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The Guide to Avocado's Constructions & Fit

Avocado's A Shape: Greta, Jewel in Black & Kyoto

Purchasing a product from a new brand is stressful and ordering from an overseas company feels even riskier, especially when it comes to bras. Avocado is a wonderful company and after Wednesday's announcement that their international website was live, I was flooded with questions about their collection. Specifically, there seemed to be a lot of uncertainty about the various constructions they offer and how their bras fit. I've created this guide to cover the basics and share my own experiences of the line. I hope this helps! :)


Avocado currently offers five different constructions and I've tried all but one. There are three soft balconettes -- A, H, and K -- as well as two half cups, the sheer D and padded F. The D shape seems to have been something that the company offered more of in the past, as most of those designs are currently in the sale section. It's also the shape I haven't tried so I've left it off this list. Although, if anyone has tried that model, please tell us what it's like in the comments!

Avocado's A Shape: Creole
I find that the easiest way to tell the constructions apart is to examine the intersection between the straps and cups. On the A shape, the straps are connected to longer top cups which creates a dramatically V-shaped neckline. This style offers a natural lift, an anchored feeling during wear, and like all the Avocado bras, a rounded profile. And, as I hope the pictures reveal, the A shape provides a fuller coverage fit. The center gore and cups are also noticeably taller than the other balconette models. The wires mirror the ones found on the K shape; both are narrower than the H wires. 

I own a number of A shape Avocado bras, including the Creole, Greta, Kyoto, Luna and Jewel in black. I choose these bras on days when I want a more comfortable, boob-like fit or when I know I'll be running around and would prefer that, ahem, everything stay in place. 

Avocado's H Shape: Arielle & Caprice
The H shape should look familiar to Cleo fans, as the British brand's bestselling Lucy and Marcie lines are similarly made. The straps attach to the side section and they're further apart, giving a more traditional balconette neckline which is horizontally (rather than diagonally) revealing. While the wires seem to be the same height as the K and A shapes, the H wires are wider. If you find Polish bras too narrow or you frequently gravitate towards styles with side support panels, this would be the Avocado construction to try first.

The H shape and I have only recently been acquainted so the jury's still out on when or where I'll wear this. I noticed the difference in the width of the side panels and wires, but that's a common fit glitch I run into and the discomfort isn't nearly as severe as what I experience with Freya or Panache. However, I adore the neckline and holy moly, I'm crazy about the Caprice in every way.

Avocado's K Shape: Nina & Vedette
The K shape's straps meet the top cup, but the side section lies immediately below. This style provides the most lift, has the shortest center gore and particularly with the Vedette, offers the lowest neckline. The wires are on the narrower side, exactly like the A shape. The K shape bras I own are some of my all time favorites and like the Ewa Michalak HM, this construction makes me feel like I'm smokin' hot.

Avocado's F Shape: Camélia
I'd say the F construction is the most straightforward -- it's a single vertical seam half cup which is lightly padded. It's also the newest model for Avocado and as the photographs show, it reveals a marvelous décolletage. When Avocado's founders were developing this construction, they paid special attention to the sides because they felt that half cups have an unflattering tendency to widen the appearance of the bust. They corrected this feature by flattening out the sides of the bra while deepening the cups.

Avocado's Size Chart
For customers who are accustomed to the British sizing system or who struggle to find their precise fit in Ewa Michalak bras, Avocado's sizing must look intimidating. The cup sizes skip the letter I and have more in common with the European model, which doesn't account for Britain's intermediate double letters. Happily, the bands are more exact equivalents and if you've ordered from Ewa Michalak or spied the tags on Chantelle or Prima Donna bras, you might've seen these numbers used. The 60 band is a 28, the 65 a 30, the 70 a 32 and so on.

