Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Urkye Review: Groszki Latte and Kontrast w fuksji

We're down to the final two items in my recent Urkye order! This time, I have some comparisons for you. New blogger Muscular Hourglass and I recently discovered that we have very similar measurements, and thus will generally wear very similar clothing sizes. M.H. had made an Urkye order just before I did, and I based some of the sizes I ordered off of her experiences. Because of this, we thought it would be helpful to show comparisons of how the same or similar sizes worked on both of us.

Some information for comparison:
M.H. is 5'3 with a waist measurement of about 28" and a bust measurement of about 38", a hip measurement of 38" and an "upper hip" measurement in the 33-34" range. Her underbust measurement is 29" and she currently can wear a 30G Freya Deco bra on the tightest hook.

I am 5'4 with a waist measurement of about 27-28" and a bust measurement of about 37", a hip measurement of about 36-37" and an "upper hip" measurement in the 33-34" range. My underbust measures about 27" and I currently can wear a 30GG Freya Deco bra with the band altered way down (usual bra size 28H/HH).

M.H. would describe her body type as having a torso on the shorter side of average, short-waisted, narrow but muscular shoulders, and fairly high hip bones. Her upper arms are a bit larger than most women's due to weight training, and her arms are shorter relative to her torso. She feels she is more sharply curved due to a fairly pronounced bottom. She considers herself an hourglass figure.

I would describe my body type as having a short torso and waist, wide-shouldered, and high-hipped. I have a sharp rather than smooth curve to my back, but it's my lower hips that are pronounced rather than my actual bum. My measurements indicate that I'm an hourglass figure, but I feel that I look more "triangular".

With that said, the first shirt we both tried is the Kontrast in fuchsia in a size 36ooo. (This is actually the exact same shirt on both of us; M.H. decided that she didn't care too much for the look the poofy sleeves gave her, so I decided to buy it from her and give it a go.)

M.H. in 36ooo Kontrast

Me in the 36ooo Kontrast

You can see from the above pictures that, although M.H. and I have very similar measurements and even would describe our body types in very similar ways, the exact same shirt looks fairly different on us! Just from what the pictures show, I think you can see that M.H. has more prominent hips, I have a more prominent bust, and M.H's back has a somewhat lower curve than mine. I'll leave it to those who are more knowledgeable about body types and clothing to draw other conclusions about waist length, etc! [also, note that in neither picture is the shirt ironed, so it has some creases that it wouldn't have if properly pressed]

Comparisons aside, I was a little unsure about this shirt at first. The color is bold and the sleeves are poofy, and I'm generally not one for either! However, after a little while of wearing it around, I found that the sleeves "de-poofed" a bit (my pushing them down probably helped) and thus looked less Munchkin-of-Oz on me. I also made sure to leave the top several buttons undone to help maintain a v-neck look.

I also thought at first that the shirt felt too short, but then I realized that this was because all of the button-down shirts I currently have (not many) are VERY long on me (as in, past my butt) since I have to get them in a very large size just so I can button them over my bust! The Kontrast is actually what a shirt length should be on me. And I don't have to strain at all to button it up! And it's actually flattering! After getting used to what it's like to wear a proper button-down shirt for what might be the very first time in my life, I think I'm starting to fall in love a little bit... or maybe even a lot.
It *is* long enough! Woohoo!

The second shirt we both tried was the Groszki in latte. In this case, M.H. had said that the 36oo/ooo was a little large on her, so I decided to go for the next size down, 36o/oo.

M.H. in the 36oo/ooo Groszki
Me in the 36o/oo Groszki
It seems that both sizes could probably have worked for either of us; I felt that the o/oo was perhaps just a touch too small (but certainly wearable), and M.H. felt the oo/ooo was a little big (but still wearable). It just depends on how close-fitting you want the shirt to be!

A comparison of the back of the shirt on both of us:

Left - M.H. in 36oo/ooo; Right - Me in 36o/oo

You can also see that I don't get the same back wrinkles in the Groszki that I got with the Francuski shirt and the Kieska dress. The fabric here is much thinner than either of those two pieces, and feels light, smooth, and very comfortable. I could wear it all day every day if I wasn't afraid of spilling things on it! I feel like I want to own this shirt in every color of the rainbow, it's seriously that comfortable. (It comes in black, too, but I currently have a self-imposed ban of buying black clothing, as about 3/4 of my wardrobe is black right now :P)

I did feel that the v-neck hit sort of a strange point, but it might just be a style issue that I'm not used to. The fabric of the v-neck sits snug against the skin and sits a little higher than where the top of the bra cup ends. It leads me to conclude that this isn't really a "cleavagey" v-neck, which is a good thing as usually I have to layer v-necks to remain halfway decent. :B


So, a brief conclusion: My experience so far with Urkye has been very good. The clothing is well-constructed, comfortable, and of course well-fitting! It's even made me learn several things about my body type and how clothes should fit. Realizing that I've never really had clothing that fits really well has made me want to re-vamp my whole (mostly ill-fitting) wardrobe! I'm looking forward to making more orders in the near future, and hopefully reading more reviews as more bloggers get a chance to try them out.

