Product Review: Curvy Kate Smoothie

Hello Ladies,

When Curvy Kate announced they would be making a molded foam cup bra, especially one available up to a J cup in select band sizes, the lingerie world and blogosphere erupted in a frenzy of excitement.  Anyone who wears a G+ cup knows the fabled wear-under-anything tee shirt bra can be an elusive, borderline mythical bra to find, and as someone who is often sized out of what’s available, I knew I had to test the Smoothie!

Sizing:  From reading early reviews, I heard the Smoothie was more generous in the cup and band than other Curvy Kate offerings.  Usually, I need a 30HH or J, but for the Smoothie, I gambled on the 28J which turned out to be the correct size.  However, I did not find the band to be especially generous, and if it weren’t for recent weight loss around the torso which puts me closer to a 29″ ribcage, the 28 would have been too tight for comfort.  In fact, the band feels quite firm without the stretch I expect from Curvy Kate designs, and I would liken the 28 on the Smoothie to the 30 band on my recently reviewed Panache Jasmine.  Aside from the band, the cup size was perfect with no gaping or spillage at the top or sides.

Fit:  Let me preface my fit observations with a statement:  I have a love/hate relationship with Curvy Kate.  Specifically, I adore their designs and the fresh perspective they bring to lingerie; however, outside of the “Tease Me”, I struggle to find a comfortable fit.  The bras are often wider set than I need, and the cups near the center tend to be too shallow for my breast tissue.  Furthermore, the straps are situated too close to the shoulder while the underwires wrap around my body uncomfortably.  These fit issues combine to pull the side of the cup close to my armpit area which results in chafing and discomfort throughout the day.  Though it pains me to report it, I experienced all of these problems with the Smoothie.  For illustration, I created a side comparison of the Curvy Kate Smoothie in 28J, the Panache Jasmine in 30HH, and the Freya Gem in 28HH to demonstrate how each bra fits my body.

However, I did enjoy the nice compromise on the height of the center gore which sits low enough to keep the chest open and less covered but not low enough to feel like your breasts are not secure in the bra.

Materials & Design:  Per usual, the materials Curvy Kate selected are high quality and comfortable.  The fabric on the interior of the cup is smooth, and I love how they elected to add some fun to the design with a leopard print fabric on the exterior.  As mentioned, the wings of the bra are firm and offer excellent side support and anchorage.  I also like that they opted for a fully-adjustable strap to customize the fit, and the foam in the cup is thick enough to provide nipple protection and smoothing without being too rigid so as to prevent a comfortable fit.

I did find that the foam could not withstand the weight of my breasts though.  In the photos, you may notice a considerable space at the bottom of the cup where my breast tissue does not seem to fill out the cup properly.  This is an optical illusion as I can feel the breast tissue there at the bottom.  However, my breasts are closer set and rather heavy which is buckling the foam to create a shadow.  If the straps were inset more, the problem may be alleviated because it would provide the foam with extra support.

Other Comments:  The gorgeous Lauren Colfer (below) has more cleavage in this bra, and the fab blogger for Bras I Hate & Love (who is wearing the same size as me in her pics) also had more of a rounded look.  I wonder if a smaller cup size would have helped me create something similar.  I’m disinclined to test this theory though because I’ve found with Curvy Kate if I go smaller in the cup, the underwires fit better but I have some serious spillage near the center gore where I have a lot more breast tissue.  Nevertheless, while the fit of the bra is not perfect for my body, there are plenty of women who can not only wear Curvy Kate but prefer the fit the brand offers.  Taking aside my personal issues, I like the design choices Curvy Kate made, especially the printed fabric and the moderate height of the center gore.  If you love Curvy Kate’s other styles, I highly recommend adding the Smoothie to your arsenal!

 

Erica
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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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9 comments on “Product Review: Curvy Kate Smoothie
  1. Nicole says:

    Besides the fact that I am sized out ATM, I don’t know that I would want to try this if I was able to. There’s just too many conflicting reviews. I love the idea, and it doesn’t look terrible on….but I guess I’m just not a huge fan of the actual wearability of curvy kate bras….the only CK bra I get along with is the Emily, and even that is a love hate relationship sometimes.

    • Erica Erica says:

      I have read a few conflicting reviews myself which makes me wonder if there wasn’t an issue with quality control during their production; however, as a fitter, I have seen that molded cup bras can be all over the place with how they fit. Breast shape plays a more important role with them which can account for why they are so challenging. Personally, I adore everything about the Freya Deco . . . except the fact that I need a 30H which they do not make. It really “gets” my body. I do have a question for you though because we’ve often tried some of the same styles: Do you find the Curvy Kate Emily extends further back on your sides than say the Panache Jasmine? I knew from the way the Smoothie felt that the underwires were too wide, but the side-by-side comparison really hit home the difference.

      • Nicole says:

        I haven’t gotten the chance to try the Jasmine yet. And, I would say that my CK Emily wires come to a mid point on my side (and Elomi bras come back farther – I need resized in those!!).

        • Erica Erica says:

          Elomi’s wires are a little wider. You know what might work for you? The Fantasie Salsa! I have one for myself on order, but my sales rep said it supposed to bridge the gap for the woman that wants a little more support/side coverage than the typical Fantasie bra but not as much as what Elomi gives. That could be perfect for you. It’s a tentative recommendation though since I haven’t tried it yet. 😀

  2. Cassandra says:

    Thank you! I think I will skip this one because I’m likely to struggle with the same fit issues: I struggle with wide underwires and need space towards the centre (where I’m fleshy and full). I think you just saved me from a bad purchase and costly return!

    • Erica Erica says:

      I’m glad I could help, Cassandra! The Smoothie (and most Curvy Kates) definitely has wider wires with less space toward the middle. I was sad that it didn’t fit, but after my past experiences, I knew that it was possible this style wouldn’t work either.

  3. coccus says:

    This one looks really too big. The underwires are almost on your back and there is empty space in the bra under your breasts…

    • Erica Erica says:

      Hi Coccus! I’m not sure whether this was a new or old Smoothie (since they did redesign work), but I found the underwires to be incredibly wide while the band was rather small. Because of this, part of the cup started to function as the band which is why it wraps so far around the back. One of the downsides with this kind of design is women with closer set breasts, like myself, often have quadboob issues in the front on account of the wide gore and shallower cups but then have a lot of extra space on the side. I see the problem frequently with Curvy Kate and women shaped similarly to me, but I hear they are working on making less wide/shallow designs and opening up to a narrower/deeper frame.

  4. Sarah says:

    Would this bra work for a petite person? I see that the center gore is a bit high, but does that change in terms of size? For instance, would a 30HH be more of a full cup than a 30 F? Or are they all the same height, but the depth changes? Also, could you post specific measurements of the bra, like gore height and stuff like that? Is the raspberry color as bright as it seems, and is it like a muted hot pink or what? The pictures on Curvy Kate’s site make it seem like a flamingo. Would it be appropriate for a young teen?

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