I knew it was going to be a winner as soon as I saw Curvy Kate’s Luxe Strapless bra previewed, I’ve been saying for years that vertical seams provide the strongest support and least strap-dependent shaping, and I couldn’t figure out why no one was using them in a strapless bra. Well, Curvy Kate did it! The Luxe strapless goes up to a J cup across all band sizes and it’s amazingly supportive.
I got the Luxe in my regular size, 30HH. As someone who never had a strapless bra that stayed up, not even when I wore an A cup in seventh grade, my awe and rapture when I tried this bra on was boundless. I whispered in hushed tones to the bathroom mirror, “It works!”
The Luxe is true to size, in my experience. I worried that it wouldn’t be open enough on the top for me, but it’s actually fine. It cuts in a tiny bit, which might actually be a good thing, because it means it won’t gap on people with less upper fullness. I’ve found that the strapless dresses I wear it with universally cover up that little tiny bit of cutting in.
The shape is round, and in addition to the integral support offered by the vertical seams, the bra also features an internal along with no stretch that helps keep the whole situation aloft. Because of the half-cup design, it does show some cleavage, but it’s not unmanageable.
There’s a sticky silicon strip along the band, and that helped me feel secure in it. Usually, I like to pull a bra band further down my back, but with the Luxe, I found the opposite: it feels most secure if I pull the band up a little bit. Mine stayed solid as a rock through a long day of cleaning, cooking, brunch-hosting, mimosa-drinking, and a ten-block walk to a restaurant. I highly recommend it. Just having one day without any weight on my shoulders felt like a mini vacation.