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£5 off sportswear!

£5 off sportwear

We want to help you get active and beat those winter blues by offering

£5 off all full price sports bras and sports swimwear until 31st January*

Whether you’re a runner, a walker, a swimmer, a skier or love to shake it at Zumba, why not invest in new sportswear to ensure you are fully supported while you’re exercising.

The benefits of a well fittings sports bra…

As there are no muscles in the breasts, if you exercise without the correct support, the ligaments can stretch meaning your boobs could have less uplift in the long run. So if you like to hit the gym hard, or prefer something a little gentler, it’s always a good idea to wear a properly fitted sports bra as this will help to protect your boobs, holding them more firmly to prevent bouncing. We offer both underwired and wire-free styles all of which are designed to offer maximum support whilst you exercise.

Guide to a good fitting sports bra…

  • The underband should be firm, lie flat to the skin and not ride up at the back.
  • Straps should be comfortable, stay on your shoulders and not dig in.
  • Your boobs should be fully encased within the cups, not spilling over at the top or the sides.
  • Finally JUMP! Test the bounce factor!

If you need any more advice or you’re looking for a sports bra for something specific, we’d love to help so please call us on 01926 459 859.

*Click here to see full Terms & Conditions.

Look gorgeous in green this party season!

The Deco shape is well known for the fantastic uplift and cleavage it gives. Its smooth, moulded cups and plunging centre help the bra to disappear under any top making it the go-to bra for any day of the week.

We’re excited to be able to bring you Deco Honey in this new stunning jade colour, simply perfect for the party season.

Deco Honey Deco Honey in Jade
By Freya
£32.00
Available up to GG cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why not take a look at the other Decos we currently have in the range…

Deco Shape Bra Deco Shape Bra
£34.00
Available up to GG cup
Deco Hatty Bra Deco Hatty Bra
£32.00
Available up to GG cup
Deco Soft Cup Bra Deco Soft Cup Bra
£27.00
Available up to G cup
Deco Strapless Bra Deco Strapless Bra
£33.00
Available up to GG cup
Deco Bra Deco Bra
£30.00
Available up to GG cup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The nights are drawing in…

Now that we are saying goodbye to summer, and the nights are drawing in, what better time is there to treat yourself to some new nightwear to take you through these autumn months?

All of our nightwear features integral bra support without the wires, to off support and comfort whether you are sleeping or just lounging around the house.

We just love this cute berry cami top, teamed with the soft feel purple pj bottoms. All you need to go with them is a cup of tea and a good book!

Cami Top by Bravissimo
Available up to an H cup
£28.00

These matching berry floral shorts are the perfect partner to any of the new Autumn collection nightwear tops.

Lace Vest Top teamed with
PJ Shorts by Bravissimo
Top available up to an H cup
Top – £30.00
Shorts – £16.00
Cami Top by Bravissimo
Available up to an H cup
£26.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


There’s loads more lingerie, swimwear and nightwear styles online and in store, but why not also visit our autumn themed Pinterest page which is full of inspiration to help you embrace the chillier months ahead.

Getting away?

For those last minute get-aways, why not check out our Autumn swimwear collection to find your perfect suitcase staple. Whether it be a faraway destination, a cruise or simply basking on a British beach, we’ve got you covered.

The classic blue and cream rope print of San Maritz is a timeless nautical classic which will be there to support you, wherever your holiday destination.

San Maritz Bikini Top
by Bravissimo
Available up to a J cup
£36.00

Go Dotty in Spots with this San Marino, available in this new fuchsia and white spot colour way. With pretty pearlised bead detail for an extra hint of glamour, adjustable legs ties for additional coverage, and available up to K cup – what’s not to love?!

San Marino Swimsuit
by Bravissimo
Available up to a K cup
£48.00

Soak up the sun in Bermuda…available in a bikini option with adjustable cup coverage, or a tankini with lightly padded cups. Why not try mix and matching with the fold and belted briefs.

