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Full Bust Lingerie Review: Ewa Michalak SM Margot


In today's full bust market, it's near impossible to use floral embroidery in a way that's fresh and unexpected. The feature has been incorporated so repeatedly -- with good reason, it's beautiful! -- that it feels traditional, comfortably familiar which is exactly why Ewa Michalak's SM Margot stuck out to me. It's blooms are oversized in a punchy deep pink and the surrounding vines are made from green polka dots, making the entire embrodiered element look like bursting fireworks. It feels different and somehow, surpring as an Autumn/Winter arrival. Suffice it to say, I love it!



The Margot isn't just a surprise in the context of the season, it's also different from the rest of Ewa Michalak's current collection. Her latest designs have taken on a straightforwardly seductive air and crimson red, black, and smokey beige predominate, with the saucy and kitsch inspiration that we expect from the whimsical brand. I love the corsetry-inspired Femme Fatale and the smouldering Aga babydoll on the way, but they're a far cry from the Margot's popping flowers. All of this makes the Margot so much more special and even though it's an outlier, this line is one of my favorites from this season.

I also adore the way the design is balanced, that it's nether excessively sexy nor obviously feminine. The oversized bows and embroidery are flirty and fun, but the mesh black material is more enticing. For reference, I have hazel eyes, brown hair and a pale, yellow-undertoned complexion and I found the Margot's color combination very flattering, despite the fact that black often washes me out. In the photographs, the scalloped cup edging is subtler so when it's on the body, it's tremendously sophisticated and really pops!


In the full bust market, the best sheer lingerie is coming out of Poland and Ewa Michalak's SM shape is pretty unbeatable. It's a three piece plunge with all the usual hallmarks associated with a "Polish fit" -- it boasts a perfectly rounded silhouette, narrow wire placement, and a more revealing neckline. Cleo by Panache has conquered the circular profile challenge in Britain, but the SM's cleavage effect and Ewa Michalak's embrace of sultry materials make this construction feel more "grown up" and perhaps better suited for "the middle market". Regarding the Margot more specifically, I felt the set was true-to-size; the band was on par with the CHP Gazeta and the cups fit like my other SM styles. I'm wearing a 65FF and a 38 brief in the photographs.


This season, I'm partnering with Ewa Michalak to provide more information about the company to their English speaking fans so I've also reviewed their two other recent debuts, the PL Charlie and CHP Gazeta. For another opinion on the Margot line, Caroline from Curvy Wordy has a great write up!

15 Comments

  1. Mine was mailed to me the other day. I can't wait to get it. Am I correct in understanding that there's also a half cup coming in Margot? It's not on their website yet but your site indicated that would be available.

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  2. Hey Allison, please tell me what you think once you've tried it! And yes, there was a half cup version on their Facebook page and I published it too. I don't know why it hasn't been released yet, but I did hear from a blogger that, for a fee, you can special order whatever shape you'd like. So, with all the SM bras, theoretically you could request them in the HM shape or the S in a Plunge and so on. Isn't that cool!?

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    1. That's very interesting. I just emailed them to see if that is in fact the case. If so, I would take the Malinka and Trefl in the HM too! On their Facebook page it still has the HM Margot and it says "two Margots" so I'm a little baffled. It says nothing about special ordering the HM, nor do I see anywhere on the website where that's the case. We'll see!

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    2. I believe the Margot half cup is exclusive to a lingerie store in Warsaw. That's not to say you can't special order it... keep hope alive!

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    3. I just can't understand why EM keeps giving completely contradicting information from one person to another! On their Facebook page, they've very explicitly stated that an SM bra cannot be custom-ordered as an HM:

      "Sorry, but it is not possible."

      "S an PL have a very similar construction, which enables us to offer them as special orders, HM and SM are totally different styles, they are cut in a completely different ways, requiring various fabric conditions to be fulfilled. We are sorry, but such a replacement is not possible."

      In other words, a custom SM-to-HM order cannot be made, at least not by ordinary mortal people. I have seen an HM Burek for sale on Bratabase, though, so obviously they are making some sort of exceptions, but I guess god only knows on what basis.

      And quite frankly, I don't quite see the PR point in allowing bloggers to make very exclusive under-the-counter orders as some kind of teaser that will never be delivered to 'normal customers'. For the same reason I'm really quite annoyed about the fact that they 'bragged' about two Margots, of which the HM won't be available on the site, even as a custom order. Why announce it in the first place if it won't be out??

      Especially irritating since there is not a single HM on the site now, but several SMs instead. And as they stated themselves, these two bras have completely different cuts, so the SM is no good replacement for an HM. Oh if only some other brand (with even the slightest understanding of CS) made decent unpadded halfcups...

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    4. Hello Sohvi,

      I think I have some information that might clear up the situation and clarify why there's been some misinformation.

