Before you see pictures and think “Hey, this woman changes hair colors faster than most people change their sheets”, let me say this review is from my backlog pile, i.e., it’s a couple months old. But, yeah, I do change hair colors a lot too. Anyway, I always mention when I write a Curvy Kate review how I have an unrequited love affair with the brand because their bras are beautiful but never seem to fit. However, in the last few seasons, I have seen quite an improvement, making me more inclined to give Curvy Kate another chance. When I saw Ritzy in Ruby Spice, my initial impression had me drawing comparisons to the Tease Me, a longtime favorite bra because of its comfort and beauty. In fact, after the band stretched too much for daily wear, Tease Me became my lounging/weekend bra. Given my overwhelming positive experience, I hoped against hope the Ritzy would be a worth inheritor to my once beloved bra.
Size & Fit: Initially, I ordered my standard 30HH but found the cup and band to be too small. Even on the loosest setting, the bra would not fasten without an extender, and I had overflow at the center of the cup. At the time, I was experiencing breast fluctuations which may have contributed to needing a higher cup size, but the band definitely ran small. I filmed the video review in the same time frame as Dare which fit well in a 30. Ultimately, I exchanged the bra for a 32HH which corrected the tightness of the band and muffin top on the cup. However, despite discovering the correct size, the bra was plagued with fit issues. Tease Me always created a smidge of space between breast tissue and underwire, but because my torso is longer, the lowered placement of the underwire never caused discomfort or irritation. With Ritzy, I had over two fingers worth of empty space plus additional space on the side where the cup was too wide for my frame.
Moreover, the cup folded awkwardly underneath the bust, most likely because the overall shape of the cup was so wide and shallow for me, and the side of the cup pulled tightly into my arm. In fact, the short time required to take pictures and film the video was enough to leave a red mark from the pressure. Furthermore, the height of the cup was tall so that the embroidered portion at the top came away from the tissue to form an odd shelf under tops. Because of the width and shallow shape, I wonder if the bra would not be better suited for wide root full-on-top breasts. Having been a bit critical of the fit, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that a Curvy Kate bra which fits well in G cups and under can easily turn sour in higher cups too, and the problems I found may not exist in other sizes or for other breast shapes.
Materials & Design: Even though the fit of Curvy Kate’s bras are often incompatible with my breast shape, I never fault them on their selection of materials. The cups of Ritzy are lightly padded, and the interior is lined in an extremely soft fabric which feels amazing against the skin. The wings are sturdy and anchor well to the body, and three hook-and-eye closures in the back provides added stability. Fully-adjustable, slightly thicker straps not only allow you to customize the fit but also do not dig into the shoulders.
The exterior of the cup features a diagonal pinstripe fabric overlaid on the lighter pink cup to form a downward facing chevron pattern. Said fabric feels extremely smooth to the touch and lays discreetly under knits. High quality lace adorns the top cup and lower portion of the cradle as well as near the hook-and-eye closures for a thoughtful, cohesive design.
Let’s be honest here: This is a gorgeous bra! It manages to be eye-catching, luxurious, flattering across skin tones, and ornate without feeling overdone, which is no small victory. Tease Me, while fabulous in its own right, is an over the top bra—frequently using color, textural mesh fabric, ribbons, embroidery, and lace. I used to call it my “kitchen sink” bra because of how many design features were utilized. Ritzy, on the other hand, channels a subdued, sophisticated sense of elegance, relying more on the pop of color and and rich but simple details to create its upscale aesthetic.
Overall Grade: I’m abstaining since there were too many fit issues in my size to determine if the issue is shape/size or the bra itself.
The Matching Brief: While Curvy Kate bras and I often disagree, I always love their matching coordinates. Ritzy is no exception! Not only do they perfectly match the look of the bra, but they feel decadently soft against the skin and flatter my curvy lower half. True to form, I took a UK 14 because I hate any underwear which digs into my hips. Since the bra was a bust, I ended up keeping the undies as a faux-match for my Comexim Cherry bra!
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