Product Review: Curvy Kate Dare

Hello Everyone,

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.

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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.

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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.  Dare_4

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Overall Grade: A

For more information, check out the video below:

Product Review: Curvy Kate Dare
Erica
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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11 thoughts on “Product Review: Curvy Kate Dare

  • February 12, 2015 at 3:12 pm
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    I must be the only person on earth who wants a high gore. My boobs just spill out in the middle :/ Great review as always and the bra looks gorgeous. I would try it if not for those pesky low gores!!! 😛

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    • Erica
      February 12, 2015 at 4:36 pm
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      You’re not the only person at all! Not everyone likes a plunge bra. I just find them more comfortable for me because higher gores often rest on my actual tissue. Plus, a tall gore almost always equates to tall sides because manufacturers don’t understand they don’t *have* to extend the wire so high there on every bra. Except my dear Anna Pardal and Comexim. They will raise a center gore without making the sides too tall. Maybe it’s time to get one of theirs with that alteration so you get the best of both worlds? 😀

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      • February 12, 2015 at 8:06 pm
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        I really want to take the plunge. I’ve never had a T-shirt bra before. I just didn’t feel confident when trying on those in the store that they would work. I know the ones I tried on in the store didn’t work:/ hard to know how they would work with the higher gore? I like the gore on the Lily. It’s very high.

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        • Erica
          February 17, 2015 at 11:57 am
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          We’re going to be doing an alterations post with Anna of Anna Pardal soon, and I think we’ll have some pictures and more information. It may be worth waiting to see that post before making a decision. I know they can definitely create the higher gore, but I’m not sure how high it will sit in your size range. If it’s still too low, you still have Panache. 🙂

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          • February 17, 2015 at 4:20 pm
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            I’m looking forward to that post!

  • February 12, 2015 at 4:13 pm
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    I own a Curvy Kate Dare plunge bra in a 38F. It’s Blush and Black in color. Being a guy, it’s difficult at best to find a bra that fits my breasts as well as my chest. The Curvy Kate Dare does both. I love this bra. It’s my first and only Curvy Kate but I can see more of these finding their way into my drawer. Thanks Erica.

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    • Erica
      February 12, 2015 at 4:37 pm
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      Glad you enjoyed the review, Corey! It’s definitely a pretty awesome bra, and I’m so glad to see CK branching out a little more with shape, particularly in higher cup sizes.

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      • February 26, 2015 at 3:52 pm
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        Absolutely! I am so glad I was introduced to the Curvy Kate bras. My breasts a a bit more on the wider set and the cup and wire placement is ideal for me in the 38F cup. I know that many are skeptical about a man being so concerned with bra fit but I have been wearing a bra since I was 14 and 25 years later I’ve learned what I like and Curvy Kate is a great fit for me. Thanks for the review of this bra. I love it.

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        • March 18, 2015 at 8:23 am
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          I also wanted to add that the Dare is.a.great fit for you. Do you have any other suggestions from Cury Kate that have a similar fit,? The Dare has quickly become my Goto bra. I would like to get someting in more of a full coverage ba for everyday wear.

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          • Erica
            March 19, 2015 at 1:20 pm
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            I would look at their other plunge styles like Firecracker. Since Curvy Kate is more fashion-driven, you may have to follow their plunge bras from season to season, but the good news is they typically note they are plunges in the description too. I found Dare to be an improved version of Daisy Chain, so I am hoping they will continue to use this frame for future plunges.

  • December 23, 2017 at 8:54 am
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    You are incredibly beautiful.

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