Back in December last year, the Curvy Kate girls asked me if I had ever tried a strapless bra. I pretty much laughed in their faces – I blame the wine and the fact that holding five pounds of sagging flesh aloft is not really an easy feat. The team then went onto tell on that they me that they were working on a strapless bra that could possible work for me – the Luxe. And several months later, I got to try it out in a 36H…

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Well, colour me impressed, the bra really did seem to hold my boobs up! I don’t expect miracles, and I don’t expect a strapless bra to give me the exact same shape and support as a bra with straps, but this bra was rather amazing. The band has four hooks and eyes and it’s lovely and firm – I think that I could even go firmer. The cups contain some sneaky plastic boning and it even has time to be pretty with bows and buttons and pinstripes! It is actually a multiway bra with removable straps, but all I have eyes for is the strapless abilities. The central gore does not sit flush against my sternum and I do need to adjust it a little when I wear it – but that might be more out of habit than anything else! All of this means that it is not a bra I would wear without a dress that already has some structure or is already very firm around the bust, but that’s enough for me.
It’s taken the amazing Curvy Kate team several years to perfect this bra, and I know that it doesn’t accommodate everyone in terms of the sizing range. But please remember that these things take time and crazy amounts of engineering. Hopefully one day they will find a way to construct an item that will keep a huge range of breasts aloft, but for now this is what they have produced and in terms of progress it’s very exciting.

This dress is the Collectif Penny pencil dress is leopard print, the moustache and glasses are covering a rather interesting face pull.

This is the Collectif Penny pencil dress in black which is made out of bengaline and fits me like a glove. It’s exactly the kind of dress that I have coveted for ages, and thanks to this bra, I can now wear it. Now, if only I could get over the fear of showing my upper arms, and maybe I could rock this combo on a night out!

The bra is currently only stock at – click here to buy it. It will hopefully be available in the full sizing range at other retailers very soon.

The shapewear shorts that you can see in my photos are from Maidenform.

So what are your thoughts on the Curvy Kate Luxe? Have you tried it? Will you try it?


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