This bra is a disaster of scaling. It's tragic really because it could be a great bra, and it probably is in smaller sizes.
Pros: Firm tts band, soft mesh reinforced at bottom would provide lift in better circumstances, good look as a naked bra and see through material would make it nude on a range of skin tones. It definitely exposes all my fit problems that are usually hidden by opaque fabric.
Cons: wires are ridiculously wide and tall. Like Panache level stupidly wide and tall. No center room at all, making the gore destabilize at the bottom of the cup ...up. Not enough bottom room. A tent like upper mesh.
Wearing this bra shows me what happens with wide gores/not enough center room. My firm center tissue pushes the gore away from my sternum. The gore does not tack, meaning the wires are not tensioned against my body properly. The bra sits on my stomach instead. The cups sit on my breasts rather than supporting them. The wires dig in, causing pain.
You can also see my omega shape clearly. When balled up, my tissue is much taller than my roots, causing that omega fold in front of the armpit. My breasts almost fold back on themselves in this bra because there is not enough room at the apex/bottom/center. That's why I need great apex depth and narrow wires.
I can't recommend this bra to someone of my shape in this size but I generally love the design. Ironically, my best fit is in 38K - Curvy Kate » Vegas Balcony Bra (CK5601) which works much better for my short roots and long boobs. If only CK could use Victory's fabric on the Vegas model! I would only buy that bra. I'm tempted to make my own when I have time and money to do so.
Smaller banded and/or breasted women should not be alarmed! The fit looks quite good on models. They just did not test the fit on us big gals, which is a shame because I really wanted this bra to work.
My acquisition of this bra was definitely the result of some advanced bra finagling!
The first thing to know about the Curvy Kate Daily Dream is that it doesn't work well on full on top shapes. I tried this bra in a 30G initially, and my boobs were /spilling/ out the top. This has to do with shape and with size, I believe, as I would say that the Daily Dream runs a bit small in the cup. I really liked the bra, though, so I had to make the decision of whether I wanted to try a 30GG or 30H next, and my intuition said 30H, so ...that's what I tried.
I'll be honest: volume wise, the 30H is a bit too big for me. But, with it being just a bit too big for me and with my incompatible shape, I made it work. So, yes I have a bit of quadding in this bra, and yes I don't quite fill up the bottom of the cups or the sides of the cups for more than just shape reasons, I think, but the bra still fits me well enough that I'm going to keep it!
Anyway, aside from my trying to fit a round boob into a slightly differently round bra issues, I really like this bra! The material is super comfortable from the cups to the band to the straps. The bra is pretty nicely round; though, personally, I might like it to be a bit rounder.
Something about the band length does feel a bit odd to me. I stretched it to 29 inches, but it still feels a little loose on me. It's not loose enough to warrant me moving on to the middle hook, though. I also think the band on this bra is kind of tall, but keep in mind that I'm 5'2 with a short torso for my height. The wires at the sides don't bother me, though. Read more 216 more words
I know there has been a lot of hate for this bra but I actually quite like it! I like the silhouette it gives, and seeing as I'm 2 days pre period right now it explains the slight cutting in of the cups, but I am so so so in love with the tight band and the stretchiness of the mesh on top of the cups. Even the elastic at the tops is very stretchy and not as problematic as it usually is for me.
At 30GG I'd say it's pretty true to size save for the band which I think runs a little tight (but really, just a ...little. For me, who is right between a 28 and 30 it's perfect.)
The wires (as seen in pics) are on the wider side, but more and more I find this to not be a problem for me. My boobs are quite squishy and so the wide wires compensate for the shallowness of the cups.
That being said, I think these cups are plenty deep--not as deep as say Jasmine, but definitely on par with my Ewa Michalaks... I could be wrong tho.
One thing that bothers me is that the straps seem to lack any elasticity-- so I need them all the way loose because I don't like them tight, but then they kinda fall off when I move. So yeah.
I had some issues initially getting the gore to tack but then it magically did...I have no idea what happened there.
I think if I got this in 30H it would have been too large but who's to know... If I come across a cheap one in that size I might get it just to see. But overall I am very happy with this bra. Read more 182 more words
I've previously tried the Bravissimo Contour strapless in a 30J, which was laughably small on me, giving both overspill and absolutely no lift or shaping, so I wasn't expecting much from this bra. But, shock of the century, this actually fits me reasonably well (at least based on my quick try-on)! The band seems to run on the firm side (possibly slightly under 30 inches), so combined with the smaller-than-my-usual-size cups and the grippy silicone, it's a little hard to put on properly, and I can't fully scoop and swoop, so keep that in mind for my review.
