Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Biubiu review- awesome clothing for big breasts found in Poland!


Biubiu is a small Polish company that sells clothing for women with big breasts. I first heard about Biubiu here, at the blog Bra Fitting Cicade, the writer of which speaks Polish. It is an interview with the founder and owner of Biubiu, Kinga Roback, that was originally in Polish and has been translated.

I first stumbled upon Biubiu shortly after my Bravissimo experience. I was upset by the fact that even Bravissimo, which I had thought would be the ultimate solution, didn't fit me. So I was looking for an alternative. And when I made my way to the sizing chart and figured out my measurements in CM, I knew the smallest size ought to fit me much better than Bravissimo's 8.

Also, while there are a few other companies that try to cater to large chested women, most of them focus on clothing for women who work in an office, with white button down shirts and such. Even Bravissimo really fell into that a lot, but at least they had a little more selection of styles. Not only am I a college student, but I'm an artist, so I'm likely never to need to dress in office clothes. So while one or two button downs might be fine, I wanted some 'younger' and less office-ey options. Biubiu does have button-down shirts, by the way, but they also have many other styles. The clothes are, in my opinion, more beautiful, more unique, more creative than Bravissimo's. They often have a slightly retro look, which I like.


I couldn't find any place on their website where the US was mentioned as an option for shipping. So I crossed my fingers and sent them a message via their contact form- in English- telling them how beautiful their clothing was and how much I wanted to order it. I didn't care if the shipping was expensive- I just wanted to be able to place an order! I waited impatiently for a reply, and to make a long story short, they told me they could ship to me! Kinga had me send her my measurements and bra size, and she recommended the size 34BBB or 34BB/BBB in stretchy things. Biubiu's sizing works much the same as Bravissimo's, but with B's instead of "curviness levels."

I placed an order with the aid of Google translate. If you use Google Chrome, like I do, it has a nifty feature where it detects when you're on a page in a foreign language and asks if you want to translate it right at the top, and that helped a lot.

US shipping wasn't a country option when I was filling out my address, so I filled it in as best I could and wrote it out in the space for a comment, as well. Kinga then billed me with paypal. It wasn't the easiest ordering process in the world, of course, but they made it as easy as possible for me. I hear that Biubiu is working on a version of the website in English, and that should simplify the ordering process considerably.

They warned me that the shipping might be expensive, but in the end, I had a choice between $15 slower shipping and $30 faster shipping, for a pretty big order. I chose the cheaper and slower. Unfortunately, it took a very long time for my order to arrive- about 2 months. I hope that this will not stop anyone from ordering from them, because they truly are worth it, and because I am positive that shipping at that speed was a fluke, and that shipping from Poland to the US generally takes under 2 weeks.

Biubiu was great throughout the whole thing, double checking to see if I had received my package yet and how I liked my clothes, etc. And when they finally did arrive... well, like I said, it was worth it. Take a look for yourself:

  
Oh and the best part? Zloty to US dollar has a very good exchange rate. So Biubiu's clothing has really, really good prices. We're talking nearly Target prices here, folks! Dresses average about $40 and shirts $20. I got about 7 shirts and a dress for under $200 USD! That is quite an affordable way to build up a wardrobe of clothes that fit, fast- their shirts are what I wear now nearly every day.

If you feel you would need a Bravissimo 6, Biubiu's 34 (or, possibly even 36!) ought to be perfect for you. Although Biubiu doesn't unfortunately offer size 34 in all styles due to demand, the more requests for it they get, the more often they will make it! The sizing is completely consistent, unlike another company I could mention, so as long as you measure yourself and order carefully, there should be no need for returns.

Bravissimo's (newly added) size chart
Biubiu's size chart- talia is waist and biust is bust.
The clothes feel well made, and have held up to washing perfectly, although I have washed them carefully since the labels are in Polish and I'd rather be safe than sorry! The colors are lovely and the fabric they use is quite soft and comfy. I do wish they had more things in a slightly less clingy, t-shirt material, though. They do offer some things in more structured fabric, but right now nothing in a 34. I would love to see some dressier tops that aren't work clothes- what UK girls would call "going out tops." I guess I will stick to Trashy Diva for those for now.

