ABOUT THE DESIGNER

Dora Lau founded Dora L International, Inc. in 1991 and has served as CEO and President for the past 18 years.

Dora has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Lane Bryant Vendor of the Year Award in 2006 for creativity and innovation and The Avenue Partner of Excellence in 2007.

 Dora's sensibility for glamor dates back to her roots; growing up in an acclaimed music label in Hong Kong, she was actively involved in styling and designing for their artists. Dora realized her true passion in fashion and returned to Fashion Design at FIDM Los Angeles after earning a B.S. in Computer Science from Arizona State University. She was nominated one of the Top 10 Rising Stars with her Evening Wear Collection in the spring of 1987 before devoting her focus and talents to Full Figure Intimate Apparel.

July 2012, Dora's dream of launching her own label Curvy Couture became a reality!

Bra FAQ's

1. Are there plus-size bras available that are pretty and functional?

For women with larger busts, finding a bra with style and function doesn't have to be difficult. It is as important for a woman to have lingerie that looks good, as it is to have the right fit and support. After all, if you feel good inside, you want to project that same confidence on the outside. Curvy Couture bras do just that. Made with beautiful lace and breathable fabrics, these bras are specifically designed for full-size women. They provide enough support for the breasts that you can feel confident, secure, and sexy, at the same time. Curvy Couture bras have technology built into each bra: from our hot melt technology, foam cup research, and development to double layered sides and cushioned straps. All these technologies come together to make a bra that is supportive, smooth and slimming for all day comfort.

 

2. What is the basic design of a bra?

 To understand how a bra should fit, it is important to understand bra structure. A bra consists of cups~ an area to hold the breasts, a band ~ which goes around the body to hold the bra in place, a center gore~ which acts as a stabilizer for the bra, and shoulder straps on each side. The bra should have a fastener for adjustment purposes on either the front or the back of the bra. Some bra designs incorporate padding to give a look of additional fullness and lift. The band around the body should bear the weight your breasts; not the shoulder straps. 

 

3. What is the most common mistake that women make trying to find their correct bra size?

The most common mistake among full-figured and plus-size women is buying a bra with cups that are too small and compensating by going up to a band size that is too big for them. Find out what your measurements are and only buy bras that are made specifically for your measurements.

 

4. Why is it important to have a proper fitting bra?

 Wearing the wrong bra size can result in unsightly bumps, bulges, backaches and other medical conditions. Avoid these problems by using the Curvy Couture fit guide to find the best fitting bra.

 

5. How do I know when my bra does not fit properly?

 Use the Curvy Couture Bra fit guide to identify an ill-fitting bra and get some fit tips! Some immediate signs are:

 Rising back band: When your bra rises in the back, this means it is not supporting the weight of your bust.

Falling Breasts: Your breasts are not being properly supported if they do not sit upright in the center of your chest.

Falling Straps: If your straps slide down your shoulders or leave red marks in your flesh, your bra may be too big around the bust and too small in the cup area.

 

6. What is the best way to put on a bra?

 Wearing your bra properly is as important as finding the correct bra to wear. Use these steps:

Place your arms through the straps and slide them over your shoulders.

Bend forward from the waist and adjust your breasts so that the nipples are at the fullest point of the cup. Make sure your breasts are completely in the cup.

Fasten the hooks to the middle position

Stand up straight and adjust your straps again, so your breasts are at the right level in the bra

 

7. I have narrow shoulders, and my straps keep falling. What should I do?

Women with narrow shoulders need to find a bra style with close-set or convertible straps. One great solution is the Curvy Couture Perfect Plunge Bra with Convertible Straps. This bra can be worn conventionally, crisscrossed or haltered. It’s like having three great bras in one!

 

8. What is the benefit of a wider bra strap?

Full-figure women may find more comfort and support in bras with wider straps. Comfortable straps are of focus at Curvy Couture, where all bras are designed to have a slightly wider, cushioned strap for your everyday comfort. Thin straps can distress the shoulders due to the amount of pressure exerted on a thinner piece of fabric. Wider straps alleviate some of the pressure and can help properly support large breasts without causing stress in the shoulder and arms.