My usual CK size is around a 30K (30JJ in Eden, ...32J in Ritzy and Carmen), so I wasn't actually expecting this to work. As a strapless, this gives me an extremely round, nicely uplifted shape, despite technically being too small. I get minor overspill when worn strapless, which becomes much more obvious when I wear the straps (as the cups are lifted more). Being strapless, it's kind of like when you wear a too-small bra with loosened straps to hide it being too small - except in this case, the shape is still good. One problem I did notice was that the section of the band under the gore quickly rolled and flipped under itself. This wasn't particularly uncomfortable, and may be due to me wearing the wrong size, but I don't think it's how it should fit, and it could possibly lessen the bra's staying power.
The bottom of the cups are too shallow for me, and I get slight buckling there, as well as being unable to pull the bra right up into my root. However, this isn't really too bad, and is more cosmetic than anything. I also find the sides are slightly too short for me, and I feel like I'm not properly contained, though I think this is exacerbated by this bra sitting slightly too low on me. In 1-2 cups up, I imagine I would be able to fully scoop into the cups, pull the bra up slightly more, and hopefully rid of the overspill. Overall, though, it's much better than I was expecting, so I'm fairly happy with it. It's definitely a very solid bra, and one to try if you're in the size range (or possibly even for those just outside, if you need a strapless and can't find one). Read more 287 more words
I couldn't resist when the Curvy Kate Unwind bralette popped up on zalando at a sale price. I had very low expectations. I had doubts that a simple bralette without wires could do much for my 32J boobs.
It turned out that it is much better than I thought. I don't have experience with other bralettes but I was surprised at how nice it looked and what a decent shape I get in it. It does not look much worse under a t-shirt than a regular bra. The support is okay for a bralette I guess. The most uplift comes from the straps. The band fits nicely and is ...true to size in my opinion. The "cups" are a good size for my boobs, I don't think that they have to fit differently. I get slight overspill / cleavage at the center but I expected that since there is no gore to separate my boobs. I really like the stripes on the underbust band, too bad this band just rides up. I only managed to have it look like on my pictures for like 2 minutes, then it started to roll up. It does not bother me when rolled up but it diminished the look. The fabric is lightweight and soft.
I think I would wear this bra at home, for example when I come home at late afternoon and just want to remove my regular bra but don't want to be braless during my evening. I don't think I would wear the bra to go out or do much in it. Mostly lounging, watching tv, reading, laying on couch and so on. Also I can imagine this working as a sleep bra. For daily activities I wouldn't wear it since I fear that my boobs would fall out if I move too much and I get neck pain from the strap pressure on my shoulders. While a bra with wires and a firm band can and should do 80% of work to lift the breast this bra would do much less.
A few words on the look. I absolutely love how this bra looks on me. I don't know what it is. It is nothing npecial. I don't even like black very much. But it looks kinda classy and a bit sexy? I don't know but I will keep it and update here once I have worn it a bit more. Read more 293 more words
I was really torn with this bra. It was one that I'd been really excited about finally getting. I loved the pale blue with yellow contrast details. After some deliberating, I opted to send it back.
About my boobs...shortish, narrow roots with soft and malleable pendulous tissue that are even to full on bottom and center full. I need depth and projection at the wire, but not necessarily the apex.
On to the bra...the band was very snug. I'm kind of not surprised because it's noted on Amazon that it runs small in this style and also because my Ellace also has a snug band for a 30. ...I'm ok with that though I would need an extender for a while. I'm not sure if a 32 would be better or too loose. It would probably have relaxed a bit more once a bit of wear and washing. All my pics are sans extender...just as I tried it on out of the package.
Like the Ellace, it seems like the band has a bit of uneven tension, where it's looser at the top than the bottom, which is great for v shaped chests (rib cages) but I'm guessing that I don't have one based on how it fits. If it was even, the upper part of band would flex the wires back enough to make the fabric taut. My lack of side tissue from being center full is not helping the side cup wrinkles. Normally I would not consider this a deal breaker. It's not visible under shirts.
