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Valentine’s Day buying guide!

Perfect Valentine’s gift with delicate all over red heart embroidery on a navy background. It’s proving popular with our customers already as it gives a great shape and it comes with a matching suspender belt making this sensational set that little bit more special
Bravissimo fitter Maire from Solihull

It’s a busy time of year in store for our fitters but Maire, from Solihull has some hints on tips on getting (or giving!) that perfect gift for Valentine’s Day!

It’s that time of year again where our partners, fiancés, husbands and boyfriends are trying to find us the perfect gift for Valentine’s. How often have we all opened a beautiful lingerie set on St. Valentine’s Day and it’s been the wrong size? I thought it was about time we gave that special someone in our lives a few tips to help them picking out the perfect set this year.

Now we all know that sometimes our loved ones need some hefty hints on what to buy us so how about printing this out and leaving it somewhere they’re likely to find it to make sure you get what you want on Valentine’s Day?

Size
This is very important and I would say is the area that’s the easiest to fail at. How about taking a look in your other half’s lingerie draw when she isn’t looking, this will help you in two ways. Firstly it will help you determine the size you need to buy and secondly whether she wears the same size in each type of bra.

Style
When routing through your other half’s lingerie draw take note of what styles she likes to wear. Does she like to wear Basques or bras? Are they moulded or non-moulded? Are they sexy or delicate? Take note of what you find – you may want to play it safe and buy things similar to what she has or you might want to take a chance with something a little bit different.

Colour
You might also want to consider colour. Some women might tend to stick with more practical colours like black or white, but others might like a splash of colour. Again you might want to play it safe with her favourite colour or be daring and buy a colour she doesn’t already have.

Accessories
Some women always wear matching sets and others don’t but for a present I’d always go matching – that’s what makes the present special and thoughtful. Make sure you take note of what size the lady in your life wears to ensure you buy the right size in the bottoms. It’s also important to think about what style of bottoms she prefers and feels comfortable in- a thong, short, or brief?

Wrapping
Wrapping is essential, and all our stores offer a gift wrapping service which starts from £2.95, so no excuses for those of you who hate wrapping presents!

Another great choice with its subtle cream lace print for ladies who prefer lighter colours. This half cup bra gives great uplift and comes with matching shorts and brief.

Gift Vouchers
If you’re really struggling to get her something she’s going to love, always remember you can get a gift voucher, which means your partner can come in and choose what she would like at a time which is convenient for her. If you would like we can also book her in for a fitting at any of our stores to help her choose what to spend her voucher on.

Finally always remember it’s the thought that counts, and have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

Early Spring is here!

This week sees the launch of the new Early Spring Season. What a treat it’s turned out to be! Some of our favourite styles have been updated in new colour ways.Take the Satine for example, it was launched last year and already has proven to be very popular, with customers rewarding it with 4 and a half heart rating and is now available in 4 colourways – ivory, black, cobalt and this season we’ve introduced the scarlet version. It’s a slightly padded plunge style and goes up to J cup so for girls who thought that a padded plunge was out of their reach this one is great for you!

Another popular style is Starburst back in 2011 this was launched as the ‘Poppy’ bra and you raved about it for it’s simple unpadded plunge shape. This season it’s been updated with a ditsy starburst purple print. In spite of it being a plunge it still offers great coverage and uplift, definately one to try!

Starburst bra and the original Poppy bra

New Winter collection…unleash your wild side

Lola Luxe Basque in Blackberry
Available in sizes 30-38 F – K cup; £50.00
Matching brief or thong available separately

The nights are drawing in and the weather is getting colder by the day, but rather than be downhearted here at Bravissimo we’re keeping ourselves upbeat by launching our new Winter collection.

We think it’s got everything you’ll need to see you through winter – glamour, sophistication…. And an animal print plunge up to J cup!

If you prefer something with a little more coverage for underneath that partywear then why not take a look at our Lola Luxe basque.

You can have it in black or our gorgeous winter blackberry colour and both colours are available up to K cup!