 

9. What do you do if your breasts are unevenly sized or asymmetrical?

This is a common problem for many women, with some having more extreme differences than others. The best solution to this problem is to purchase a bra with stretch cups. Check out the Curvy Couture, Natural Luxury Cotton Bamboo bras available Spring ’13.

 

10. What is the best way to care for my bras?

All-around bra care is important whether your bra is underwire or soft cup. It is always best to follow the garment's care instructions. The most common washing instructions include hand wash and line/flat dry. It is also important to rotate the bras in your bra wardrobe, so your bras wear evenly.

 

11. What is the benefit of a cotton or cotton blend bra?

Fabrics that don't breathe make you sweat and can irritate the sensitive skin around your breast area. A cotton or cotton/bamboo bra is made of a breathable fabric that will help keep you cool, dry and comfortable. The Curvy Couture Natural Luxury underwire and wire free bras are wonderful examples. They offer stylish lace insets, cushioned straps, a supportive seamless and molded cup, for a smooth, sexy look and comfortable all day experience.

 

12. What color bra should I wear under a sheer, light or dark colored shirt?

When choosing a bra to wear under a light-colored or sheer shirt, choose a nude bra or a color that is close to your skin tone. That will help the bra show up less than if you picked pure white. If you are wearing a black top that has a low neckline and movement could reveal the edges of your bra, the best color is black.

 

13. What is “VPL”?

Visible Panty Lines are a fashion faux pas. Rid yourself of the VPL curse forever. When wearing form-fitting garments, opt for the Curvy Couture “whisper light” signature panties. The bonding technology allows panties to lie flat against the body without digging.

 

14. Is there a way to get shaping in a panty without having to buy constricting shapewear?

Yes, some panties have additional support built into the front panel of the panty. Take a look at Curvy Couture “Whisper light” signature bonded panties. These panties have a light front panel for shaping and bonded edges that lie flat against the body for a smooth, seamless shape.

 

15. Where should my boyshort or hipster fall on the body?

While every body type is different, you can expect that a boy short would fit close to the body with the waistband hitting just above the hip bone. The leg should hit about 1" on the leg. While the hipster is also a close fitting garment the waist is meant to sit at the top of the hip bone and the leg opening should fall in the natural crease where your hip and leg meet. The biggest difference in these two bodies is the "side seam." A boy short will typically have a 6-7" side, and the hipster typically has a 3-4" side.

 

16. Will a T-shirt bra work for me?

T-shirt bras are perfect for every body type. Often seamless, a t-shirt bra is frequently made with molded cups, which gives you great lift and support and looks great under the thinnest of material. Try the Curvy Couture T-shirt bra for the perfect fit.

 

17. Is underwire better than a soft cup bra?

 Known for their comfort, soft cup bras can provide average to full support but are gentler on the skin than underwire. Often referred to as wire-free, soft cup bras come in an array of colors and styles and are just as sexy as their wired counterparts. Historically, soft cup bras were limited in the number of styles. However, in recent years, soft cup bras have made a comeback, with revolutionary technology to help soft cups give more lift and fullness to your breasts.

 

18. What is a Convertible bra?

A convertible bra has its place in every woman's bra collection. The beauty of the convertible bra is that they are all-purpose and give you so many options! You can wear it under a variety of different shirts and still get the support of a full coverage bra. Choose a convertible bra with proper support so that no matter which way you decide to wear it, you still look your very best. Try Curvy Couture’s  Convertible Spacer T-shirt Bra or  Perfect Plunge Multi-Way and have a “bra changing” experience.

 

19. Where exactly should my breasts sit on my body?

One important factor of bras is their "lift" ability. The way to know if your breasts are in the right place is to bend your arm at the elbow and form a 90-degree angle. Then, lay your arm down across the middle. Your breasts should be sitting about halfway between your shoulders and your elbow.

 

20. What is a Bustier/Corset?

 A great bra-like addition to your intimate lingerie collection is a bustier. More commonly know as a Corset. Corsets have made a comeback in the fashion world. This garment extends from the bust to the hips. Corsets are usually very slimming because of their overall structure (most contain a fair bit of boning). Some have removable straps that make it a great addition for a special occasion. Be sure to purchase a corset based on your current bra size as many also double as a bra. It is important that your corset offers the right support and fit for your breasts.