Just like the British manufacturers we're familiar with, Avocado believes in a firmer band fit so I took my usual size of 60/28. I'd say the bands were as consistent as could be expected and there were only a few exceptions: the owners told me Luna runs tight, I felt the black Nina colorway was firmer, and unlike most black dyed bras, the Vedette was truer to size. Creole and Kyoto were comparatively looser as they're both previous season styles and thus, have been tried on more often than the current designs.

Cup sizes are a tricky business and they're even trickier since the chart above isn't currently available on the English language version of Avocado's website. I've never used this method to order because I was fit at their boutique in Poland, but I've taken my measurements and they do line up with the chart's suggested size. I'd highly recommend you take the measurement while wearing the bra that gives you the most forward projection. Polish bra cups are generally constructed to be deeper and narrower than other's so if you're wearing a style that minimizes your bust, it won't be as applicable to Avocado's chart.

I measure 92 cm around the bust which puts me right between a G and H cup. Since my boobs are fairly full all around, I'm most comfortable in the larger cup size. Like always, there are exceptions: I take a 60G in the Camélia, the Haiku runs extremely small, and the Annick in Love's edging has a tendency to dig in.

Don't forget -- enter the "missunderpinnings" promo code at checkout for 10% off your order and it's applicable through tomorrow! :)

Also, if you've ordered from Avocado in the past (*cough, Dorothy, cough*) or have been fit in their shop, please share your size or style experiences below! 

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    1. Dorothy, thank you so, so much for sharing! The more information, the more useful this post becomes and I want to convert everyone into an Avocado fan. I'm sure you're familiar with the feeling! ;)

      Yes, I think you're absolutely right that Polish bras are designed to be more open. I also think that it's a symptom of this mentality that British and Polish bras share some sort of common conversion...it's frustrating, but it's unwise to calculate your size in one brand by using another and approaching a particular product, expecting it to mirror the fit of another. Thank you for bringing this up!

      Our experiences have been so different too, the Vedette is much more va va voom on me! :)

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  2. Attempting to check out now, and your discount code is marked as expired. :(

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    1. Boobicca, I'm so sorry about that! I think I misunderstood, but I've emailed them and inquired about a possible extension. I hope they go for it, I haven't had a chance to order yet either! :)

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    2. I hope so too, I can't get the cart to work to order. I keep getting this error "No payment modules have been installed."

      I mailed them on the 8th about it, but have only gotten the "your message has been received" notice, so i tried again yesterday. So far, no responses beyond the auto response. :( Do you have any suggestions for contacting them? I tried the contact tab on their page. Maybe if I try the Facebook page?

      So so sad. I *really* want to try these bras.

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  3. Thanks for posting this! I almost asked them last night about the model styles. I initially asked what style would be good for shallow-on-top, projected-on-bottom breasts, and Paulina said H, but she didn't mention they had wider wires, too.

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    1. Of course, you're welcome! I'm not sure if this applies to "shallow-on-top, projected-on-bottom" breasts, but when I was in Poland, Paulina told me that the old D shape was best for a muscular frame or someone who had a wider, shallower bust. I haven't tried it on myself or seen anyone in it, but the Lingerie Lesbian has a review of the D shape in the Soir de Paris:

      http://thelingerielesbian.com/2013/09/18/lingerie-review-avocado-soir-de-paris-bra-and-shorts/

      I hope that helps a little too! :)

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  4. Ceci, thanks for this amazing review. I especially appreciate the analysis of wire width, which is the main reason I've mostly failed with Polish bras. Have you entered all these bras into Bratabase? I want to see just how much wider the wider wires are before ordering. Also, your multiple pics are greatly appreciated. Do you think in the future you could do side profile shots? You know, to illustrate which bras are more purple versus green shapes, a la Bras I Hate's post on bra shapes? I realize the half cup will be the most purple compared to the three-part constructions, but the H shape is probably the one I would have to try first, because of the wider wires. Thanks in advance!

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    1. You're welcome! I'm happy to help. It's funny you brought it up because I'm in the midst of reworking my review photographs to incorporate more perspectives/angles. There will be profile images so you can see wire width, shape, etc. and you'll be able to get a better idea of the silhouette, in the same manner as Bras I Hate's illustrations.

