Full Bust Clothing Review: The Tuba Top by Urkye

Tuba Shirt by Urkye

This is the second part of my Urkye review, so check out the Mala dress from earlier this week if you missed it!

I ordered two Tuba shirts from Urkye along with the Mala dress, even though I hardly wear separates anymore. I’m a fundamentally lazy person in the mornings and the idea of matching stuff is usually too much for my pre-coffee brain to manage. Dresses are easier and let me focus on other things when I feel like I have limited brain power. Now that I have these, I’ve actually found it easier to wear the few skirts I own which probably means I will go back and buy a few more colors.

Both of these shirts are size 42 oo/ooo (the specific colors can be found here and here) and run larger than the Mala dress. I wouldn’t have sized down in terms of breast space, but I could have comfortably worn a 40 oo/ooo as well. If you like a tighter fit for your shirts, sizing down should work for you. Each shirt is only $18.28, which is ridiculous considering the superb fit and the good quality fabric. This means that Urkye is not only a full bust friendly brand, it’s a nice budget brand too if you’re US or UK based.

Tuba Top by Urkye


As you can tell, the belt loops and things under the shirt still show but the fabric is thick enough that my dark purple bra doesn’t show in either picture. The shirts are made of a thin but sturdy fabric, which will be wonderful here during the summer. I suspect that they will work throughout the year with a sweater over them as well, at least if you live in a warmer climate. They are also much longer than I expected, which is great for extra coverage if you’re moving around lots. This also makes them ideal for taller women.

I’m wearing a plunge bra in these pictures, which I think will be needed to make these shirts work. The neckline on the Tuba shirts is particularly nice – it’s flattering and a little flirty while still remaining pretty modest. I’d definitely wear these with a knee length skirt to meetings. I didn’t have any issues with my bra straps showing and the armholes were perfect.

Image via the Urkye Facebook page

Image via the Urkye Facebook page

Image via the Urkye Facebook page

Image via the Urkye Facebook page

These images showed up recently on the Urkye Facebook page, which I hope means that a dress version of these tops will be coming soon! I’d absolutely buy one or two. At this point, Urkye is definitely my favorite casual clothing source and a great way to pick up some basic wardrobe staples.

For more reviews of the Tuba Top, go here:
Being Curvy
Muscular Hourglass


  • Reply Erica from A Sophisticated Pair May 31, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Holly, the tuba looks fantastic on you! In the pictures on the website, I was a bit concerned that this would be more of a cleavage-y style, but you’re right that the neckline is pretty flexible. I love all the colors they offer the top in too. Fabulous review!

    • Reply hollyj May 31, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      Thanks Erica! The neckline is pretty flexible, which is nice. It can be really hard to find work appropriate sleeveless tops if you’re full busted sometimes.

  • Reply Darlene May 31, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    More proof that this top looks good on everyone, making me ask myself once again why I haven’t purchased one yet–especially at that price!

  • Reply WideCurves May 31, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Hey there Holly,

    I have a question – did you order to your true measurements? I’m leery of ordering from Urkye and other brands for large breasts because I frequently wear up to 2 sizes smaller than size charts…and especially since my rib cage and shoulders are such large factors (literally) in determining my clothing size.

    • Reply hollyj June 1, 2013 at 12:16 AM

      I’m actually slightly over the measurements for the 42oo/ooo, but I still feel like I could comfortably go down a size. This shirt has tons of room in the chest so I think you’d be fine ordering down since they have so much stretch.

      • Reply WideCurves June 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        Thanks! That’s pretty typical for me -going down about 2 sizes, especially in knits.

        The top looks great on you, btw!

  • Reply ladygodiva April 22, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    I love these tops and others that are sized by bust…clearly a bit late to the party….any resources for someone with a 114 cm bust? Little over 45 in US, waist is 34.5 in. Generally a gg or h cup in the UK bras I get online.


    • Reply Laurie June 22, 2017 at 12:57 AM

      Hello ladygodiva,

      I realize this is 2 years after your comment, but in hoping that you may read this, I would encourage you to try a 44 oo/ooo in Urkye. Another resource is Biu Biu, where you may be a 42 bbb in their sizing (they go up to 125 cm bust, a 46 bbb). I haven’t ordered from Biu Biu before, but I’ve read good reviews.

      Holly’s gorgeous pictures are what convinced me to try Urkye in the first place! I have ordered the same Tuba tops from Urkye over the past few years, first time around Winter 2013, and again just a week ago. The tops held up very well and were super comfortable and flattering.

      I find that you can get away with a bust measurement larger than the fitting chart indicates. The Tuba does have plenty of room in the bust area, it is stretchy and the wrap style allows you to adjust for the coverage you want. The material is thin, soft, and especially comfortable in hot weather. I’ve ordered a 38 o/oo and a 40 oo/ooo, and both sizes fit and made me feel good about myself. Based on how those sizes fit me, and my personal clothing tightness preference, I think my ideal fit would probably be a 38 oo/ooo, with a 40 o/oo for those times when I’ve gained a few pounds or have bloating/tom as I hate having my lower stomach highlighted in tight clothing, but I want my waist to be defined. I’m currently 41″, 29″, 40″, with a 32.5″ supertight underbust, 33.5″ comfy underbust (I have big ribs and shoulders).

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