 

TECHNOLOGY

At Curvy Couture™ our commitment to innovation runs throughout our entire product offering. We have developed a family of technologies with your comfort in mind. Whether it’s keeping you cool and comfortable or sleek and smooth, we are focused on serious solutions for your silhouette and creating the best products you can buy.

Smooth Edge

Edges and pads using Smooth Edge™ technology provide targeted tapering, minimizing bulk while concealing and supporting. Engineered for an invisible look under clothes.

Smooth Fusion

Smooth Fusion™ technology provides ultra smooth support where you need it most. This hot-melt bonding technique creates a lightweight, super strength fabric that holds you in place.

Smooth Coverage

Smooth Coverage™ cups for a sleek and sexy look under clothes. All of our Smooth Coverage™ bras have seamless cups with light padding to prevent show-through, making them great under clingy or lightweight fabrics.

Natura Blend

Introducing, Natura Blend™ fabrics. This luxurious blend of cotton and bamboo provides you with all the benefits of cotton you love - with so much more. Every component is engineered for the ultimate in softness. The addition of bamboo makes this blend softer, more comfortable, and more breathable than cotton alone.  Experience the best cotton imaginable.

LINGERIE GLOSSARY

2-part cup
A 2-part cup is where the cup is made with 2 panels of fabric that are sewn together. Bra cups with seams such as this are always more supportive than bra cups without seams.

Applique
Embellishment on a garment where decoration is made by cutting pieces of one fabric and applying them to the surface of another.

Back Closure
This term is used when describing how a bra closes. Traditionally, a back closure bra has two rows of hook and eye closures and three adjustments. Full figure and strapless bras usually have three rows of hook and eye closures as well as three adjustments.

Back Wings
The fabric strips that start at the outer edge of the bra cups, go under the arms and then attach in the back.

Balconette
This is another name for a demi cup bra. A balconette bra has more of a horizontal line going across the top of the bustline. Most of the time, the cups are seamed for an upward boost to give the breasts the look as if corseted. A balconette bra can also have push-up pads as well. The name balconette comes from men in the balcony of a theater looking down upon women. A balconette bra could not be seen from above.

Bamboo
Bamboo fabric is made from the pulp of the bamboo grass. It is light and strong, has excellent wicking properties, and is to some extent antibacterial. The use of bamboo fiber for clothing was a 20th century development, pioneered by several Chinese corporations.

Bamboo is highly water absorbent, able to take up three times its weight in water. In bamboo fabric, this translates to an excellent wicking ability that will pull moisture away from the skin so that it can evaporate.

Bamboo also has many antibacterial qualities, which are retained through multiple washings. This helps to reduce bacteria that thrives on clothing and causes unpleasant odors. It can also kill odor-causing bacteria that live on human skin, making the wearer and his or her clothing smell much less. In addition, bamboo fabric has insulating properties and will keep the wearer cooler in summer and warmer in winter.

Boning
Boning can be made out of steel, metal spirals (mini springs) and various types of plastic. Boning is usually incorporated into a vertical seam line in order to give more support, structure and body contouring to a garment. The name comes from the fact that actual bones were originally used in undergarments to give support.

Boyshort
Resembling a short, this panty is sometimes also called a culotte, shorty or hot pant. Offering full coverage in a modern silhouette, boyshorts are a perfect everyday alternative and offer comfortable coverage under skirts. They are also popular teamed up with a camisole and worn around as loungewear. A boyshort has a lower leg cut and thus an inseam that is usually around 1/2" to 1" long. Many women claim this panty style eliminates panty lines under tight-fitting clothing.

Bump Pad
A pad that is built into the bottom of the cup to push the breast up and out to create more cleavage.

Center Gore
The center gore or center panel is that piece of fabric in the center of your bra that connects your two cups together. The size of this center piece helps to determine a bra's support. A supportive bra will have a center gore that comes up the nipple line. A lower center gore works best for plunging necklines.

