Product Review: Scantilly by Curvy Kate Peek-a-Boo

Of the three bras I snaggeded during Curvy Kate’s massive online sale, the Scantilly Peek-a-Boo was my absolute favorite, and if I am being honest, the real driving factor behind my decision to order. For starters, it’s freakin’ green! Bright green, even! Have I not been pining after a bra this color for years?! Fabulous color aside, I was also curious to try the higher end, boudoir-inspired Scantilly line itself. The initial show-stopping collection debuted after I cut ties with the brand, leaving me to eye the stunners from a distance. Finally, I would have a Scantilly piece of my own! (Side note: No video again due to the general sheer styling of the piece.)

Curvy Kate Scantilly UK 30-40 DD-HH, $90

As with the Daily Dream and Bridget, I opted for the UK 34H (US 34K) and nervously awaited my package, unsure if I made the right decision. Luxury or higher end lines within a brand sometimes run tighter in the band, and I was afraid I needed the 36 instead. However, the 34H fits snugly but comfortably on the loosest hooks, and the cup contours well without causing my tissue to overflow or the cup to wrinkle. However, in the center, the gore makes no attempt to tack and actively angles away from my rib cage, partly because the cups are too shallow and wide for my center heavy tissue.

In the Daily Dream review, I mentioned my overall low expectations for Curvy Kate due to past shortcomings with fit. The previous bra frames were too wide and shallow for my shape, creating a slew of problems ranging from poor tacking at the center to an east-west breast shape to uncomfortable rubbing under my arms. Peek-a-boo, unlike the other two styles I received, feels more like old school Curvy Kate. The straps are super duper wide even for my linebacker shape. If I placed them at the correct spot coming from the top of the cup, they would literally not be on my shoulders. As a result, I have to move them inward sharply which in turn pulls the cup fabric into my underarm. Furthermore, the wires sit back too far on my ribs, leaving extra space between where they end and the tissue begins. While I did experience extra space with Daily Dream and Bridget, it was to such a lesser degree that my comfort level was never impacted.

Peek-a-boo, on the other hand, is not comfortable, and I say that with an exceptionally heavy heart. Of all the bras I ordered, this is the one I wanted most to work because I loved the aesthetic and color so much. Sadly, Peek-a-book is not designed for narrower breast types. On the positive side, the cup at the top is quite open to allow my balanced breast shape to sit upward without cutting into the tissue, and the four-section half-cup provides lovely lift and a forward shape, rounding the upper breast for a flattering silhouette. Average or wider set breast types, especially those with broad shoulders, may fare better with Peek-a-Boo. Personally, if the straps were moved in 2”, I could have made this work . . . and I so desperately wanted to make this work.

Because Scantilly is also a higher priced collection, the suggested retail price for Peek-a-Boo is $90. As a proud lingerie aficionado, I am open to spending more on bras because the higher priced styles often feature elements not found in cheaper counterparts, such as softer fabrics, more conscientious designs, and even technological advances in construction or fit. The most expensive bra I own presently is the Ce Soir by Avocado which retails around $100, and I love that bra. If you are a local customer, you have undoubtedly seen it peeping out from the neckline of my Bolero dresses. I was expecting something comparable in quality here, but again, I was disappointed.

First, Curvy Kate did improve on the traditional $55 to $65 styles with a higher quality, less stretchy straps, rose gold hardware, and beautiful, luxurious satin across the front. However, the single ply mesh on the cups is scratchy, especially across the nips, as are the powermesh wings. For the added price, I would have preferred a softer fabric particularly because the much cheaper Bridget actually sports a nicer mesh than Peek-a-Boo. Part of the price also derives from the design innovation as well as the size range, I’m sure. Again, Curvy Kate aims to impress with Peek-a-Boo available for 30-40 bands and DD-HH cups. Nevertheless, if someone handed me the bra and asked me to guess the retail price, I would say $75.

Aesthetically, I still love this bra. The saturated green is even prettier in person although the technical term is chartreuse (“the only liquor so good they named a color after it!”). Somewhere between a lime and a lemongrass, the color pops against the skin, especially the heavier stitching on the cups and the beautiful satin on the base. The use of rose gold hardware is a more glamorous touch than traditional gold or silver. My favorite element, however, is the playful way the breast peeks above the satin bandeau running across the bottom as it stops the style from being totally sheer and adds to its unique, luxurious feel. Since I am officially jaded about lingerie aesthetics, I feel like many bras for FF+ cups are pretty much the same variation of a few core styles. Seasons can feel monotonous, and to have a style which is so fresh and clever also be shown in this punchy, eye-poppingly verdant shade is marvelous. I just wish the fit was better!

Product Review: Scantilly by Curvy Kate Peek-a-Boo
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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10 thoughts on “Product Review: Scantilly by Curvy Kate Peek-a-Boo

  • November 21, 2017 at 7:56 pm
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    Thank you for your review..

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  • November 23, 2017 at 5:21 pm
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    Such a bummer. I’ve been so disappointed with CK’s shape, sharp-edged straps, lack of comfort, and general incompatibility with full-on-top boobs, that I’ve not tried any new styles since Gia, which was the best I found from CK. This bra is lovely, but just looking at it, I immediately put in in the same category as Parfait Affinitas’ Charlotte: beautiful, but never something that would work for me.

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    • Erica
      November 28, 2017 at 4:52 pm
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      I had the same issues, Alicia, and I found the Bridget and the Daily Dream to be much better options. I’m wearing Bridget today and it’s so comfortable. Maybe skip this style but look at some of their other, newer silhouettes?

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  • November 23, 2017 at 8:30 pm
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    I bought the first season version of this style (in black) and I have to say it was much more cleanly-sewn than this one. Also I think the straps on mine are quite a bit narrower (though it’s a 32G, so could be a grading thing). I wish that CK sizing worked for me but they’re all a bit too wide, shallow and open at the top. But I agree, the openness of this top cup allows for bottom dense breasts to be pushed up without pillowing. I always find it weird when a bra that’s too shallow is also gape-y at the top.

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    • Erica
      November 28, 2017 at 4:54 pm
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      Thanks for the feedback, K-line! I was quite shocked with the shoulders because I’m pretty broad there and this was just crazy. That’s interesting to hear about the quality on the black one too. This was such a big disappointment for me, and I know if I paid full-price, I would not have been happy with quality. Back to the search for a green bra . . .

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  • December 1, 2017 at 12:56 am
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    Hi. Wondering idff you could help me. If I wear a 38G in curvy kate what size would I be in Goddess. Thank you

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    • Erica
      December 9, 2017 at 11:33 am
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      Hi Melissa! Try a size US 38I in Goddess or 36J as the bands can sometimes be a little more generous.

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  • December 1, 2017 at 7:02 am
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    Hey Erica,

    Big big thanks to you. I was also suffering from bulging problem after wearing sticky bras. Thankfully I reached your blog and found a solution. Keep posting ideas like this to help women facing problems with lingerie.

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