The fit is excellent. In fact, they really surprised me just how well they fit. Not only do the clothes fit around my bust and waist properly, but the shirt and sleeves are long enough! At about 5'10", my sleeves are always too short- I would buy tall sized clothes, but of course they still wouldn't fit my bust. So I usually make do with short sleeves and sweaters. For warmth, it's really nice to have long sleeves that cover my wrists. If you're shorter than me or petite, however, it shouldn't be very hard or expensive at all to shorten the sleeves slightly. I am small framed, so my shoulders are narrow and it fits pretty well there, so if you are petite that should be okay.

So, to sum up, if you want a good all-around company for your booby needs, especially if you need a smaller size than Bravissimo offers, Biubiu is the place to go.

A few more images...
You can see my jeans through the shirt- it's a soft drapey material. The lighting is exaggerating the lumps quite a bit in this picture, though.

Yes, I love my cat. :-) This is Audrey.


53 comments:

  1. WOW! Those really are great on you, especially the dress and the red top.

    I so wish I could wear these. Unfortunately, although I have a small frame, my large bust is also accompanied by a large tummy, and those formfitting shapes would look really terrible on me. Guess I'll be sticking to tunics for now!

    Thanks for your blog, Brittany--I appreciate you sharing your time and experiences for us large-of-boob girls.

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  2. Thanks, B! Maybe they have some other styles that would prefer?

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  3. Holy cow this stuff looks awesome! I did the exchange rate on one top and was blown away so I came here to check your post to make sure you had the same impressions on price too (and that I wasn't just doing the conversion wrong or something). I am excited!! Now off to load up my cart...

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  4. Well, I'm afraid that cheaper shipping from Poland really can take 2 months. If you take the more expensive option, your order is sent through air mail. But if you choose the cheaper one - it goes on a ship.

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  5. Hi, Brittany, Kinga just linked this on a Polish message board. You look fantastic in the clothes, especially the plum dress (and I love yr cat :)

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  6. I totally agree with Ptasia- you look absolutely fabulous! The fit is perfect for your hourglass figure. I'm also from Poland and I have a few Biubiu clothes, definitely not going to stop on that. It's great that you wrote abt Biubiu, I hope it will help the company develop and will increase orders from abroad. And yes, Biubiu is one in a million, or more than just a million :)

    D.

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  7. I love the way you look in that plum dress :)Have you seen the new one (Madison), especially designed for hourglasses?

    ASFAIK, there were also some more tummy friendly styles.

    Greetings from Poland!
    Ann

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  8. Brittany you look incredible! And your photos are awsome! It was absolutely worth waiting :)

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  10. Lillefix - for me also Bravissimo clothes - size 8 c/rc - are too long in the torso! I was starting to think I was weirdly built, but I'm relieved to see other people have the same problem. Anyway, I have more than 10 BiuBiu tops or dresses, and I've never had a problem with the empire line being too low, etc. I usually take a 34 b/bb or 36 b/bb. Sometimes the sleeves are too long, but I usually have this problem in clothing (am 164 cm tall, with narrow shoulders).

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  12. The clothes look gorgeous on you! :)

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  13. Lillefix: OK, to be completely honest, it's not that all Bravissimo clothing doesn't fit me (the 1950's navy dress fits like a glove in 8RC and the purple jersey dress is even a bit on the small side - it shrank in the wash :(), but it is a tad frustrating hit and miss process. The last two shirts I got are both too big/too long in the torso, but I kept them, because I like the styles. I have however decided to think twice before ordering any of their fitted shirts.

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  14. Lillefix linked me to your blog, since I'd posted on another forum wondering if BiuBiu shipped to the US. This is a really helpful post. And the clothes look gorgeous on you!

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  15. Kelly- That was the same reaction I had! "Wait, can these prices be real?" Have fun and let me know what you think!

    Anonymous- It wasn't *supposed* to take that long, but I've learned to go with the more expensive option next time!

    Ptasia and D. - Thanks very much! I saw the traffic from that forum and went and looked, but Google translate was no help in understanding what she said- it said something about chicken and a furniture store! I'm not kidding! I'm just glad she liked the review, though. I want to help Biubiu out as much as I can!

    Ann- I have seen them, they look great! Unfortunately, they don't come in a 34. :-( Maybe I will try out a 36 and see how it works, though.

    Katie and Roxanne - Thank you! I'm blushing!

    Lillefix and Ptasia- I'm so glad Ptasia was able to answer that question since I wasn't sure how to answer. It's hard for anything to be too long on my torso! I do think Bravissimo fits weird, but differently depending on the item, and it is that inconsistency that is so very frustrating. My Biubiu shirts are a little stretchier, too, which means the fit is more forgiving.

