After seeing what new and exciting offerings Curvy Kate has planned for Spring 2013, I couldn’t help but fall in love with the sweet and girly print adorning the Lottie:
Between the pink accents, vintage pattern, and sexy shorts, I knew I wanted to try the Lottie now to determine if the new version was worth pre-ordering in my size. Rather than stay within my “basic black” comfort zone, I opted for the unique purple and coral combination:
Sizing: With Curvy Kate, I usually need a size 30HH, which is what I tried for the review. The band on the Lottie feels firmer and less stretchy than my other CK bras (the Emily and the Tease Me), which I find refreshing. Furthermore, I think the cup size is perfect. Sometimes the Curvy Kate HH cup feels a touch small but the J cup is too large; however, the Lottie does not suffer from these problems. In fact, the Lottie may be the most generous (or true-to-size, depending on your perspective) of the CK bras.
Materials: Per usual, the materials Curvy Kate uses are top notch. The fabric on the bottom two sections of the cup is thicker and more rigid than many of the other bras I tried, but it still feels soft and comfortable. Moreover, the mesh top cup is very breathable and feels great against the skin—an important feature during a scorching heat wave— and the floral embroidery along the top is not stiff or itchy. Finally, the fully adjustable straps and firm, powernet wings are fantastic.
Design & Fit: Usually, I address the fit of the bra separate from the design, but I feel like my major caveat with this style relates to both aspects. When I first tried the Lottie, the fit seemed “off” to me, and I went so far as to size down in the cup to the 30H for comparison. The smaller size resulted in overflow at the top of the cup, so I knew the HH cup was correct. Not to mention, I didn’t feel the need to size up or down in the band, which left me at a loss for what exactly was awry. Then, I realized what I *think* to be the problem: Curvy Kate extends the top section of their cups as you go up the alphabet to compensate for the additional boobage, and this design tactic destroys, in this lingerie shop owner’s humble opinion, the entire aesthetic of the Lottie. Don’t get me wrong! I like the unusual coral and purple combination (although the floral print for next year is superior and seems more size friendly), and I think the sleek, minimalistic vibe would ensure the Lottie is more wardrobe friendly than a style like the Emily or the Princess. However, with the Emily and Princess, you have lots of embroidery and other design elements that lessen the impact of having such a large top cup. The optical illusion it created even made me feel like the bra wasn’t supporting me at all, so I went through some of my older reviews, and lo and behold! The Lottie looks rather similar to my beloved Freya Faye (size 30H):
Looking at the side-by-side comparison, the Lottie ostensibly seems to give me more lift than the Faye although the Faye has a more rounded, natural shape. Additionally, the Lottie has less coverage in the front, which gives more versatility for different necklines. Nevertheless, from an aesthetic perspective, I think the Faye’s patterned bottom and lace panel at the top help to partition the expanse of my chest to make it look . . . less big, maybe? I’m at a loss here. I feel like the fabulous Laura and Emma as well as Beckie and Cheryle of Invest in your Chest all wear this bra so much better in large part because that mesh section is more limited on them due to their cup size.
I think the comparison photos demonstrate some of the design differences between Freya and Curvy Kate. The Faye is straighter across the top and covers more, but it has less cup at the side and more inset straps, which work better for me. Lastly, I want to note that the picture from the front in the Lottie has been edited a little (adios nipples!), and when I took the picture, I tried to tuck them under, which does affect the image.
Other Comments: At some point, I’ll have to get Dezi to review this style to see if she has a better experience since she is more of a 32F/FF in Curvy Kate.
Overall Grade: C+/B-