Bermuda Bikini Top
by Free by Gottex
Available up to a HH cup
£36.00
Bermuda Tankini Top
by Free by Gottex
Available up to a HH cup
£45.00


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is just a taster of swimwear styles we have to offer so why not visit us online or pop into store to view our full collection, and also to see what lingerie and nightwear we have to offer.

Autumn’s Arrived!

We’re so excited to be able to bring you our full Autumn collection brimming with ruby reds, bold blues and every colour in between. This season not only features some of your firm favourites in new colours, but it’s crammed full of new styles for you to try.

Here’s a selection of some of the styles we really hope you’ll love.

First up is the popular Satine in this sumptuous new Winterberry colour. This bra needs little introduction as it’s so well known for its fabulous fit and luxurious feel, but in case you need further persuasion, Anita (from Mount Pleasant, Australia) left us this review:

5/5 Fabulous Bra! This bra is fabulous. It’s a great shape, good support, sexy and is comfortable. I would absolutely recommend this bra…I have 3 of them.”

Satine Winterberry
by Bravissimo
Available up to a J cup
£29.00

What’s more we’ve listened to our customers and are so excited to tell you that you can now buy the Satine in this really wearable nude colour – a little bit of luxury for everyday wear!!

Satine Nude by Bravissimo Available up to a J cup
£29.00

We said we had bold blues, and they don’t come bolder than this! We’ve refreshed the Demi Diva for Autumn in this fabulous cobalt blue. This underwired half cup offers great shape and support and the soft shimmer fabric and glitter bows ensure you’ll shine this Autumn!

Demi Diva by Bravissimo Available up to a HH cup
£32.00

For a truly feminine look, why not try the, Clara Bra by Panache.  Clara features a new innovative lace which has been made to look like fabric for a luxurious look with a smoother feel . The cornflower and graphite colour, teamed with satin and lace makes this full cup style simply irresistible.

Clara Bra by Panache
Available up to a J cup
£30.00

Finally, here’s something  to get you in a tailspin. Ruffle My Feathers has a lovely blue and burgundy feather print, with a delicate scalloped edge embroidery.

Ruffle My Feathers Bra
by Freya
Available up to an H cup
£32.00

There’s lots more new lingerie, swimwear and nightwear styles for you to try so why not visit our website to see our full Autumn collection or visit your nearest store.

WE’VE GOT THE MEASURE OF YOU

Finally academics have discovered something that the clever clogs here at Bravissimo have known for a long time. ‘Traditional measuring bust size methods don’t work’. The old process is measuring boobs with a tape measure and finding one measurement from under the bust and the second measurement from around the fullest part of the boob, the first measurement equaling the back size and the difference between the two measurements equaling the cup size. According to a recent report in a British national newspaper, this mode has proved totally ineffective, this is because our bodies have changed dramatically since the ’tape measure bra fitting’ was introduced, the average bust size has increased and this method only works up to a D-cup and lots of us ladies are bigger than a D-cup. The study carried out by the University of Portsmouth has recommended a five step ‘best fit’ approach, this entails taking and trying on the same bra in different sizes, assessing each one according to five criteria, which are:

  • The length of the straps
  • The shape of the underwire
  • How well the back fits
  • How well the cup fits
  • Whether the front band is in contact with the breastbone

At Bravissimo we have been championing this way of fitting for some quite some time and we did get a mention in this article, as being one of only two lingerie retailers that use the correct approach, although our own steps differ slightly. Take a look at our Perfect Fit Guide.
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We know that two best friends could have the same under and over the bust measurements on paper and take the same size into the changing room, one would find the bra fits and one would not. This is because boobs vary in volume, shape, size and spacing on every women even of the same size. So we believe in taking a few different sizes, trying the bras on and seeing how they look in the mirror and how they feel. This is essential to finding the right bra.