    Monica- Oooh, that's great, I'm so glad I could help! I know that they would be happy to ship to you. You might want to go for the more expensive shipping option, but the price of the clothes makes up for it. :-)

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  16. Brittany, the new dresses come up quite small & fitted, I think you shd give the 36 a try. I wear 34/36 BiuBiu clothing & tried on the 38bb in a store. The bust & thighs were OK, but the dress was too big in the waist/belly. Kinga suggested trying 36bb, but I'm not sure if that wouldn't be too small - the lining is also very snug. Apparently size 36 should fit waists up to 65cm max and hips up to 95cm. Personally I would try the smaller size, but I don't really have many opportunities to wear a dress like that.

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  18. Lillefix: yes, I'm talking about the Madison dress, but it's definitely different than other BiuBiu clothing. It's from the tailored range, so the material & lining are non-stretchy & size 36 is really for the measurements above. The dresses were designed with the hourglass figure in mind, with a 30cm difference between the waist and the hips, narrow backside & similar measurement in bust & the hips. The hip measurement I suppose is for the widest place. With 104 cm I suppose you should try size 38 or even 40, but if in doubt, best write to BiuBiu & Kinga will advice you.

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  19. wow, you look great in BiuBiu!! I love biubiu too ;) And you have beautiful cat ;)

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  21. Oh my goodness, you look stunning in those clothes!

    I totally agree that BiuBiu's designs are much more cute/creative than Bravissimo and I am still in awe of the prices. I'm on a very tight budgeet, so I think maybe when I have more money I'll have to try a shirt or two. It looks like the size 34B/BB is just what I need since Bravissimo's size 8 is huge on me.

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  22. You look absolutely gorgeous!!! And I'm writing this while having the same fuchsia long-sleeve top on:) Please, try the Madison tailored dress - I have a black one in 40 BBB and I'm pretty sure this is the best dress I've ever had (with 32H bra size).

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  23. Thank you for your recommendations and praise, everyone! I think I will try the Madison dress and I will let you all know when I do and how it works for me! :-)

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  24. But bravissimos sizing chart is way off, according to that, me and my big tummy (apple shaped) would not even fit into the size 18 and I take a 14.
    Somehow I never understood the complaining about the vanity bravissimo sizing, I was a 14 on the highs treet and a 16 in bravissimo and now I am 14 in bravissimo and between 12/14 on the high street.
    The polish companys clothing is doing the same thing, according to them, I would not fit into their clothing or would have to take a garment in a size 48 which is 20 in UK I think that would swamp my boobs.

    I qish someone would even bother to write about us girls who does not get much attention because we are not hourglass but apple or other shapes, still big busts, still issues on the high street but not one company who wants to cater for us.

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  25. Hi Lindana,
    I do think Biubiu is designed for hourglass shapes. I found their size chart to be more accurate than Bravissimo's, according to it I would be between a 34 and 36, and 34 was perfect for me. The vanity sizing is frustrating for me because if you are on the low end like me, you get sized right out of the range. I understand how it feels to have companies ignore you- I felt the same way, especially before discovering Bravissimo, because I am too small for most companies like Bravissimo.

    I would love to do a post addressing the apple shape issue, and maybe I could help draw attention to it and people could offer suggestions. I have also been planning on addressing some custom options for big busted ladies, which of course if you get custom then all fit issues you have are addressed at once. :-)

    I have a question about the apple shape, and please do excuse my ignorance on this. Why can't you just wear clothes from the High Street? I know that here in the US there are companies like Lane Bryant that are "plus sized" but start at a size 12 (US, so like a 16 UK) and do have more room in the bust (they are cut for a D cup) as well as elsewhere. The big problem for hourglasses is that our bust and waist are such far apart measurements, which doesn't seem like an issue for apple shapes? Also, (please don't take this the wrong way) empire waist maternity clothes will often have more room in the bust and then just sort of drape over the tummy. Could that work? (I've even worn one of these shirts before- I just sort of pulled in the waist a bit. Not the most flattering on me, but it might be an ok look on an apple?)

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  26. You are so pretty and have so great shape! :) Can I ask how tall are you? I'm rather petite ;) about 5'4" and it seams like BiuBiu clothes can be too long for me :( but You look great in it :)

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  27. Magda, Thank you! I am about 5'9" or 5'10", so I am not surprised that Biubiu is long for you! It was great for me though, because I am used to things being too short. :-) Hopefully you can at least alter/hem Biubiu a little bit and have it work?