Comfort Straps
Comfort bra straps have a wider than normal strap and usually have additional padding. They help to more evenly distribute the weight of the breast, and thus increase the comfort of the wearer. Comfort straps give helpful relief to a woman who experiences shoulder pain caused by her bra straps.

Contour Bra
A contour bra is another name for a t-shirt bra. It has cups that hold their shape, even when not being worn. The cups are seamless, molded and shaped with a foam to prevent nipple show-through. Contour bras are similar to a molded bra, except molded bras generally do not have any cup padding. Contour bras are always molded. Contour bras are a perfect choice for any woman seeking a sculpted silhouette, as they offer a significant amount of coverage and control. A contour bra can also add definition to the breast, a smooth shape, and elimination of nipple contours. Contour bras are a good choice for in-between bra sizes, or a woman with uneven breasts.

Control Brief
A panty shaped like a brief but designed to flatten the tummy and give support while providing a smooth silhouette.

Convertible
A convertible bra has straps, which can be worn in up to six different configurations: conventional, halter, one-shoulder, off-the-shoulder, crisscrossed, and strapless. Some convertible bras have straps that are attached to the cups. These convertible bras can not be worn in all six configurations. Be sure to look at our images to see if the front of the strap is removable. Realistically, a convertible bra over a cup size D may not work as effectively as smaller cup sizes

Cookie
A padded insert in the cup of a bra. Though usually made of fiberfill, a cookie can also be made with water, oil or a gel. Cookies help to change the shape of the breast. They also help when one breast is smaller than the other. Placing a cookie in the bra cup of the smaller breast will give you a more even look.

Corset
A woman's support undergarment that is boned and close fitting. It is almost always hooked and laced. It begins either above or just below the bust and extends down to the waist or below the hips. Usually garters are attached at its base. A corset supports the breasts from underneath and usually pushes them up and over the neckline edge. A corset is similar to a waist cincher that stops below the breasts.

Cut & Sew Bra
A bra with seams in the cups is a cut and sew bra. Most lace cups are cut and sew. The more seams there are in the cups, the greater the support.

Décolleté
A bra style with a very low-cut front panel to create a dramatic cleavage-enhancing look. Decollete is also used as a noun to describe a woman's chest area just above her bustline. As an adjective, it describes the low-cut neckline in a garment.

Demi Cup
A demi cup (or demi or half cup) style bra means a contoured underwire design with a large portion of the upper half of the cup being cut away to expose the upper part of the breasts. The shoulder straps are also set farther apart (wide-set). Such bras are often referred to as being decollete‚ and are worn when the top of a garment is cut low, wide or square. Men find this style bra very attractive on women. This style has many names and can be miscalled a balconette or a shelf bra

Enhancer
Enhancers create the illusion of a fuller bust line. Enhancers are often built into the bras themselves rather than as the traditional inserts. The Wonderbra was the original bust enhancer.

Foam Cup
Padding and shaping in the cup of the bra is created with foam. Such padding does not bunch up during washing and gives a smooth look to the cup.

Foam Lined Cup
A foam lined bra cup gives the wearer modesty by preventing nipple show through. Foam lining is always thinner than a padded bra and usually does not add much size. Rather, foam lining creates a natural and youthful silhouette.

Foundations
A "pre-war" term for shapewear, these undergarments were called foundations because of their similarity to concrete. Ladies who wore them were seen as "solid citizens" while those who refused came to be known as "loose women." Today's shapewear fits and feels like a second skin--coaxing your curves into their smoothest, sleekest, most naturally perfect state. 

Front Close
A bra that closes in the center front with either a plastic barrel closure or a hook and eye closure. A good style for plunging or v-necklines. 

Full Busted
Women who have larger breasts but smaller band sizes, such as a 34DD. 

Full Cup
A full cup bra completely covers most of the breast, offering both more coverage and more support than a demi cup or half cup bra. A full cup bra will not cause a crease or indentation along the top of the breast. Having said this, many lingerie manufacturers will use this description and the bra will not actually be full coverage.

Full Figure
Women who wear bras sizes 32-36DD and 38-42C-DD and larger are classified as full figure women. Bras made in these sizes are usually designed to give additional support. Common features include padding, wider shoulder straps, and triple hook and eye closures.