In fact there’s lots of sumptuous pinks and purples in our collection…. Bettie Mae proved a favourite when we carried it in burnt orange last Autumn and now its been refreshed in pink and purple, it’s already got a 4 and a half heart rating!

Following customer feedback we’ve added matching shorts, and of course, just as before our matching briefs have an oversized bow on the back.

Why not take a look at our ever popular Alana bra  – we so excited about this seasons’ bright fuschia colour – and as always, offering a really great fit and comfortable support up to L cup.

So the only question left is – what will you choose?

Alana bra in Fuchsia
Available in sizes 32-40DD cup; 30-40E cup; 28-40 F – J cup; 30-40 JJ – KK cup; 32-40 L cup
Wild Bra by Curvy Kate
Bettie Mae in Purple/Pink
Available in sizes 30-38 DD cup; 28-38 E – J cup; £32.00
Matching shorts or bow brief available separately

Back to school essentials

Porcelain Plunge by Panache Bra available in sizes 28 DD – G cup; 30-38 D-G cup

Not all parents think of a bra for their teenager daughters when pulling together the shopping list for Back to School. Normally high up the list is the blazer and school skirt or trousers.

A good fitting bra can make all that difference to the look of the uniform and the confidence of the young girl. If a girl is particularly booby why not invest in a Pepperberry shirt – shaped enough so the buttons don’t pull but in a standard high street size,  adjusted depending on how much boob room  is needed. There are a couple of white shirts currently in the pepperberry sale

A moulded seamfree T-Shirt bra is a great option for underneath a school shirt. For example Bravissimo girls rave about the comfort of the Porcelain bra by Panache as it’s seamless it gives great shape under plain shirts, tops and dresses. A moulded cup provides some modesty to ensure there’s no embarrassments.

Another consideration for school is a sports bra. Whilst this might seem like an expensive option for the uniform if high impact sports are involved it’s essential that a good fitting sports bra is worn.

There are no muscles in your boobs, and without a good sports bra they will bounce during exercise. This is not only uncomfortable, but can also lead to your boobs having less uplift in the long run.  As the bounce factor is considerably higher for women with bigger boobs, we need extra support when we exercise, for the comfort and protection of our assets!

The Panache underwired sports bra
has been rated as 4.5 out of 5 for comfort, support and shape.

Bra available in sizes 28 DD-GG cup; 30-40D – H cup

Welcome to our new blog!

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Welcome to our new look blog! We’re revamping our blog to bring you more of what you want in the world of ‘big boobness!’. As the new title suggests we’ll post on anything and everything about Life, Love and Lingerie. We’ll have guest posts from our buyers, technical team and other people inside Bravissimo.

Expect the inside information on events that are happening at Bra Towers, or opinion on bra news and tips, help and advice.

We’ll ensure you’re the first to know about new ranges with sneak peeks from behind the scenes at our photo shoots.

You’ll be able to comment on our blog for the first time too! Any of you that have shopped with us for a while will know that we love your feedback, it’s the cornerstone for everything we do every day here at Bravissimo.

So why not let us know what you think or what you’d like to find out about and we’ll do our best to include it in the blog x

SEPTEMBER STYLE

September has arrived, and it’s looking promising. The nights are getting darker earlier, there is a crispness in the air early evening, however the days are much warmer with blue clear skies, so we are hopeful of a good couple of weeks. September signals a new season and a new start. We know that the autumn collections have been appearing in our shops for the last two months, but now we can consider what we are going to actually buy.

Now would be the perfect time to edit your lingerie drawer and wardrobe, as we know it’s tempting to just shove everything in, close it and ignore the mess. But it’s a great way to start the new season, organised and de-cluttered! When it comes to your lingerie drawer, take a look at the items that you actually wear and the bras or briefs that are ‘hanging around’, hoping that they will be worn again. You may have bras that are not the right size for you, bras that are faded and saggy, knickers that have grown in size over the years and have more holes than the usual three.

