Curvy Kate, why do you Tease Me?

I recently received my Brastop order of 4 different bras (3 Curvy Kate, one Panache), so more reviews will be coming after this!

After hearing so much about Curvy Kate’s Tease Me bra (and the similar Thrill Me and Tempt Me of their Showgirl range), I knew I wanted to try it out for myself. I was able to quickly try the Thrill Me bra when I was in the UK earlier this year without success (the band was too loose and the cup shape wasn’t ideal), but I had higher hopes for the Tease Me, which I ordered my usual 28GG as well as a 28H.

…Alas, my hopes were dashed. The bra was oh-so-comfortable and I loved the shape, but the band was too stretchy and loose even on the tightest hook. Also, the cups of the 28H were too small, especially when the band was pulled tight.

Tease Me in 28H

I’ve read that most people need to go down a back size and up a cup size or two for this bra, but unfortunately sizing down isn’t possible for anyone who wears a 28 band. I’m guessing I would need a 26HH or 26J in this bra for it to fit really well, which seems very far off of what I “should” be or am in other bras.

The most frustrating part for me is that the Tease Me is one of those bras that almost fits if I tighten it up all the way. It feels very comfortable, but even on the tightest hook the wires shifted around a bit, and I get the quadboob effect (I realize that this is supposed to be a cleavagey bra, but there was obviously an issue of cups being too small). If someone had given it to me, I would probably have kept it, even though I knew I would only get a few wears out of it before the band loosened up too much.

What it looks like under a shirt, for those curious. Yay quadboob!

Curvy Kate, I love that you offer so many band and cup sizes in all of your bras, but why, oh why, must the bands run so big on this line of bras? It’s difficult enough to find larger cup sizes in a 28 band, so it’s disappointing when the “must go down one band size” rule applies to a particular bra.