Curvy Kate Tease

I’ve been losing weight after my second baby, trying to get back to my old “comfortable” weight. In the process, I’ve lost several cup sizes and am having to get a whole new bra wardrobe. I had been a 32H, then went up to a 32J during pregnancy, and now, 9 months and a good 50 pounds later, I’m around 30GG/30H/32G/32GG. I recently bought the Curvy Kate Tease (the new style, not the old Tease Me) on sale from Amazon, in a 30GG. They redid their sizing, but i still size down to a 30 band, but that’s another post. So here’s what I found. Band: Perfect with an extender. Straps: In just the right place on my shoulders. Underwire: Possibly a touch too narrow for me. Cups: Exactly what I want in a bra, except they are just slightly too small. They are shallow enough for my empty shape, and give me nice cleavage. I think the 30H might be the perfect fit, but I am still losing weight, so I kept it. Hoping it fits perfectly very soon!

All about correct bra fitting

There is a very important (and often confusing) piece of clothing that every woman wears. A bra. It’s not a common topic, since it’s not outerwear. Unlike panties, bras are not so generic in sizing. Bras are very specific, in fact, the more I understand bras and women, the more specific I realize they are. My interest in bras and bra fitting began a while ago. I am now a certified bra fitter, and I would love to help anyone with finding a better bra. So here are some reasons why I am concerned about bra fitting: Wearing the wrong bra size can cause many problems, including:

  • Neck Ache
  • Shoulder Ache
  • Back Ache
  • Skin irritation caused by straps digging in
  • Irreversible damage to ligaments can cause breast pain and sagging
  • Wires can stick into the breast tissue, causing unnecessary pressure and discomfort
  • Bad body image and/or depression
  • Clothing not fitting due to the bust being too low

Wearing the right size bra will:

  • Be comfortable
  • Be supportive
  • Lift the bust revealing the waist to give a slimmer appearance
  • Fill the woman with confidence
  • Create a better posture and a smooth silhouette under clothing
  • Often fit her into a smaller size of clothing
  • Help prevent chiropractor visits

So what constitutes as the wrong size? Well, anything that looks like the “before” photo here:

Bad vs. Good

and in this one:

Bad vs. Good

Although this look is commonly sought after as “sexy” in the US, all it actually is, is a badly fitting bra:

So called sexy is only a badly fitting bra

And another one:

This is a horrible fit

And she sure looks better!

So much prettier!

For larger women, sometimes it’s hard to know what a good or bad fit is. But here are a couple examples:

Her bust is very low

Her bust is sagging a lot

And now for properly fitted bras:

Wow, that looks nice and very supported!

The one on the right looks so much more comfortable!

Snug on the loosest hook


So here are two links for proper bra fitting! One is a video, the other is written out with photo helps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=daVcDlAWN58 https://www.breakoutbras.com/sizing

Some added thoughts: Most likely your size is made. The most you should ever add to your band measurement is 2-3”. Never more. Never get fitted at Victoria’s Secret, or most other places for that matter. (Nordstrom’s can be ok, but it’s usually hit or miss, so I can’t really recommend it) The price of the bras is definitely worth the better fit, less back ache and neck ache. Always check eBay or Bratabase for some of the best prices. Breakout Bras has free shipping. Her Room has a large selection. Good brands to look for are Curvy Kate, Freya, Fantasie, Panache, Bravissimo, etc… and for nursing bras: Panache, Freya, Hot Milk, Royce, and Anita. I hope this explains why I blog about bras, at least somewhat! If you have any questions or thoughts, please feel free to comment below.

***I do not own any of these photos or videos. I found them via searching on Bing Images***

I found one that fits! (reasonably)

I’ve been watching on eBay for anything that’s under $30 and a 30J or 32HH. I’ve found a couple, but when they arrived and I tried them on, it was a no-go. However, just today, another one arrived. I was almost afraid to try it on, lest it be just another one that didn’t work for one reason or another. It’s a very pretty bra, hot pink with black lace… and then I put it on. Wow! It lifts as well as my Curvy Kate Thrill Me! So entering as one of the few that currently fit me: Panache Sienna in 30J! The band fits nice and snug like it should. I don’t have any overspill in the cups and I do fill them out completely. The only thing I really don’t like about it is the usual problem of the edge of the cup coming too high into my armpit/arm. I’ll do a proper review of this sometime and show pictures, but for now I had to let out some excitement over finding one that fits! It’s lovely!

Been a while…

So it’s been a while since I posted last. Life’s been crazy! I hope to get one bra review done before next Monday, but I’m not sure which one I should review! I have four that I wear regularly: Panache Andorra in 32HH, Freya Arabella in 30J, Curvy Kate Thrill Me in 30J, and Cleo (by Panache) Lizzie in 30HH. Then I have some that don’t fit me and I’m trying to sell them: Bravissimo Sweet Bon Bon in 30J and Freya Lucy in 30J.

So if someone comments on one they want to hear about, I will do that one. If not, I’ll just pick one and the next post will be a regular review again!