Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Curvy Kate Bondi Breeze Bikini

I have already reviewed the Curvy Kate Caribbean Curves bikini top and shorts on here and next up in my review of CK swimwear is the Bondi Breeze.

Image courtesy of Curvy Kate

I was dying to try this one out as it's mainly black and I almost always take a black bikini on holiday with me. I was therefore absolutely thrilled when the wonderful people at Curvy Kate were kind enough to send me one to try out as part of my prize for winning their 'Name The Bra' competition.

The set is gorgeous – a black bikini offset with deep pink piping and edging and gorgeous feature heart-shaped buttons which are so cute.

I tried the top in 32J and the shorts in size 20 as I always size up in bikini bottoms to minimise the amount that they cut in.

When I first put the bikini top on I must admit I was disappointed at the east/west appearance it gave my boobs. It also made them very triangular from above, which is something I am not used to after wearing Ewa Michalak bras, as they give me a very rounded up-front appearance. The look was much more noticeable in this bikini top than with the other CK bikinis I tried.

However, when I tried the top on for the second time, I felt this look was not as extreme as I'd first thought so I took it away on holiday with me. Unfortunately, I should have paid more attention to my first impressions as when I wore the top during my recent holiday to Spain I felt it did not fit me as well as the other two Curvy Kate bikinis I was road testing. The shape was definitely all wrong for me but the support was good.

The straps are fully adjustable but for me they were still way too long even when they were adjusted as far as they would go. I also found that there was some adjuster slippage during wear so I had to keep tightening the straps, which was frustrating. The other thing I found was where the straps were doubled over, instead of the top layer sitting on the bottom layer, it would sometimes move over so I ended up with wider tan lines along the straps than I ought to have had. Again, as with the Caribbean Curves bikini top, I would have unstitched them and made them shorter myself, had I had time to do so before my holiday.

The wires in the cups were a bit too short so the central gore fabric curled over slightly. I managed to partially solve this by pushing the wire ends into this section but that meant the underarm area would sometimes curl out. I find this issue with a lot of Bravissimo own brand bras but the 2012 swimwear is the first time I have known of it in CK items.

The back band was initially nice and firm but somehow I felt I had to keep adjusting where it sat during the day. The pink edging along the bottom of the band had a habit of turning up so I felt I had to keep fiddling with it so it sat correctly.  On reflection, I think I would have done better with a 30 band.

The band fastens with a regular bikini clasp which stayed secure all day, although it did tend to turn on its side due to not being stitched firmly enough in place. However, I really loved the fact that there was only a minimal amount of material in the back section of the bikini top, meaning that my tan lines were less than with bikinis I have tried in the past.

I found this bikini top came up rather high under my arms and it dug in - both the wires and the boning poked me somewhat. It wasn't so bad that I never wore the top again but it's something I noticed every time I had it on.

The shorts...hmm. I had been warned by the lovely staff at Curvy Kate that their bikini bottoms ran large but I went with the 20 in these and ended up regretting it. Walking from my room to the pool on the first day I wore this set was an uncomfortable experience as the shorts rode up my backside almost straight away so I had to fiddle about with them when I got to my destination. During my first dip in the pool I found the outer layer of material was quite a bit bigger than the one underneath and this resulted in the shorts feeling much too big for me. After my second swim I discovered I could hold the bottom edge of the shorts away from my backside, which wasn't a great look so after this I wore some plain black bikini briefs with the top instead. 

The good thing about the shorts is that they had a higher rise than the Caribbean Curves shorts (perhaps because they are a size bigger, however), which meant I felt more comfortable in them in that respect.  Width-wise I think I would have done best with a size 16 in the shorts but I fear the rise would have been revealingly low!!

As I've said before, I really hope that Curvy Kate will offer some straightforward briefs to match their bikinis next summer – even if they were in plain colours to mix and match that would be fine. There is a tie side briefs option available for the Bondi Breeze but I don't get on with this style of briefs at all as I prefer some coverage at the sides.

Overall this is a great looking bikini that would suit anyone who likes the fit of Curvy Kate's bras. It's ideal for those who have wider set boobs who like wider wires and shallower cups, but my advice is to size down in the cups and shorts (I haven't tried the tie side briefs so can't comment on them) in order to get the best fit.

I have reviewed the Curvy Kate Rio Ruffle bikini top and skirted briefs here.

And check out Denocte's superb review on Kurvendisussionen here (if you'd like to read it in English, click the Union Flag at the top of the post).


  1. Just to let you know about the shorts... you can replace the elastic in them and it will fix the bagginess. I've done it a few times on swimsuits bottoms (well, my seamstress has) and it's a great quick fix that will help a lot with fit.

    you still look gorgeous in this one too! I think if I do get one of these I'll have to size up in the shorts and change out the elastic then. Do you normally get size 18 or 16 then in CK bottoms so I know for comparison...

    1. Aww thanks June :-) I haven't owned any CK bottoms before as I've never found a bra that fits but at Christmas the 18s were good so I would go for the 16s now.

  2. You do such great reviews!

    You look great as always, but I find the bikini itself to be quite boring. The colours look good on you, though.

    1. Aww thanks so much! *Blushes*

      It's interesting because normally I would go for black or another dark colour for a bikini and although this one is lovely it was my least favourite of the three I tried. Not sure if that was down to colour or what but I have surprised myself by preferring something brighter/patterned.

  3. Thanks for another great review. I rather like the look of it but the bones digging in is a big concern. I'll be careful with my sizing

    1. Thanks Deborah :-) Hope the review helped you.

  4. Hi would you say the band of this bikini was stretchy at all? I'm a 42 band size but they do not have my size do u think a 40 band size would do if it is at all stretchy? Thank you !!

    1. Hi there. In the post I mention that I found the 32 band to be too big so I would think that you'd be fine in a 40 band. Don't forget to go up a cup size though (sister sizing rules).

  5. Thank you so much girl :) Im going to go with a 38 then because im pregnant right now and I plan on losing weight after baby is here, have you tried the bondai breeze tankini top? I also purchased that one, hopefully it is same deal as the bikini top, do you know if it runs big as well? thanks a bunch love reading your reviews!!

    1. No worries :-)

      I haven't tried the tankini as I like to get a brown tummy on holiday hehe! I would imagine the fit is similar to the regular bikini top, but do let me know when it arrives.

      PS Congratulations on your pregnancy x

  6. Thank you so much! Yes I will let you know how the tankini works out for me, I've never bought anything by curvy Kate before and am dying to try the bikini and tankini as I love pink and black together


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