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
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).