Weirdly Shaped and Well Photographed

… a blog about clothing for curves, bras for giant boobs (and tiny backs!), and escaping the scourge of the dreaded BoobLoaf and ButtChest.

Urkye Doesn’t Irk Me, Part Two: The Twister Top


Those of you who have been here since the beginning of the ol’ brog (what, three whole weeks ago? HA.) will remember that my first post featured a dress by Polish company Urkye, one of several retailers I have been or will be discussing here on the brog that feature sizing that specifically accommodates large busts and curvy shapes.  If you missed it, please check out my review of the Kieska dress for information on how their sizing works and the general loveliness of their brand.  Go ahead, I’ll wait here.

*twiddles thumbs*

*hums a merry tune*

*looks up hapilly*   Oh!  Hello!  You’ve returned – excellent.  Forging ahead, then…

Once I started the brog and discovered that people were actually going to read it, I realized that it behooved me to get some great clothing to review, and I went ahead and placed an order with Urkye (yep, you all really twisted my arm there… *ahem*…).  I had planned on getting a Tuba top (success! review forthcoming) and a Skunks dress (wrong size! exchange forthcoming), but when I took a look at the Twister shirt, I just had to add it in.  I have always wanted to own more clothing with cool necklines in the back, but as I always have to wear a bra, most things of that sort don’t fit me.  Enter Urkye.  I was discussing this brand (and indeed, this shirt) with the blogger at Dressing Curves the other day, and she said something that hadn’t occurred to me but made perfect sense: Urkye doesn’t just design clothes for boobs – they design clothes for bras.  More of this will be evidenced when you see the review for the Tuba top, but in the meantime, you’ll notice that there are an awful lot of pictures in my back in this post.  It’s not my favorite side of myself, I must say, but the shirt is the focus, so, well, there we are.

MEANWHILE, once I decided to review the Twister, I found myself with a dilemma.  As I have a somewhat theatrical affect much of the time, the settings or framing of most of my review shoots are coming to mind easily.  But what to do with a shirt, even a really neat-o one like this?  I wanted to make sure that each review held visual interest, ideally with some sort of theme or story.  Luckily, I have a Super Secret Thinktank of Awesomeness, and they came through as ever in my time of need.  I had thought of doing some sort of “around the house” shoots, but when T. and K. came up with the idea of a laundromat, something tickled the back of my brain.  Not only was it a great idea for the shoot, but it was a chance to revisit an old haunt from my youth.  Yes, at one point I hung out regularly in a laundromat.  It was more fun than it sounds.

You see, when I was a kid, much like now, I had a dislike for chores.  I would let things like laundry pile up until I practically had to climb out of my bedroom to get to school.  Luckily, in addition to what was clearly too much clothing, I had some great friends, and one of them, B., came to my rescue fairly regularly.  B. was a wonderful person, a magnificent friend, lovely, intelligent, kind, capable, etc.  Just great.  He’d swoop in to help, and with him, any place was a carnival.  Take the laundromat, for example.  The laundry part was the least interesting obviously, but in between the washing and drying there was so much fun to be had!  Let’s take a trip down memory lane, accompanied by the fiery red Twister Czerwony shirt from Urkye…

*wiggles fingers as flashback music plays: —–dooooOOOOOOoooooOOOOOoooooooo—–

Not pictured: high school me, who was traditionally extremely unkempt, 
didn’t wear glasses, and wouldn’t have known a well-fitting bra
if it had run up to her and jumped onto her breasts screaming, 

The Twister shirt, like everything I’ve tried from Urkye, fits perfectly in the bust.  It skims over The Ladies gently, without pulling or smooshing anything down.  Then it immediately curves inwards to nip in not just at the waist, but at the underbust as well.  As my underbust is as small as my waist, this is a much appreciated feature.  The combination of the bust accommodations and the overall length make the front 100% accidental-belly-show-proof, and the soft but thin fabric (92% cotton and 8% elastane) shows off my curves nicely.

Bounce?  Like I could help it.
 Alright, Suds ‘n Such.  I’ll buy.  
You know I can’t resist your retro stylings.

