As soon as the Curvy Kate Elegance arrived in the store, I fell in a passionate state of lust. The plunging neckline, the sexy embroidery, the sleek fabric! *swoon* So today, I’ve finally taken the time to test the bra and report my findings.
Sizing: The Elegance fits true-to-size in the band but incredibly small in the cup. My usual 30H had a perfectly snug and supportive band, but the H cup was indecently small (as in I couldn’t even bring myself to take a picture wearing it). In all honesty, I’m not even sure that sizing up to the 30J would give me a proper fit—a fact I find disappointing since I’ve had my eye on this style for weeks. For the pictures, I used a 36G, which was still small in the cup and required me to tuck tissue to the side and down to keep from spilling over the top. To give you some perspective on this issue, a 36G in the Freya Deco bra swallows my chest whereas I would need a 36GG just to get adequate coverage in the Elegance.
Fit: Small cup sizing aside, I found the fit of the bra to be very comfortable. I loved the cleavage, but I also liked how it created a rounded silhouette too. Additionally, the side support provided by the powernet wings was superb without needing to hit too high under the arm.
Materials: Curvy Kate does not skimp on the quality of materials used to construct their bras, and the Elegance remains true to form. The shiny black fabric on the exterior of the cup is smooth and silky to the touch while the interior lining reminds me of worn-in cotton, like they used your favorite super soft tee to make the bra.
Design: The Elegance promises “to die for” cleavage, and it delivers! This is definitely a bra that fans of other plunging styles like the Deco or Cleo’s Jude will love, and while the cleavage takes center stage, there’s still some nice elements to this style, including the ornate embroidery and the slick, satiny fabric on the cup. However, I have to say that I am of two minds about the straps. On the one hand, this bra is designed to put the girls on display without a lot of competition, which I can appreciate, but on the other hand, I feel like they could have done something (even if it was simple) with the straps. For example, the Princess bra carried the embroidery from the top of the cups onto the straps, a design element that could have worked here too.
Other Comments: I really wanted to love this bra, especially because I adored the feel of the fabric and the sexy cleavage, but the sizing is a problem. When you’re a D-K line, it’s important to keep the sizing consistent among your products and with your competitors, or you risk “sizing out” women in the higher cup size range. There is no reason why I should need a 30J (or higher) in a bra, which means women who legitimately need that J cup have one less option available to them.
Final Grade: B