Satine Floral Bra Satine Floral Bra

Bravissimo offer a recycling bra service, so you don’t need to add to landfill. Just pop into one of our stores and if you can’t see a bra bank, just ask, as they will have one in the store. Tommy’s, the charity that fund research into still birth and miscarriage, receive £1 for every 1 kg of bras recycled, and the bras are then re-used or recycled in developing countries.

For briefs, put them in a textiles bank provided by charities like Oxfam, The Salvation Army and Scope. You will find these at supermarkets or local council sites. Make sure your briefs are washed and dry before you put them in.

So now you have room in your drawer, you can start to think about some gorgeous new buys. Bravissimo’s brand new autumn collection is now online and in our stores (we are very excited about it, by the way).

We have some fabulous new florals in our new collection, like the Satine Floral Bra by Bravissimo. It is ultra luxurious with a slight fifties glamour look. It is available in mink floral, which is a perfect colourway for autumn, this is contrasted with black, satin ribbon trim on the cups and contrast black straps. We have designed this style around the ‘Satine’ so it offers the same fantastic fit and comfort and it is an underwired lightly padded plunge, which creates great cleavage and shape. It is available to buy with a thong or briefs.

For a bra that is cute, retro, with a bit of an edge, try the Ada Bra by Freya. This print is based on a tattoo with the classic rose image, but the print it also features, scrolls, hearts and dragonflies, so you wont lose this one in your drawer! It is an underwired balconette and the print is contrasted with gorgeous embroidery on the cup and finished off with black and white spotty bows and pink ribbon. The Ada will also give you great fit and comfort all day long and is available to buy with matching briefs or shorts.

If you are after pretty and ditsy, then the Piper Bra by Freya will tick all the boxes. This floral is small and perfectly formed, it is available in passionfruit, which is a lovely soft blush colour and is contrasted with black stretch lace on the cups and straps, it is also finished off with cute bows. This bra will offer great support and comfort. It is available to buy with briefs of shorts, which are designed with a stretch lace back, which give them a real cheeky feel.

For many more new lingerie styles, check out Bravissimo.com

BRAVISSIMO ON THE GO

If you saw the opening ceremony of the Olympics back in July, you might have noticed that Sir Tim Berners-Lee took a central role, sending a text message to the audience which was then projected around the stadium. Tim Berners-Lee is a British computer scientist and the inventor of the ‘World Wide Web’.

We may underestimate what an impact one man has had on our everyday lives, however day to day has become much simpler in many ways. We can effectively take our office anywhere we go now, we can watch movies on long journeys, we can send emails, communicate with friends and people we’ve never met on Facebook and make comments on Twitter and more importantly… we can SHOP (you can’t argue with genetics!). And, what is even more amazing, we can do all of this on our mobile phone, who would have thought even ten years ago that all this would be possible!

Marcie Bra by Cleo Marcie Bra by Cleo

Browsing and shopping online via a smartphone has definitely made our lives easier. Picture these scenarios:

    It’s your best friend’s wedding at the weekend and you’ve nothing to wear and no time to go into town
    Your toddler (or partner!) screams at the top of their voice every time you enter a shop
    You are constantly travelling with work and never in one place for too long
    You working night shifts, so the shops are closed when you are awake

Whatever your shopping predicament is, online shopping on your smartphone could be the answer.

Well, good news ladies! Bravissimo’s website in all its glory, is now optimised for your smartphone, so now you buy all your favourite styles and be first to check out new additions to the autumn collection, like the utterly gorgeous Marcie Bra by Cleo.

Enjoy the weekend ladies and happy shopping, wherever you may roam. Please type in Bravissimo.com on your mobile browser, and tell us what you think!

late summer styles

We are so excited here at Bravissimo. Yes we do love the summer sale, but we cannot wait to feast our eyes on the new autumn collection and there are some utterly gorgeous, new lingerie sets for next season. It seems wrong when it has been so warm recently to concentrate on autumn, but our new sets are not a total departure from summer style. Who says that just because autumn is on its way that we have to ditch the colour and give up print? Our new collection features exciting prints, fresh and clean colours and bright and sexy mid-tones all highlighted by gorgeous styles.