Because I have soft tissue, I have a problem with tissue spilling over the seams when the fabrics change between the double mesh cups to lace. This causes what looks a bit like in cup quadding. I think that also the cup height (mesh portion) is a contributing factor to the problem. Again, not a huge issue, especially as this is something that I can expect from a lot of styles that are not vertical seams, same material on top of the cup as well as bottom, or molded cups. It's typically also not visible under most tops. So not super pretty but also not deal breaker.
The cups had a bit of gapping/wrinkling at the top, especially once the extender was added, even though it didn't really look like it did. Again, not a huge deal breaker because I have a bit of gapping with the Marcie.
The shape is great with the immediate depth and handled my pendulous projection. It was not too deep at the apex. I do love how soft and light it is. It's hard to believe that it's as supportive as it is.
What I think was the issue is that I felt that I preferred my Ellace and Marcie more than this one, and wanted to redirect the refund from this to another Marcie or Ellace, Cleo Mimi, or Ewa/Comexim. It really was a very hard decision to return because I really did love the powder blue and yellow accents, but I also felt that the bra was 1) a little bit too plain (even though the button is love) 2) didn't really do anything for me and 3) almost a little too cutesy or demure (not that I am really after sex appeal either, but the Ellace, for example, is just so classic looking, even in latte which is a nude...pics up but review is pending).
I figured that I could get a beige Marcie, though the new cornflower blue is really nice or find a nice nude or pastel that was better than the Florence. Looking at the pics as I uploaded them, especially the initial one, made me wonder if I made the right decision, but I know deep down it was not quite right.
Anyway, so I don't have the bra anymore and forgot to measure before sending back, but I wanted to have a memory of it here.
I've dilly dallied and delayed putting up my review for this bra, but as it's one of my current favourite bras, it is the only one that I had not added pics to or reviewed.
I got this bra in from lcl0706 who I'm friends with on Facebook with. She's much more experienced in bra fitting and shapes and such, and has been helping me with my shape and fits for a little bit now. When she put her listings up, she asked me if I was interested in it before she put it up because she thought it would be a good shape for ...me, given our similar shapes and sizes. I waffled on it for a bit, at first over the colour and then concerned that it might not fit. This is the kind of friend that she is...she sat with me, via messenger, and stepped me through measuring my current favourite and best fitting bras. Once we finished, she determined that it had a strong chance of fitting...that I *might* need a 30F and that she would toss in an extender with the bra just in case that it was too tight for me in the band. She even sent the extender attached, as I've never used one before.
Anyway, I bit the bullet and got it from her and tracked that sucker every freaking day, because I was really excited. And one day, I tracked it and it said it was in Canadian customs, which it had been for many days, and then I randomly decided to track it again after work and I saw it had been delivered! YASSSS!!! I was so excited that I put it on as soon as I got home instead of making dinner. 😂
On to the fit...
My shape, as best we have determined, is narrow with average to short roots (possibly thin and tall roots but with most of the tissue being lower, and thus, still functionally short ish), even to FOB, center full,and pendulous with soft tissue. So as best I know, I need something with enough projection at the wire that's not too wide.
When I saw the bra, I no longer had any concerns about the crimson colour. It's exceptionally pretty (but also exceptionally hard to match underwear to in terms of colour) and I think that it's a nice match for my skin tone. It's got a good balance of warm and cool red tones. The extender that was sent is bright red, so not an exact match, but very kind to add one in a similar colour. The material is really light and soft, and the detail of the stretch lace is quite pretty. I'm fairly ambivalent about the strip of elastic at the bottom. I think that it looks alright and hasn't been problematic for me so far. When I tried on the bra and took pics and sent to my best friend, she was in awe and said it looked like it was made for me. That aside, there are a few minor fit issues with the bra that aren't hugely noticeable to the untrained eye or under cloths.
