What I truly enjoy most is sharing exciting new things with my readers. Recently I was contacted by the fabulous Curvy Kate team to help promote the North American Star In A Bra Competition, now open to my fellow Canadians! As a big fan of their lingerie, I was delighted to be given an opportunity to review the brand new Starlet in Petrol from Curvy Kate’s Autumn 2013 Collection.
Available in sizes 28D to 38G in Black or Petrol ~ MSRP $78CAD
Matching Briefs in sizes 8UK-20UK ~ MSRP $38CAD
With the help of knowledgeable lingerie bloggers, I have come to discover the right way to determine a proper fitting bra and not looked back since. There are several online bra calculators available but the most accurate seems to be from A Sophisticated Pair. Simply measure your underbust with the tape pulled snug (this is how your band should fit) and the fullest part of your bust. Enter both measurements in the bra calculator and this will give you a good starting point. I have personally found online reviews to be the most helpful when buying my first Curvy Kate set. This is where you’ll hear if the style is true to size, runs big or small in the band and cups, and so on. It’s exciting to be one of the first to review the CK Starlet in Petrol and give the same helpful feedback to others.
I currently own the CK Tease Me, Thrill Me, and Elegance Plunge…which all ran small in the cups and big in the band. The Starlet definitely runs true to size and the 30F fits perfectly. The band is firm on the tightest hook and would recommend rounding up if your underbust is an odd number (ie: 29” round up to a 30 band). The molded foam cups are lightly padded and provide a nice rounded seamless shape. I absolutely adore the soft diamond embroidery complimented by the purple trim and bows with a tiny star charm in the center. The overlays remain indiscreet even when wearing a fitted top. The Starlet 30F was spot on for size as the central gore lays flat against my chest and there is zero spillage in the underarm area. I find it has the ideal underwire length as I never have an issue with them digging in after a long workday. One of the most important features that is an absolute must for me is the adjustable straps. Having a short torso, I always have to tighten the straps considerably to achieve the right amount of support. The Starlet features a double hook closure but I have to admit, I do prefer three simply for added comfort.
From the very first time I wore the Starlet, I knew we were a good match. Comfort is number one when it comes to undergarments and after a 16hrs+ day, you don’t want to be cringing from an ill-fitting bra. If you are just beginning to wear a firm band, make sure to gradually ease into it as this is will take some time to get accustomed to.
Before writing my review, I wore the Starlet over a two week period to ensure the comfort remained consistent while doing various tasks in my everyday life. The Starlet did not disappoint and has turned into a new personal favorite. The matching briefs are available in a high brief or thong. I will always choose comfort over a thong every time! The size 14 (Large) fits quite well; I probably could have sized down to a 12 but worry it may cut into my thighs. It’s always a struggle when it comes to buying briefs, Medium is a smidge too small and Large is just simply too big.
Curvy Kate has instantly become one of my favorite lingerie brands as they celebrate our curves and design with them in mind. Never is a million years did I think I would even consider entering an International Competition in my undergarments of all things! Regardless of the outcome, I cannot say enough good things about their products and the positive message they are spreading around the world!