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Evie Bridal Basque by Panache in ivory

Evie Bridal Basque by Panache in ivory

The summer wedding season is in full swing. Marquees are being erected, cheesy DJs, jazz bands and string quartets are being booked, vibrant blooms are being tied and summer puddings are being prepared. Wedding dresses are strapless, full-skirted with acres of taffeta or straight and sleek in vintage lace. Finding the perfect wedding dress should be a fantastic experience for every bride, the journey to find THE ONE is as important as the end result. It doesn’t matter if your dress cost half of your total budget, or was handed down from your granny, or is from a high street collection, because when you try on your dream dress for the first time, nothing feels quite as special as that moment (apart from the second time you get to wear it on your big day!).

When choosing a wedding dress style, the same rules apply as you would adopt when choosing your normal everyday outfits. Sweetheart, deep-Vs and scoop necklines are best, full-skirted dresses or fluted bottoms are great to balance out the figure of a curvy girl. If you are a curvy bride approaching your wedding day or you are close to the curvy bride, you are also going to need advice on underwear. The right lingerie can make a big difference to your day, it is important for the look of the dress, that you have the right bra too. You will need to be comfortable all day long, and it is a very long day indeed. Our advice would be to come into one of our Bravissimo stores and ask for some free fitting advice, nothing can compare to one to one advice with our trained experts. Meanwhile, why not browse some of our elegant bridal styles below.

The Tiffany Basque by Masquerade, is a stunning basque, it is really silky to touch, it has lightly padded cups and a boned bodice, offering great structure, fit and shape. It can be worn with or without straps and is available in ivory, for under your wedding dress, but also black, which you could take on your honeymoon.

The Evie Bridal Basque by Panache, is so pretty and sophisticated, it comes in ivory with delicate lace detailing. It is structured and creates the perfect, flattering silhouette and will enhance any wedding dress you happen to choose. It has multi-way straps for a low backed dress and can be worn strapless. It also has matching suspenders to add that extra special something.

Remember, your wedding day is the biggest day in your life – but you have to prepare and plan to ensure it is also the best!

top of the morning

Jersey Chiffon Trim Top

Jersey Chiffon Trim Top

Oh the trials and tribulations of us girls with big boobs. We have all been there, when out shopping for clothes. What should be an enjoyable experience, can turn into a steam coming out of ears, fighting with tops, struggling with buttons & zips nightmare. You know the scenario, you go home exhausted, empty handed and frustrated. Estimations suggest that 4000 British women every year may turn to extreme measures like breast reduction, because they are so unhappy with their boobs, but we know here at Bravissimo, step one is finding the correct fitting bra. This can solve the physical problems like back pain associated with big boobs and the right bra will also make clothes look a whole lot better on. Step two is finding those clothes that flatter and hug those curves, that aren’t tarty or shapeless, that will immediately help increase confidence.

So when you go on your next shopping trip, make a visit to Bravissimo a top priority, it will cut out a lot of unnecessary leg work. For those of you that don’t know, Pepperberry is a range of clothes designed especially for us, taking into consideration all of the common problems that us ladies encounter when buying clothes. You will be able to say goodbye to stretched fabric, buttons straining and gaping, tops riding up and ending up too short in the body. Our clothes are designed in standard sizes, but the clever bit is, you can buy them in Curvy, Really Curvy and Super Curvy, so there is a size to fit everyone. As we know all too well, that even if you have the same bra size as your best friend, your boobs are different shapes, so a Really Curvy may fit you and your friend may be a Super Curvy.

For a preview of what we have to offer in our autumn range from Pepperberry, have a look at some gorgeous new tops we have selected for you.

The Floral Twist Front Blouse is a pretty, casual top, it has a deep V neckline that will divide your boobs beautifully, and a V- neck will also give the impression of lengthening your torso. This top has a twisted detail at the front, which is very flattering and the print is a cute ditsy floral.
The Jersey Chiffon Trim Top, is not too low-cut but still incredibly sexy, (think less is more with this top) It has a slight sheen which makes it a perfect going out top, it is made of jersey and has a gorgeous ruching detail and chiffon trim around the neckline, and it is available in black.
The Ruched Jersey Top is pretty similar to the top above, but a more daywear option, it is available in grey marl, which is great for this autumn/winter, it is perfect for you sporty girls, but is still on trend. It has long sleeves and a panel of ruching at the front and is very roomy and super comfortable for your boobs.

Check out all of Pepperberry’s autumn range on the website…

Seven Wonders Of The Week: Part Three

Ariza bra by Panache

Ariza bra by Panache

Here comes the weekend, and we’ve got that Friday feeling! If you are at work, you will no doubt be watching the clock and planning your outfit for this evening. If you’re a mum of young children, you will probably be looking forward to putting your feet up tonight and dreaming of your well deserved Saturday lie in.

