I won’t rehash my unrequited love affair for Curvy Kate again for this review (although if you’re just finding my blog and are keen to read a tale of woe and misery, click on the “Erica’s Reviews” tab), but suffice it to say, the generally wide and shallow shape of most CK styles is the antithesis of my narrow, close-set boobs. However, early last year, Curvy Kate released the Daisy Chain, and for the first time in many months, I felt the kindling of a spark between us. You can read the full review here, but my general take was the fit was much better for me even if the profile was too pointy for my taste. Then, I saw Dare, which was rumored to be an improved version of Daisy Chain, and with renewed optimism, I bought it.
Before I get to the meat and potatoes of my review, I do want to note that I received this bra shortly before I was faced with some health setbacks which lead to weight setbacks. The photos and video were taken before my illness.
Sizing & Fit: My sizing experience with Curvy Kate has been fairly consistent, and as a result, I opted for my go-to 30HH size with the Dare. The band was comfortably snug on the loosest hooks, but it also felt firmer than some of the other CK styles I tested. The cups fit well without any gaping or wrinkling, but on the larger side, I had the hint of overflow toward the center. Since it was not visible under my clothes, I considered this size to be the best for me.
As I mentioned above, Curvy Kate routinely utilizes a wider, shallower design with their bras, meaning the underwires extend further toward the side while the cups themselves lack depth. For someone like me, who prefers a narrow underwire with a lot of projection in the cups, CK bras can easily create fit issues. Nevertheless, Dare manages to toe a more crowd-pleasing line with its low and narrow center gore and more open cup shape. On the side, the underwires still extend too far back, leaving about two fingers worth of space between underwire and tissue, but the overall height of the cup is lower. While it’s certainly not my ideal, I can tolerate an underwire which extends further back on the condition that the cup is not so high as to pull into my arm uncomfortably. Usually, that is the issue I face with CK bras, but Dare manages to eschew this fit deal breaker for a comfortable, supportive design.
Because of the width of the underwire, I do have a little extra space at the bottom as well, but it has been reduced greatly since my experiments with Daisy Chain. Of course, I didn’t decide against keeping Daisy Chain because of fit issues. Daisy Chain was crazy pointy on me, and it was not flattering under my clothes. Again, a testament to the improvements, Dare offers a rounded profile albeit one that is somewhat pointed down on account of the stiff upper cup.
Materials & Design: Curvy Kate always uses lovely materials, and Dare preserves the tradition. The lower cup is a double-layered deep pink mesh while the upper cup is sheerer with embroidery. The firmness of the embroidery keeps breast tissue contained as you move, and the overall design lends itself to a hint of sexy cleavage, perfect for lower cut tops. Three hook-and-eye closures in the back ensure the weight is distributed nicely, and the straps are fully-adjustable to allow for customization. However, the star here is that gorgeous silver embroidery. It simultaneously contrasts and complements the deeper fuchsia, and the geometric-inspired floral embroidery blends tradition with modernity beautifully.
In the video, I mention I had all intentions of keeping this bra, but once I became ill, I had a lot of issues with my band size. It ultimately became too tight to wear, and I decided I wasn’t going to hold onto anything in the hopes it would fit again. With that said, I would definitely order the spring variations in a 32 band.
The Matching Briefs: I have always liked Curvy Kate’s panties, and these are no exception. The UK size 14 (Large) fit my 41″ hips beautifully without cutting in, and the angled cut of the back was very flattering.
Overall Grade: A
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