Although I can do up the band on the loosest hook setting, it's not my ideal comfort setting. After wearing it for a while, I start to get pain behind the gore at my sternum. I have the same thing happen with my 30E Lepel Lilly. I expect that it's a sign the band is too tight, so I'm currently using the extender and it fits more comfortably, so I feel like it would be better to have a 32 band in this. I'm told it is one of the snugger CK bands. I'm getting a slight bit of in cup quadding and more when I've really extended my swoop and scoop and done it more aggressively like I have been lately since I got my Freya Fancies and Kiyoko. If it was not for the stretch lace, I'd probably have more quadding. One thing I've noticed is that the stretch lace sort of bubbles and doesn't lay smoothly over my smaller breast (in particular) so it does look a little bit funny. I'm not sure if going up the cup size would be better. The fear is that going up with the cup may make the nice rounded shape less so. I think that I'd like to try it again in a 32DD and go from there. I think that the 32DD might have just enough extra depth that the cup issues might be better with it. My only concern about going up with the band is whether or not the wire width and the strap placement will be ok or too wide. I'm quite happy to use the extender but I feel like it's a bandaid and that using it means that I am in the wrong band size. Anyway, I am quite keen to try it ok other sizes and colours.
I'm very thankful to have been given the chance to try this style.
Tldr: size down one or two cups, straps are very wide set.
My boobs: very short narrow root, full on top, center full
Fit: This bra seems to fit one to two cup sizes deeper than indicated. My best fitting bra right now is 40JJ - Elomi » Jodi Plunge Bra (4190) which fits basically like a full coverage bra on me. This bra is just as deep or deeper, shorter, and more open. In my opinion it's more like a plunge balcony as the angle from the gore to the straps is not very extreme and the general look is sort ...of flat across the top like a balcony bra. The shape is a lovely rounded shape but with plenty of projection. The wires are fairly narrow for this size. The gore height is short to average for this size. The band is tts and fastens comfortably but firmly on the loosest hooks.
The main fit issue is the wide placement of straps at front and back, a pretty typical problem for this brand in the larger back sizes. On my 40J - Curvy Kate » Cabaret Plunge Bra (CK5111) I had to alter the back straps which made the bra much more comfortable. I like the fit and shape of this bra much better because the cups are more open, so I might consider doing the same surgery on this one. Otherwise they won't stay on my shoulders no matter how I angle them.
Feel: Besides the strap placement, it feels great. The mesh is soft but strong. Elastics are nicer than usual. The illusion elastic edge on the cup is not scratchy and is tensioned correctly. The wires are softer than Panache but firmer than Comexim. The straps are different than typical CK: a smooth, soft, less stretchy material.
Look: I love the minimalist stuff coming out of lingerie manufacturers now. The mesh is not doubled on this bra so it is transparent everywhere. The only decorations are a black metal O at the gore and ribbon strap attachmeny to a similar O on each strap. The stitching is not the best on the gore thing but I would just take it off anyway so shrug. The shape is lovely. There is an illusion elastic edge to the cup which is also very nice. This bra was just released in "latte" which is a light medium skin tone so I might go for it as I've been looking for one for quite a while. At $55 it's on the low end for British manufacturers, probably worth it to me to get one and alter it. I'm thinking about it for the summertime. Read more 365 more words
First: Bratabase says this bra doesn't fit - the band is a bit too tight. I've been wearing this bra with an extender for the first few times. And now it does fit, so it stretched out a bit https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" /> But I think next time I will order a 30D.
Well, what to say to this beauty? I'm in love with the Tease Me design. It's chique, sexy, reminds me of burlesque dance but really beautiful.
I've always wanted the purple Tease Me and now brastop had it on sale for 10pounds only. My big chance.
I don't regret it, the bra provides a really nice ...shape. I think this bra looks best when the cups are rather tight. Not too tight https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" /> Then it does push without squeezing. I like. The braids at the cups can be seen a bit through a shirt, so if you don't like this, maybe cut them off or order another bra https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" />
I don't mind, so I will keep the braids. So sweet, with the satin ribbon details!
The wires tend to poke a bit in the sternum and on the ribcage. It was worse the first few times I've worn it, but now it's a lot better. But if you are really sensitive, maybe this bra isn't your best choice.
Note: Fellow bra bloggers and bra communities have found out that with Curvy Kate you often have to go up one cup in bigger cup sizes!
(In my sizing range this doesn't apply.)
I tried on this bra in the colour pink/black from 2011 and it was overall to small for me. I would definitely need a 28E or 30DD with this colour. So the sizing seems to vary with the different collections!
The cups were didn't go up as high as the purple ones and the cups were overall smaller and more shallow. One word: nipplegate.