Princess Bra by Curvy Kate

Princess Bra by Curvy Kate


The Princess Bra by Curvy Kate is very pretty, but also makes a bold statement as it comes in vibrant teal. It is an underwired balconette, this style has been a real favourite of our Bravissimo ladies, so we have brought it back! The combination of sheer dot and opaque dot gives this set a sexy edge and is finished off with pale pink bows. Even though it is a delicate looking bra, don’t be fooled, the Princess is still incredibly supportive. It is available to buy with matching thong or shorts.

The Darcy Bra by Cleo is fantastically stylish. It’s the cute heart print in navy, red and white and the contrast of the trims and details that make this set stand out. The cups are trimmed with red lace and the straps are made from textured navy ribbon. The cups are lightly padded, and come as a half-cup, this style is similar to the very popular ‘Juna’ and ‘Ellie’ bras and we are sure you will love it just as much. It is available to buy with deep briefs or a thong.

Hatty Bra by Freya

Hatty Bra by Freya


Wow…is a good description of the Hatty Bra by Freya. This bra creates amazing curves and cleavage. Our Bravissimo ladies may recognise this style, as it is based on the Deco shape. It is an underwired moulded plunge which gives this bra its incredible boob uplift. It is available in duck egg with a small pinstripe pattern. It is finished off with button detailing, which also appears on the matching shorts and briefs.

For more new styles of luscious lingerie like these, pop into your nearest store or check out bravissimo.com.

REACH FOR THE STARS

There have been some amazing moments over the summer months, and cherished memories that will be with us for some time to come. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and the Paralympics (still yet to come) have put the UK on the map again and there has been a great feeling of celebration and optimism all over the country.

Tanzania Stripe Bra by Bravissimo

Tanzania Stripe Bra by Bravissimo


We are extremely proud and (just a wee bit surprised) that Great Britain did so well in the Olympics and there were some real inspirational moments within the games, for instance Tom Daley’s celebration on winning his bronze medal, anyone would have thought he had won a gold! And winning a medal not long after losing his beloved father. Mo Farah, from a humble start in Somalia, we all hoped he would win the 5,000 metres after winning 10,000 metres, but we didn’t quite believe he could, but he did. Then there was Gemma Gibbons, fighting on in the Judo final with a broken thumb and the iconic moment when she looked to the heavens on qualifying for the final to tell her late mother that she loved her.

This amount of triumph over adversity just shows us that anything can be achieved if you put your mind to it. So over the next few weeks, why not think of what you would like to achieve by this time next year, it may something big like a new job, or moving abroad, or it could be learning a musical instrument, or a foreign language, you may want to come and work at Bravissimo! We may not all be the next Jess Ennis, but everyone can set achievable goals and reach them.

GOLDEN GLOW

Today is the last day of The Olympics and that makes us sad. What exactly did we do with our time before we got caught up in this whirlwind of excitement, tension and medal ceremonies? What’s next on the agenda and what else do we have to look forward to? Well, judging by reports, a record number of us will be flying off tomorrow to summer destinations from all over the UK, and that’s not including the tired and achy athletes going home. So if your summer holiday is still to come and you have yet to start that dreaded packing (how is a girl going to fit 10 pairs of shoes into a 15 kilo bag?). Here’s our Holiday Wardrobe Checklist to take the stress out of packing.

    1 pair rubber soled shoes like flip flops are essential, those pebbles can hurt and the sand is hot (leave these behind and you will be doing the classic “I forget my flip flops hopping dance” all the way from the sea).
    1 sarong
    1 hat (foldable would be good)
    2 pairs of Sunglasses (in case you lose one)
    1 pair of light wedged shoes (for the evenings)
    1 pair of flat sandals (for sightseeing)
    1 pair of tailored shorts, like the Shimmer Shorts in gold, to wear with…
    1 jersey top, like the Twist Jersey Top in white (again, can be worn day or night)

If you are going away soon, have a fabulous time. If not, you can bask in the glow of all those gold medals. Well Done Team GB.