Comexim has always been a brand I admired from afar because, and I’m not ashamed to admit it, I was a chicken about placing an international order for bras I had never tried with a sizing system that made my brain hurt. Instead, I contented myself with reading reviews from fellow bra bloggers and fantasizing about the day Comexim decided to export to the US. Well, in the middle of my trip to the Curves Expo in New York, the fantasy came true. Anna Pardal and their collaborator Comexim sent me an email saying they wanted to begin selling their products here in the US and asked if I would be interested in including them in my store. Spoiler Alert: I jumped at the chance! Comexim and Anna Pardal sent me two samples each which I will be reviewing eventually, but I want to start with the Anna Pardal Emmeline because that is what we ultimately ordered for the store. (Note: If you want more information on Anna Pardal, please read these posts: Comexim and Comexim Follow-Up.)
Sizing: Since I was reticent about ordering from Comexim directly, I have no idea how their sizing works. For the export process, all of the Comexim sizes are being converted to the standard UK sizing system employed by brands like Freya, Elomi, and Curvy Kate. As a result, I will be focusing my review on the UK size because I can speak to it with more confidence. If you have questions, you can email me, and I will pass them on to Anna.
Before I delve into my personal experiences with sizing, I want to note I support Comexim and Anna Pardal’s decision to covert the Polish/European sizing into the more common UK. I have just gotten many of my customers warmed up to UK sizing, smaller bands, and cups that go past a DD. If I had to explain they needed a 70 band and a K cup, there would be way more friction in the fitting room! With the US market still on a learning curve, I think converting to the UK system will make the lives of both fitters and customers easier.
After some experimentation, I discovered my Comexim size is a 32HH which fits beautifully. The band is comfortably snug on the loosest hooks, and I do not have any gaping or overflow with the cup. Ordinarily, I wear a 30H in Cleo or a 30HH in Panache and Curvy Kate, so the band does run quite firm. Most of my customers have needed to size up at least one band size, but if you find yourself between two, then you may want to size up from the larger. For example, a woman wearing between a 32 and a 34 should try a 36. The cup also runs about a size small from the Panache Superbra brand— my new base line for establishing which size to test in Comexim or Anna Pardal. [Read more…]