      I do not have a Bratabase account so I'm not planning to enter in the measurements. I think that the program is wonderful and it's an excellent resource, but I have to budget my time and after hours spent styling, photographing, modeling, writing, editing and promoting my reviews, I cannot fit in any additional work recording the product to the Bratabase archive. However, I did measure the wires quickly this morning and it seems as if the H wires are about a quarter inch wider than the A/K style. I hope that helps! :)

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    2. This post is useful because of the times in which it speaks in technical or objective terms. But a lot of it is personal and may not apply to others. I see this generally in the English bra blog community, many personal complaints with no frame of reference besides the bloggers body. So to decide if your blog is useful a reader must compare their body meticulously to yours to figure out what you mean when you review the bra with unspecified dimensions. Your stated focus in this post is fit, which is sort of different than aesthetic (lingerie addict's focus). If you really want to talk about fit you have to study bras more scientifically with precise terms that make your experiences useful to more people and...well, it would have taken you as much time to measure a bra or two as to write about why you couldn't...and since the person who asked doesn't have any Avocado bras, it doesn't help much to compare one Avocado bra to another....Spending time modeling and promoting your reviews goes to waste if people don't find them useful because there are no measurements out there....

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  5. Thanks for the review, this is really helpful and it is also great to see your photos of what they look like in the flesh. I have a few extra questions just to put it all into perspective in comparison to what brands I already own. How do you find the wire width and immediate projection of the F and K shape in comparison to Ewa Michalak's S and PL styles? If they're narrower, are they as narrow as Comexim? Are the bands tighter than Ewa's? Are the straps of the Camelia and Vedette fully adjustable? As the above person wrote, I'd also really love to see the measurements Bratabase style (wire width, depth, gore height, gore width etc). Again, thank you so much for the guide/review. I love Avocado's designs but I am a bit wary of ordering with so little data available compared to some other Polish brands.

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    2. Thanks for your reply. I'm taking it all in! :-)

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  6. Dorothy, do you mean you have a strapless from Ewa Michalak? If Avocado's wires are much narrower than your Ewa Michalak strapless, I have no hope of finding an Avocado bra that fits. :-( Better to find out now than after ordering and paying shipping, however. Thanks for the info!

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    2. Hello! Comexim's wires are the narrowest I've come across and I actually can't wear them, they're too narrow for my shape. I haven't noticed a huge difference in wire width between Ewa and Avocado wires, but when I'm home later, I'll try them on again and get a better idea of the difference. Maybe I can hunt down pictures of both the K, F, PL, and S styles and make a little collage of them side by side to help with the projection question...?

      As I wrote in my post, Avocado's bands vary in tightness. I wore a 60 in everything and they believe in a firm fit, but in the black Nina and Luna, I probably could've taken a 65 comfortably. The Kyoto and Creole were looser to begin with, but they're both from previous seasons and thus, could have a different fit because their sizing has been updated since those styles came out or they've spent more time on the floor (they were tried on or bought and then returned online, etc.).

      Ewa Michalak's bands fit me differently. I wear a 65 in everything and like almost all the Polish brands, she advocates a comfortable fit over a super firm one so that's how her bras fit me. I had a reader report that she found the Margot firm and the company says the Press is tighter than the previous CHP models, but I wore both in my "normal" size without trouble.

      When I get home, I'll check on strap adjustment levels too. I know this must be confusing, but I'll try to help as much as possible.

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    3. Thanks for your reply. I am thrilled to hear that Avocado's wires aren't as narrow as Comexim's as I, like you, find Comexim too narrow. Ewa M is just right for me at 5.3-5.5 inches wide so I am hoping Avocado's are in the same range. I would love to see a collage of pictures to help with projection if that isn't too much work for you, it would be invaluable. I am mostly interested in the Vedette and Camelia in comparison to the S and PL shapes if that cuts down the work load. Thank you so much for offering.

