This is one of Curvy Kate's padded range of cakes-on-a-plate styles, and is a very different fit from their unpadded 3-part cup balconettes.
ComfortBand. Very snug and made of my least favorite material: mesh.
Wires. Higher than the unpadded styles, which is never comfy for me.
I do not care for this much side coverage or wires this close to my armpits.
At least they are not especially wide.
Cups. Shallow, especially at the bottom (for the push up effect) and at the inner cup near the gore. The seam is vertical, as you will find in a 1/2 cup shape, though they are more balconette in coverage.
Tack. Not much, I'm afraid.
I get a very firm tack from non-padded CK's, but here, the gore is actually pretty unstable on me. There is just nowhere for my inner fullness to go.
I'm also not getting as much lift as the bra intends, since the bottom of the cup is so shallow, it's forcing the bra to sit lower on my ribs, as my boobs try to align themselves with available cup space.
BeautyRitzy has an understated loveliness.The crimson stripes are muted in tone and the lace detailing is not as ornate as other styles in this range.
This makes the style a good candidate for a T-shirt bra, which is normally when I would wear her.
The shape is quite good: lifted and very rounded.
Not minimized per se, but a more compact arrangement than a Polish cut would give.
When Do I Wear It?Very rarely, and only with a thin knit, with a low neckline. The comfort factor is just not that high, far less than my non-padded CK's, which is already a fairly minimal level of comfort. Besides the height of the wires, the shape is just not a match for a full on top, projected, high set shape.