Whatever you have planned this weekend, whether it’s a glamorous night out at a top restaurant, a tour around a crumbling old country house, braving the crowds whilst shopping with the kids, or having a totally relaxing time with lots of r&r and pampering, you must not forget to finish off the week by wearing some gorgeous new lingerie from Bravissimo’s collection. No matter what you will be doing, wearing one of our sensational sets will make you feel just a wee bit more special.

Saturday’s set is the Ariza Bra by Panache, it is a fantastic day-to-night bra, as it is both pretty and sexy. It is decorated with lovely floral embroidery and is an underwired balconette, this bra has received rave reviews and our ladies have said that it gives great shape and lift whilst still being incredibly supportive. It comes in poppy red, white, black, peach, blush and midnight blue, (which is selling fast in the sale). It is available with matching briefs or if you would prefer, we also do the Ariza thong.

Sunday’s set is the Porcelain Plunge Bra by Panache in white or black. This is a fantastic everyday bra, a gorgeous moulded plunge, with underwiring. It is a fantastic cleavage enhancing bra and it is ideal to wear with close fitting clothes, as it won’t show through. There are matching shorts and thong also available.

Enjoy your weekend ladies, and keep checking the website for more stunning new styles.

Seven Wonders Of The Week: Part Two

Daisy Chain bra by Bravissimo

Daisy Chain bra by Bravissimo

So how is your week so far, anything exciting happened? A promotion at work?
A marriage proposal? It is of course Wednesday, so is anyone hoping to get lucky on the lottery?

However your week has started off, good or not so good, I hope you have made an effort with your lingerie. As us girls know, that no matter what is going on in our lives, looking good comes part and parcel with feeling good, and sometimes wearing fantastic matching lingerie can be that little lift that our confidence needs.

If you are a Bravissimo fan and keep your eyes glued to the website, you will have seen all our lovely new styles. So far this week we have selected a brand new sensational set for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, so let us guide you through the rest of the week with some other gorgeous styles.

Thursday’s set is the Fern Bra by Panache, a great Thursday bra! This bra fits like a dream, it creates amazing shape, but you are still fully supported, it is an underwired balconette and it comes in plum with a red, purple and emerald print. It is available to buy with the gorgeous matching briefs and thong.

Friday’s set is the Daisy Chain Bra by Bravissimo in black. This bra is really sexy and cute too, with the contrast of spot mesh and black embroidered daisies, it is perfect for a romantic evening. Similar to the Alana bra in style, it gives the same shape but is lower at the front. This bra is also available in white and comes with super sexy briefs and shorts.

Part Three and the weekend to follow…

Seven Wonders Of The Week: Part One

Belle bra by Fantasie in Cherry Red

Belle bra by Fantasie in Cherry Red

A start of a brand new week (I think we are all glad to see the back of the last one) Lets start this week off on the right foot and give our Bravissimo ladies something to get excited about (and maybe their partners too).

We have more brand new styles of stunning lingerie here at Bravissimo.com and also available in store. There is a new, sassy set for everyday of the week, so even if you burn your toast, scratch your car, annoy your boss and then lock yourself out, you will still have a smile on your face.

Monday’s set is the cherry red Belle Bra by Fantasie, start the week off with this delicious silky and embroidered bra. It is a classic shape, with a full cup so offers more coverage and is underwired. You will definitely love Mondays wearing this lovely classic and don’t forget the briefs with panels of embroidery on the sides, which contrasts beautifully with the satin fabric of the briefs.

Tuesday’s set is the Tara Bra by Freya, with matching briefs or thong, this bra is perfect for all of you Freya fans. The cup is a contrast of print and embroidery and the syle is an underwired balconette and offers gorgeous shape, fit and creates amazing cleavage. It is available in twilight, which is a funky camouflage print in blue, coffee & mocha. The cup has a scalloped edge and features some pretty leaf embroidery.

Wednesday’s set is also by Freya, the Faye Bra by Freya is the new version of the Pollyanna bra, which has always been a favourite of Bravissimo fans. The fabric is soft to provide extra comfort, it is an underwired balconette and offers fantastic support. It is available in a black and cream print or a creme caramel print.

So that’s Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday all sorted. Beautiful, brand new lingerie, to help you sail through the first half of the week, feeling confident, stylish and sexy. Read part two of the blog, on Wednesday, to see which stunning new lingerie sets we have selected for you to welcome in the weekend.

Bravissimo Christina!

A well-known fashion retailer has been selling a bra (like hot cakes, if you’ll excuse the pun), which increases your bust appearance by two sizes. There has been such a demand lately for bust enhancing bras, that this same retailer has now produced a bikini that does the same thing, so the store has introduced a gel-filled bikini top that will boost your assets by two cup sizes. Not since the ‘Wonderbra’ of the Eighties has there been such a desire by women to increase their bust size and also replicate the classic hourglass figure of the Fifties. Finally it is recognised that real womanly curves are something to aspire to, not hide away in baggy tops.

