Ewa Michalak Burek & Margot SM and 3DM Comparison
Something sad happened a while ago: I was sized out of my favourite bra.
Those of you who keep up with the latest lingerie news may have noticed some pretty previews popping up on Ewa Michalak’s facebook page. I thoughtlessly lusted after the SM style previews- a style that has proven reliable for me in the past. But then it dawned on me, perhaps much later than it should have, that I can’t wear SM bras anymore! They begin at a 65F, roughly equivalent to a 28FF UK bra. I’m currently fitting 28F, and occasionally 28E UK bras. If someone had told me I’d be fitting these sizes 8 months ago, I’d have laughed in their face! I thought I was just going to slowly continue to grow, given my past experience with frequent upward size fluctuations. This just goes to show that (as we all probably know) your body may not behave as you expect it to. Unable to wear my trusty SM styles, I decided to venture into the territory of 3DM bras. I had never really been interested in this style because of the super low gore, but in my new size the 3DM is my primary unlined option from Ewa Michalak, so I had to give it a shot before writing it off completely. Spoiler: I like it!
To keep things clear and simple, I’ve decided to start with a list of the more obvious differences between the SM and 3DM styles. The 3DM has:
- Shorter cups
- Shallower cups
- Thinner straps
- Thinner band
- Firmer band
- Lower gore
- Narrower strap placement
- No strap attachment (the straps are simply sewn onto the top of the cups, unlike the SM style that has a thick piece of material connecting them)
- Wider wires (Polish bras still tend to have narrower wires than your average British brand, so I’d say the wires are still narrow compared to your typical bra from the UK)
Given that I own the matching undies for the Burek and Margot, I saw no reason not to simply get the 3DM version of each rather than venture into new territory. I’m happy to say that the 3DM versions of these bras accurately reflect the SM versions in terms of materials and sizing, meaning that my reviews of the SM Margot and SM Burek are still relevant if you want to evaluate the fit of the 3DM versions. Simply use the list above to find the differences between the SM and 3DM versions!
Overall, I suspect that the 3D and 3DM styles have firmer bands than their S and SM counterparts. A little while ago, I owned the 3D and S Teczowe Kfiaty (or Rainbow Flowers) in the same size of 65F, and found the 3D to fit more firm. I’ve found the same thing to be true of the 3DM versions of the SM Burek and Margot. Despite this difference, the 3DM styles do seem to have the same idiosyncrasies as their SM counterparts. The Margot, for example, has a comparably tighter band than the Burek in the SM style, which remains true in the 3DM versions. Basically, the fit is relative in my experience.
I’ve noticed with my ever-shrinking size that I’ve lost a lot of my upper fullness toward the center of my chest, and seem a quite a bit more shallow than I was at a larger size. The 3DM style seems to suit this change almost too perfectly. The lack of coverage at the center co-operates well with my lack of fullness since I don’t have to worry about filling out that part of the cup, and the shallowness matches my natural shape to a T.
Despite the cups lacking any side panel or thick strap attachment to help foist the boobs forward, it still magically manages to do so, providing an upfront shape. I find that the Margot feels a bit more structured than the Burek simply because the materials are more rigid. So while Margot feels extra secure, Burek provides a “barely there” feeling with its silkier materials.
My experience with these bras has been great, but I would not recommend them to everyone. If you have soft breast tissue you may want to stay away from this style, as the almost non-existent gore means you may find yourself slipping out the middle as the day goes on, and deep breasts may encounter issues with the shallow cup shape. That being said, I’ve had bras work for me that I thought absolutely would not in the past, so if you love the look of the bra, don’t discount it until you try it!
For more detailed comments on these bras, I suggest checking out my SM Burek and SM Margot reviews to help contextualize this comparison.
These 2 bras look gorgeous on you. They go perfectly with your shape and skin tones. It’s as if they were made for you. 🙂
This article is incredibly helpful to me. I have the same “problem” you have: I’m a UK 28E and I’m sized out of the “regular” EW models. I’ve been wanting to try EW bras for what seems like ages now and a few months ago I felt I was ready to take the plunge. The bra that decided me to go for it: the Malinka that I’d seen reviewed on MissUnderpinning. Problem was, while I loved the look and shape of the SM, I was much less crazy about the 3DM. The shape seemed to be a bit pointier in pictures and it didn’t have the pretty little bows on the straps. I sent an email to EW asking if having a SM made in the equivalent of a UK28E was possible but I received a negative answer. I had a look at all the other 3Ds and none really tempted me.
So, seeing this very positive review of them makes me want to finally give them a try. I bought a couple of bras recently so budget is tight but my next purchase might well be an EW one.
I’m so glad you find this helpful! These bras are such a cool combination of light and airy, yet also sturdy considering their lack of coverage and sheer designs. I do think it is a *bit* pointier than the SM style, but for me it’s basically a negligible difference. Under clothing, at least one me, it doesn’t look at all pointy 🙂
Hope they work for you when you get around to trying them!
You aren’t selling your SM bras are you? I just had change similar to yours. I lost weight and went from a 28G/30FF to 28FF/30F. I’m surprised by how hard it is to deal with! I had so many nice 28G bras and they’re all becoming too big! At least the 3DM bras are as beautiful as the SMs!
Hey Madi! I’m holding onto my SM bras for the time being. I love them, so if my size swings back up I’d love to be able to wear them again 🙂 Size changes are difficult eh? I’m STILL shrinking, so these bras are actually a bit gapey right now- very sads.
If you ever change your mind, let me know 😉 It really is difficult to change sizes. I can’t decide if I should get rid of my 28Gs and buy 28FFs or if I should just keep wearing the 28Gs even if they’re a little gapey. And what if I gain the weight back? So difficult -.-