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  28. YOU HAVE THEE MOST AMAZING BODY I HAVE EVER SEEN ON A WOMAN!!!! so lucky!!! love the orange patterned top by the way

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  29. Unbelievable luck to find your blog! I have been searching and searching for a good fit as a 32H and have had disappointing luck with Trashy Diva - the waists all sit uncomfortably high on my ribcage, and two of mine have shrunk at the professional cleaners. I'm super excited to try BiuBiu, and can't wait to get my hands on some of those dresses.

    Any insights on Madison, I'd appreciate, it looks great online. Thank you so much for spreading the word.

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  30. I had a look at the BuiBui site last week and like you was blown away by the prices and the designs. I'm only 5'4" tall however so they may well be too long for me.
    I'm also an apple shape, with not much difference between hips and waist, but boobs are bigger then either. Plus sized clothing from ordinary high street retailers is absolutely no good as I would need at least a size 20 dress to fit my boobs but it would swamp my size 14/16 hips. The tailored dresses from Bravissimo in a 16SC fit me beautifully at the moment, despite being apple shaped, and make me look like I have lost weight (which I have but the dresses make me look more hourglass than apple).

    I'm debating whether to try out some of the BuiBui items but the clingy material kind of puts me off. What I do like however are the deeper, richer colours they use. All of the tops look great on you by the way :-)

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  31. I got really excited about this has I have a tiny waist and a big bust, but when I went onto the website they appear to have changed their sizing chart from the one you have on this page. The smallest waist size (34) is now 62-66cm :(

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  32. Beth- Oh, how strange! I wonder why! I will look into that and get back to you about it.

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  33. Brittany,
    Love everything you put on. You look great in all of them. I noticed the jeans is a diffrent brand, could you tell me where you got it? Jean is one major problem of mine
    Thanks
    Miru

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  34. Seriously? These tops are smokin. You look amazing and I'm super excited--especially that they do have button-downs as I'm about to leave school for the working world. You are so awesome for this review. Can't wait to order stuff! thank you!!

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  35. Hi,
    just a small comment on postal service - I don't know if Kinga sent it to you by polish postal service (Poczta Polska) but if so, then - afaik from my us friends and own experience - if you choose slow option they take 2-3 months most always (once i sent my christmas card and it was delivered for easter), we call it 'by ship via China' :), faster option is 1 week, maximum 2 (well, at least they promise to deliver 90% of parcels in 7 days, no promise as for the rest). I know it's weird, normal 'us postal' takes 1 week to Poland.
    have a sunny day!

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  36. The clothes look gorgeous. I love the purple dress! but I don't think they have it anymore :(

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  37. All of the clothes were lfattering, and the colors looked great on you too. Unfortunately for me all the clothes seem very girly, my boyfriend and mom generally scoff when I pick up stuff like that. It's pretty, and if I buy it it'll just sit in my closet. I tend to wear edgy stuff, it suits my blunt, arrogant, and aggressive personality. I can't resist a good Tripp NYC corset on sale. Love the kitty by the way, I've got 2 cats a Tortoiseshell and a Bengal.

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  38. Oh my god! Thank you soooo much! I've been looking for clothes for larger busted girls forever. I've been wearing a 32FF, but I need refit because the band always rides up on me; I think I'm honestly closer to a 30G/GG... I've been wanting to try Bravissimo, but I started reading through the reviews and I was a bit scared to try... Your site has helped so much! The only other thing I've been worrying about, is my measurements are abour 44-27-42, and I don't want to get something that's too clingy and fit my waist and bust but be super tight on my hips. I'm so glad I found your site though, it's so helpful! :D

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  39. Brittany, the clothes in each of your pictures look great on you, but my favorite picture is the first one in which you wear the purple dress. Wow! That's a perfect look for an evening out on the town!

    Ladies, I am a man, and let me assure you that most men do NOT prefer that emaciated model-look we see on the covers of women's magazines and in fashion catalogs. Please compare those models to the women appearing on men's magazines: the women in men's magazines have substantially more meat on their bones.

    What many women do not realize is that models are skinny for a reason: their wire frames make better clothes hangers for the fashion designs. If a curvy woman wears something fashionable, we are looking at the woman wearing the clothes and not at the clothing itself.

    My point is that you should be happy being you...and some guy out there is glad that you are you because he wants you for himself just the way you are.

