It’s been making waves in the blogosphere for a fair while now, and after seeing the stunning Curvy Kate models in it, the Gia is one of the most requested bra review that I’m yet to do. Reportedly similar in fit to the Lottie (which I rather like), I was really keen to get my hands on one.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t all I was hoping for.
With Curvy Kate bras I find my size changes a fair amount – for instance, I’m currently a 30FF in their Portia bra, 30F in Lottie, 28G in the Emily and 28GG in the Tease Me. With the Gia, I tried a whole multitude of sizes – pretty much everything from a 30E to a 28G – before I realised that it’s just not the best match for me.
As someone with quite wide set boobs and lower fullness – any bras which have quite structured fabric up top don’t really work well for me. For want of a better phrase, all of my ‘boob flesh’ is in the bottom half of my breast, so I need something a little more flexible or more shallow up top in order for the top on the cups to sit flush to my skin. I think this is why styles like the Emily and Lottie works a bit better for me – the cup, especially the top half of the cup is a bit more flexible so moulds to my shape a bit more.
In order to avoid a very gappy effect that I got from the 30FF, I sized down to a 30F and found the fit much better, again suggesting that this bra compares to the Lottie.
I was disappointed as I am rather keen on the soft, shiny, satiny fabric, and the geo embroidery is very unique. Sadly, I just can’t wear a bra that doesn’t fit these days, no matter how pretty it is. I think the only thing that lets it down a little is how the embroidery doesn’t continue across the sheer panel like it does in the promo pictures. Alas.
Out of curiosity, I persuaded my HH pal Jesse – who has larger, very full breasts to try on the Gia, and she found it lifted her heavy bust and fitted perfectly. The laminated cup gives the right amount of lift without being restrictive, but the more robust top fabric creates a supportive cradle for the upper flesh. Again, a bra that is more suitable for gals with more round, fuller-up top boobs, but beware – if you have very close set juggernauts, you might have trouble with the Gia.
Just for reference, here’s some pics of me in the Lottie, which I’m sure you’ll agree suits me much better:
For some excellent examples of bloggers who have the Gia and love it, check out Miss Underpinnings and Fuller Figure Fuller Bust.
What do you think of the Gia? Which Curvy Kate bra are you most looking forward to from the new Autumn/Winter collection?
Price vs. Quality: 4/10
Invest In Your Chest Rating: 4/10