Full Support
A bra with this characteristic will have banding under the cups, substantial side wings, and closures with two or more hooks.

Garter Belt
A belt worn around the waist with four clips or garters to keep stockings (not pantyhose) up and in place. A garter belt can be purchased in a variety of colors. Lingerie fashion etiquette dictates that the color and design of the garter belt match the stockings and panties.

Gore
A triangular or diamond shape piece of fabric inserted into the seams of a garment to offer more shaping.

Halter
A bra style featuring straps that fasten behind the neck. This bra is perfect for backless dresses. This bra style can many times also convert to criss-cross or one-shoulder configurations.

Hi-Cut Brief
Also known as a "French cut" brief, this panty is high-cut on the leg and sides yet offers full coverage in back

Hidden Underwire
Hidden underwires is a bra construction technique where the bra's bottom edge does not have underwire casing, so looks like there is no underwire. The underwires are wrapped, then sandwiched between two layers of fabric. This construction is also called "floating wire."

Women with large and/or heavy breasts can find this construction uncomfortable because this style can roll under their breasts.

Hipster
A mid coverage panty, which rests lower on the hip than a brief. the rise is shorter, so the waistline of the hipster is well below the navel. A hipster is a perfect solution for wearing under low cut jeans.

Inner Sling
Inner slings are another name for support panels in a bra cup. An inner sling can be a curved strip of fabric that follows the natural curve of the bra, similar to an underwire, except soft. This fabric is rigid and sewn inside the cup to provide additional support. An inner sling can also go around the entire breast circumference, or just be panels on the sides of the breast.

Interlining
A padding, or stiffening fabric, either sewn to the wrong side of the lining or the inner side of the outer shell fabric. The interlining is used primarily to provide warmth.

Jersey
A generic term for a plain knit fabric without a distinct rib. Originally made of wool, jersey fabric was first manufactured on the island of Jersey.

Keyhole
This is a design feature that creates an arched opening in the center back or center front panel of a garment.

Knit
Knit fabrics are made the same way a knitted scarf is made by someone at home with two needles and a ball of yarn. Knitting is a process that loops a piece of yarn in a row a few times, then links those loops with another row of loops and so on. Knit fabrics are naturally stretchy because of the loops in the fibers. Knit fabrics include jersey, mesh, toweling, felt and fleece.

Laser Cut
Rather than cutting fabric the traditional way, a laser is used, but only on synthetic fabrics - otherwise, a fabric could catch on fire. The advantages of laser cutting include no raveling, and a flat seamless edge.

Leavers Lace
The name "Leavers" derives from the loom used to create this lace. The Leavers machine introduced the production of intricate lace patterns similar to those created by hand. Leavers looms are the only machines capable of working with a high number of threads, reproducing the intricate work of hand made lace. The lace created is distinguished by high definition design. The length, width and the thinness may vary depending on the machine used.

Light Support
A bra frame style featuring cutaway wings with little or no banding under the cups.

Lined Cup
A bra with a lining in the cup. This lining gives additional support and added opaqueness to the cup. It also helps to reduce nipple show-through.

Long Line
A midriff-slimming bra with to-the-waist panels for extra smoothing. This can offer the shaping of a corset.

Low Rise
The rise is the measurement between the waistband and the first horizontal seam of a panty (usually where the crotch begins). The average brief or panty has a 6-inch rise. A low rise is when the rise measurement is less than 5 inches

Memory Foam
Memory foam is being used more and more in bras. The same foam you see in the mattress commercial where the girl is jumping but the water glass is not moving, when used in a bra cup this foam will shape more to your body, then return to its original shape once taken off. This advantage means that your bra cups will not develop creases that are hard or impossible to remove. Storage of memory foam bras is not as important because the shape will pop back if crushed.

Microfiber
Fabric made with microfiber means that the fabric’s filaments are extremely fine – much finer than silk. Microfiber fabrics are thus lightweight, and look and feel luxurious. Because microfiber filaments are packed so closely, they can prevent moisture from passing though, yet allow airflow. Usually a blend of polyester or polyamide (nylon) fibers, microfiber fabric is known for being very light, smooth, soft, hard-wearing and breathable.

