When Curvy Kate had a big sale on older merchandise, I snagged several styles from their website partly for curiosity’s sake and partly to determine if it was worthwhile to resurrect my relationship with the brand. While I don’t mind padded bras, I prefer unlined, and I wanted to try one of those styles in addition to the Daily Dream I reviewed. Given my penchant for black, I opted for the quite sheer Bridget—so sheer in fact there will be no video review accompanying my written one. Oh, and a warm welcome back to the Sophisticated Pair Pears!
As with the Dream, I ordered my normal UK 34H size, which was perfect again. The band clasps comfortably on the loosest set of hooks, and the cups contour beautifully to both breasts without any gaping or overflow. At the center, the gore tacks nicely without pressing too hard, and the cups are deep and projected enough for my center heavy tissue. On the side, the underwires flare more toward the top, meaning I do have a little extra space between the end of the underwire and the start of my breast tissue. In past Curvy Kate models, this problem was significantly more pronounced, often leading to extra space at the bottom of the underwire and the painful tendency for the cups to pull into my underarm.
The Bridget, like the Daily Dream, avoids these pitfalls by lowering the underwire and cup height on the side so that even though it technically is slightly wide for my frame, the comfort is phenomenal. The shape on the Bridget is also quite Cleo/Comexim-esque with a lovely forward and rounded profile. Exploiting a three-section design, Bridget uses a single ply sheer mesh on all three sections but still manages to provide excellent support and lift.
On the upper cup, Bridget sports a hot pink geometric embroidery and a more open fit. My breast type is fairly balanced, making it easy for me to fill the cup at the top, but bottom heavy or softer tissue types may experience fit issues. I found this to be true of Daily Dream as well and am curious to see how many other Curvy Kate styles also use this type of design.
The wings on the side are a comfortable powermesh and anchor well without cutting or digging into my squishier bits. My only gripe is the straps are a bit too wide (although I usually angle them inward without a problem) and are fairly stretchy. I would have preferred a sturdier material here, particularly because the bra is available up to a UK 40J cup. The band in the back also flips upward on me occasionally although this has gotten better with washing/wear. Otherwise, all of the materials, from the fancy embroidery to the sheer mesh, are good quality and comfortable.
I always chuckle a bit when customers refuse to even consider styles like this, believing it’s a “sexy” or “date night” style and thus inappropriate for daily wear. Instead, they tend toward molded or padded cups, but lemme tell ya, a sheer bra like this is COMFY. Seriously. It’s like your boobs are magical and they just support themselves. The mesh is totally breathable, and the general materials are lightweight, meaning on scorching days, you stay cooler with a style like this than a clunky molded cup.
Because comparisons in reviews are inevitable for me, I would liken the Bridget to the Freya sheer styles like Pulse for quality, and price is close as well ($58 for Freya vs. $62 for Curvy Kate). I imagine Curvy Kate costs more given the size range as it’s available in 30-40 bands and UK D-J cups. Not to mention, it’s hard to find totally sheer bras in fuller-cups. Freya, for example, switches designs at the GG cup for a decidedly less sheer model that is also pricier. Aesthetically, I think the draw in a sheer bras is um . . . well, not the bra. That said, I love they ditched the standard floral embroidery for something geometric and while pink/black is not the most original combination, it is punchy and crowd-pleasing. I would like to see them do a style designed to create the tattoo-on-the-skin effect like smaller-cup brands have or combine something else with black, like bright green (man, I want a bright green bra soooooo bad).
Overall, I’ve been wearing this bra for several weeks, and I actually prefer it to Daily Dream (which I also like) because of the lightweight fabrics. It’s one of those bras I can put on and forget about, and that, to me, is the ultimate goal. It has worn and washed well (remember I only hand wash and air dry), and still looks brand new too. I was a bit concerned given how thin the mesh is, but my fears were totally unjustified. In fact, as I mentioned in the Daily Dream, I expected to pretty much hate everything, but this was another pleasant surprise from the brand.