If you haven't heard of BiuBiu before, they make reasonably-priced bust-friendly clothing that fits amazingly well and is wonderfully comfortable to wear whilst being feminine and flattering.
Today I am going to share with you the BiuBiu Rotterdam top (£19.35).
Image courtesy of BiuBiu
I went for the top in red in size 40 BB/BBB (size guide here):
For reference, in all 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 paired the top with a simple pencil skirt from Primark, black opaque tights from Matalan, and my black patent heels from Internaçionale.
The Rotterdam is a faux-wrap top, which has a purpose-cut bust area and then a ruched section across the tummy. So often with wrap tops and dresses I find that the underbust area - usually the smallest point on a woman's torso - is lost amidst the wrapped fabric, but with the Rotterdam this has been expertly addressed by providing the boob section on the top and then the wrapped bit underneath. I hope that makes sense! If not, have a closer look at my photos and you can see, especially from the side shots, how well my underbust area is defined. This gives a great silhouette and shows my curves off to perfection.
Length-wise the Rotterdam is great, and thanks to the ruching it can easily be pulled down to make it longer (and less ruched) or pushed up to make it shorter (and therefore more ruched). The ruching does a great job of disguising lumps and bumps, and even any layers of clothing underneath.
One of the things I love most about BiuBiu tops is that they are cut for curves on the back as well as the front, and so there is usually no gathering or bunching of the fabric as the top goes from the waist to the hips. As you can see from my photos, this top is a winner in that department and fits brilliantly on my back.
Made from a soft, stretchy jersey material, the Rotterdam is so easy to wear and care for. It is machine washable - win! - and is 95% cotton and 5% elastane. I do prefer my clothing to have a high cotton content as it is so much more comfortable to wear.
The long sleeves are perfect for cooler days and they are of a great length. They even have a ruching effect towards the wrist, which adds interest.
I really love how the wrapover at the bust is not overly revealing. Of course, it could be worn more open than I've shown in my photos, meaning that this really is a very versatile top. It's totally appropriate for work wear, as well as more casual occasions. If you wanted to wear the neckline more open, you could add a vest underneath if you wanted a more modest look, or not if you didn't!!
The 40BB/BBB is the perfect size for me as it fits my curves perfectly. I think if I'd gone for a larger size the extra fabric might have added unnecessary bulk and so not given quite such a flattering look.
This top takes my breath away. It is quite simply AMAZING. It feels like it has been made to measure for me and I absolutely adore it. Unfortunately I haven't been able to wear it much as the weather has been too warm but I await the arrival of cooler temperatures with great excitement as I know I will get a great deal of wear out of this top. I now want it in ALL the colours!
Having checked the BiuBiu website, it looks like the Rotterdam is not available at the moment but I daresay BiuBiu will be restocking it soon. As an alternative, you might like to try the Haarlem.
You can read more reviews of the BiuBiu Rotterdam top at these blogs:
The Rotterdam is quite possibly my favourite BiuBiu top I've tried so far. Its fit and cut are perfect for me and it makes me feel amazing. I'd love to see it made in a wider range of colours, and even in some prints, although with the ruching that might not work so well.