The navy/orange Ella has swifty become on of my favourite bras. It's a very nice shape to wear especially under V-shaped necklines, and since I wear lot of blue, I get the nice feeling of wearing matching colors even beneath my clothes.
The band is tight enough and the straps are fully adjustable. The bra gives good support, although the uplift could be better.
Even though I would go for a 28J in other Curvy Kate bras, the open-on-top design of the Ella allows me to size down a cup size to 28HH. I even fit a 28H, although I get a bit of quad-boob at the end ... of the day.
The shape of the cup from the side, though, is far from ideal, even though it smoothes itself out a bit when under stretchy clothing. The shape is best described on Bras I Hate's blog (http://brasihate.blogspot.com/2012/05/what-does-curvy-kateflirtelle-have-to.html) and apparently, this particular weird shape means that the cup size is too small. When I tried on the 28J, though, the edge of the bra cut into my underarms horribly, so I think that under these circumstances, I prefer a 28HH...
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I've had the Ella for about two years now and have worn it so often that the wings are slowly starting to come apart. Otherwise, though, the bra is as good as new, so kudos to CK for some excellent quality designing here.
I wore the bra a lot, because it fit me well, was comfortable and was low-cut (good for V-necks). The shape, however... My boobs have grown a bit larger over the last two years and I am now more of a 28J (= 28JJ in CK), so maybe that was part of the problem, but the shape this bra gave me started getting a bit weird. Sort of splayed, east-to-west-ish, and pointy from the side. I still reached for it several times a week, but I haven't ordered a CK bra ever since... and I don't plan to do so either. I guess I'm just more of a Panache/Freya gal in the end.
But this first Ella will be sorely missed.
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