      I received the news that customers could order a custom HM (from SM design) from a fellow blogger who was placing an order at the time. When she wrote with them to follow up, they had decided that this change wouldn't be possible or it wasn't something they were interested in doing. There aren't any "very exclusive under-the-counter orders" going on for bloggers. We are all subject to the same rules, they aren't making any special arrangements with lingerie writers. We're all "ordinary mortal people". :)

      Secondly, the HM Margot was on their Facebook page because they initially believed it was something they'd release generally/on their website. For whatever reason, that's changed and the HM Margot is available exclusively at a boutique in Warsaw. I've heard that restocking materials or even making large quantity orders of fabric can be difficult for Polish designers. It might be that they only had enough to accommodate a smaller wholesale order (of the HM Margot) to ensure that the SM would be available for more online customers.

      I understand your frustration, the HM shape is my all time favorite and I am disappointed that there aren't more full bust companies making sheer half cups. However, since there have been so many requests for it this season, maybe Ewa Michalak would realize there's a profit to be made if it was reintroduced. Together, I think we're vocal enough to change their future decision making, but it's just as important that we speak firmly AND respectfully.

      I hope that clears things up!

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    5. Yes, that did clear things up! If only I had heard even half of that from EM themselves…

      I apologise for the unnecessarily snarky tone, it definitely wasn’t directed at you or anyone of the other bloggers, and I am very, very sorry if I came across that way!

      I guess I wouldn’t be this frustrated if this were the first time that some misunderstanding or misinformation arises, but unfortunately it isn’t.

      For me, a new policy doesn’t automatically mean something unacceptable (even if the policy is against my personal interest), if I only get some kind of reasonable explanation as to why it is implemented – and I don’t think I’m alone on this. For example, the +20PLN fee for custom-made bras isn’t exactly in my favour since I usually need a 65H(H) = a custom order, but EM gave a very clear and understandable explanation as to why this fee is needed and fair. Thus I don’t have any objections, and to be fair, a 20PLN fee for a custom made bra is peanuts, especially when the price is very affordable to begin with.

      As for the HM Margot, I would have wished EM had only given some kind of information on that *themselves*. Now it came across as “look at what we’ve got for you” and then just bury it in all silence and hope nobody notices, and when someone does and asks about it, the answer is just “it won’t be available”. It feels quite blunt and even a bit arrogant. I don’t mean that they should come up with some kind of grandiose apology ritual, just a short notice like “We’re sorry, but contrary to our original plans, the HM Margot will not be available for order on the site, since we have made an exclusive deal with a Polish lingerie shop” or something. That’s all. Of course, I would still be disappointed that it won’t be available, but my frustration would be at a level of “oh bummer” instead of “WTF?!?” (which is mainly caused having to figure out the situation yourself through third parties). I hope I managed to make it clearer from where my frustration arises :)

      And the SM -> HM conversion… Apparently there is still contradictory information on this one (re: Allison’s message). On their FB page the answer is “no”, but still they make these orders. I’m sorry, but to me, this saying one thing and doing another is just is very weird and doesn’t really seem fair. Oh well, I guess I’ll mail the shop and see if I get lucky, I would be ready to pay a fair amount of money for an HM Burek!

      (After this rant I have to defend myself a bit… I’m not a complete b*tch of a customer, I do also give credit where credit is due :D I’ve given EM tons of positive feedback too, e.g. for their designs, cuts, sizing tips on the site etc. Good feedback is just as important as constructive!)

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  3. Forgot to say, this set looks gorgeous on you! Mine should be arriving any day now. I'm kicking myself for not getting the matching knickers.

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    1. Thank you, Kathleen! I'd love to know what you think about it. :)

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  4. While I was pumped for the HM Margo, this review has me getting just as excited for the SM instead :) It looks somehow studier than the lace SM bras you've reviewed, am I totally off the mark in thinking that? Could just be the photo angles making me think that!

    PS, the photos are gorgeous. They remind me of oil paintings somehow.

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    1. Thank you, Windie! I hope you like the Margot. xx

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    2. I have the Margot and I don't think it is sturdier than the Malinka or Trefl. In fact, I'd say just the opposite.

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    3. Interesting. Thanks for the input :)

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  5. Well, they do special orders to convert SM styles to HM. I am currently awaiting an HM Malinka and I am just a regular customer who emailed customer service. They are in the process of making it. There was a fee for cutting it and I can't return it (I'm hoping the fit is perfect, obviously). I don't think I can get an HM Margot because it is exclusive to a shop, but they will cut the other SM bras to HM--if I love the Malinka I plan to order a Trefl.

    By the way, I got my Margot set and I like it, but the band is much tighter than my Malinka or my Trefl. All are 70G. The Trefl arrived with a very comfortable band, the Malinka was pretty tight but okay after wearing it for a bit and the Margot was VERY, VERY tight. I can't account for this huge variation, but in my experience, it is there and very noticable. I do like the Margot, but I probably would have returned it if shipping weren't so expensive. I much prefer the Malinka and the Trefl--I think they're much prettier sets, especially in person.

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    1. I meant to say the briefs for both the Trefl and the Margot run fairly small. I wear a 38 according to my measurements (37" hip, 28" waist) but they don't feel very comfortable and they cut into me a bit. I ordered the 40 in Trefl and the fit is much better. I'd say to size up in the briefs. Although the 38 technically fits, the 40 looks and feels better.

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