Minimizer
A minimizer bra gives the appearance of reducing the projection of the wearer’s breasts. This allows the woman to more easily wear front-button shirts and blouses without gaping. A minimizer bra works by designing a cup that distributes the breast flesh more towards the underarm and the center front to reduce your breast protrusion. A minimizer only shifts the mass in areas other than directly in front. No bra can actually reduce breast size.

Molded
Molded bras have cups which are machine molded from a single piece of fabric into a shape the manufacturer feels mirrors the preferred natural breast shape without any seams. Molded bras are usually unlined and may be either soft cup or underwire. They are seamless to create a smooth silhouette, unless overlaid with lace.

A molded bra with thin foam or fiberfill lining which causes the cup shape to stand alone is known as a contour or t-shirt bra.

No-Wire (soft-cup) Bra
A bra without underwires, that is especially comfortable for everyday wear. It can also be padded or lined.

Nylon
A completely synthetic fiber, nylon is known for its superior flexibility and excellent resilience. Quick-drying nylon fabric is naturally hydrophobic and resistant to shrinkage and wrinkling. Developed in the 1930s by scientists at Du Pont, nylon was the first truly synthetic fiber to be commercialized. Nylon fibers have the luster of silk and their tensile strength is higher than that of wool, silk, rayon or cotton. Nylon washes easily, dries quickly, needs little pressing, and holds its shape well since it neither shrinks nor stretches. Another name for nylon is now polyamide.

Padded
A bra with padded fiberfill cups. The padding adds size and definition to give a well-proportioned look to smaller bustlines.

Padded Straps
Unlike traditional bra straps, padded straps mean the arc of the strap that rests on the top of the shoulder has padding for additional comfort. A padded bra strap is also usually wider for added comfort.

Picot
A small, embroidered, loop forming an ornamental edging on a ribbon or lace.

Plunge
A plunge bra is designed to reveal more breast for a sexier look. Plunge bras create the appearance of increased cleavage because of their deep (plunging) front silhouette, angled cups and thin center gore. Plunge bras differ from push-up bras in that they are not heavily padded.

Powernet
A two-way, stretch, nylon fabric that provides excellent support. Also used in high-end compression garments, powernet has high compression with low stretch qualities to give you outstanding support without stretching out and losing its strength. Bras with powernet will last longer and stretch out less than bras using other stretch fabrics.

Push-Up
A bra with additional padding at the bottom portion of the cup, to lift the breasts, in order to give the illusion of greater breast size. Recently, push- up bras now are designed to both push up and in to create more cleavage for lower necklines. The padding, if removable, is known as a "cookie.

Racerback
This bra is named after racing swimsuits that also have straps meeting in a "V" shape on the back between the shoulder blades. This bra style is an excellent solution for sleeveless tops. It also prevents straps from slipping off the shoulders.

Rigid Straps
Bra straps not made with elastic are called rigid straps. Full figure bra sizes many times have rigid straps because they give more support than elastic straps. A rigid strap is adjustable. Sometimes a manufacturer will have a rigid front on a bra strap and then have a piece of adjusting elastic down the back.

Rise
The rise is the measurement between the waistband and the first horizontal crotch seam of a brief or panty . The average brief or panty has a 6" rise. A low rise is when the rise measurement is 5" or less.

Seamed
Any bra that has seams running though the cup. A seamed bra tends to give more support than a seamless bra because seams determine the cup's exact shape and size. The best supporting bra has seamed cups and made in 3 pieces.

Seamless
A bra with cups that have been molded into a permanent shape and fit. This bra gives a smooth and almost transparent look under clothing. They are particularly suitable under revealing and tight-fitting tops.

Shelf Bra
An underwire bra with little or no cups. This bra will support your breasts while displaying most of your breast including your nipples.

Side Sling
A side sling can be a vertical panel of fabric incorporated into a seamed cup bra that helps to center and contain the breast tissue. A side sling can also be an addition vertical piece of fabric sewn inside the outer edge of a cup to perform the same function.

Silicone
A rubber like polymer, which maintains its elasticity over a wide range of temperatures. Used inside the lace top of hold-up stockings to cling to the skin and keep the stocking up without garters.

