Monday, 4 June 2012

Curvy Kate Rio Ruffle Bikini

I have already reviewed the Curvy Kate Caribbean Curves and Bondi Breeze bikini tops and shorts on here and my final review of CK's gorgeous 2012 swimwear is the Rio Ruffle.

Image courtesy of Curvy Kate

I must admit that I was least hopeful about this set as it's in a colour I would not usually go for in swimwear. Although aqua/turquoise colours suit me well on the whole I tend to go for bikinis in darker colours than this.  I really love the look of it - so retro and feminine - but in the past I have shied away from wearing anything so eye-catching when on the beach or by the pool.

I ordered this bikini top in 32K from Simply Be to start with as I wanted to try it out for size.


         

The band was perfect and I was pleasantly surprised with how well this top fitted me in the cups. The wires were rather wide for me, however, and came up a bit too high under the arms for my liking.  Furthermore, the cups gave me more coverage than I would like and gaped a little in places so I didn't keep this one but it was still a useful exercise to figure out what size might fit me better instead. I decided that going down a couple of cup sizes would work best for me as the material is very stretchy and it would offer a better shape and more support in a smaller size.

After speaking with the lovely people at Curvy Kate, who had kindly agreed to send me some swimwear for my prize in their 'Name The Bra' competition, I went for a 32HH (as the J wasn't in stock) and a size 20 in the skirted briefs.




Well, shock horror, this bikini ended up being my favourite of the lot (closely followed by the Caribbean Curves). I love how the frilled edges give a very feminine feel to this bikini and there are also frills on the back of the top and briefs which is a nice touch.

The deep pink complements the turquoise material perfectly and each colour makes the other appear more vibrant. The cups are lightly padded, which is great for getting into a cold pool or sea! The turquoise looks so pretty in the sunshine and made me feel like I was suitably attired for sunbathing.

The cups are lightly padded with a thin layer of foam – hopefully this is a sign of more padded bras to come from Curvy Kate, I certainly hope so! I felt well supported and although there was a bit of east/west shape going on it was minimised by the pretty frills along the edges of the cups. The wires again were a bit too wide for me and the cups too shallow but as I had sized down to reduce this it wasn't anywhere near as significant as the 32K cups.

I absolutely adore the plunge style of this bikini. It's lower in the central gore than the Bondi Breeze and Caribbean Curves on me, which is great as I wear plunge bras on a daily basis so it doesn't do to have tan lines that don't match!

I found the straps exactly the same as the other two CK bikinis I tried: much too long! I will be putting this right by hand now that I have returned from my holiday but its a bind that I have to make such adjustments and seek out some matching thread. The straps also did the same thing as the Bondi Breeze, where the doubled-over straps wouldn't lie nicely on top of one another and instead spread, which made for wider tan lines than expected.

The wires in the cups were a bit too short so the central gore fabric curled over slightly. This could be rectified 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.

Interestingly, the band on this bikini top was significantly tighter than the band on the 32K I tried a couple of weeks previously. Surely they should be exactly the same? This one felt very tight and I wonder if it was a mislabelled 30. Anyway, I soon grew accustomed to it and found it did a great job at staying put for the day.

Now on to the skirted briefs. I'm afraid that I felt rather let down by the bottoms of all the CK bikini sets I tried – they are all very low rise and the Rio Ruffle is no exception. In fact, I would say they were the skimpiest of the three and I felt so uncomfortable in them when I tried them on at home that I went out and bought some plain alternatives from the high street.

These are size 18 from Debenhams' own label:


They were a great match fabric- and colour-wise but I really didn't like the gold embellishment and the way it made one side of the briefs less deep than the other. I contemplated removing it and either replacing it or restitching the side section but in the end I ran out of time before my holiday and these were returned for a refund.

These ones are size 20 from BHS:


These were a better shape generally and the lack of fussy detail was good. This sort of shape is usually what I go for when choosing bikini briefs.  Unfortunately, however, the top section is supposed to be ruched and I think it has been stitched incorrectly and so instead it sits as a rounded band, which didn't look right. Additionally, the fabric does not have a sheen, unlike the fabric used in the Curvy Kate set and I was concerned that this might be noticeable when worn alongside the bikini top. The colour was also not quite the right match, although this was less noticeable in real life.  For these reasons I decided not to keep these either.

So in the end I took the skirted briefs on holiday with me and tried to get used to how skimpy they were. The frills on the briefs actually were quite flattering as they covered over what can sometimes be a tricky area if the briefs dig in at the sides. However the front and back rises on the briefs are almost indecently low and I had to keep checking to ensure I wasn't showing anything I shouldn't have been! Again, I would politely request that Curvy Kate address this issue when designing next summer's swimwear ranges and in addition offer us an option of regular briefs without tie sides.

As I found with the other Curvy Kate swimwear bottoms, I think a size 16 would have been better for me as these ended up feeling very loose by the end of my holiday. However I would be very nervous that two sizes smaller would mean me showing various bodily parts that aren't meant to be on display at a public pool or beach!

In conclusion, this is a really lovely bikini set and if you can make the briefs work for you then you are definitely on to a winner. Well done, Curvy Kate!

2 comments:

  1. It does look flamboyant and playful. I would want that line for our Maldives summer trip this year.

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  2. Hey, I hope you won't get me wrong, but you are truly gifted! This is coming from a person who's totally lacking it. I'm considering getting a breast augmentation in the future so good luck to me! Anyway, you are rocking it girl, you look good.

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