BiuBiu Modena Shirt in Red 42BBB

You may have seen my previous post in which I mentioned that the lovely Kinga from BiuBiu very kindly sent me a package of goodies recently.  Next up for review from this parcel is the BiuBiu Modena Shirt in Red (£25.87):

Image courtesy of BiuBiu

The shadows in this picture at the bottom of the shirt almost make it look like there is ruffling down the front, but this is not the case.  The Modena is a very simple long-sleeved shirt.

I haven’t tried a fitted shirt like this for many years.  The reason is that they are not cut for women like me; I have a 46-30-47 figure and tend to need stretchy fabrics like jersey, rather than cotton, in order for clothing to have a chance of working.  In one of my previous jobs we had to wear ‘fitted’ cotton shirts and in order to get a decent fit on the bust I had to order something like a UK size 24, which meant that the shirt was huge elsewhere on me and therefore not fitted at all!

Non-fitted shirts are no better as the lack of shape ends up leaving me looking like a sack of potatoes.  Yes, I can always add a belt but the excess fabric, especially around the middle, always causes unfortunate puffiness and bulkiness.

I was therefore rather cautious when I tried on the Modena shirt as I had high hopes and did not want to be let down.

I was sent the Modena in size 42BBB.  The B/BB/BBB size option refers to how busty you are and therefore how much extra boob room you require in your clothing.  The idea is to order your regular shirt size and then to choose a busty level to allow for your boobs.

The colour of the Modena is absolutely lovely.  It’s a very vibrant orangey red and instantly makes me look tanned and wide awake.  I love it!

The buttons on the cuffs are very difficult to fasten so my top tip is to do them up before putting the blouse on.  The buttons down the front are cleverly placed close together in order to minimise gaping.  However, as you can see from my photos, the gaping has not been completely eradicated and if it existed I think I could have done with a BBBB or even a BBBBB as I definitely could have done with more boob room.

Besides that, the Modena shirt fitted me well overall. I haven’t been able to button a shirt across my boobs for years so even though this one was a bit tight it was an absolute revelation!  The shirt is somewhat shaped but it ended up feeling a little snug across the hips for my liking, but again that is a common gripe of mine with the fit of tops and shirts.  My crazy figure is so difficult to clothe!

The back of the shirt also fitted far better than anything else I have tried for years.  It is great across the shoulders and tapers beautifully to my waist. I did find that the fabric bunched up around the waist so it may be that it is too long for my short-waisted high-waisted torso.  Or perhaps it was because it was hard to pull down over my hips as the fit was on the small side in this area.

The Modena shirt is an unspecified cotton elastane mix but I would suggest it has minimal elastane content as I didn’t notice any stretch in the fabric.  The quality is absolutely superb – the shirt is beautifully made and the fabric is lovely and soft.

I’ve photographed the shirt here without any adjustments but in order to make it wearable in public I’d have to not button it over my boobs and instead wear it partially open with a vest underneath.  I also think I’d undo a couple of buttons at the bottom so the fit was not quite so tight there.

So, although the 42BBB was not a perfect fit for me, I do think the Modena would be a great option for most women.  My advice would be to size up as it seems to be on the small side but it’s definitely a lovely shirt that would be work appropriate for anyone office-based.

Stay tuned for more BiuBiu reviews coming soon!



  1. Sophisticated Pair
    28 August 2013 / 16:26

    I love the top on you, but I do see the pulling at the buttons. What about using some double-stick tape if you want to wear it regularly? I've heard from my customers that it works well for daily wear and keeps the shirt closed even as you move. The color is gorgeous on you too!

    • Curvy Wordy
      30 August 2013 / 14:23

      Thank you! The tape is a great idea – will give it a try 🙂

  2. Anonymous
    29 August 2013 / 15:59

    Utter babe! Perfect workwear! another great plus size blog entry

    • Curvy Wordy
      30 August 2013 / 14:23

      Thanks. This shirt is definitely a great one for work wear.

  3. astrid
    29 August 2013 / 21:17

    You look lovely in this! I also wish it came in a 42BBBB, as that would be my size!

    • Curvy Wordy
      30 August 2013 / 14:24

      Thank you, Astrid! Let's hope there will 'B' more options soon (sorry) 😉

  4. Anonymous
    30 August 2013 / 09:11

    Hello, I think you look very beautiful in this shirt. The size maybe a little bigger in the bust, but overall it is perfect!!! Actually, I'm writing for some advice. I'm 39/31/42 and Biubiu advised me to try 40BB and 42B just in case. Now I'm not so sure about the 42B. Should I go just for the 42BB and 42B instead?

    • Curvy Wordy
      30 August 2013 / 14:25

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment 🙂 I think BiuBiu offer great sizing advice but it's might be worth sizing up if you're unsure about bust fit on this shirt.

  5. Ruta
    30 August 2013 / 13:06

    Oh, I (the above anonymous comment) just realise that I didn't read your post entirely. You give the answer to my question (to size up) so orry to have you bothered:) Your blog is great, I find so many ideas, interesting thoughts and inspiration to try on clothes I would have never dared to before:)

    • Curvy Wordy
      30 August 2013 / 14:26

      Hi Ruta, no worries at all! Thanks for your feedback; it's always so lovely to hear from readers. I've got a few more BiuBiu reviews coming soon 🙂

  6. Anonymous
    30 August 2013 / 19:49

    Hi I was wondering how long delivery took? I'm also in the UK and was interested in getting a few items from the Biu Biu website as the ones I brought via Ebay need to be returned& there aren't replacement sizes in what I was after.Many thanksAlex

    • Curvy Wordy
      2 September 2013 / 14:57

      Hi Alex,I'm afraid I can't give personal advice on this as I don't know when my items were sent. However, friends say that delivery is usually within a week once the items have been despatched.Hope this helps!

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