A Review Of The Curvy Kate Romance And Gia

19 Nov

When it comes to non padded bras I am particularly fussy. The shape and coverage has to be spot on as I do not fall easily in love with the sheer fabric, no matter how beautiful the bra.
I have started to wear non padded bras fairly regularly as I have several gorgeous dresses with limited bust room that I cannot bear to part with! And non padded bras seem to compress my bust a little more, especially my favourite, Emily.

Recently I received two 36H/18 sets from Curvy Kate – the Romance and the Gia. I have previously reviewed both on the Brastop blog but some time ago and in different colourways and larger cup sizes.
First up was the Romance.

I really loved the red and black colourway and the pretty detailing on this bra – simple yet effective, like all curvy Kate bras. I found the 36H to be a good fit for me, although it was slightly too low under my arms, but that was down to incompatibility rather than a sizing issue. The briefs were a tad small in an 18, plus I don’t get along with curvy Kate knickers as they are made of unforgiving embroidery and they cut in rather unflatteringly.
The shape of the bra was similar to the Emily in that it gave me a rounded and somewhat flattened shape, rather than projected ‘torpedos’.

The fully adjustable straps and three hooks and eyes supported me and felt firm and secure. I like a wider band as it helps reduce back fat and gives my shoulders even more of a break.
If the side of the bra were a little higher or I had less underarm fat then this bra would be pretty perfect. It is still one that I will reach for to wear under those tighter dresses, but it can become a little comfy when worn all day long.

The next up was the Gia in black.

I have tried the red version before and I adored the colour and the small details. Being a plain black bra this was no show stopper colour wise, but those small details such as the gem on the central gore and on the briefs just give it a little extra glam.

The shape the Gia gives me is slightly more pointed than the Romance. It felt a tiny bit higher at the sides and seemed to contain me better than the Romance. The smooth satiny material that makes up the lower portion of the cups felt amazing and looks great under clothes, and the matching look on the knickers made them far more forgiving and flattering.
Once again the three hooks and eyes and adjustable straps proved a winning combination for me and I have to say that although the Romance gives a preferred shape, Gia is my favourite out of the two.

Which bra do you prefer? Do you own any Curvy Kate bras? How do you find them?

9 Responses to “A Review Of The Curvy Kate Romance And Gia”

  1. catsonthebed November 19, 2012 at 12.53 #

    As a busty gal myself, I think I would rather like the shape Romance gives, as you say, not torpedo looking.

  2. ducedesign1975 November 19, 2012 at 12.53 #

    Great advice. My wife always has trouble finding the correct fit and Curvy Kate has been good in the past. We’ll have to try these two out soon. Thank you :-)

  3. Leena November 20, 2012 at 12.53 #

    Love Curvy Kate, I’m a recent convert. I have a Princess Balconnette, though, that I have one problem with – the seam across the cup cuts right across my nipple and itches like hell. It’s better since washing, so we’ll see if it softens up some.

  4. XL Hourglass November 20, 2012 at 12.53 #

    Like you, I prefer the padded bras.. But there just aren’t that many in 34J/JJ! I haven’t tried any of Curvy Kates unpadded, but as I do much prefer the more ‘torpedo projection’, maybe they just aren’t for me? :( Running out of options, it seems!

    • Ve November 21, 2012 at 12.53 #

      Look at the PL bras here: http://www.ewa-michalak.pl/

      I’m a 30KK/L

      From what I’ve seen of Curvy Kate bra reviews, they tend to be more torpedo-like towards the upper end of the bra letter spectrum.

  5. Ann November 20, 2012 at 12.53 #

    Unlike you, I prefer unpadded cups, but I have such a hard time finding good ones that more than half of the bras I own are padded.

    Curvy Kate is a brand I want to like because their bras are pretty, and yet I have such difficulties with the fit. I want to try the Romance, but here’s my sad history of failures:

    * Fleurty – I should have sized up from my normal size, but as it is discontinued I figured there was no point in ordering a larger size.
    * Princess – I’m between sizing; it about 1/2 a cup too small.
    * Portia – There is extra fabric at the bottom of the cup. Also the lace on the top pokes out.
    * Gia – There is so much extra fabric at the bottom that it folds over on itself. Meanwhile breast tissue pokes out the top. It’s clearly not the right fit for my shape.
    * Lottie – Same problem as the Gia.
    * Angel – At first it looked good, but after 30 minutes, the wire no longer laid flat against my breastbone and the lace bulges obviously under clothing when my arms are in certain positions (I think it was too stiff and didn’t conform to my shape).
    * Emily – The underwire pokes me in the armpits.
    * Thrill Me – I need to go up a cup from my normal size, but I couldn’t find it since the bra is discontinued.
    * Tease Me – I need to go up a cup, which sizes me out of the model.

    So I’ve tried most of it and I may need to stop torturing myself by looking at all the pretty bras I can’t wear. I’m especially unhappy about the black/gold Entice – I’ve wanted something that looks like that for years, but it stops even before my standard size and my experience with Showgirl lines is that I need to size up.

    • Kristi November 21, 2012 at 12.53 #

      I’m so with you, Ann. I have two CKs–The Princess and The Emily and neither fit properly. The Princess also adds insult to injury for me by being unbearably itchy. I want so badly to like them since they are so incredibly gorgeous but alas, no more CKs for me.

  6. Lizzy April 18, 2013 at 12.53 #

    I am fairy new to these European size/style bras but they are everything I have ever dreamed of in a bra. I have only tried Fantasie, Parfait by Affinitas & Panache. They all had very different sizing. I am currently wearing a size 38GG in the panache style and would like to try a Curvy Kate. How would you compare the Curvy Kate to the others? In your opinion does it run smaller or larger to the others? These bras are not offered in stores near me to try on and the stores that do carry these brands, don’t go larger than a G cup size. I am considering the Princess style. Please help!!

    • fullerfigurefullerbust April 18, 2013 at 12.53 #

      I would say that Panache and CK are similar in size. Check out Bratabase for more sizing info x

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