I usually don't get along with CK bras as their shape is wrong on me. With Swimwear I am not so picky about the fit and look. For me it is important to have bra sized swimwear in my size at all. This unpadded Tankinis from CK has a built in wired bra under the top. It's a bit tricky do do up but once you did it few times you should be able to do it without stabbing yourself.
What I liked about the unpadded Tankini: it doesn't add extra bulk to already large breasts, also that the actual Bikini bra is covered by a top, downplays the boob size a bit. You can show more or less cleavage by moving the top part a bit more up and down.
This particular top in 36JJ is currently too big for me. It was a decent fit when I was a 34K. So I recommend to size up in band because they run quite firm.
I've been needing a strapless bra and wanting a long line bra, so when Brastop dropped the price on this to $33, I jumped on it. I ordered it in a 32J UK, as the other Curvy Kate bras I own ( 32J - Curvy Kate » Kiss Cross Plunge Bra (CK006101) and 32J - Curvy Kate » Lifestyle Plunge Bra (CK5711) ) are that size. Getting this bra on was an adventure in and of itself. I had to hook turn the bra backwards and hook the first 5 hooks, then flip the bottom of the band ...up and hook the rest of them. Then I had to slowly spin it around to the back. My ribs got stuck in the cups twice during that process. Then I went through several go-rounds of swooping, scooping, and tugging the bra higher in the back. Initially, I was spilling out of the top, but the bottoms of the cups were empty. After a lot of adjustment, I managed to mostly fill out the bottoms of the cups and get rid of all the overflow. The gore still wouldn't tack, and the bra keeps shifting down some. The cups gape some when I reach forward, and the bottom of the back keeps riding way up as well. Even with all these issues, this bra is surprisingly comfortable. The boning is soft and completely flexible. I would probably return this if I had paid full price for it, but for $33, it's not worth the hassle of an international return. Read more 168 more words
I bought this bra in two colours: black and a beige-pink. I measured the black one for Bratabase, but I only took pictures of myself in the beige-pink one.
The bra has straps that can be removed and modified into a tonne of different configurations. I haven't tried them yet, but it's clear from looking at it that there are a lot of options. You can take them off completely, or remove them from the front or the back to make them match pretty much any neckline.
It also comes with an additional strap you can use to attach to the closures on ...the back and wrap around your waist to make the back lower. Doing this you do lose some support. I tried wearing the bra initially without the strap, but I found the band was so tight that it stretched the wires so much they came out the back of my armpits. Once I added the extra strap that problem went away and the bra was actually very comfortable.
The cups are made of two pieces: a top piece and the bottom piece which is shaped with a dart. So because it's not moulded it has some good projection, but it is not seamless. It also doesn't have a lot of push-up. I have fairly close-set breasts and it didn't give me cleavage, but maybe if you adjust the straps tighter than I had them it would. The cups are deep and they have a high apex. I found them slightly wide for me, but only by a small amount, and I don't have any outer fullness so I don't fill out the outer edge of the cups, which can make it kind of difficult to tell if the cup is too wide, or it's just my lack of outer fullness making it seem like it.
Overall I think this bra is excellent for it's intended purpose: as a special occasion/going out bra for having some shape and a small amount of support. Not an every day bra. Read more 244 more words
Such a fun bra! The faux leather is very comfortable and stretchy. As a plunge, the low gore height was really helpful to me as I always have problems with taller gores laying on my breast tissue. The mesh seems to wrinkle a bit even if you fill it out. I think that has something to do with the seem where it meets to faux leather. It doesn’t bother me but could annoy others.
This bra features one of the loveliest and craziest prints I have ever seen and I fell in love with it immediately.
The bra cup a a three part cup with the bottom and outer part being laminated (though it is not the same fabric as in Gia, which felt smoother and even more sturdy), black with flamingos and colourful flowers. The top part is black mesh with pink elastic on top.
The bottom of the cups and band is lined with pink elastic lace and there are matching pink bows at the gore and straps.
Like the Ellace bra, the bra feels like it would be good for nursing ...with the stretchy top part of the cups.
I am happy with the fit of the cups. Compared to older Curvy Kate models, the wires don't feel as insanely wide and there is more room for central fullness.
The band fits true to size in my opinion, which means now that I'm in between sizes I sometimes prefer to use an extender.
