Product Review: Curvy Kate Desire

Hello Ladies,

While I tend to dress more conservatively, I occasionally want to channel my inner Sofia Vergara and rock some killer cleavage.  In the past, my go-to bra has been an ill-fitting Freya Deco in size 30GG.  If I only partially scoop and play with my neckline, you can barely see the overflow.  I know, I know.  I’m supposed to be a professional, and I’m admitting to wearing a bra in the wrong size.  Consequently, when I saw the Curvy Kate Desire, I put aside my turbulent relationship with their fit and ordered one to test.

The lovely Laura Butler modelling the Desire

The lovely Laura Butler modelling the Desire

Sizing & Fit:  I vacillate between a 30HH and 30J in Curvy Kate bras, and since the Desire is a low coverage plunge, I opted for the larger cup size.  In retrospect, I should have ordered a larger band size as well because the band on the 30 is tight.  For the pictures I am wearing an extender to allow an inch of extra space, and I would estimate the 30 band is comparable to a standard 28.  On the positive side, women needing firmer 28s or 26 bands may have an option here.  Sadly, I think the J cup is about as good a size as I will find because the fit is abysmal.  I hate labeling a bra terrible, but the fit for this cup size should never have received final approval.  My breasts are spilling over the center, and the gore does not tack properly.  The combination of wide underwires extending too far back on the side and overly tall cups results in a lot of extra space on the side of the cup and gaping near the top.  However, the strangest aspect of the fit is how the cups do not maintain a consistent shape across my breasts.  

Desire_3The cup folds outward near the center where my cleavage is but then darts back abruptly before expanding again toward the center.  From the side, the cup almost has a wave appearance which looks awkward under my clothes.  Moreover, the bottom of the cup is so shallow that my breasts are sitting a good inch above the underwire and buckling the padding.

Desire_1Materials:  Traditional satin sheen fabric adorns the exterior cup while soft cotton-like fabric lines the interior, and the combination feels predictably wonderful against the skin.  Fully-adjustable straps detach so the Desire can be worn criss-cross or halter for maximum versatility.  Even though the band is tighter than expected, I love how firm the wings feel on the side, and side stays reinforce the wings to keep the bra in place regardless of how you wear the straps.  Overall, I love the materials of the bra, but I think part of my fit issues originate from how thin and flexible the padding in the cups can be.  My breast tissue is literally crushing it from the weight and shape, which I believe accounts for a few of the aforementioned fit issues.

Desire_2Design:  A multi-way plunge sounds like the perfect addition to a bra wardrobe because many necklines requiring a plunge often have alternative necklines.  The Desire sports a basic design for added versatility, but I love how they used a flat swirling pattern on the cups for visual interest.  Currently available in black and ivory, I would have preferred to see a contrasting element to the bra (maybe on the bow in the center?) for a dose of fun.


Oh how I wished this looked like it does on Laura!

Other Comments:  A 30J is on the outside of what the bra is expected to support which may account for why the fit feels subpar.  However, a bra retailing for $70 should have the fit kinks smoothed out before being released to the public, and if the bra is not designed to be worn by a woman needing a 30J, then do not market it as such.  In the past, I have written about my love/hate relationship with Curvy Kate on account of my close set, deeper boobs not liking their wider, shallower designs, and I feel like the Desire continues the trend.  However, both Voluptuously Thin and Bras I Hate & Love have tried this style before and experienced the same fit issues.  Perhaps the style would work better on women in the G cup and under sizes?  Either way, I might be buying a 32GG Deco and altering the band in the future.

For more information on the Curvy Kate Desire, check out the video below:


Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.

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16 comments on “Product Review: Curvy Kate Desire
  1. Darci Ann says:

    I enjoyed reading your honest thoughts! I struggle with Curvy Kate also, and have now tried three styles. Pretty bras but not quite there yet, for the small band, larger cup. (I am fitting the 30J Romance and Entice)

    • Erica Erica says:

      Darci, I have two Curvy Kate bras on order that I am tentatively optimistic about: the Daisy Chain and the Dreamcatcher. Curvy Kate has apparently been working on narrowing the width of their wires and deepening the cups, so I am excited to see if these changes allow me to wear the brand. The designs are so lovely, but I can never seem to find the right fit.