      Unfortunately, I wear a 55-60 band in Ewa M so I think I'd need a 55 in Avocado too if you size down. I've just sent them a quick email asking if they'd custom make 55 bands so if anyone else on here is interested, I'll be sure to let you know.

      Thank you so much for your help Cecily, I'll keep an eye out for your next post. :-)

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  7. Hi, can you give me the Top 5 lingerie producers from Poland with the best Quality / Price value. Thank you.

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    1. Sure, I'd be happy to! Starting at the top -- Avocado, Ewa Michalak, Dalia, Corin, and Kris Line.

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    2. I would also highly recommend Comexim. They don't work well on Cecily's shape, I know, but for those of us for whom they do, they are quite beautiful and well made, and they are less expensive than several of the other companies.

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  8. I feel envious of your Avocado collection! Paradoxically I finally got round to trying them when a/I moved town, ie. Warsaw, and so the distance between my house and the bras widened considerably (absence makes the heart grow fonder?) b/a few months before they closed their Warsaw shop. Still, it took me some time to get it right (i first ordered online and got the size completely wrong). Generally according to the chart I'm between 65F and 65G, but I guess being FOB & quite uneven, I choose the smaller size (even if it sometimes is snug, 4 cm difference between the cups mean the size up is much too big). I find the A shape the best in unpadded bras ever, although it still varies depending on style, material, etc. (Luna is my absolute love). The K isn't great for visible assymetry, but the lift is VG. As to the D, it's weird, ie. it's a kind of low balcony/verging on half-cup style; the cups are IMHO more generous than in the A/K cuts. However, the side shape is the issue, ie. in my case it's a sort of pointy/squashed from the bottom look. I kept my two D bras (Annick & Albertine), as they were sale purchases & they're very comfortable, but I wouldn't buy that shape again.

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  9. Hi Cecily,

    When you say you measure as 92cm, is that in a bra, standing without a bra, or leaning without a bra? I am trying to determine what size to order, and I feel like I read somewhere that their size chart is based on your bust size while in an Avocado bra.

    I am wearing UK 28HH/30H in unpadded Cleos, and I measure 101-102 cm in the bra, but closer to 106 without the bra so I am trying to determine whether to order 65J or 65K. Thanks for any help you can offer. :)

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  10. I was able to get an order in, and it arrived today. The construction of these is simply gorgeous. Unfortunately the wires are much too wide for me. How would any of you ladies say the wires on the "f" style compare to the "a" or "k?" I'd really like to exchange rather than return.

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  11. From polling others it seems to go, from least wide wires to most wide, in this order:
    a, k, h, f, with d unknown? Can anyone confirm, or is it a model by model thing?

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  12. Cecily,

    Thank you for your work in explaining the fit of Avocado bras. I found it helpful in making my first order. I followed the measurement guidelines from Avocado and, in the 70H that I calculated, the cups fit perfectly. The band is a bit snug, but I like my bands a bit like that. I ordered the Annick in Love and the Nina.

    The Annick is almost perfect. I actually love it, but sadly, the straps are too short for me. :-( This is a common problem for me in almost all bras, but the straps on these seem unusually short and I have adjusted them to the fullest length. The straps on the Nina seem even shorter and they sit really widely on my shoulders. I really wanted the Nina to work for me because it is gorgeous.

    Now, I'm trying to make to difficult decision about whether to return the Annick (the Nina is going back for sure). The Annick in Love is so perfect for me in every way, except the straps. But I am afraid that it will do damage to have the straps as tight as they are.

    I wish that Avocado would consider adding another inch or two to the straps for ladies like me. If not for this strap problem, Avocado would have been my "holy grail" bra. Le sigh....

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  13. Thank you so much for this post! I think I finally feel knowledgeable enough about the sizing to place an Avocado order. Quick question...I was wondering if you know how the sizing works on the bottoms? I can't find anything on their website.

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