Curvy Clothing Review: The Biu Biu Porto Shirt

I have had a really hard time getting this review together, and it’s mostly because I spend so much time washing and wearing this shirt that it’s hard to find a time to get photographs. However, I finally persevered with my iphone on my vacation, so I can finally talk about my new clothing obsession.

I’m becoming a big fan of Polish brands. Between the wonders of Ewa Michalak bras and Biu Biu clothing, I am almost ready to pick up and move to some gorgeous historial Polish city. Both of these brands really understand what curvy women want, which really sets them apart from lots of American and UK based companies.

Ironically, this porto shirt was sent to me by the fantastic UK based Annella Lingerie, which stocks both curve friendly lingerie brands as well as curve friendly clothing. This seems like a genius idea, and I don’t know why more boutiques that cater to curvy women aren’t picking it up. The shipping was quick, and Hannah was a pleasure to email with. Annella Lingerie has fantastic shipping from the UK to the US, so I highly recommend them if ordering clothes in Polish seems like a big hurdle. No one should miss out on this great brand.

I’d heard lots about Biu Biu, but had never gotten clothing with specialized sizing before. Pepperberry isn’t really my style. Biu Biu clothing comes in a base size, in either a B/BB version or a BB/BBB version. If you’re under a GG cup, you’re a B/BB generally. If not, you will be a BB/BBB. I’m right on the edge (much like I am in bras), but I went for a 42 B/BB.

Photo via Biu Biu

The porto currently comes in a teal color, a black color, and this maroon version. I love all three, but I went with the maroon to start.

And here it is on me. Excuse the most unflattering jeans of all time, please. As you can see, it’s rather more cleavagy on me than on the model, but that was expected. I intend to order the BB/BBB size for comparison next time. The material is soft, and the sleeves aren’t even too long! I’m 5’4″, to give you a feel for the length of the sleeves and of the shirt itself. I’m completely in love with it.

Here it is again, with a Second Base demi cami underneath it. If I was headed out to a business meeting, I’d wear it like this. It works perfectly with skirts and stockings, or just jeans and a jacket.

I’m so impressed with this brand. The waist, bust, and shoulder measurements are perfect, and the fabric is incredibly high quality. I can’t wait to try more. If you want to see more of their dresses (I’m currently drooling over the Paris Dress pictured below), Darlene of Hourglassy has a great review up. No review is complete without a wish list, so here are some of the pieces I’m dying to try.

Mojito Halter Top

Paris Dress

Navy blue Faro shirt

The short sleeved version of my beloved Porto in my favorite color!


Are you a Biu Biu fan? What has your experience with them been?


  • Reply karen December 27, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    I’ve seen some great reviews for Biu Biu but don’t think any of the items would suit me as they all appear to be very fitted, and with my big fat stomach rolls, it just won’t work! Looks great on you though x

    • Reply hollyj December 28, 2011 at 9:18 AM

      Give it a try! Really, they’re very flattering. I’ve heard some of the dresses are less figure hugging as well.

  • Reply Darlene December 27, 2011 at 11:54 PM

    This top looks amazing on you. Perfect color choice!! I’m not a giant fan of empire waists, but for this one I’d make an exception. It still shows your waist, and that neckline is gorgeous.

    • Reply hollyj December 28, 2011 at 9:19 AM

      Thank you! I love this shirt. Thanks also for doing the review of the dresses-it was really helpful for planning my future purchases. 🙂

  • Reply Azzy December 28, 2011 at 5:31 AM

    The burgundy looks gorgeous on you! Love how it looks with the Second Base cami too – I saw Brittany from Thinandcurvy review these the other week and I wish they shipped to the UK.

    I personally love Biubiu – I’ve got a third delivery on the way – have only tried shirts and dresses so far, but have some of the Porto tops on the way and I’m really excited to get them. Just getting into Ewa Michalak too which in itself has been a revelation!

    Would love to see you in more of Kinga’s clothes!

    • Reply hollyj December 28, 2011 at 9:23 AM

      I just saw your post on Biu Biu, and those dresses look amazing on you! I feel like I might look like a mushroom in that ponti dress, but maybe I should give it a try. It looks lovely on you in the pictures. Which dress would you recommend to start with?

      • Reply Azzy December 31, 2011 at 8:24 AM

        Ooh just saw this reply – sorry for not answering sooner!

        I think Ponti would look lovely on you – you’ve got the choice of navy or teal both of which would work on your colouring I think.

        But you’ve got the Paris on your wishlist (same here) so I’d go for that!

  • Reply Samantha July 31, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    I just ordered my first biu biu shirt (portofino in black). I’ve been hearing great things about them and since I don’t seem to fit into the size charts of more well-known (and expensive) sites like Carissa Rose, I am giving biu biu a try. I was right on the cusp of the waist measurement and bust measurement so I ordered a 38BBB. I hope it isn’t too small but given that the material is stretchy, black, and ruched, I’m crossing my fingers.

    • Reply Samantha September 3, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      No luck with BiuBiu. There needs to be a 38BBBB. The shirt was waaaaay too tight across my back. I don’t think those shirts account for broad shoulders either.

      Back to the drawing board.

  • Reply Jo April 14, 2015 at 10:36 PM

    My closet is pretty much entirely filled with BiuBiu, Urkye (another Polish company with very similar sizing, quality and style to BiuBiu), and DDAtelier. Some BiuBiu styles were forgiving enough to wear while pregnant and post partum so would definitely accommodate a few rolls here and there, while others are very fitted. BiuBiu is much more generous in the hips than DDAtelier. Both companies will give excellent and honest fit advice if emailed, and sizing is usually very true to that described. For reference, I am a 38/28/38 and wear a 30G, and pretty consistently wear a 38BB in BiuBiu sizing. The accuracy of their sizing is a joy! Makes life much easier.

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