Some time ago I bought the BiuBiu Gotham top (£19.35):
Image courtesy of BiuBiu
What appealed to me most about this top was the black waistband - a feature like this emphasises one's waist and the plain colour gives an almost belt-like look.
I went for the Gotham in 40 BB/BBB. If you're wondering what size you would be in BiuBiu clothing, you can find their comprehensive size guide here.
For reference, in these photos I am wearing my Ewa Michalak S Szykuś Bra 32KK/70KK, which is actually too small in the cup for me now. The photos were taken a few months ago. I have teamed the top with a simple pencil skirt from Primark, black opaque tights from Matalan, and my black patent stiletto heels from Internaçionale.
The Gotham top is made from a very soft, stretchy fabric that is 95% viscose and 5% spandex. It is machine washable and very easy to care for and wear. I like the print of the top - it's not like anything I've ever seen before and incorporates a black and grey pattern in a swirly-floral-like print.
The long sleeves are perfect for cooler times of the year, and the slight bell effect and cuffs add an interesting and different look.
I love the neckline - it is a curved v-neck and does not plunge too deeply, meaning that the top is ideal for the workplace.
The monochrome colour theme is always a classic and it means you can have fun by wearing the top with skirts, trousers, and jeans in different colours. I think the top would look fantastic with a vibrant red pencil skirt or some cobalt blue jeans.
As you can see from the photos, the 40BB/BBB is a good fit on me, but I would have liked a little more length in the bust as the waist section did overlap my boobs in places. Alternatively, if the waistband had been designed as straight instead of an inverted V, this wouldn't have been an issue.
In some of the photos it may look like the top is longer at the front than at the back. This is true, but perhaps not as much as it looks in some of the pics as I had simply forgotten to pull the top down properly at the back. Sorry about that! Length-wise I think for me (as a rather short 5'4 woman) I would have liked the top to not be quite as long as it is, but I can fix that myself relatively easily. Better too long than too short, and the fact that the top is on the longer side will be good news to anyone with a long torso or who is taller than me.
In the stock photo, the model is wearing the top in 36B/BB. If you compare that photo to mine, you will see that the length of the waistband has not been increased, despite my top being two dress sizes larger. I do wish the waistband was incrementally increased with size, as I think this would give more of a belt-like appearance.
Additionally, as I mentioned earlier, the waistband has an inverted V shape at the front, but runs straight across the body on the back. My preference would be for the front to be straight as well, as I think that would give a more flattering look. Anyone who is trying to disguise their tummy will not find this a good look for them as the inverted V accentuates the area beneath the bust. It's a shame as otherwise this is a really great top. Perhaps a better design would have been to have a waistband that is straight all the way around, but with a small triangle of black going up towards the chest area, if that makes sense at all. Something like this (please forgive my terribly amateur Windows Paint skills!!):
What do you think? If this was the actual shape of the waistband, I'd be begging Kinga to make this top in a wide range of plain colours and gorgeous prints! And this in a dress version, too! With pockets, of course.
You can see other blog reviews of the BiuBiu Gotham top here:
I love the Gotham top and think it's a great wardrobe option, and it could be made even better with a few very simple tweaks. What are your favourite items from BiuBiu at the moment?