Wednesday, July 18, 2012

BiuBiu Review: Emerald and Prado Verde tops

With my recent success with Urkye, I was eager to finally try out BiuBiu, another Polish, bust-friendly clothing company that's well-known in the bra blogging world. When I saw that there was free shipping to the U.S. on July 4th, I jumped at the chance and grabbed two tops that were on sale. I received the package just about 2 weeks after ordering.

Now, first off, I noticed that the two shirts I ordered were made from a different material than that of the clothing I have from Urkye. These BiuBiu shirts are made of a 95% Viscose/5% Spandex blend. The lightness and stretchiness is nice, but to be honest, the smell and feel reminds me of a swimsuit. Not exactly preferable to me, but obviously everyone has different materials that they'll prefer [note: the smell faded quickly - I'm just very sensitive to smells/scents :B]. On to the reviews! 

The first top I chose was the Emerald in 36BB/BBB.

BiuBiu Emerald; model wearing a 36B/BB
The shirt wasn't a bad shape on me, and looked very similar on the model as it did on me. Honestly, though, it wasn't my absolute favorite. The color is quite a bit greener than shows in pictures - not a bad thing, but I think it's easier for me to wear blue in terms of finding things to pair with it. I also felt like the bust seemed a little small on me. Or maybe it was just that the black lines on the side gave the illusion that the fabric was straining more than it should?

BiuBiu Emerald, 36BB/BBB
I think I'll keep the shirt, and the fit is good enough, but it doesn't seem as versatile of a shirt as I was hoping, and not necessarily "me".
[ETA - Okay, I wanted to add that after throwing on this shirt with a pair of khakis for an interview, I have to say that it really did end up working well for me. Actually, I'm kind of more in love with it now. The only slight issue I still have is that it seems just a tad small in the bust for me... but it's definitely a near-perfect fit. It's great to have your mind changed sometimes!]

The second shirt I picked out was the Prado Verde, also in 36BB/BBB.

BiuBiu Prado Verde; model wearing a  36B/BB

I loved the print of this shirt, so I snatched it up. Unfortunately, I failed to notice that the bust seam hits at a rather strange point - it sits on the bust rather than underneath it. I feel this gives the illusion that the bust part of the shirt is too small for me (it looks like the seam should be sitting under the bust, but isn't). I already get this "too-small-in-the-bust" look on shirts that I can buy at any department store, so I wasn't too happy that I had missed seeing that for this top. 

BiuBiu Prado Verde 36BB/BBB

Also, the shirt makes me look pretty boxy from the front and back, and makes my shoulders look even broader. This is just a case of the shirt not suiting my body type, I think. :/ 

I really wanted to like this shirt because of the print and because it was really quite comfortable and light-feeling (despite the swimsuit smell). A friend suggested pairing it with a long skirt and belt rather than shorts, so I cobbled together something from my closet for a comparison: 

A bit better, but the shirt gave a pretty boxy look from the front still, and I feel I shouldn't have to wear a belt with a shirt that's supposed to be tailored to a busty body type anyway. I'm fairly sure this one's going to be passed on or returned.

So, concluding thoughts? With all the great things I've heard and seen about BiuBiu, I wasn't as impressed with these two shirts that I chose. They just didn't seem quite as bust-friendly as I was expecting them to be. I also wish I'd been a little more careful and thorough when I chose the tops, but then again, I didn't see a whole lot that really jumped out at me on the site that was stocked in my size.

I do want to add that I am by no means bashing or dismissing BiuBiu. They've really pioneered an awesome site and clothing line for bustier women like me. Their clothing is very affordable, even considering the cost of shipping from Poland. There are quite a range of shapes and patterns available. And I've seen other women wearing their stuff, and it looks amazing on them. So, I do plan to try BiuBiu again sometime in the near future - and I'll cross my fingers that I make better picks!


  1. I wish mine would just come in already! I ordered the same day, still nothing.

    I love the first one on you, it really highlights your S curve shape. The side view is perfect on you. The second I don't really like either. Maybe you could pull it off the shoulders and wear it with a strapless? I have a few shirts that I used to do that with, but that was when I was smaller in the chest. I'm not really sure how it would work with a fuller chest, but it may be worth a shot. I also don't really like the neck line in the back, it seems like it hits in an awkward spot on you. I think you are right, definitely a shape of the garment vs shape of the body on the second top.

    1. I want yours to come in too, lol! Can't wait to see how they work out for you.

      Hm, I might try pulling it off the shoulders... but it seemed like it might not be quite wide enough for that? I also don't own any strapless bras *shame*

  2. It's so helpful to see a comparison of the two on you. After seeing the first, I can understand why you consider the second one to be boxy.

  3. I actually love the first one on you (although I hear ya on color never quite translating right with a camera) and think it will be more versatile than you think. With the second one, I actually am not as crazy about the neckline. I agree with Chrystal to try it off the shoulder, especially with your maxi skirt. Never underestimate the power of tucking either. That could help with the waist.

    Thus far, I haven't tried any of the knit tops, but I've had good experiences with the button-fronts and dresses. To be honest, knit tops are pretty forgiving anyway, so I was going to skip those for the more hard-to-fit items in my wardrobe.

  4. Looking at all the pictures, I think maybe the second looks unflattering because the sleeves are awkward. The lack of fabric/volume seems to emphasize the bust further, whereas the pink puffy sleeve top from the last post looks better because it draws the eyes up...or something. I don't really understand fashion per se.

  5. One thing that I wonder about the Prado is if the underbust is actually too big on you? I know I had the same effect in my Etna before I brought in the back. Essentially the underbust looked like it came too high. I knew it couldn't be that there wasn't enough boob space, though, because it did have extra material there. Once I took in the back of it, the underbust sat perfectly below my bust. Actually, even in the front view you can see some wrinkling below your bust...