The Elusive Fitted Top

November 6, 2011

As a woman, finding a good fitted top is akin to finding the Holy Grail. If your shape is quite straight up and down, you’re in luck; most likely you can find many a well-fitting top somewhere as simple as the high street.

At the other end of the spectrum, some women have quite a variation between the measurement around their chest, and the measurement around their waist. My measurements are 40-30, so finding a top that will be fitted in both those areas is more than a little challenging. It’s quick and easy to make simple box-shaped clothing, but to design a top that fits and clings to the contours of a curvy girl is no simple task.

Bravissimo, or Pepperberry as their clothing side is now named, were one of the first and few places I discovered that catered for a bigger bust. In addition to the standard clothing size, they allow you to specify a chest size as well; C – Curvy, RC – Really Curvy, and SC – Super Curvy (and lately they have been developing SDC – Super Duper Curvy). However, due to the cost of the clothes available, and the huge variance in their sizes, I do not often buy from them. My friend and fellow blogger Georgina Horne often writes about them, so you can find some much more detailed information about their clothes on her blog if you wish to know more.

It had been a while since I last purchased anything from Pepperberry, so recently I did. There was a lovely casual stretchy top on their website; the Button Trim Jersey top. I thought the two available colours – dusky pink and grey – were quite bland, but I decided maybe the pink could work for me. I have previously bought tops from them in a size 8SC (as I have often found their 8 fits like a high street 10) but I had heard some of their newer styles were tighter. I eventually settled on a 10RC, which was an OK fit. I think it was fine around the waist, but slightly loose in other areas.

Button Trim Jersey Top - Pink - 10RC

It’s a nice top, and I do like it, but it’s just not quite perfect. I was very keen on the button detail and the waistband strip, but I think the bland colours ruin it for me. If they had perhaps brought it out in two brighter shades as well, I very much think I would’ve purchased more than one.

Up until very recently, I was still struggling with my well-worn high street tops, and feeling frumpy because they just don’t fit me the way I want them to. Through some discussions with friends and other bloggers, I discovered BiuBiu; the Polish equivalent to Pepperberry. Ordering from abroad didn’t put me off, because as any regular reader of my blog knows, I often buy lingerie from the Polish company Ewa Michalak with much success.

BiuBiu have a lovely site, and it has a translate button into English; very handy for me given that I don’t speak a word of Polish! 😛

Like Pepperberry, they have three different chest size options. They use the letter ‘B’ which stands for ‘biust’ of course meaning ‘bust’. They have B – similar to Curvy, BB – similar to Really Curvy, and BBB – similar to Super Curvy. Their size chart put me in a 36BB, which in my opinion seems to be the equivalent of an 8RC (or even SC). I decided on two tops in 36BB and two in 38BB, as I had heard the 36 was tight on some girls of a similar size who had already tried BiuBiu.

This is the Porto in a 36B/BB (with the stretchy tops they have either B/BB or BB/BBB, as there is more of a variation with the added stretch).

Porto - Burgundy - 36B/BB

I found the 36 quite tight, but then my waist size is more of a 10 than an 8. Of course in regular high street clothes, I rarely ever fit into a 10, because they don’t leave much room for the bust. I think if I were to get another Porto, I would opt for the 38.

This is the Pamir, also 36B/BB.

Pamir - 36B/BB

I love this top! It’s a little tight just as the 36 Porto was, but the pattern actually disguises that to some extent. I have a thing about my arms and shoulders being a bit bigger compared to the rest of me; this top is actually a great help, as the dark brown sleeves are slimming for those areas. This is definitely a favourite.

Next, another stretchy top, the Hue in a 38B/BB.

Hue - 38B/BB

This is an unusual pattern. It’s not normally the kind of thing I would go for, but I already have a fair few plain block colour tops, and wanted to go for something a bit more interesting. I very much liked this; it’s more modest than the Porto or the Pamir because the neckline is stitched a little higher up. I found the 38 a much more comfortable fit than the 36, so I think 38B/BB is my ‘BiuBiu size’.

Last but not least, I was excited to try one of BiuBiu’s fitted shirts. It’s been a long time since I had a shirt that fit around the waist and didn’t cause all the buttons to ping off over the bust, so I was interested to see how these would fit. With the tailored clothes rather than the stretch, the sizes stay as B, BB and BBB. According to their sizing chart I would be 36BB, but I decided to go for 38BB because of my previous experience with the 36.