Angled shots.  Not half bad, eh?  I love this shirt.  And Suds ‘n Such!  Isn’t that just delightful?

You may notice that the photography is different in this entry, by the way; I thought that since I was revisiting my past, I’d try a retro camera feel for the photos.  This may or may not have been influenced by my inability to schedule with one of my regular photographers this week… But hey, result, right?

Is it Taco Bell time yet?  
We used to get these huge Meal Deals.  It makes me almost ill to 
think of eating them now, but at the time, it was great fun.
 No tacos till work is done!
No tacos for you!
Only laundry!

From the side, the proper fit on the bust is showed off to good effect.  What a lovely curve it follows under the breasts!  No hanging off of them, mumu-like, or stretching diagonally towards whatever belt I’ve had to use to harness my waistline; Urkye makes clothes for boobs.  Hu-freaking-zzah.  Don’t mind all the bulginess towards the bottom – I might have chosen pants with a less clunky waistline.  You’ll do better, I’m sure.

But now! La pièce de résistance!  The back.

Please excuse the werewolf-like appearance of my neck.  I was going for authenticity with the hastily-secured bun, but apparently that caused a bunch of wee hairs to escape and do… Well, what you’re seeing there.  Oops.  Anyway, the main thing is HOW COOL IS THAT BACK!  Busty ladies NEVER get to wear things like that.  Forgive me for the effusive capitals, but seriously, where has this shirt been all my life?  It is amazing how much a small piece of twisted fabric can liven up a shirt like this?  It’s elegant, and modern, and simple, and perfect, and I love it.

The lure of the Cheetos…
It’s too much…
In addition, the scooped cut in the back comes to literally the exact point below which it would show my bra band.  Maximum back views, no peeks at the lingerie.  Perfect.  This is what I meant by the clothing being made for bras as well as boobs.  Urkye refuses to compromise on style for the sake of needed undergarments, and I think other companies would do well to learn from this example.  Being busty does not necessitate the wearing of dowdy clothing.  Leave high necklines behind, ladies!  Forget the tags that have scratched at the back of your necks!  It’s our time to shine, sisters, so let those shoulder blades out into the sunlight.
You’ll be mine, Betty Boop!
Right?  Right?  
“But Miss Shapen!” you ask.  “What about the cleavage?”
I’ve had a number of readers inquire about issues of modesty.  While I possess almost none generally – I’m disinclined to wear revealing clothes for their own sake, but if something is stylish/weird/full of character I probably won’t think twice about it – some of my readers have different sensibilities and tastes or live in more conservative environments (in Vegas, I’m rarely the most scantily clad gal in the room).  They’ve asked for some items that they could wear comfortably in varied social settings, and I think this shirt would do well.  In the above picture and the set below, I have bent to a 90 degree angle, and I think given that pose that it’s a very reasonable amount of cleavage.
You could do worse, eh?
Meanwhile, for those of you who don’t enjoy making faces into dryer door windows, here is how the shirt looks from three different somewhat-downward angles:
My eyes are up here, buddy.
So there you have it.
The Urkye Czernowy Twister shirt.
A fabulous buy for a fabulous lady like yourself.
I wouldn’t mind picking up a few more in different colors myself.
What say you, gentle readers?
Isn’t it great how a simple piece of twisted fabric can change everything?
How do you feel about interesting and creative backs?
Have you ever hung out in a laundromat?
Do chime in and chat.
Company: Urkye
Size: 36oo/ooo
Price: $23.70 (exchange rate for 75PLN)
Style: Casual
Other colors available: Turquoise, Black, and Sand
Fit: 9/10
Quality: 10/10
Comfort: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Style: 10/10
If you like this, you might like: The Tuba Top (will link when it’s reviewed)
Fits like: Kieska Dress, Tuba Top – I take the same size in all three.
My measurements at the time of the photoshoot: 40/28/38
Other clothing items worn:
*Ewa Michalak Cielus bra, altered.
*Gap Vintage Flare jeans, size 6
(for comparison, I’m a size four in the Long and Lean cut from the same brand)
Oh, and did you really think I could climb into a laundry cart and do
nothing but sit there and look vaguely sassy?
Photography by Beau Pignatello