I also purchased the matching Brazilian briefs in size 8 - they fit similar to other CK bottoms, which run generally on the larger side in my opinion. Read more 89 more words
Madagascar is supposedly based on the Bardot, but more open on top and less depth at the underwire IMO. Best for short roots needing decent projection. Band is true to size. Material isn't super soft but isn't scratchy either. Thankfully the animal print is understated as it's not really "my thing" but I snagged it on Zulily for cheap and it's a really good cup shape for me. Full review on the blog!
Update: 3-29-21, I actually decided to throw on this bra yesterday as it was hanging in my bathroom after being handwashed for the 2nd time. I was honestly planning on putting it in the listings b/c I didn't think it was wearable. However, I'm not sure if handwashing it again softened up the cups or what. For whatever reason, this time when I was wearing it, I didn't feel like I was in danger of coming out of the cup on the left side. I wore this bra to just walk to the store and get some tea. Some observations: this bra gives some definite "cakes on a ...plate"/Marie Antoinette cleavage. It makes my breasts look like two bowling balls. You can definitely see the roots and the roundness. This isn't a look that I usually go for.
When I was walking to the store, I definitely felt like my breasts were bouncing around as I was walking. Maybe if a person had less soft tissue, they would bounce around less. So, this type of bra is more a bra that will put your breasts on display, but not necessarily contain them/minimize bouncing movement: I don't think I could ever go dancing in this bra - I would be bouncing around everywhere!
Lastly, later that night when I was meal prepping, I took off the straps and wore this bra more like a corset (strapless). It basically stays in place b/c of the longline shape.
Thanks for reading my novella!
TLDR: This was my first attempt at purchasing ABTF after learning my correct bra size. I purchased this bra online, because it was cheap and based on it's appearance, but I didn't factor in cup shape, and what would work for my FOB breasts.
This is a discontinued bra I bought off of YourBraStore.com for $15 shortly after I learned of my "true size": I bought it because I thought it was cute. And, I mean, for $15, I was willing to take the risk to see if it would work out. Wow, did I have a lot to learn re: cup shape, ha ha.
The good: initially I kind of thought that this bra was wearable (or I convinced myself it was) because it was so cute. Construction wise, the things I love about this bra are the band and the straps. The band, guys, wow -what a winner! The fabric is stretchy and smooth, and I find the band comfy yet supportive. Because the fit was so odd with the cups, I did the whole "upside and backwards" thing with the band to confirm that it was indeed the correct size for me; when I measured the band, I did get it to stretch to 30", so it is TTS.
I've rarely had straps that are so perfect for my frame: I'm used to wearing poorly-sized V.S. bras (34DD), and the straps were *always* coming off my shoulders. These straps are in the perfect place for my frame, so thank you "Curvy Kate," whoever you are...
Now on to the bad: unfortunately, I believe the cup shape is wrong for me. I believe the cups would work better for a FOT person, and when I looked through the pictures, I think this looks better on FOT women. I'm not sure if you can tell from the pictures, but my larger breast (left) is almost coming out of the top, as far as, and my nipple is dangerously close to the top of the cup - not a good feeling! Also, on my right breast, there is some mild gaping at the top of the cup, so I don't believe it is an issue of cup size, more of cup shape.
This is the type of bra that *wants to be seen* as it makes an uneven pattern under t-shirts, however, I couldn't wear this when I'm almost coming out of it. Also, I wouldn't really consider this bra padded, per se...it's more like thickly lined.
There was one more left in 30G on YourBraStore.com, which I think is a useful resource for us Canadians (or whoever), but it's better if you know *how you fit* in each of the brands, before you order online. In my case, I don't think going up a cup size or two would solve the issue of the overflow, I just need more projection close to the underwire since I'm FOB. Read more 636 more words
This bra was the best out of my recent CK bra trials, but there are still some issues here. First a few words about the bra itself. Oh how gorgeous this bra is! I love the blue color with the lemon print! I also think the fabric of the bottom cups feels quite sturdy and the lace top part of the cups is rather thin and lightweight but it does not feel cheap. Looks like a good quality bra.
