I'd like to start by saying that this bra is GORGEOUS. The beautiful raspberry color stole my heart, and I love the subtle leopard print. The band isn't quite as generous as the Princess, and I found the 32 to be sufficient. I don't know if I'd recommend sizing down for this one. The biggest problems I found with this bra were the cup depth, the wire height and the wire width. I have narrow roots with a pretty good amount of projection, and there was a lot of space on the bottom for me that could just not be filled. The wing height wasn't too bad, and it didn't ...stab me or anything but it did come up rather high and on someone shorter than me (I'm 5'4") that would probably be a problem. And as I mentioned, my breasts are pretty narrow so my boobs would fall right into the wires after scooping and swooping. However, someone with rider roots than I would probably like the width. This bra did give me a good, rounded shape (just what I'd expect of a molded bra) and someone with wider breasts than I (and an appreciation for subtle leopard print!) would probably love this. Read more 93 more words
I had such high hopes for this bra (the only Curvy Kate I really considered, I've had so much trouble with sizing), and I'm a little disappointed, I guess. I tried the 32H in a shop, but they didn't have the 32HH so I ordered it. It's quite pretty in a shockingly bright pink, but the straps are really far apart (and rather narrow), even on my wide shoulders. I'm not a small (wide shoulders, I'm pretty tall) so I wonder how that would work on a smaller woman. The wide gore coupled with the wide wires means it digs a into my armpits, and the cup doesn't have enough forward projection at the bottom, so I have a pretty bad "orange in a glass" effect there. The band is quite firm, which is good. I've looked at my options for altering this bra, and I've decided it's probably futile. Since I ended up not wearing it more than one day, I'll probably put it up on Bra swap or something.
As my previous two experiences with Curvy Kate weren't successful, I was doubtful whether the Smoothie would be an improvement. The Angel and the Emily don't work at all on me, the former looks droopy (and comes too high under the arms) and the Emily was scratchy, droopy and the cups huge. But, but. Third time's the magic! The Smoothie will certainly become my new favourite (and yeah, I intend to wear it a lot https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":D" /> ), as it - gives a great, uplifted, upfront shape - think "perky" - looks quite delicate (no mean feat in J cup) - is incredibly comfortable both ...in cups and band - has a sturdy, non-stretchy band - is the kind of no-nonsense go-to bra every girl needs. I've set the fit after my bigger boob. The smaller one leaves a little empty room at the top-and-center of the cup, so it gapes a tiny bit next to the center gore.
At the moment I can't give you any cons as it's obviously a well-made bra. The only things that may cause problems to some are that - the straps are placed quite wide apart. I don't have a problem with that as I have wide shoulders. - the straps are curiously thin (not narrow!) compared to for example many Ewa Michalaks and GG-K cup Freyas. They don't feel stretchy, so maybe it's just a feeling of mine best left ignored.
Edit: I'm wondering if I've gotten some sort of an unfortunate specimen of this bra as the band suddenly feels a lot bigger after some five washes, more like a 32 band. Read more 167 more words
The band is not true to size. The straps have a decorative edge which can irritate, although they are nice and wide. The bra creates a nice silhouette under tshirts and such. A good wide band giving support. In the correct size this would be a very wearable bra, not too plain but not overly fancy so a good general wear bra I'd call it.
My recommendations nearly always suggest I fit a 32FF, but inevitably the cups would be too big. So for this Curvy Kate Smoothie, I first tried the 32F and that ended up being too shallow. (The wire width was really good, but they sat on my ribs and the top of the cups quadded.) I was hoping this 32FF would fit better, since the width of the cups on the 32F were perfect/if not on the shorter side. This one still didn't fit at the wires, since the cups clearly buckled just above the wires, and the top of the cups buckled at the straps anytime I moved. Both the cups and the straps are painfully too close to my arms, so clearly the straps are too far apart. (I need center-pull straps, I guess.) And the shape of the wires, even though not too wide, sat too low.
Provides a nice rounded shape, but it's too shallow at the wire. They sat on my ribs and I couldn't fill the bottom of the cups. At the same time I quadded across the top. It's a shame too, because the width of the wires was perfect for me! The band was snug but true to size. Couldn't tell if it would stretch out quickly.
Other features: * The straps were slightly too far apart. If I went up a cup-size they'd be too far apart & cut into my armpits for sure. *It has the J-hook in the back to convert to racerback straps. I already had to fully extend the straps, so the J-hook wouldn't work for me. I guess I'm too low-set.
Points of interest: *The sizing on the sewn-in tag must have been changed at some point (or else an error was corrected) because an additional label was glued onto the original tag showing the new sizes.