If you need any help you can ring our customer services consultants on 01926 459 859 who are experienced at giving advice over the phone and know our range inside out. Or if you would like to come and see us in person, just visit one of our stores and let one of our fitting consultants talk you through our collection, showing you the styles that would best work for you.

And here’s an idea, Mother’s Day is around the corner, if you suspect your ‘Wonderful Mum’, may be wearing the wrong size, why not take her to your nearest Bravissimo store for a fitting, then treat her to a fabulous lunch afterwards…She will thank you forever!

Fit For Purpose

Bravissimo Bra Fitting

Bravissimo Bra Fitting

If you happened to be watching TV last night, you may have stumbled upon a show about fitness on channel 4 at 8.00pm. One of the ladies featured visited one of our stores and undertook a bra fitting before she ventured back into the gym. She previously complained that bras were always too tight around the back and she suffered from back pain. She had been wearing a 42MM and surprise surprise, measured by Bravissimo, she was actually a 40K.

New research has revealed that 85% of us ladies are wearing wrong size bra, that’s actually quite staggering when you think about it. We know that wearing the wrong size (especially for us bigger boobed girls) can cause all sorts of problems, back pain, shoulder pain and neck pain, lack of support, poor posture and temporary damage to breast tissue from wires. How do you know you are wearing the wrong size? Here are a few clues.

  1. Look in the mirror, does the back of the bra ride up? It should be fitting horizontally across your back.
  2. Are the straps digging into your shoulders?
  3. Are your boobs spilling out of the top of the cup? If so, the cup size is probably not big enough.
  4. Is there wrinkling in your cup? This means the cup size is just too big.
  5. Do the wires at the front, between your boobs stand forward? If you can get two or more fingers underneath, the cup is too small.
  6. If you lift your arms in the air, does the bra move up? It should stay where it is.
  7. Are you wearing an old bra? Bras lose elasticity over time, so an old worn bra will no longer support you.

As it is the start of a brand new year, make sure going for a bra fitting is one of your new year resolutions and spread the word. Speak to your girlfriends and try and persuade them to go for a fitting too. You owe it to your fellow ladies! Wearing the right size bra can change your life for the better, who wouldn’t want to feel great, for clothes to look nicer, to look slimmer and too banish those niggling aches and pains?

Our experienced fitting consultants are more than happy to talk you through our range of bras and help you find your perfect fit. If you can’t get down to one of our stores, you can ring one of our customer service consultants on 01926 459 859 and they will give you practical fitting advice, right there over the phone.

Make 2012 the year you discover your true bra size.

THE PERFECT FIT

Us girls who are blessed with big boobs are very lucky. We look curvaceous, feminine and sexy without even trying and we regularly inspire boob envy in our smaller-boobed friends (see Christina Hendricks overshadowing Sarah Jessica Parker at the New York Premiere of ‘I Don’t Know How She Does It’). However, we have had to live with the nightmare of shopping to find clothes that fit our wonderful boobs, and it ain’t been easy!

The choice has been wearing jersey tops – usually too tight – that leave nothing to the imagination and could give the impression that you are an extra from TOWIE. Or buying clothes one or two sizes too big, which fit on the boobs, but not anywhere else and this makes you look bigger than in reality.

This begs the question, how have we gone on this long with such lack of choice when it comes to buying clothes? Pepperberry have changed all that, no more going home feeling deflated, and thinking you have nothing to wear everytime you look in your wardrobe, and no more having to buy ill fitting clothes, as that’s the only choice. Pepperberry’s clothes will fit perfectly, because these clothes are designed for bigger boobs.

To help you and your friends decide which Pepperberry size you are, (there are three, Curvy, Really Curvy and Super Curvy), and there is a fantastic new Clothing Size Guide at Bravissimo.com. This guide offers lots of help and advice, or you can watch our new Fitting and Advice Videos, which include everything from finding your Pepperberry size, to general advice on how to find your body shape.