The straps though are thin like always on CK bras which I personally dislike. The band seems to be tts or even a bit small for a 34 band. It ...does ride up a bit if I close it on the loosest setting, but I usually wear a 32 band. I would have liked to try the bra in a 32JJ but I couldn't find this size online. I don't know If CK does not make the size or if it was sold out already.The cups are actually not that bad, the wires were less wide than on other bras from this brand. But it could also be because I tried a J cup here instead of a 32JJ. I really feel the difference between CK cups that are much less tall than most other brands that I wear. I have to say, that besides the CK Victory which is a very tall bra, CK is probably not the brand for you if you have tall boobs. So the lace edge does cut in a bit, and I feel like I could need some more support for my upper breast tissue. I don't think a bigger cup size would solve this, I don't think that it is 1 cup size too small. It's more that I would need a bit more fabric in the upper cup. (Or maybe a bit more depth at the center like always!) But I find the bra to be quite deep for a CK bra.
Like I said, it is not that bad, but the bra has the same issue that every bra from this brand had so far: it just feels not supportive enough. I know this problem might be specific for only my size range. I find the straps too flimsy, there isn't much uplift from the cups and too might weight goes on these thin straps. I also feel that with wear over the day that my boobs would fall out of the cups. (I had this problem with another bra from this brand where the bra just collapsed and got less and less supportive over they day. I had to always adjust my boobs in this bra and got neck pain from it. It was 32K - Curvy Kate » Gia (CK2101) ) So I fear this would happen with this bra too. I would look past the issues with wide cups or a little cutting in, if the bra felt supportive enough because I love the print so much. But support is the one priority in a bra that I won't compromise on. Read more 405 more words
So...the highly anticipated Curvy Kate full figure bra....has a lot of problems. There are also some really great things about it. It is a complicated bra. Let’s dive in.
First, the materials are super soft in the hands, really nice feeling. Nothing is hard or scratchy. Neither the band elastic nor the strap elastic has any nasty plasticky loops that are so common on Curvy Kate bras. The bra is lined with a firm but lightweight tulle on bottom and the same mesh as the band on top, under the lace, so there’s no internal quadboob anywhere. The ...design is a pretty typical 4 part cup where one part is a power bar up to the strap. The shape is more of a high apex plunge than a balconnet, although the gore is a similar height to a balconnet I have in the same size- this is not shown in the numbers, however, because while the wires match up, the gores overlapping A shaped bottom shortens the gore at the bottom. This is possibly my favorite part of the bra and others with high stomachs will love this. Most of my bras cut in at the bottom of the gore so I might be doing a new alteration on my bras from here on out.
The general shape of the bra is good. There is finally enough center and top room and the shape is right for me. The stretch lace is nice and firm. The higher strap attachment in theory allows more centered straps. The cup is plenty deep at the center and deepest part. The gore is not too tall or wide.
There are two main problems with this bra: 1. The bra fits about 1-2 cups bigger than other Curvy Kates I own or have tried in 40JJ. It is both much wider and deeper. I wonder if there is vanity sizing going on, or an actual fit problem, as described below. 2. The bra materials, besides those mentioned, are pretty problematic:
The wires are probably the worst part of the bra. They are the most flexible I've ever experienced. Combined with a firm band, they stretch back to my back. If I stretch the bra at all they begin flexing back. This may be intentional- when I hook the bra on the tightest hooks, they are really at my back, but the front of the bra is fairly smooth and fits pretty well. The sides of the bra don't gap as much. But the straps are then pulled too wide. The wires are also too short for the bra, causing a lot of gapping and loose floppy material at the top of the cup edge, which is exacerbated by the cup edge elastic being incorrectly sewed without stretching it enough. The wires actually end before the comfort cushion part, which means that the cushion does nothing. However, I will say that I can imagine the cushion would be really excellent protection for the chubbier-sided bra wearer. Certainly I can see its benefit for me.
The overlay fabric is likewise terrible. It is very stretchy and loose, and because it doesn't match the tension of the non-stretch tulle lining there are a lot of sewing errors and a ton of strange wrinkles. If I were to keep the bra, I would remove this layer of fabric as it does literally nothing except cause problems.
The straps are not great either. Although I love how wide and soft they are, they are a little too stretchy. I have to shorten them very short indeed to get any lift at all.
I want to compare this bra to my 40JJ - Curvy Kate » Curvy Kate Poppy Balcony Bra (CK10011) and my 40J - Curvy Kate » Dragonfly Plunge Bra (SG5411) , both of which are really excellent fits and pretty great feats of engineering in my mind, to say nothing of their beauty. Curvy Kate can make a really good bra when they spend the time and effort to engineer a good fit. This bra falls short, but there are concepts and qualities that can be improved on. My hope is that, with feedback, Curvy Kate can create something spectacular for the larger band + cup size that marries the elegance and excellent fit of their last season's best bras and the ingenuity and promise of this one.
