Tried & Tested: Curvy Kate Lingerie

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When it comes to bras that fit, I’ve resigned myself to the fact that only a handful of brands can really cater for the fuller figure. All of them charge upwards of £25 for a decent bra, so buying pretty new lingerie quickly ends up costing a fortune.

So I was happy to discover BraStop.com, who offer all the brands I’m familiar with (Panache, Kalyani, Freya etc) along with one I didn’t – Curvy Kate – with discounts all round. The money off ranges from a couple of quid to around 50% off, and with one Curvy Kate bra on special offer at £10 this week, I thought it rude not to give it a go…

I have to say I was thorougly impressed. First of all, with BraStop’s service. I didn’t specify next day delivery, but I ordered the bra in the afternoon, it was dispatched within hours and it was on my doormat when I got home the next day, prettily wrapped in tissue paper beneath the plastic shipping bag.

The bra itself was a real surprise. For £10, I wasn’t expecting much (I didn’t note the £26 RRP at the time). Even Primark charge £6+ for its D+ bras and I’m used to paying around £30 for Panache and Kalyani, but the quality was on a par with those other brands I’m used to. The choice of style is limited (there are about 6 bras in the range, all fairly similar) but each comes in loads of colours and prints so when you find the one you like, you’re set!

Like most of us, I vary between a couple of sizes depending on the brand, but I decided to go with the smaller back size on this occasion given that Curvy Kate is a specialist brand and they tend to be slightly more generous around the band than high street D+ ranges with their padding, frills and over the top detail.

I was right to do this. The bra I tried was called Portia, and I’d liken the fit of it to similar styles from Panache – the cups are quite wide and the back is fairly generous (if you’re between two sizes, go down as there’s quite a lot of stretch). Most importantly, it’s incredibly comfortable. I often find the bones start to dig in after a day’s wear but with this I couldn’t feel a thing. The straps didn’t slip at all, and nothing itched or rubbed. All in all, I was suitably impressed. It’s great to discover another brand that fits and flatters, especially one so affordable.

Prices on BraStop for Curvy Kate range from about £12 up to £16 and right now there’s free shipping with the code JAN10PAY. I’m definitely going to be investing in a few more!

I paid for the bra and received no incentive to write this. I just loved the brand!

  • http://www.pasazz.net/blog Sarah

    That’s a very attractive price for a good quality bra. Will have to check this out better! Thanks for posting :)

  • http://www.pasazz.net/blog Sarah

    That’s a very attractive price for a good quality bra. Will have to check this out better! Thanks for posting :)

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  • mandi b

    Curvy Kate bra’s are super cute – but a bit small in the cup? How did you find them?

  • mandi b

    Curvy Kate bra’s are super cute – but a bit small in the cup? How did you find them?

  • mandi b

    doh – ignore that comment I hadn’t read the whole post! The bra I tried was the “princess” as per your pic above but the middle seam nearly cut my boob in half!” Not a good look!

  • mandi b

    doh – ignore that comment I hadn’t read the whole post! The bra I tried was the “princess” as per your pic above but the middle seam nearly cut my boob in half!” Not a good look!

  • http://www.gemmacartwright.com Gemma

    Thanks for the tip-off Mandi,

    Portia seemed fairly true to size cup-wise, but I do vary between two and I’d bought the bigger cup size this time around which was obviously the right move.

    So we now know it’s definitely worth bearing in mind that the cup may come up small for anyone shopping this brand!

  • http://www.gemmacartwright.com Gemma

    Thanks for the tip-off Mandi,

    Portia seemed fairly true to size cup-wise, but I do vary between two and I’d bought the bigger cup size this time around which was obviously the right move.

    So we now know it’s definitely worth bearing in mind that the cup may come up small for anyone shopping this brand!

  • http://cupcakesclothes.blogspot.com/ Georgina

    Simply Be now stocks Curvy Kate Bras, I was recently sent one of their magazines in the post & they look really cute. I think they go up to a 40j.
    .-= Georgina´s last blog ..What It Looks Like On =-.

  • http://cupcakesclothes.blogspot.com/ Georgina

    Simply Be now stocks Curvy Kate Bras, I was recently sent one of their magazines in the post & they look really cute. I think they go up to a 40j.
    .-= Georgina´s last blog ..What It Looks Like On =-.

  • Mireille

    I definitely agree with the comment about Curvy Kate’s cup size being slightly small. I normally wear Freya’s 28GG (which fit perfectly), but the price of CK is great, although their 28GG cup felt small … I’ve just ordered a 28H – hoping that’s better!

  • Mireille

    I definitely agree with the comment about Curvy Kate’s cup size being slightly small. I normally wear Freya’s 28GG (which fit perfectly), but the price of CK is great, although their 28GG cup felt small … I’ve just ordered a 28H – hoping that’s better!

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  • http://www.fancy-lingerie.com Donna

    I actually ordered a Curvy Kate’s bra because I find it irresistible. But BE AWARE. The cup size IS slightly small so I had to send it back and order a larger size.

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    good quality correctly fitted bra so important

  • Sarah

    I’m so glad to have found your comments, ladies! I’m going to take a shot ordering from the UK to US on CK which I’ve never tried before and going on your fit recommendations with the larger cup.. 30FF/G. Wish me luck on the G! ;)

  • Anonymous

    Love this bra I have the thrill me and agree the sizes are a little on the smaller side

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  • HenrietteR

    How is Curvy Kate’s bra sie compared to Freya? is it the same sizes?

  • http://www.biggirlsbrowse.com Gemma

    Hi Henriette, I find them similar to Freya but often a bit more generous on the band. The shape of CK cups also seems to be fuller towards the outside of the cups rather than the centre, but this obviously depends on style.