccomend a 75G in this for me then?
    Thanks so much!

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    1. I'm a 32G/GG in most british bras, and a 75FF is ever so slightly too small for me (not enough that it compromises the fit, just occasional slight quadboob in some positions). My unasked for opinion is the 75G would be a good shot for you, remembering that the CHP is quite open on top.

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    2. Hey, Finding Me! I have two different Ewa Michalak sizes, one for her padded bras (like the CHP above or PL, S) and another for her sheer or nonpadded styles (the HM, the SM). In British sizes, I usually take a 28G so if I size up to a 30" band, I'm usually a 30FF, which is the same size I take in Ewa's sheer bras. However, for her padded styles, I need a cup larger - a 30G.

      If you're fitting into a particular size with your British bras, then I'd suggest a starting point of ordering that size in Ewa Michalak's HM or SM styles. However, if you're ordering one of her padded styles, you might want to try a larger cup. This would be my tip and it mirrors the experiences other lingerie bloggers have had, but keep in mind what's best for your shape or if there any fitting patterns for you (Does your shape do well in half cups? Did the Fantasie you bought notoriously run small? etc.). All the personal variables are good to take into account too. :)

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    3. Cecily, not sure as like I've said I'm just now trying to find bras that actually fit! I have a Cleo Marcie I went home from Nordstrom with in 34G because the 32 felt crazy tight and they only carried upto G. After 2/3 days I was wearing on tightest hooks. The fantasie was a full unlined cup and it cut into tissue in a 32 GG. She had said she was ordering a 32H so I hopped online and bought 8 bras in 32H expecting some returning to happen. Nothing padded however as lord... I don't need MORE boob!
      I had smattering of brands and styles from bravissimo and funny enough the tango, panache Andorra, and another black fullcup style fit in 32H but didn't uplift me like I wanted. If my 34DD from Bali did a better job.....lol. I loved the freya Lacey but I would have needed a 28HH I think because 32 on tightest hooks was still crazy huge. Cleo spot bra was too big in 32 H but a GG would have been right.
      I have fairly dense breasts although much lighter since I had 2 kids, and despite having probably L+ boobs twice and breast feeding for over 3 years combined they are still fairly perky. I actually like them better now than when I was 20... How many women say that??
      Def not full on bottom, but I'd say full in middle wavering on full on top.
      I'd love to buy gazeta and a plunge probably.
      I haven't really a big enough pool of bras in proper size to pull from yet :(

      Oh, and when I went to return fantasie (Jana) I tried on a deco in 32G and it was too small which I found odd since everyone says decks run big big. It was a Hattie so maybe that's why....

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  2. I really should love this. I love literature and Ewa Michalak and unusual designs. I should really enjoy this. But I don't. And I can't even say why. But as always, you look stunning.

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    1. Same here! The novelty wore off for me a few minutes after I saw it on this site when Miss Underpinnings gave us the preview. I thought, "Oh, that's cool," but then it slowly wore off. I got to thinking, "What would I wear this under?" and "Would this make me feel sexy?" My husband couldn't care less about any lingerie so I didn't even ask him. It's all for me, so I just came to the conclusion that it's great at first glance but I have no need to own it. The Margot, on the other hand, is on its way!

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    2. Allison, I'm glad to hear you're a Margot fan too! My review of that style will be up soon and I have to say, it's one of my favorites from the entire collection.

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    3. Mia Rose, thank you! It's really kind of you to say.

      I was talking with some other lingerie bloggers recently and they said they'd be excited about the idea of a newsprint bra, but they would've appreciated a more serious or sophisticated vibe than the Gazeta. I understand that and novelty prints will always elicit a strong reaction so it's understandable if this is a "pass" for you. Saves you a bit of money for any of the other wonderful Ewa Michalak designs! ;)

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    4. I think I'd like the newsprint better as a bathing suit.

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    5. Allison, that's a GREAT idea!

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  3. I love this bra. It's so gorgeous. I really like the way they have done the newsprint and I would wear it all the time. Maybe I will buy it at one point. Also, Cecily, you are so gorgeous. Especially your last photo - it's simply stunning!

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    1. Wow, I don't even know what to say to compliments like those. Thank you, your words mean so much to me. I love the design too, I hope it comes your way sometime.

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  4. So cute! And looks really good on you!

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    1. Thank you! That's so sweet of you to say. :)

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  5. I love this,it was love at first site from when she posted a work in progress on fb.I really hope the CHP style suits me,I'm planning on getting a simple nude CHP to try as I really need a nude bra first.Also hope it doesn't sell out before I can get the set!I want the set for Christmas. :)

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    1. Yeah, it's a good "Christmas present" set! But don't wait too long, I wanted this floral bra from her a while back (the Lato) and it was gone before I could grab it. Can you tell I'm still bitter? ;)

      Report back on whether you like the CHP! I'd love to know what you think.