Vanity Fair Navy - 38BB

This is the Vanity Fair shirt in navy. It is a perfect fit in the 38. I love the square buttons, I love the shape and the very careful stitching – I have no criticisms about this shirt. If you need a lovely smart fitted shirt, BiuBiu is the place to go.

I am really very impressed with BiuBiu, not only are the clothes great, but the customer service is fantastic; they are exceptionally friendly and helpful. While Bravissimo is definitely one of my first choices for Lingerie, Pepperberry definitely comes second compared to BiuBiu in clothing. Their sizing is very consistent, which is especially a good thing if you are buying from abroad. I can safely say BiuBiu is a new favourite for me, and I will certainly be buying from them in future. Fitted tops are elusive no longer!


Sophia xxx


  1. ♥You look great♥ I’m happy that you wrote about BiuBiu. Thank you for the very nice pictures 🙂

    • Anytime Kinga, it was a pleasure and the clothes are so lovely! 😀 xx

  2. Wow, all these tops look utterly amazing on you and your reviews are really useful. Am very tempted to order from Biubiu…x

    • Thanks Caroline – I would really recommend them, they have some lovely clothes! x


    • You are too kind G! 😛 xx

  4. You look great in Biubiu tops (or Biutops?), this is my fav brand too. I ‘ve got the same Pepperberry top, except I chose grey, because all kinds of bright coloured accesories look perfect with it (also pink is not really my thing). I also wish they had more colourful options, but grey is a fine alternative if you feel like wearing for example purple or red trousers. And Porto is definitely my recent favourite (got it in both colours), even though it’s a bit tight around my belly. Good job on the blog post, girls should know that wearing shapeless clothing is not their only option (and often it can actually make them look even bigger than they are – not that I care, I think all sizes are beautiful).

    • Wise words Ula. I completely agree, we often make ourselves look bigger trying to fit the bust in, and it doesn’t do us any favours. I’m tempted to try the grey Pepperberry top, perhaps I will next time. Interesting to hear your thoughts on them and Biubiu, thanks! 🙂 x

  5. I’ve been dying to see someone wearing the BiuBiu Vanity Fair. It looks great on you. Thanks for reviewing it.

  6. Ciao Sophia
    You look Great wearing all these tops . . . but the last one match very well with your blonde hair. . . Cheers, Molti complimenti !
    Viva le Donne con le Curve, W the Curvy Women, W the joy of Life!
    Ciao dall’Italia
    Best regards from Italy by fellow Artist Aurè
    – Italian Curvy Art & Fashion by Aurè –

  7. Thanks for the reviews! I keep wanting to try BiuBiu, and I think I’m about a 36BB as well.

    • Ooh let me know if you do, I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts! 🙂

  8. This is a great site about woman and the info about bra that you are providing is really good. thanks for sharing this info about bra with us. keep it up.

  9. So glad I found this blog. I’m French, and it is very difficult here to find a bra in your proper size when you’re busty – I’m a 32 FF / 30G and the salespeople in France always want to get me a 36D, which of course doesn’t fit.
    Fortunately I now buy all my lingerie in the UK thanks to online shopping, ans I seemingly will continue, now I’ve discovered this blog !
    Thanks !

    • Hi Bibi, glad I could be of help! Brastop, Figleaves, Leia, Lembrassa, Bravissimo and Ewa Michalak are some very good online shops to start with. x

  10. […] heard a lot about BiuBiu in the big-busted blogosphere (great reviews can be found here, here and here, among others) which has been tempting me to try them out for a while now. I’ve […]

  11. […] talked about BiuBiu on my blog before, back when I discussed the Elusive Fitted Top for the larger busted girl; not just a myth. BiuBiu is now my go-to company for these sought after […]

  12. […] myself, but if I needed a button-down shirt or a solid dress, I’d go for these.  See reviews at Sophia Jenner, Bras I Hate, A Sophisticated Pair, Fuller Figure Fuller Bust (here and here), and Thin and Curvy […]

  13. […] myself, but if I needed a button-down shirt or a solid dress, I’d go for these.  See reviews at Sophia Jenner, Bras I Hate, A Sophisticated Pair, Fuller Figure Fuller Bust (here and here), and Thin and Curvy […]

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