With our recent trip to Las Vegas, the hubby and I took advantage of staying at the fabulous Flamingo Hotel on our last evening after Viva. I chose this particular hotel as it is one of the few remaining with incredible retro inspired decor and it was the perfect setting to shoot for this particular review. Some of you may recall the Curvy Kate prize in our 2nd Anniversary Giveaway…the Carmen Rose Mix? Well it is quite a delight to see fabulous modern day lingerie with such a classic boudoir look made for us ladies with curves.
Available in bra sizes 28D-38J and coordinates in sizes 8-20.
We all know shopping for bras can be a daunting task, especially online without the opportunity to try them on before making your purchase. Online reviews tend to be quite helpful to take out some of the guess work and determine what size would work best for you. In this case, I was the one who had to take blind a leap of faith to figure out what size to get with the Carmen. Since I own a few Curvy Kate sets already, my instinct was to go with my regular bra size 30F and size 12 in the panties & matching suspenders. When the 30F Carmen arrived, instantly I knew the cups were too big as there was considerable gaping and no way I could fill them out therefore exchanged it for a size down in 30E. As you can see in some of the photos, there is still some gaping in the cups but much less than before. In all honesty, I am probably more a 28E or 30DD in the Carmen since there is room in the band and cups but I couldn’t bear exchanging it again. When the fullness of your breast is at the bottom (like mine), it is quite difficult to fill out the top unless the bra is a push style.
The Carmen shorts and suspender belt are what makes this set so spectacular. The size 12 shorts fit wonderfully, there is no cutting into my waist or thighs. I also went with a size 12 in the suspender belt which fastened on the tightest of three sets of hooks. It’s safe to say, I could have sized down to a 10 no problem since there is a considerable amount of stretch in the fabric.
What makes the Carmen so special in my opinion is the longline balconette bra design. It is not only gorgeous, the wider band is very comfortable since it does not dig into the ribcage. The band fastens with four hooks and has three rows to adjust to the right firmness. This is the first time I have tried a longline and I am smitten. They need to make a comeback in every day lingerie, women do not know what they are missing! I am a huge fan of padded style bras since it gives you a nice smooth rounded shape and firmer support with fully adjustable straps. Normally I am not a big fan of pink but the hot pink with lime green accent embroidery is a perfect combination of femininity. The coordinating suspender belt has light boning to maintain its shape to prevent it from rolling up and features four garters to pair with stockings of your choice. In the photos, I paired it with the Gio French Heel Stockings in ivory.
It is quite exciting to see Curvy Kate bring back such fabulous styles from the past and truly hope to see more of them in their upcoming collections. The Carmen Rose Mix is truly elegant in all regards and does not sacrifice function for beauty.
I would like to also say an extra special thank you to my husband for putting up with my crazy idea to shoot while on vacation. He was such a trooper and came up with a lot of the ideas you see in the photos. We had fun and hopefully you enjoy this little outside of the box blog feature today.