Brastop Review: Curvy Kate Portia & Discount Code!

July 25, 2013

I love bargain hunting but it can be difficult finding what’s considered specialist bra sizes anywhere, let alone be able to buy them cheap.  We don’t always have the cash to pay full retail price but when you want to update your lingerie, what’s a girl to do?

If you’re a bargain hunting busty girl like me you may be familiar with Brastop – the online destination for big bra bargains!  

What’s really great about Brastop is that there’s always so much choice in a wide range of sizes (including 28 backs!) and the prices are incredibly low.  The reason the prices are lower than elsewhere is probably because the styles are predominantly last season but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  When you’re looking for a specific collection that’s no longer produced or simply looking for an affordable new bra set, you really can’t fault them.  But, if you just want the current looks, you can get them here too.

Check out Brastop’s huge D+ range and get an exclusive 10% off!  Simply use code: ‘Becky10’ when requested at the checkout.  
Offer expires 2nd Aug 2013.

Brastop are pretty unashamedly cheeky and proud of their assets, so much so they offer their beautiful customers the chance to be Brastop models with their Model of the Month competition.  I bet when Freya Pibworth entered last January’s competition she never thought she’d end up in a video flaunting her best bits!

This is Brastop’s nod to ‘Russell Howard’s Good News’ title sequence only with a bra and pants clad paper model instead of Russell.  I think Freya has much more fun in this video…

Brastop kindly sent me the beautiful Curvy Kate Portia in the latest season’s colour, Seafoam.  The dreamy aqua green is a stunning shade for summer and the raspberry pink ribbon trim just gives it a juicy edge.  Such a gorgeous colour combo.

I wanted to try a Curvy Kate because I’ve not yet fully checked out the brand.  There’s usually speculation about sizing and knowing just what to order, so it was helpful to review the latest design.  I ordered a 28H in the bra and size 12 bottom.  

Portia is a light weight, unpadded balcony bra with a soft handle mesh fabric embroidered with a fancy diamond pattern.  The lower two sections of the cups are double layered with the upper section a sheer panel trimmed with laced ribbon and broderie anglais.  

The set fits really well and is super comfy.  The knickers are a short and, although lower than I usually would wear, they are fantastic on the butt!  I am really quite happy wearing them.

The band is a firm fit and spot on for size.  The cups fitted beautifully with all fabric laying flat and with no gaping but I was disappointed by the strap separation.  The bra seems widely set with the straps hanging on the edge of my shoulders, which isn’t desirable.

I’d tried seafoam Portia earlier in the year but didn’t get to sample the 28H, instead a 30GG.  I remember actually liking the fit and feel of the 30GG but wanted to compare with the 28H, thinking the latter would be the better fit, but I’m not so sure.  It appears the cups and straps here are broader on my body, possibly an effect of the band stretching.  The bra also seems unsupporting with a flattening effect rather than lifting, like the weight of my bust is pulling the bra down (although it doesn’t feel like that.)  

I’ve commented about the strap separation of Curvy Kates before, and I’m not convinced designs have changed to remedy the problem.  

Is it possible to find a Curvy Kate that sits further onto your shoulders?  What do you think?

Becky x


  1. Callie the collie

    July 29, 2013 at 6:42 am

    I agree that the 30GG gives you a rounder more comfy looking fit. I wore my Portia today – it’s hot & muggy even here in Alaska now, & this a cool bra. I find the band tighter than I the Emily (which gives me the best shape) or Princess (loosest band, but tightest cup).

    In all cases the straps are really wide-set & cannot compare to Freya for comfort. After 4 hours I ended up changing into my comfy Freya Jolie: deeper cups, softer fabric, & narrower wires = hard to beat comfort. If only it had a rounder shape & more comfy band.

  2. Stacey M

    August 1, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Hi Becky !!
    When will you do a couple of youtube reviews again ? I absolutely love your videos, very helpful.
    BTW you’re in really good shape sister. . ..
    Love your blog !!!!
    Stacey M

  3. Becky Boudoir

    August 1, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Hi Callie

    I’m definitely going to get the 30GG and give that a good wear and see how it compares. It’s interesting that you also find the straps on Curvy Kates quite wide. I have Freya’s Jolie in a few colours, I agree it’s so comfy!

    Becky x

  4. Becky Boudoir

    August 1, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Hi Stacey

    I’m not sure when I’ll be doing more videos but it’s encouraging to hear you’re interested in seeing them! I may do some more before the year is out, that’s if I’m compelled to dare speak on camera again! 😀

    Becky x

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