Comments? Questions? Insight? I'd love to hear what you think about Urkye, bust-friendly clothing, different/similar body types, etc etc :)

(P.S. Muscular Hourglass already has some BiuBiu reviews up and plans to do her own Urkye post soon, so check her blog out!)


  1. I really like the Kontrast! I really like nicely fitting button downs and the colour of it is great. I find that I like shoulder embellishments, too, as it's nice sometimes to have something other than boobs featuring in a shirt.

    I don't like the colour of the Groszki, but that's just my personal aversion to anything remotely beige coloured. The top fits well and the shape of it is flattering.

    I love that you've put your measurements and photos side by side with Muscular Hourglass. It's always great to see that even when measurements are the same (or close) you can get so many variations in spine curve, torso length, bust position, arm length, hip position etc.

    I am all in favour of you completely revamping your wardrobe, too! I've recently decided that only clothing that fits nicely is welcome in my wardrobe, which is getting me thanking the Lord that my bust is smaller than most busty bloggers, because I don't want to have to buy beige coloured tops just because they fit! But nicely fitting clothing goes such a long way and I love seeing women's figures accentuated rather than hidden by their clothing.

    Whew! Rambly xD

    1. The Kontrast really is a fun shirt (and it comes in white, too, which is a bit more low-key)! I don't care for beige all that much in general, but the shirt looks better on me when I'm not pairing it with beige pants like I am in some of the pictures. :P The Groszki does come in black, too, which probably will look better on more people.

      I thought the comparisons were really interesting to see, too! I feel like I'm learning so much just buy trying on clothes that actually fit, ha.

      Let me know if you ever end up trying Urkye or BiuBiu! (Also, I have a couple of BiuBiu tops on the way that I'll hopefully be reviewing soon as well!:D )

  2. Can I just say that I love this post? It's amazing to see the contrast. I did not realize how close we are in stats as well, so this was really helpful to me for that reason as well. Our shapes are definitely very different, but measurements are similar. It's so interesting! Thanks for this post!

    1. I know, it's really neat, isn't it? :D This was fun to write! (And you get to see my new-found GIMP skills with the photo collages, lol)
      If we ever end up ordering the same things, we could do a similar compare/contrast post sometime if you want! It would be interesting to see two people with similar measurements but not similar body type.

    2. I actually was just thinking along these same lines - while the Kontrast shirt wouldn't be my absolute first choice as far as fitting in with my personal style, I also have similar measurements and would love to take similar pictures and add to the comparison. I think it's important for people to know that numbers (be they measurements, bra sizes, whatever) are really only a starting point for understanding fit, as this post illustrates really clearly. I may just order a Kontrast, but please let me know if the two of you (or three of you, if you're joining, bybabysrules!) decide to order the same piece again, and maybe I can join in? Your figure seems to be very similar to mine, at least in this post, which is neat. :) Although the Kieska didn't work the same way, so who knows?

      P.S. I do realize that I'm waaaay late on joining the comment party on this post. Sorry.

  3. Yay! I'm about the same size too! Height: 5'3.5"; bust 38"; underbust: 30"; waist: 29"; hips: 36". I classify my body type as a "skinny apple" because of my thin hips (and had named my blog that for a little but decided to change it. We'll see if I ever actually get into blogging.)

    I'll definitely have to look into Urkye and BiuBiu when I have some money to invest in my wardrobe. I'm always afraid the shirts from these "curve friendly" companies will poof-out at the hips on me, since some seem more aimed at hourglass women rather than "top-heavy" women. Thanks for the review!

    1. Yay, another almost body-twin! :) Glad you found this helpful!

      I would say that I veer more towards "upside-down triangle" or "top-heavy" rather than hourglass, though I suppose I'm a bit of both. I haven't noticed any problems with the shirts being too large on the hips or anything for me so far.

  4. Wow! Excellent idea to compare both of you wearing the same/similar sizes:))) It's also a good lesson for me - thanks! :) I'm hapy that you like these clothes :) And you both look beutiful! :)
    I think that in future you can try size 36oo/ooo in jersey tops, because as you wrote - in 36o/oo is not enough room for your bust :)

    BTW - we have quite similar situation with Ola (blonde model) and me - we have almost the same measurements in bust and waist, but clothes looks different on both of us. As a result sometimes we decide to change sizes;)

    1. I'm glad it could be helpful to you! :D And I'm really glad these shirts worked out well for both of us! Next time I plan to try a 36oo/ooo like I did with the Francuski :)

  5. It's funny, because even though I knew about how you were built, and how I was built, I didn't realize the differences in the fit would be so stark!

    Hopefully in a week or so I can add my own Turkus picture, and we'll have another comparison going. :D