Product Review: Curvy Kate Ritzy

Hello Everyone,

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.

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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.

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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.  Ritzy_6

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Product Review: Curvy Kate Ritzy
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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14 thoughts on “Product Review: Curvy Kate Ritzy

  • April 21, 2015 at 12:16 pm
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    </3= curvy kate. I have the ritzy you ordered for me, but I wear it like…. never. The underwire digs into my armpit and after 3ish hours, I become really uncomfortable and have to take it off! I wish they'd make a lined bra with wires like Anna Pardal

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    • Erica
      April 21, 2015 at 4:45 pm
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      Hi Rebecca! What a bummer about Ritzy. 🙁 I think it would make a nice “going out” bra or something because it’s certainly beautiful. My underwire didn’t dig, but the cup on the side clipped right into a sensitive spot on my arm. It’s such a shame because I loved my Tease Me. 🙁

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  • April 21, 2015 at 12:17 pm
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    Definitely a gorgeous bra. I haven’t had any experience with it…yet. However I do really like the way the dare fits in the 38G which is my normal size. For the Ritzy, do you think I should try my normal 38G or maybe bump up to a 40DDD to start with?

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    • Erica
      April 21, 2015 at 4:46 pm
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      Hi Corey! I’m not sure they offer this bra in the 40 band, but I wouldn’t recommend the style to you because the cup height is really tall. I think you would have gaping at the top from where there is no more breast tissue. People with lots of tissue at the top of the bust would probably have more success here, so I’d save my money for something else. 🙂

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  • April 21, 2015 at 3:01 pm
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    Oh Ritzy </3 I ordered mine in 32F and it fit so perfectly…until I put a shirt on. It made my boobs look square from the sides, and every single seam showed through in a more prominent manner than I would have ever expected. I was so disappointed having to return it, it looked stunning on by itself.

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    • Erica
      April 21, 2015 at 4:47 pm
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      Cheeks, I had the same square issue which I should have commented on in the review. It wasn’t as noticeable in the pictures, but when I was watching the video back, I was like: Wow, my boobs look funny! Plus, that embroidery was like a beacon under everything, which was shocking since the Tease Me (while no t-shirt bra) wasn’t all that bad.

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  • April 21, 2015 at 3:38 pm
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    I tried on the Ritzy in my usual size at the time (34FF) and I was utterly swimming in it! I am wide and full on the bottom and it gaped rather spectacularly. Sizing down gave me a shelf-like profile that I found odd-looking. So as you said, probably for wide and full-on-top shapes.

    On the other hand, I think I have found a Curvy Kate unlined bra that actually fits! I like wide-ish wires, but the wires were still wrapping around my sides in older models. Dita (which seems to be modeled on Daisy Chain and Dare) actually looks and feels good so far. Crossing my fingers that it stays that way.

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    • Erica
      April 21, 2015 at 4:53 pm
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      Hi Lee! Yeah, that cup shape is just so tall and deep at the top, I think you would need more top tissue to fill it properly. Dita is really quite pretty! Daisy Chain was comfortable for me although too pointy, but I loved Dare. If I hadn’t gotten sick and had weight/breast changes, I would have kept it, but I knew I wanted to keep the Carmen longline (no review yet) and couldn’t justify holding onto two bras for I-don’t-know-how-long just because I didn’t want to acknowledge my weight gain, lol. I may try a newer version in a couple months though!

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      • April 21, 2015 at 7:04 pm
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        I bought Dita because I gained weight after surgery…that it fits is the silver lining! …that pun was unintentional. Oh dear.

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  • April 24, 2015 at 1:39 am
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    Really like your review of Ritzy, the colour looks lovely. I tried it in 32HH also but in black and found the same fit issues with it being too tall and shallow also and on me the gore didn’t tack. Such a shame!

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  • May 8, 2015 at 12:44 am
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    Thank you so much for all you do. You have made a difference in my life with all your help and reviews. I have regained my confidence because of you.

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    • Erica
      May 8, 2015 at 11:15 am
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      Thank you so much for that kind comment, Mary! <3 I'm glad I have been able to help you. 🙂

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  • May 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm
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    i read your blog regularly. great review with a lot of transferable data here : ) . i do have one question. you wrote, “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**.” is that often a reason side wires cut in under the arm when everything else seems to fit? because the cup is too wide and shallow? i have terrible luck with curvy kate bras and have pretty much given up on them. weirdly, the few models that are comfortable give me a flat, spreading to the sides look with that upside-down “seven” at the top, and the ones that look good cut in under the arms (i don’t have much fluff on the ribs, and it can really hurt). i am short and short-waisted at 5’3″, wear 32H in UK bras generally, and too-tall wires are a big problem for me (esp with CK). i think i’m balanced or somewhat full on top and seem to do best with open-on-top balconettes by cleo by panache (but never, ever regular panache). it’s too bad because i really like the CK esthetic. that said, narrow, deep cups seem to work better. my main problem is i prefer less bra, without lace, itchy things, frills, padding, seams that show and like very short sides and center gores. i have NEVER found a simple, non-molded or padded t-shirt bra that fits. never! any line suggestions for me?

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    • Erica
      May 12, 2015 at 5:07 pm
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      Hi Kim! Glad you enjoyed the post! To answer your question, a wide/shallow cup combination can easily create issues with the sides of the cup pulling into the arm uncomfortably. Curvy Kate does often have wide wires and shallow cups which would account for the fit issues you described. You’re right that a narrow/deep cup like Cleo would fit your shape better. However, it’s pretty hard to find completely basic bras in that size which fit well. I have a couple ideas. First, the new Freya Idol is releasing soon, and it is made from a spacer fabric with sizes up to a HH cup. I haven’t tried it yet since it has not released, but it may be worth putting on your radar. Second, Cleo is re-releasing the basic Marcie bras again at some point which are pretty neutral. Finally, have you tried any Comexim bras? They are narrow and deep, and they do have models which are a little plainer. Nothing totally devoid of details but not quite as bright/neon/printy s Cleo.

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