As I typically switch out bra wires anyway, I almost want to try this bra in a 40J and change the wires, cut off the top fabric, and take in the sides where they gap if needed. Maybe when it goes on sale, or is sold used somewhere I could try it. It has a lot of potential, even if I would never recommend it for anyone to try off the rack. Read more 741 more words
When I received this bra, I first noticed how lightweight and thin the materials are. It is a pretty bra with the lace and sheer parts. Usually I can put on a bra very quickly but with Victory I needed quite some time to arrange my boobs for my pics so it looks decent at least.
The issues: (when I put on the bra like I would normally, no extender, straps adjusted but not as short as possible so they don't cut too much into my arms and shoulders)
Lots of gaping at the top. The cups are very tall and have lots of room in the top section, ...very full on top friendly. Wires are not as sturdy as I like and stretch quite a bit, but they also quite wide already. There is empty fabric in the cups at the sides and the wires almost end at my back.
Also when I tried to adjust my boobs into these cups, try to escape at the V-part of the gore. The gore is very tall at 13 cm which I cannot stand on my Panache Tango but did not bother me too much on this bra. The gore does not lie flat, it gets pushed away. Center full boobs do not work with bra that I guess.
On Bottom of the cups I also needed to kinda push my boobs towards the wide so they fill out that part. There was some empty fabric right at the wire I cannot fill. It almost looked like my boobs wanted to overtake the bra and fold over at the Bottom and over the underwire instead of filling the space. I don't know how to explain this better, it was really weird. I think there is not enough room there for deep boobs, also not enough center room.
The band is firm and short like a 30 band. I could fasten it but it looked and felt too tight. The cups are big for a 32K, I wear 32K in Panache Tango and it's a good fit, and I think Tango is fairly true to size it has been around for years?
32K Victory appears like 30L to me. The band is so small, you need a really small back for it, on the other side the straps are so seperated that I need a wider frame and broader shoulders to have a proper fit and not cups and straps cutting in my arms! I have narrow shoulders for my size, if I check size charts my shoulder width is 3 sizes smaller than what clothing size I actually wear also my underbust is smaller than my waist. That makes bras in big cup sizes just more difficult to fit and I think the bra could work on wider frame with smaller boobs. Very good bra for full on top, tall wide and somewhat shallow boobs (on bottom?)
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I tried it on again today and adjusted the straps to the maximum and wore an extender with the bra. I got rid of almost all wrinkling in the cups, when I also pushed the gore flat like on one picture it looked somewhat decent. But looks deceive as it is not wearable this way, because the shoulder straps would kill me and cut my arms off. Also I felt like there was not much support from the wire and band, the wire was too wide to support by bust on the side and would not do any support at the gore since the gore gets pushed away. The shoulder straps are super thin, stretchy and they slip all the time when adjusted. 50% boob weigh at least on the straps which would give me terrible neck pain. Not a bra for me.
Is it bad that I think about trying 34J... just for science. I will edit this when I have other thoughts, I wrote very quickly my first impressions here. Read more 572 more words
This bra has a lovely dark blue colour called accompanied by a light blue elastic on the bottom of the cups and band and matching bows on the gore and straps.
It's a three part cup bra. The bottom and outer part of the cups is two-lined mesh that is not stretchy. The top part of the cups is delicate stretchy lace in the same dark blue colour with an abstract floral-like pattern. It accommodates my upper and central fullness really well and feels non-scratchy (unlike CK Princess lace, which is killing me). There is some risk of in-cup quadding with this bra, fortunately, it's not visible on me ...when I am wearing my clothes on.
With the top of the cups being stretchy, I think it would be great for nursing, as the cups can be pulled down easily, plus there is no risk of cutting in.
There is slight inconvenience with the bottom elastic curling under the band and hurting me sometimes - this is something that happens in all of my bras, so I guess I just need to accept it.
Overall, I am really happy with this purchase. Because of my baby pushing all of my organs up my ribcage is 2 cms larger than before pregnancy, I prefer to wear the bra with an extender some days.