Soft Cup
A bra without an underwire is called a soft cup or wire-free bra. Maternity, sports and teenage bras traditionally were always soft cup bras. But not any more - there are underwires available in all these styles. Soft cup bras now have great support as well. A soft cup bra is a great solution for a woman who never can find a comfortable underwire bra. Soft cups come in all size ranges. When fitting yourself in a soft cup bra, the center front may not completely sit flat on your sternum, but it should still separate your breasts.

Spacer Foam
Spacer foam, also called spacer fabric, is a very expensive knit used as the cup fabric in molded bras. It is a knit that has both a top and bottom layer, with filaments between - similar to a corrugated box. This creates air pockets between the layers. All of this is knit as one piece of fabric. The advantage of spacer foam is that it is very light weight, breathes, can be thinner than traditional foam used in contour bra cups, won't yellow, yet provides modesty like a contour cup bra.

Spandex
A synthetic fiber made from polyurethane. It is lightweight, highly elastic, strong, durable and non-absorbent to water and oils. A great alternative to people allergic to latex. In Europe, they call this elastane.

Sports Bra
A support bra worn during exercise that minimizes breast bounce. It is comfortable, and gives good support. Its design includes wider straps, and broader cup coverage. Sports bras usually have a sports level rating from High Impact to Low Impact. Women really should have a variety of sports bras if they do more than one sports activity.

Stabilizer
A rigid fabric interlining that restricts the stretch of selected areas of the garment to allow for better support.

Strapless
An underwire bra with wide sides, no straps or removable straps, and a hook back. Many times silicone is stitched to the upper and lower edges of the bra to keep it secure on the body. Mostly worn with strapless tops, evening gowns or with tops where a normal bra would show. A strapless bra must be the right size - too loose, and you have no support, too tight and it will work it's way down your torso. In fact a well fitting strapless bra could reveal your true bra size because there is no fudging on size with a strapless.

Stretch
Bras made with Lycra fabric, which lends a smooth, sleek look as well as freedom in movement, comfort and fit.

T-Shirt Bra
This is the other name for a contour bra. Like a molded bra, the cups are seamless with a thin layer of foam included for shape and modesty against nipple show-through when wearing form-fitting tops. T-shirt bras are always seamless, have contour cups, and have no lace or ornamentation.

Underwire
Bras with sewn-in molded wiring that runs underneath the breast in each bra cup. This support feature helps to lift, separate and shore up the bustline for better shape and extra support- especially for full-figured women. There are many different types of materials used in underwire bras today. The underwire can now be a flexible wire, a plastic coated piece of metal, or a molded plastic shape.

Wing
The side/back panel of a bra that counterbalances the front so it can uplift and support the breasts.

SHIPPING

US SHIPPING INFORMATION

Every one of Curvy Couture Intimates is designed with superior quality and support. To put it simply: We want you to love the fit as much as we do!  Once your order has shipped, you will be sent an email confirmation which includes a tracking number.  Curvy Couture ships in-stock items within 2-3 business days, excluding holidays. Express shipping methods will ship the same day for in-stock items on orders placed by 3 pm EST.  Shipments are sent via UPS, FedEx or other carriers at our discretion.  For continental US addresses, please anticipate in-stock items to arrive within 4-8 business days.  Sorry, Curvy Couture does not ship to PO Boxes.

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You asked, we answered!  So many of you have sent us emails or left comments on our social media platforms requesting our intimates to be shipped to you directly. We are so excited to now have you try us on for size and share the loving message of Curvy Couture, wherever you are!

We have partnered with a third party, Fedex-owned company, to service our international customers. Choose your international destination from the country drop down menu at checkout. As you proceed, you will be automatically transferred to a secure page where you will be provided with international shipping costs and delivery time estimates as well as duties and taxes for your shipment.  

Upon completion of your order, your credit card will be charged for the entire purchase. We will ship the goods to the third party distribution facility where they will process the order and transport the goods to your international address.

 There are no additional fees or registration processes with this service. The checkout process, as always, takes place on secure web pages. We super BFF-promise to safeguard and protect your information, never using it for evil!

