More bikinis! Cleo and Curvy Kate in 30FF.

So, more bikinis! I got these two in a size up from my last review, both are 30FF top and size UK10 (s) bottom.

First up, the curvy kate horizon. The padded bra-top and the side ruched hotpant-style bottoms, which I absolutely love. I’m a big fan of either high waisted bottoms, or shorts, so this was a great find for me.

The top; it fits large in the cup, unlike most of the CK bras I’ve tried, which I needed to size up at least 1 cup in. There is a bit of gaping near the gore on my smaller boob which you can see in the photo, but this is almost disappeared if I tighten the straps a bit more. If you are between sizes I’d recommend sizing down for this one.

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The bikini as a whole is quite flattering, and comfortable. I haven’t swim tested it yet but I have water tested it and it retained it’s size and shape.

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Cleo Tilly nonwired bikini top and fold top bottoms.

I was a little cautious about ordering the non-wired top, because I like the extra support of wires usually, but this feel supportive enough for me, because the band is tight and the thickness of it provides some uplift at the front. The fold top bottoms are very flattering, but in water might have the tendency to flip up, although hopefully not. Image

The print is lovely, and it gives just a bit of cleavage on me, which is all I want for a family holiday! This is probably the most supportive non-wired bikini top I’ve ever tried, and I have high hopes for it holding up for pool volleyball and other such frivolity.

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It’s safe to say I’m happy with both of these. I only with I could pair the CK bottoms with the cleo top, if anyone wants to make this for me I will be one happy lady, but until then I am going to rock the florida beach in these lovely sets.

-Amy

Review: Curvy Kate Desire 28FF

I have not got on well with curvy kate in the past, I have tried the tease me, the tempt me and the elegance, had no luck with their loose bands and wide wires. I tried this because I want me and kate to be friends, her bras are so cute, and I have my eye on the starlet petrol for autumn.

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Again with the poor quality pictures, I know, I’ll have a real camera next week.

This is a multiway plunge bra, available in black or white, with a subtle pattern on the cups and a little bow…..thingy in the middle. The straps are thick, really long, fully adjustable and easy to switch around.

Band: 22″ unstretched, 28″ stretched

Cup width 5.3″, depth 8″

Side wing 2.7″, gore height 1.6″

Compared to the other CKs I tried in the past, the wires are a bit narrower (yey) and shorter (yey) and the band is true to size (yey). The band is also 3 hook fastening, the same width across and quite thick.  So far so good.

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The bra is just not a great shape for me (boo), the top edge of the cup seems to me made for a full on bottom shape, and gives me an odd shelf-like appearance that doesn’t come across so much in pictures. I know I have some quadboobing but there’s also space in the bottom of the cup, that won’t stay where it’s supposed to because of the lengthy straps. If you find yourself tightening straps a lot, be wary.

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It works a bit better as a halterneck for me, the strap is really comfy around my neck and the cups easily lend themselves to the halterneck shape without digging in/ making armpit fat like others tend to do.

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Fit 6/10, cups run small.

Appearance on me 5/10. Someone more full on bottom might get a better shape with this.

Plus Size Bra Review: Curvy Kate Angel

the Curvy Kate Angel bra is available in sizes 28-40 D-K, in basic and fashion colors. The bluebell/white is currently on sale at Brastop.com and Lovebras.com for $23. Matching garter and panties also available, UK sizes 8-22

I desperately wanted to order the matching panties with this bra, but I wasn’t sure if I would like the bra or if it would fit, as well as the fact that only the thong came in a UK22, which is still probably too small as I would need a 22 in US sizing for my bottom half to be comfortable. I ordered this bra in a 40JJ.

Without further ado, pictures 🙂

Features: Fully adjustable straps, 3 sets of hooks and eyes in JJ cup, bow on central gore and straps, seamed cups, non banded bra, lace and ribbon detail at top of cup, double lined lower half of cup, criss-cross coral accents on side band, balconette shape

Fit: The fit is kind of what I expected for the Angel. I remember reading that the fit is similar to the Portia, so this is why I got the JJ instead of the J cup. As you can see, there is definitely space (and wrinkling) in both of the cups, though moreso on the left breast – my smaller of the two. Unfortunately, it’s either I go for too big in the cup, or I have double boob in the J cup 😦 I am just in between sizes for Curvy Kate. The band was firm, but comfortable.  The wires and cups completely encase my breast tissue all around. The central gore sits flush against my chest, and the straps do not dig into my shoulders. The wrinkling in the fabric DOES show under shirts and looks lumpy 😦

Support and Shape: The wires on the Angel felt more sturdy compared to the wires in my Portia, which I like. The support is definitely there, but I do have specific complaints about the shape and lift. As you can see, the lower half of the cup provides a nice, rounded shape. However, when this is connected to the upper, sheer part of the cup, the shape gets pointy and square. The shape in the JJ in CK bras is definitely more round and less downward droopy than what I get in a CK 40J, BUT, I still feel like this is not the best shape that I could get. For some reason when the two fabrics connect, the shape gets wonky. I will also say that there’s too much space in the upper part of the cup. I could easily pull the upper part of the cup to where the strap meets, sew or tack it down, and get more control and a better shape (and I will probably have to do this). I also notice that where the two fabrics meet, I tend to get a little mini double boob (just around the seam). This is weird, and is definitely noticeable under clothes. I have this problem with my Emily in a 40JJ, too….but I think it really happens because there’s not enough tension on the fabric due to the cup being slightly too big for me. The lift in my Curvy Kate bras is nothing to be wowed about. There’s still some work to be done here, and I feel like I have to tighten the straps a lot for me to not be so droopy. Maybe I’m still getting used to seeing my breasts in an unpadded bra that actually fits…. 

Other Thoughts: I’m not sure why I keep buying Curvy Kate bras when I feel like the shape is always lacking….at least, in what I would expect. For me, these bras are not bras that I can buy and wear and be immediately happy with the fit. I need to alter them to get the shape and support that I am looking for, otherwise I am really self conscious all day. I think the fact remains that CK bras are some of the cutest and most stylish bras for my size  and I really don’t want black and white bras for everyday wear. CK provides playful, sweet and sexy options that I don’t have access to in other brands due to my size. I do wish that I could combine all the things I love about my Panache Andorra (lift and shape) with the sexy, playfulness of any of my Curvy Kate styles.

I am definitely keeping this bra because I know that I can alter it to make it look less visible under clothes and to give me that stability I need in the upper cup. I will post an “after alterations” post once I get it done 🙂 Compared to the other Curvy Kate styles, I still think the Emily is my favorite. My beige Emily in a 40J has definitely relaxed with more wear and washes and it is one of my regular go-to bras that I wear even though I feel like my right boob still needs more coverage.

Grade: B+ this bra is gorgeous, but needs some help to get the shape that I want