As with the Cleo Millie review, I originally tested the Curvy Kate daisy Chain a couple months ago, but I wanted to proceed with my review because the style is the predecessor to the upcoming Dare and Firecracker styles releasing later this year:
Size & Fit: Depending on the width and shallowness of the design, I wear between a 30HH or 30J in Curvy Kate bras, and since the Daisy Chain has a low center gore, I opted to try the 30HH first. Usually, the wide, shallow shape wreaks havoc on my naturally close set breasts, and I was more than a little skeptical when I ordered the style. However, the fit was surprisingly good. The band was quite firm on the loosest set of hooks and did not feel like it would stretch out easily. On my larger side, I had a slight overflow toward the center when I moved but not enough to justify the J cup.
Curvy Kate has been undergoing fit improvements over the last several seasons based on customer and retailer feedback, and one of the things I noticed instantly about Daisy Chain was the vast improvement on the width of the underwire and center gore. It was definitely narrower and felt much more comfortable, particularly on the side. Furthermore, the side of the cup did not pull uncomfortably into my underarm as has happened frequently in the past with CK bras. The space I usually have at the bottom of the cup was also lessened with this design too.
Daisy Chain also sports a plunge shape, and the low center gore felt amazing. When I first tested Daisy Chain, I realized how much I wanted bras with lower center gores that did not rest on my breast tissue. In many ways, the improved, comfortable fit of Daisy Chain set the stage for my later romance with Comexim. Overall, I was extremely impressed with the design of Daisy Chain, and this was the first style from Curvy Kate since the Tease Me was discontinued that got me excited about the fit potential. However, the profile was a little pointier on me than I prefer, and I didn’t find it as flattering under my clothes. I’m not sure if the style produces the same effect across breast shapes or sizes though. If you love the pointed or bullet-shaped bras, this could be worth considering.
Materials & Design: The lower cup on the Daisy Chain utilizes a sturdy but soft fabric that provides excellent lift while the top cup has a sheer embroidered quality. I would love to see them take this design and offer a variation with stretch lace a la the Elomi Jocelyn. I think it would make for a lightweight, everyday bra, especially for women in the higher cup sizes looking for a lower cut style. Fully-adjustable straps are wonderful for petite people or those with high set breasts, and the wider wings and band stayed anchored to the body to provide side and back support.
One of my lingerie cravings for 2014 has been chic, minimalistic bras. I want something that takes the concept of a basic bra but makes them feel fresh and cool. It’s not an easy request given the the floral, lacy, embroidered nature of fuller-bust lingerie, but it’s what I want. Daisy Chain succeeded fairly well for me on this front. The black reads pretty matte although there is the hint of a sheen on the lower cup. Meanwhile, the daisy embroidery on the upper cup channels a geometric twist without feeling too overdone, and I love the orange and red contrasting bows. It’s the perfect addition to give an added pop to the design. Were it not for the profile, Daisy Chain would be in my lingerie closet right now.
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