Curvy Kate and I have had a tumultuous relationship. It's been a bit love-hate from the start. My first properly fitting bra was the Emily, a style they have since discontinued but is quite similar to the current offering of Romance. I was immediately in love. It was so much better than any of my bras in the past but upon further wear I discovered that it had fit issues. It came up a cup size too small and yet it was too tall on the sides and I often felt like it was stabbing me under the arms. I quickly outgrew it as I adjusted to properly sized bras and sold it to another good home.
My next Curvy Kate experience was to try on a large selection of beautiful bras at A Sophisticated Pair in North Carolina. The bras were beautiful and well-constructed but the straps were all too wide-set and made my boobs look both ways or be awkwardly pointy which left me feeling frustrated.
I won a Curvy Kate Gia in one of their giveaways. I adored the color and comfort of the bra and the wires were the perfect width for me. Many find Curvy Kate's wires a little wide but I actually prefer them to others like Panache where I am constantly pulling them back to keep them from stabbing me. Unfortunately, for all it's great points I just couldn't get over the awkward shape it gave my boobs. It gave me an obvious downward point to my boobs which I found horribly unattractive. It took me a while to figure out what was causing the funny shape because it fully encased my breasts without over spill and going up a size would have just caused gaping and loose fabric at the top. I finally realized that that this shape was caused by the shape not working for my breasts. The bra was designed to give full-on-the-bottom breasts a great shape and wasn't working with my super full-on-top shape. Most of my flesh on my boobs is above the nipple and it was pushing down on the bra giving it this terrible pointy shape.
|My shape in the Gia.|
The Daily Boost is a bit of an anomaly. Its one of the few padded bras that go all the way to a K cup - even in a 40 band. I find that I prefer moulded cups but it's so hard to find one in 34HH/J especially one that doesn't buckle in the front, wrinkle in the cups, or give "orange in a glass" effect (where the bra cup is too shallow for the boob leaving empty space in the bottom or sides.) The Daily Boost is less like a traditional moulded cup in that it's actually a three part cup that is foam-lined. This gives it the support and shaping power of a three-part-cup while giving the comfort and security of a moulded cup. I've always felt more secure in lined cups despite the fact that they add additional inches to my already extra-large boobs. (That has never been enough to deter me from wearing them.) I find them to be much more comfortable than a three-part-cup and have a lot fewer issues caused by the dreaded "seam lumps." (Where your bra seam cuts into your breasts giving your boobs a weird, sectioned-off shape.)
I can't say I'm wowed with the appearance of this bra but it is an every day bra after all. The Mocha colorway is duo-tone with a pretty brown fabric and slightly lighter trim and accents. The straps are fully adjustable and wide so they don't dig in like some of my Panache bras tend to. They are designed with slip-resistant trimming so they don't get looser and slide off my shoulders mid-day. The bra has a partial band running under the cups but I don't find that it rolls up or under and it gives just enough padding that I don't feel stabbed or rubbed wrong by the
underwires. I find the construction to be solid, I have't experienced any fraying or loose threads and I've worn it almost every other day for a month.
Like the Gia I find the shape to be just a tiny bit pointy. (I think most Curvy Kate bras are a bit more suited to lower fullness.) However, It's not enough to deter me from wearing the bra. The distance between the cups (aka width of the gore) is a little more than I usually go for but I don't find it too shallow at the center nor do I find that it gives me an East-West look. The gore is not a plunge but I wouldn't call it too high either. It's in a perfect middle spot where I'm not falling out the center like I do in the Freya Deco but I'm also not getting stabbed in the sternum like I do in the Panache full cup and balconette bras. In fact, it tacks but I don't even notice it. The wires are on the wider side - which I prefer - but don't come all the way around my sides.My roots are on the wider side so if you need a narrow root I don't recommend it but if you find that brands like Elomi's wires are too wide for you this is a great option. I don't have any empty space anywhere in the cup and I don't have any overspill but I also don't feel like it's covering so much of my boobs so that it affects which neckline I choose. The wings and back are made of a breathable mesh that is strong and quite stretchy. I find it's true to size at a 34.
|(awesome tan lines right?)|
I didn't get the matching briefs but I happened to have some that were a pretty close match, so I usually try to wear them together. (I'm a sucker for a matching set.)
Honestly, this is one of the best bras I've ever worn. I really can't believe I'm saying that after almost gave up on Curvy Kate altogether. I hardly even want to take it off long enough to wash it. I'm completely in love with it. It really gives me hope that I can find another Curvy Kate that works just as well for me. Though, I do think I think I'll be sticking with their lined bras for a while. (Right now I have my sights set on the Lola in black!)
Seriously, if you want to fall in love with a bra head over to Brastop and pick up one of the Daily Boosts by Curvy Kate. They are currently available in white, black, beige and mocha. I promise you won't be disappointed.