For questions or assistance, contact us at customer service or call +001-213626-6800, Mon. - Fri. 8am to 4pm PST (international calling charges may apply).

RETURN POLICY

Falling in love with Curvy Couture’s fit over the Internet can take a couple tries, we get it. We'll gladly help you find another size or style, or refund your purchase altogether, as long as your order is eligible for return:

  • Contains your Completed Return Form
  • Purchased less than 30 days ago
  • Have not been worn, altered or washed
  • In original packaging with all tags
  • Must have original receipt or order number
  • Underwear has only been tried on over your own
  • Sorry, all clearance items are final sale and are not eligible for a refund or exchange

Eligible returns can be sent back with the pre-paid return label provided in your shipment.

 

Misplaced your return slip? We are more than happy to provide another for you.

Call us at (US Toll-Free) 1.855.882.8789 or email us at customerservice@curvycouture.com for further assistance - please allow up to 2 business days for a response.

 

Need help finding the right size to order?

Contact us for a personalized fit recommendation, or even just to talk about how your fit experience was with our intimates —and what you were looking for—we'd love to help you find the perfect piece(s)! 

 

INTERNATIONAL RETURNS

Falling in love with Curvy Couture’s fit over the Internet can take a couple tries, we get it. We'll gladly help you find another size or style, or refund your purchase altogether, as long as your order is eligible for return:

  • Purchased less than 30 days ago
  • Have not been worn, altered or washed
  • In original packaging with all tags
  • Must have original receipt or order number
  • Underwear has only been tried on over your own
  • Sorry, all clearance items are final sale and are not eligible for a refund or exchange

 Due to international restrictions and customs requirements, Curvy Couture cannot provide pre-paid shipping on returns from non-US addresses.

Call us at +001213-6266800 Mon. - Fri 8am - 4pm PST (international calling charges may apply) or email us at customerservice@curvycouture.com to initiate an international return or exchange. Please allow up to 2 business days for a response.

 

Need help finding the right size to order?

Contact us for a personalized fit recommendation, or even just to talk about how your fit experience was with our intimates —and what you were looking for—we'd love to help you find the perfect piece(s)!

PRIVACY POLICY

What information do we collect?


We collect information from you when you register on our site, place an order, subscribe to our newsletter or respond to a survey.

When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name, e-mail address, mailing address, phone number or credit card information. You may, however, visit our site anonymously.

What do we use your information for?

Information we collect from you may be used in any of the following ways:

  • To personalize your experience
  • (your information helps us to better respond to your individual needs)
  • To improve our website
  • (we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you)
  • To improve customer service
  • (your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs)
  • To process transactions
  • Your information, whether public or private, will not be sold, exchanged, transferred, or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever, without your consent, other than for the express purpose of delivering the purchased product or service requested.
  • To administer a contest, promotion, survey or other site feature
  • To send periodic emails

The email address you provide for order processing may be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your order, in addition to receiving occasional company news, updates, related product or service information, etc.

Note: If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from receiving future emails, we include detailed unsubscribe instructions at the bottom of each email.


How do we protect your information?

We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you place an order or enter, submit, or access your personal information.

We offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our Payment gateway providers database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and are required to keep the information confidential.

After a transaction, your private information (credit cards, social security numbers, financials, etc.) will not be stored on our servers.

Do we use cookies?

Yes (Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer’s hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow) that enables the sites or service providers systems to recognize your browser and capture and remember certain information

We use cookies to help us remember and process the items in your shopping cart, understand and save your preferences for future visits and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

If you prefer, you can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies via your browser settings. Like most websites, if you turn your cookies off, some of our services may not function properly. However, you can still place orders over the telephone or by contacting customer service.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise, transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses.

California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

Because we value your privacy, we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We, therefore, will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance

We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products, and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.

Online Privacy Policy Only

This online privacy policy applies only to information collected through our website and not to information collected offline.

Your Consent

By using our site, you consent to our websites privacy policy.

Changes to our Privacy Policy

If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page. 

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this site, please contact us at:
Curvy Couture
www.curvycouture.com
855-882-8789
curvycouture@curvycouture.com

This document was last updated on August 8, 2014