Review: Curvy Kate Criss-cross bra set in black

Bra: Curvy Kate Criss-cross bra set in black.

Product description: a black balcony-style bra from Curvy Kate with contrasting criss-cross detail across the cups. Designed in supportive three-piece cups up to J cup.

My size: 32FF bra and 14 briefs.

Fit: As I’ve said in various reviews of the Curvy Kate range before, balconette/balcony bras are always my first choice and this is another bra from the Curvy Kate range that didn’t disappoint. It feels much more tightly-constructed than the Portia and Princess bras, with less stretch in the cups. However, it’s another perfect fit, both comfortable and snug. After the first try, it felt very like a familiar bra that I had been wearing for years.

Materials: as before, this bra is made of good, strong quality polyamide and Elastane. It feels very smooth and the design is very understated. The lower part of the cups are double-lined, but the remainder of the bra is relatively free from excessive details or designs. The top half of the cups features a tapered criss-cross pattern and plain mesh combination. The cups are cut very firmly, with thick wide shoulder straps that boast a decorative edge – which I found slightly irritating against my skin at first, but soon got used to. The remainder of the bra is made of a plain mesh material, with a wide back band featuring three rows of three hooks-and-eye fasteners.

Colour: black with a plain criss-cross pattern detail and bow motif to the straps.

Comfort: Of all the Curvy Kate bras I’ve tried so far, this is one of the most comfortable. It’s a snug, well-fitting bra you can rely on.

Occasion: this bra has suited me both for nights out and everyday wear, but I would say it’s more of a general purpose bra. Everyone needs a decent black bra in their drawer that can be replied on for comfort and durability, and this one meets both challenges.

The briefs: the entire brief is made of the plain mesh material found on the side panels of the bra, which makes them feel very light. The back section of the briefs is fully elasticated and quite a snug fit. However, the same criss-cross pattern and bow motif found on the bra can be seen at the front of the briefs, making the fit slightly more ‘stiff’ than most briefs. However, the briefs complete the set and I’ve had no complaints in wearing them.

Value: A thoroughly reliable, comfortable bra suited to everyday wear and stylish enough to wear under an outfit for a night out.

Price: Bra £17.95, shorts £6.95. Total: £24.90. Slightly more expensive than some of the other Curvy Kate bras in the range, but still worth it at the price.

This particular Curvy Kate Bra is available from now.


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