Follow our guides before you shop for Pepperberry clothes and you will find your perfect fit, if you find you need any more advice you can phone 01926 459 800 and speak to one of our experts.

A Slice Of Retail Therapy

Elodie Bra by Fantasie

Elodie Bra by Fantasie

Well hurrah! The weekend is here, we hope you have had a well deserved lie in this morning. There is nowhere you have to be, there is no alarm tring-a-linging in your ear, no traffic noise, no chattering kids, just peace and quiet (hopefully!). So while you contemplate your day ahead, whilst reading this blog and enjoying your morning cuppa, here are some ideas of how to spend the rest of your day.

We suggest a bit of retail therapy with a good friend. Why not go and check out the new autumn collections on the high street? A new frock could be on the cards or a couple of going out tops or maybe a fantastic new pair of boots. If you ladies haven’t made too much of a dent in your purse by lunchtime, head to a restaurant and treat yourselves to a delicious lunch, then after a cheeky glass of something sparkly, and you will be ready to face the shops again. Don’t forget to visit Bravissimo and take a look at our new lingerie styles for autumn.

More highlights from the autumn range, firstly the new Elodie Bra by Fantasie. This is a really pretty, feminine, but still sexy bra, it has side seams that pull you in and push you forward, creating a gorgeous rounded shape. The front has a higher centre and it has a fuller cup, so still offers fantastic support for your boobs, and in sexy black, this is a perfect bra for the weekend.

The Poppy Bra by Cleo in charcoal is just gorgeous. It is really on trend with the lovely poppy print and in the new rich & warm colourway of charcoal, coral and orange, and it’s certain to be a real favourite this autumn. It is a half cup, so can be worn with lower necklines and is lightly padded giving wonderful shape. It comes with matching briefs, or if you prefer, a thong.

Laden with your bags, including your brand new buys from Bravissimo. Why not take the weight off your feet and enjoy large cappuccinos and a slice of something sweet, (to share of course). A perfect way to end the day. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Introducing The Bravissimo Autumn Collection…

Nieve Bra by Freya

Nieve Bra by Freya

We cannot contain ourselves here at the Bravissimo office, most people are feeling pretty glum at this time of year as summer draws to a close, but there is a silver lining to the grey clouds that are forming. Bravissimo’s new collection is hitting our stores and there is nothing more likely to put a smile on a girl’s face, then getting your mitts on something new and gorgeous. Our loyal Bravissimo fans will not be disappointed, as we have added to our sensational sets range with some brand new styles and colours for autumn.

They are all available online, or if you prefer personal service in the form of a free bra fitting, then visit a store near you and speak to one of our experts. What better way to chase away those dark clouds, than browsing our new collection?

The Boudoir Beau Bra by Bravissimo is a very popular style with our Bravissimo ladies, as it is very comfortable, gives incredible shape and is very sexy. The combination of the opaque cup and see through lace is what gives this bra oodles of sex appeal and it is finished of with a frilly lace bow. It is an underwired balconette and available in G-K cup sizes, and there is additional lining for further support. This set now comes in the new rich shade of red/graphite, which is perfect for those cosy autumn nights. The matching thong and shorts are equally stunning, you won’t be able to choose between them.

The Nieve Bra by Freya is an absolutely gorgeous set, and totally on trend. It is available in this lovely ditsy floral print, in sapphire, with black lace trim. It has a 1940s inspired look, which translates through to the fuller cup. This bra has been designed using the same shape as the Lucy Bra from earlier in the year. Again, it is available with a matching thong or super cute shorts.

We have mentioned the wonderful Bubbles Bra by Bravissimo previously, as it is an old Bravissimo favourite, this bra continues to receive great reviews as it is soft, really comfortable and creates a lovely rounded shape and offers great support. It now comes in this gorgeously rich and vibrant colourway of black/boysenberry. And don’t forget the lovely comfortable shorts and thong, that are available to buy with this bra. This is a really contemporary and stylish set and will be a must for your lingerie drawer this autumn.