So today I’m back with another Polish bra review. I’ve been sitting on this one for a while, because it’s much less fun for me to write about things that don’t really fit than it is for me to write about things I love. However, I haven’t seen many reviews of Samanta’s A142 cut, and Samanta has become increasingly available to US customers through Zulily lately. So hopefully, this is helpful to you all, despite the size being not ideal for me.
The A142 cut is a single seamed, unlined balconette/half cup. This shape is designed to create cakes on a plate cleavage and has an averagely projected cups. This style is designed for firmer, more self-supporting breasts. I ordered this one in 60G, which should covert to a UK 28F. Unfortunately, I feel that this one runs a bit large, and I would have been better off in 60F. So you may wish to size down a cup from your direct conversion in this brand.
So, you can see here that the cups on the A142 are a bit too shallow for my more projected right breast. This bra is asking for breasts that are more self-supporting and averagely-projected than mine. The cups also too large overall for me, as the cup here is designed to cover much less of the breast than it is on me. Some of my issues with sizing undoubtedly come from my lack of upper fullness and short roots. Ladies that are full on top may not need to size up on this. The embroidery on Elwina is gorgeous! It reminds me of snow drifting through the wind (fitting if you’re experiencing the current blizzard on the East Coast). The gore is moderately high at 2.6 inches (6.6 cm) tall, but it’s fairly narrow and the wires do overlap at the very top.
Samanta’s A142 does use side sling panels, but I find that they don’t really do much for me. The wires here are wider than I’d prefer as the cup width is 5.1 inches (13 cm) wide. Samanta uses wires that are on the softer side. The straps are multiway, and I find them to be too wide set for me. I have very narrow shoulders though, so this may not be a problem for everyone.
So you can see here that the bra would give a lovely rounded shape in the proper size. Ladies with a lot of immediate projection may find that this style gives a more squared off shape. The cups are 9.25 inches (23.5 cm) deep. The cups are very open on the top, and should play nicely with full on top and tall rooted shapes. The wires and wings are both very low, and should save armpits from excessive stabbing. This is not a super high support, hard-core full bust bra.
The back of this bra is really pretty boring and utilitarian, but such is life sometimes. The band runs on the tighter side of true to size, and stretches to 27.5 inches. The straps are fairly thin and are fully adjustable. The band is quite thin as well, and this could be problematic in larger band sizes and cups. Personally, I prefer thinner straps and bands, so it definitely doesn’t bother me.
Overall, I don’t think the A142 would be a perfect match for me in any size, but I’m glad I got to try it! It would be best for shallow to averagely projected breasts that are fairly self supporting. It’s very tall root and upper fullness friendly, and should be quite low coverage in the correct size. So a great summer bra with those multiway straps!
Someday I’ll find my correct Samanta style and size! 🙂