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  40. You are gorgeous!
    And also, a greeeat reviewer. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with Biubiu so thoroughly (and Bravissimo, too!)....very helpful! I'm very tempted to order from Biubiu...though I don't know if I have the patience to wait 2 months for my new clothes! Blergh.

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  41. I love your breasts

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  42. Thanks so much for drawing my attention to BiuBiu. i find virtually all the Bravissimo stuff too short, especially the shirts. Also, the sizing inconsistencies drive me nuts and cost a fortune in shipping. Unfortunately the BiuBiu website is not working at all for me. I registered, but whenever I add a few items to my card and go to pay, it asks me to log in again and then says my cart is empty. i have tried every different way to get it to work and finally just sent an e-mail. No idea whether they speak English! i also noticed that quite a few items were not available in my size 40BB which is a shame. any idea how often they get new stock in?

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  43. Thanks so much for drawing my attention to BiuBiu. i find virtually all the Bravissimo stuff too short, especially the shirts. Also, the sizing inconsistencies drive me nuts and cost a fortune in shipping. Unfortunately the BiuBiu website is not working at all for me. I registered, but whenever I add a few items to my card and go to pay, it asks me to log in again and then says my cart is empty. i have tried every different way to get it to work and finally just sent an e-mail. No idea whether they speak English! i also noticed that quite a few items were not available in my size 40BB which is a shame. any idea how often they get new stock in?

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    1. Kathlella,

      They do speak English and are very nice and helpful! They also have a facebook page in English called "Biubiu world" that you can contact them on. As you can see on their Facebook, they are just about to get a whole bunch of new stock in for summer. What you see is mostly leftovers from Fall/Winter. :-)

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  44. Hi Brittany - I just came across your blog. I'm 32 and just went to a bra fitting last year thinking I was a D and was really a 31FF. Big shock there! No wonder I have chronic back and neck pain from computer use. Thank goodness I figured out how to manage that through my doctor.

    So many times I google "clothes for the big busted woman" and not much comes up. I just heard on the radio that the average size breasts were a 34B and now they are up to a C or D. I don't know why American manufacturers are not making more clothes tailored to big chested women. It's frustrating shopping for hours online only to find maybe 1 or 2 shirts that might fit. Never mind going to a department store and trying on 30 shirts with not one fitting right. Good luck finding a good tailored button down shirt at Macys!

    I am really happy that you have researched so many options. I see that the UK has a lot of clothing shops tailored to big chests, but I was always afraid to try buying clothes from other countries. You look amazing in those pictures above! Your shape reminds me of my own, but I have a shorter waist and am around a size 6.

    You are beautiful and I am so happy you started this blog!

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    1. I'm pretty sure by now that the average size is actually E-G cup...it's just so many women are improperly fitted into C's and D's when they need E-G cups...sometimes even bigger.

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  45. You are very beautiful and your breasts are amazing! I would love to see more of you!

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  46. Thank you so much for putting me on to BiuBiu! Being short waisted, it is especially important for me (and especially at work, where I want to look tidier) to have clothes that nip in under the bust and actually fit my form. Their 38B (or in some cases 38BB) fit my 30G form perfectly and made me feel dainty and pulled-together. What a find! I got my first order within a week of placing it and promptly put in a second, and can hardly wait for the next new offerings! You absolutely rock their clothes by the way - thanks for posting these beautiful images.

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  47. Just an update re: the site - it now has pages in English and says they ship everywhere. There is also a currency converter so it will show prices in dollars. THANK YOU for this site. Now I just need to figure out my size since it's in cm and I only know inches :P Those tops look amazing on you and the prices are actually affordable! I have been looking for a while but some of the sites want $150 or more for a shirt.

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  48. I definitely need to check that site out.
    Bravissimo doesn't even have a size category for me because I would technically be an 8-Super SUPER curvy. lol.

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  49. Thank you so much for this review! I'm really happy right now because I'm also 5'10", with a small waist and a bigger bust, so I've been really worried about buying more fitted clothes- the fitted look would be awful if the "waist" part of the shirt was hitting my ribcage, which happens quite a lot. I'm off to go shopping!

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  50. Absolutely phenomenal -- both you and the clothes.

    (I'm half-Polish by descent, just for the record.)

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  51. I'm a 30F in european size, with a thin waist, 5'2'', a twenty six pant size, with medium size thighs. What brand would you recommend for me?

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