  2. Jen says:

    Oh, that’s too bad. I’ve not tried CK in ages—the first one I bought (granted, from the Showgirl range) just fit horribly and actually hurt to wear. I think I’m going to wait until there’s more info about the new sizing before buying again, and will be leery even then!

  3. Missy M. says:

    Wow, that wave in the cup! I really hope that’s not intentional on CK’s part, and that they address that because I can’t really think of what purpose such a design would serve… I need to get my hands on one of Curvy Kate’s non-padded bras. I want to like the brand, but I’ve had issues with both of the bras that I’ve tried.

    • Erica Erica says:

      The wave was extremely strange to me, and my only explanation is that the the shallowness of the cup and the thin and flexible foam do not create enough shape and hold for heavier breast tissue. I’m highly interested to hear how this bra works for women under a G cup though!

  4. StacyStacy says:

    Having seen the problem on other blogs, I almost wonder if they’re trying to cause quad-boob? I don’t know anybody that would fit properly with that shape.

    And honestly, if you look at the phote of Laura in it, the top of it is extremely washed out. so I wonder if the issue is there too and hidden by lighting/photoshop.

    Although Petite & Plentiful gives it a positive review in a 28E! She also notices the flare but says it’s not noticeable for her under clothes.

    • Erica Erica says:

      I need to get the link for Petite & Plentiful’s review since I suspected the bra may work better for smaller cup sizes. I hate providing an overly negative review, but the fit and shape here are really terrible. I’d love to see candid shots of the CK models in this bra as well to determine if they are using creative lighting and photoshop to sell the style.

  5. Naira says:

    To be fair, we don’t really know how this bra looks on the model. She is kinda squishing her breast together with her arms and slightly lifting her shoulders, for all we know – that is done to remedy the fit issues of the bra. And we don’t see it from other angles either.

  6. Kim says:

    I’ve found the Curvy Kate bras to be way too wide for me. The straps hit me right in an area where my trapezius muscles cause the bands to roll over. I prefer to wear bra straps on my traps, b/c of this issue. I found my band sizes to be a bit on the large side, while the underwires hit me up near my arm pit. I found my breasts just moved around a lot and tried to pop out of them or get squished together, which I hate. I find lifted and separated to be a more comfortable fit. I love to see your reviews, Erica. I’ve had more misses than hits lately in the bra department. I need to come see you for a bra-tervention.

    • Erica Erica says:

      I love bra-terventions! :) Right now, I’m excited to try the other styles to see if some of those fit problems are fixed. Like you, I prefer lifted and separated because I feel like the support and shape are better. For the most part, most of my bra purchases of late have been Cleo but I need to replenish my basics . . . and Cleo sucks for that!

  7. Deboarah Pressimone says:

    I like that you gave your honest opinion on this bra. Though it is very pretty however, pretty does not make it comfortable nor fit properly. I have ran into several problems with CK and regardless of the size etc., Ck just does not fit right.

    • Erica Erica says:

      Since my goal is provide women with the information they need to plan bra purchases, I feel like I wouldn’t be doing any good by mincing words. I’d feel terrible if someone bought a bra I raved about which fits poorly or has terrible quality.

  8. Naira says:

    It just occurred to me – I own just one CK bra, the Smoothie, and it also flares up a bit at the edges. It looks like the fabric that the foam is wrapped in is a bit smaller than the foam, so the foam does not comfortably fit into the fabric and curls upwards. It is noticeable in clothes, unless I wear something loose or made of stiffer fabric. it is not as bad as what we are seeing in the pictures above, but it does seem to be a similar problem.

    • Erica Erica says:

      That’s interesting about the Smoothie! Maybe there are some quality control issues at work here instead of fit problems. I know in the case of the Desire that there is an abundance of the latter!

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