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    2. That brings me to a question. Does she discontinue bras after a season, or do they stick around? Do I need to stock up on Malinka and Trefl?!

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    3. Cecily I'm still bitter about the Lato as well! It's a dream bra.I heard of Ewa bras,but didn't pay much attention and by then it was too late. :( I keep hoping one will pop up on Bratabase.
      Trying to not wait very long,depends on the money.lol
      Allison,from watching the site,yes,they do discontinue certain ones once they run out of fabric.They had some bras that said infinite number and so I was like,great,I can try that one later,and then they updated the site and it sold out in my size.So it can be seasonal and cause of demand.I believe certain fabrics are limited and some they have lots of.

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    4. Allison, Jennifer's correct. Some of their styles -- particularly ones with printed fabric or unusual colors -- run out because they cannot replenish their materials. I've heard from several designers that in Poland, it's hard to find interesting prints and there are often unexpected delays or cancelations on the supplier's side. I'm sure they'd love to make a bestselling style for longer, but sometimes they simply can't.

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  6. I liked this until I saw the hearts, that made it too girly for me. As I've given up EM anyway, I guess I should be glad that I'm not drooling over this bra! The newsprint is great, but using red to relieve black and white is rather expected. I'm also starting to feel like 'new territory' would involve finally putting to rest the gore bow - is there a single bra that doesn't include it? I do like the CHP shape though, and I'm glad to see it back after so many S releases.

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    1. The gore bow is an interesting topic to bring up because I think there are some brands that are absolutely relying on it in almost any situation, regardless of whether it makes sense or not. In Ewa's case, I don't think she's using it for the sake of yet another detail and she's proven that she's unafraid to use funkier stuff to accent the gore (the Bambino has this grey ribbon with pink pom poms). I think, for this collection at least, the oversized bows are kind of a trademark. Like a calling card? And I'm right there with you, long live the CHP!!

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  7. I really like that style of straps, its like the Amarant. I wish they made this in a PL like the Amarant.

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    1. Hey Jazzbach, I think you can get it in a PL as long as supplies last. I know that Curvy Wordy is ordering one that way. There's a fee and you wouldn't be able to return it, but they do make it an option. :)

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  8. Cecily, I'm all swoony over this set but I'm so confused about ordering from EM! People say that my size, 34F, would be a 75F--but how does that work? 75cm is equal to about 30", not 34"! I'm really antsy about taking the plunge. I am digging through your EM posts for advice...

    Everyone's right, you look incredible. Haven't seen a set that didn't suit you though!

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    1. The size doesn't convert directly to cm because the European system already has the equivalent of "plus four inches" added into it.

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    2. Hey Daphne! That's great to hear, I get all swoony myself. I saw your comment and I'd advise you try out your British size (34F or 75F) in her soft bras and a cup size larger in her padded bras. That's been my experience with her styles and if that seems risky, you could always order your normal size in one of the bras that have removable padding so you have the option to make the cup deeper.

      And you're not the only one who is befuddled so I'm thinking of writing an "official guide" to help everyone understand the different shapes, the process, the fees, etc. I hope that will clear up the confusion. :)

      Thank you, that's sweet of you to say and there are many, many bras that don't fit me that are actually quite popular elsewhere, but that is a whole 'nother post.

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  9. Fab review - and the set looks utterly gorgeous on you!

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    1. Thank you!! If you do order, you have to tell me how you find the Gazeta!

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  10. I so want this bra, but I'm so confused about what size to order to it in. My only other Ewa bra was the CHP Groszki i Róże in a 32FF as recommended by the calculator. The band was loose, and stretched out to be unwearable really quickly (although according to Curvy Wordy's review it sounds like this one ran much bigger in the band than Ewa's bras normally do). I think the cups fit at the time, but are much too small now.

    I loved the shape of the CHP though. I wonder if a 30GG would work for me in Gazeta now?

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    1. Did you do the super tight tight underbust measurement for the tighter underbust measurement?I read on a few blogs that's the Polish way of doing it,the break the tape measurement combined with your loose underbust measurement.I got a much more accurate size with the calculator when I did this.
      On the website they say this one runs tighter..but you could order a smaller band and an extender.

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  11. Hello, I would like to purchase this bra but have never owned a bra by Ewa Michalak before. I wear an American size 38DD, which size should I get in this bra?

    Thanks!

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