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Lingerie Review: Curvy Kate Luxe Strapless Bra

Curvy Kate Luxe Convertible Set

Curvy Kate Luxe Convertible Set

Disclosure: I received these products free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.



The holiday party season is fully underway, and with those pretty little strapless dresses comes the search for the perfect strapless bra. If you’re full-busted, you know the drill when going strapless: Put it on. Pull it up. Repeat all night. It becomes a muscle memory, a flashing sign saying, “Yep, I’m wearing a strapless bra tonight!” Paired with the fact that so many full-bust strapless bras are just boring and, well, I don’t even bother trying anymore. But some of my favorite party dresses require a smooth line across the shoulders, so I jumped at the chance to review Curvy Kate’s new Luxe convertible bra.

Curvy Kate Luxe set, photo by Quinne Myers The Luxe, available in black or a pretty beige shade called Biscotti, is a “basic” strapless set, but it’s certainly not boring. I normally would wear a bra with cute straps under a tank top rather than a boring strapless, but the cute tuxedo detailing and satin stripe fabric are so pretty that I found myself excited to put it on. The Luxe ranges from a D to a J cup in UK sizes.

Curvy Kate Luxe back closure, photo by Quinne Myers

My usual size is 34F, which converts to a UK 34E, which honestly fits me perfectly. I’m on the smaller end of the Curvy Kate range so I can’t speak for larger sizes, but I’m really impressed with the hold and shaping of the Luxe bra. It’s technically a convertible bra, but stays up so well on its own that I’ll probably never use the removable straps. I have very even breasts and on most days the cups fit perfectly, but on some days I feel too shallow to fill out the very top of this full-cup bra. I’ve heard many Curvy Kate styles are good for women who are fuller on top, and this seems to lean that way. And since it is a full-cup bra, if your dress is cut low and you want to show off loads of cleavage, the Luxe probably isn’t what you’re looking for. Curvy Kate Luxe underwire detail, photo by Quinne Myers The contouring seams on the cups make the shape a bit more natural than some orb-like strapless bra cups. However, those seams might be an issue if you’re looking for a perfectly smooth cup beneath a thin or clingy dress. Curvy Kate Luxe closure detail, photo by Quinne Myers The hold-up strips across the top and bottom of the band are 100% silicone. I have skin that’s sensitive to a lot of materials, but even after wearing it a few full days, I didn’t have any irritation or reaction. Curvy Kate Luxe panty, photo by Quinne Myers The panties themselves are well-made and comfortable; my hips are 40″ so I got a Large, which fits true-to-size. The construction of both the bra and panty are lovely, and I think the quality is excellent for the price. If you’re busty and are attending an event where you don’t want to be thinking about the reliability of your strapless bra, the Luxe is definitely a set to try.


Quinne
Quinne Myers

Quinne Myers is based in Brooklyn, NY where she runs the ethically-made loungewear line, she and reverie. She is also a textile designer, a watercolor illustrator, a writer, and a consultant for the lingerie industry.

8 Comments on this post

  1. Kelly says:

    How does it look under a dress? The seam on the front of the cup looks like it might show through a dress that’s a thinner material.

  2. Marsha K says:

    I have several Curvy Kate bras, I LOVE all of them. I am a 32K (natural) so I have a horrible time finding bras that fit in all ways possible. I also am short waisted, so most wires stick into my arm pits because the wire is too tall. If that makes any sense. The straps are very comfy (on ones that have them.)

  3. Therése S says:

    This is a new brand for me. Do not even know if we have Curvy Kate here in Sweden .
    / Therése

  4. Tansy says:

    How much space is there in the bottom of the cups? I’ve had problems with CK bras before (especially the Starlet) where the bottoms of the cups have been far too shallow for me.

    • Quinne Quinne says:

      Good question! This is my first CK bra, and I typically don’t wear full-cup OR foam-cup bras so I really can’t compare it to anything else I have. The cups slope up almost immediately from the wire, as opposed to curving out, so it may be too shallow.

  5. Sweets says:

    I just tried this for myself last night! I was so impressed. I think I might need to try a different size, but it’s a really great strapless bra. Really enjoyed reading your review!

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