Monday, April 1, 2013

Urkye Review: Rohe and Kontrast dress shirts

I snapped up a few Urkye shirts recently, so it's time for another review!

The two shirts I'm focusing on reviewing today are both button up/dress shirts. I'm sure many of you can sympathize when I say that I can never find button-up shirts in stores that fit well. They either a) gape in the buttons (if they button up at all), or b) button over the bust, but are so huge everywhere else that they're useless.

Spoiler alert: I experienced neither of these issues with the two shirts I ordered!

The first shirt I got was Urkye's new Rohe long-sleeved dress shirt in brazowe (brown).
List Price: 109zl ($33.53)
Material: 80% cotton, 10% polyester, 10% lycra
Size: 36ooo
Rohe 36ooo
Look, ma, no gaping buttons! (yes, I realize I'm wearing jean shorts with a nice top... sorry) The top is a great fit overall for me; the only caveat was that the sleeves felt a little long (I have the left sleeve looking at the picture buttoned at the wrist, and the right unbuttoned). However, the sleeves are also meant to be worn rolled up, and I think I preferred that look:

The look of the shirt becomes a bit more casual, but still nice.The side and back views:

The back view shows that I get my usual wrinkling of fabric in the back near my narrowest point due to the sharp curve I have there, but I've come to expect this, and it doesn't bother me at all here. Others probably wouldn't experience this "extra fabric" look.
Overall, I'm very pleased with the Rohe shirt, and am considering getting it in another color or two. I felt very "put together" and professional when wearing it. It's strange to have a well-fitting, long-sleeved button-up shirt as a part of my wardrobe again!
(Tip: if you're interested in the Rohe, Urkye is having a sale on all long-sleeved shirts from April 1-April 7; the Rohe is listed for 89zl/$27.37 instead of the usual price)

The second shirt I picked up this order was a Kontrast in bialy (white), with no extra black piping on the sleeves. I already own and have done a review on the Kontrast shirt in fuchsia in the same size.
List Price: 99zl ($30.45)
Material: 62% cotton, 35% nylon, 3% spandex
Size: 36ooo

 (The button in the middle not being buttoned all the way is my oversight, not an indication of the shirt being too small in the bust!) 

Again, I get a great fit from the Kontrast. I do wish the sleeves were a tad less poofy, but careful ironing would probably make them stand out a little less.

Back and Side Views:

I'm wearing my "nude" Deco bra with this shirt. Like most other white dress shirts I've seen, this one is somewhat see-through; I'd feel more comfortable wearing it with a white cami underneath, especially in a professional setting.

Bottom line? I'm very happy with my new shirts! I love that full-bust companies like Urkye, Biu Biu, Campbell & Kate, etc, are taking the needs of busty women into account with business/business-casual clothing. I'm slowly bust but surely building up a strong wardrobe of clothes that actually fit me well - and that's an awesome feeling.

What do you think of the options available to busty women today? Have you tried out any button-up shirts/business attire clothing from any of the various full-bust companies out there? Would you?


  1. I don't know where you are located country-wise, but Express's button-down shirts are generous in the bust area without being so in the shoulder and waist areas. I'm a 28H/30GG and they fit me fine. However, the price is about the same so...

  2. They look great on you! I ordered the new Mala dress which will be my first purchase from this company. They have some lovely designs, so I'm excited to shop with them in the future.

  3. Lovely! I like how the Rohe just goes straight in under the bust and then straight down, highlighting your flat stomach. Does it seem like the Kontrast - which I generally like very much - is a little bit bumpy in the side silhouette? I still love it, but I'd love it even more if it sat as flatly as the other one. In any case, you have a great figure and your reviews are really useful, so thank you for them. Expect a lot of linkage from my blog. :)

    1. Thanks so much, I'm so glad my reviews can be helpful! :) x

      I'm pretty sure for the Kontrast it's a case of the shirt needing to be ironed... it would probably sit nice and flat if I took the time to iron it out ;)

  4. *sigh* So it is just me. I had gaping with the kontrast, and had to sew in a snap. It's minor gaping, not button-will-fly-off gaping, and I suspect it is more due to button spacing than too little fabric, but it's still annoying.

    I just got the brown Rohe and it has the same problem. :(

    Oh, and BiuBiu and Urkye are always way too long in the sleeve for me...sometimes up to 6 cm too long. I'm short, but not so short! I think there's a misconception with these brands that we're all slender, so when you reach the 42 or 44 that I wear, you're expected to top 6 feet.

    1. Oh, that's annoying :( I'm assuming that at least it's better than off-the-rack stuff? I'm sure you're not the only one that gets gaping... everyone is different!

      I think that the shirts probably get progressively longer as the size goes up. I'm guessing a tailor could fix the sleeve issue, but the whole point of getting made-for-busty-figures clothing is to avoid having to tailor, really!

    2. Yeah, I get frustrated about having to get the sleeves shortened, but it does fit better in the shoulders, chest, and stomach than off the rack stuff, so it is worth it. But I do wish they'd introduce some shirts with a whole row of hook and eye closures - I actually had some of those in off-the-rack sizes which stayed closed. I need to get a picture of myself in the Rohe to show her the problem.

  5. Thanks for sharing.
    Whenever I would wear a button up shirt, I would constantly be looking down to make sure I wasn't busting out.
    Taking a look at these brands, thank you!