So once upon a time, when I very first started this blog, I reviewed the Curvy Kate Princess in white in a 30H. Obviously, that is not my size anymore (and it wasn’t REALLY my size at the time, I needed a 28HH), but I remembered liking the Princess for it’s more subdued shape and pretty dots and embroidery, so I ordered one in pink and white from Brastop, and got the matching thong from a seller on ebay.
Here’s the set:
The thong is too high rise for me, and I feel like it really minimizes the size of my hips, so I scooched it down and this is how I actually wear it (but I wanted to show the actual rise for the sake of the review):
The bra here is a 28JJ, and the thong is a size 12. I probably could’ve gone for the 14 in terms of hip width, but since it’s already more coverage than I like, I’m not sure that I would’ve really liked the 14 more.
As far as the bra goes, the band is a lot firmer than the 30H was, and seems to be on par with my PL Mak when it was new, making it a very firm 28. Honestly, I would even consider bumping up to a 30J if I didn’t remember how quickly I moved through the hooks on my previous Princess, because since this bra has such wide wires, a larger band would probably allow the cups to fit better. But, doing so would severely limit the life expectancy of the bra, and I’m not really willing to do that (also exchanges are a hassle).
The cups are a decent fit, though I get empty space in the bottoms of the cups. I don’t think this is a size issue, because I fill the rest of the cup out well, and the straps aren’t fastened too tightly, so I’m not just disguising a too large cup by tightening the straps. Even if I try to pull the bra up to fill out that space, my boobs just won’t go into it, so it’s definitely a shape issue. It might be because the wires are too wide for me. I kind of like having a bra with wider wires though, because I still have some tissue that could be a bit more forward, that tends to fall out of my Ewa Michalak bras so it hasn’t gotten a chance to migrate (I think because EM’s straps are so wide set). The cups cover a lot more boob than I normally like to have covered, but since I bought this specifically for more modest days (and because it was pretty!) I don’t really mind. I think it would probably cover less space on someone whose boobs were not as high set on their chest as mine are.
The straps and sides of the cups are definitely too wide, and cut into my armpits, but not uncomfortably so, and since I’m rather petite, this isn’t a new problem for me. The straps are also only half adjustable technically, but I’m stubborn and need very short straps so I tightened over the embroidery, which isn’t very hard to do.
Overall, I like this bra as much as I remember, and it will be nice to finally have an unpadded bra that fits back in my bra drawer.
What a great review! I love the colors of the bra, and the shape looks lovely on you. I get the same height on the sides from the Curvy Kate bras, but unlike you, it drives me crazy. I wish I had more tolerance for it because the Curvy Kate designs are so cute! I’m glad to read some info on the thongs too. I’ve had a few customers ask me about the fit, and since I have only ever tried the briefs, I don’t have as much information as needed.
I was really skeptical about this bra working for me in this size because I know Curvy Kate designs start looking kind of wonky in the higher cups, so I’m very pleasantly surprised! I’d say the rise of the thong is on par with what I’ve seen from other UK companies- all of the but Cleo make underwear that is higher than I like!
If you find you have wide underwires that dig in why not try bending them? I found this article some time ago and it really helped because I have a really bony small ribcage (I’m a 26 bandsize) so the wider underwires would hurt so badly, even the smaller EM wires hurt! But after bending it really helped 🙂
Btw, I love your blog, it’s my favourite lingerie blog 😀
I might have to do that- I hadn’t really had a problem with the wires digging in at the sides before (probably because the last time I had this bra the band was too big, so the wide wires didn’t dig in much), but I can already notice it here a little. Also, thank you so much, that’s a great compliment!!! 😀
The set looks great on you! You might be able to perform this alteration on this bra if you decide you really want it to be lower cut 🙂
The Princess looks absolutely gorgeous on you, this is the fit I wish I could get with this bra!
Thank you! It suits me so much better than the Emily ever did, I just wish the little dots weren’t visible under shirts. I don’t mind visible seams, but having like a hundred tiny dots on each boob can look a little weird haha.
My dear, you’ve got underwires on your back! Please consult Balkonetka again for fitting advice 🙂
I definitely agree- the wires are far to wide for my in this bra! However, if you look at my Comexim review, I think you will see that this is a matter of shape, not size, as narrower wires (even on the same band length) do not cause me this problem. https://obsessedwithbreasts.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/review-comexim-carmen/
It’s hard to find anything that doesn’t have too wide wires in this size range! Comexim is so far the only bra I have that has perfect wires for me.