This new trend has been partly inspired by Christina Hendricks, who plays Joan Holloway in the American TV show Mad Men. For those of you who haven’t seen Christina, she is a vision of loveliness, a healthy size 14, real curves, big boobs, (that are not surgically enhanced) and she wears them well, (take a look at Google). Her boobs aren’t disguised, she dresses to enhance and flatter her bust at all times. She was voted the ‘sexiest woman in the world’ in 2010 in a poll of female readers taken by Esquire magazine, and Vivienne Westwood has described Hendricks as “the embodiment of beauty.” She is a great role model for Bravissimo ladies (even if she doesn’t know it yet).

To all of our wonderful Curvy, Really Curvy and Super Curvy Bravissimo ladies, we are in a very fortunate position. We have those much coveted assets for real, with no need for gel enhanced bras. So let’s help Christina put curves firmly back on the fashion map, and celebrate our boobs. We will promise to do our bit, by continuing to give you beautiful, sexy and supportive bras and Pepperberry will keep bringing you fabulous clothes designed with your boobs in mind. And if you want to follow in the style footsteps of Christina, check out these great dresses.

Plaited Belt Dress by Pepperberry
Patent Belted Jersey Dress by Pepperberry
Coral Diamanté Shift Dress by Pepperberry
Drawcord Jersey Dress by Pepperberry
Full Fifties Print Dress by Pepperberry

Friends like These

We all know how important it is to feel good in our everyday lives and we all know that in order to feel good, we have to look as good as we can. Every woman is different, for some ‘looking good’ means being perfectly groomed, for others it means just a slick of eyeliner, for others it might mean keeping up with the latest trends. And when we don’t look good, we often don’t feel too clever either. We have all watched the style makeover shows like ‘How To Look Good Naked’, when you see the dramatic and emotional effect that a transformation has on the women who take part.

Determining your correct bra size and buying a bra that both supports and looks amazing can have the same wonderful life changing effect. The discovery of a bra that is as sexy, as it is supportive, should never be underestimated. You look better naked, you look better with your clothes on, posture improves, back, neck and shoulder problems can be eliminated and to put the cherry firmly on the top of the cake, it also improves your confidence. We know here at Bravissimo, from all of our feedback from our gorgeous ladies, that your first correctly fitting Bravissimo bra, whether it was the Alana, Melody or Tango was a moment that you will always remember and you probably haven’t looked back since.

If you are one of our many ladies that has found the perfect fit with Bravissimo and you know women out there that are still walking around in ill-fitting bras, with straps that dig in, cups that are overflowing, or bras that could fit a football team in the space between you and the bra, then please do something about it, talk to your fellow ladies and spread the word. Why not recommend someone at http://www.bravissimo.com/recommendafriend/ if you fill in yours and a friend’s details you will receive a Bravissimo catalogue and we will enter you both in to a prize draw to win £300 of Bravissimo vouchers and a year’s supply of Hotel Chocolat chocolates each. Beautiful Bravissimo bras and heavenly Hotel Chocolat goodies, what could be better?

Blue Monday

Melody Balconette Bra by Panache

Melody Balconette Bra by Panache

We have bras to make the best of your boobs and enhance those wonderful curves in every colour and style at Bravissimo, but if you are a traditionalist when it comes to your bras and haven’t moved away from white or ivory let us try and convert you.

Blue has been one of the colours that featured heavily in the spring/summer collections this year and will continue to be one of the trends forecasted for autumn/winter. Going into winter you will see lots of intense blues and some vibrant turquoises.

To make a start in introducing some gorgeous blues to your lingerie drawer and to make sure your Mondays are always blue from now on, read on…

The Melody Balconette Bra by Panache in electric blue has received rave reviews, it comes in an absolutely gorgeous shade of blue, it is very soft and comfortable and we’ve been told it gives fantastic shape, whilst still being super supportive.

We are still loving the Thrill Me Bra by Curvy Kate, here at the Bravissimo office, it has that sexy burlesque feel, it is lightly padded and creates fantastic cleavage and shape and it fits like a dream. It is available in a lovely silky fabric, in azure and plum.

The Verity Bra by Pureda in cobalt is a really sophisticated and sexy bra. It is an underwired balconette bra and is a contrast of sheer fabric and pretty embroidery, but is still incredibly supportive and very flattering, again this bra has got lots of major fans.

Check out more of our gorgeous blue hues in our lingerie collection at Bravissimo.com or pop into one of our stores and ask the sales advisor to point you in the right direction.

AWAY DAYS

Brighton beach

Brighton beach

We know it’s only Wednesday, but the schools are shut and this time of year is always extra busy, so the middle of the week is an acceptable time to start planning the weekend ahead.

There are many great towns and cities in Britain (outside London) that are perfect for a day’s shopping; Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Manchester, Cambridge and Brighton to name but a few. So why not indulge yourself and round up a couple of girlfriends and plan a day away? If you have children you could leave them with your partner (get him involved!). Sometimes school holidays can be more stressful and exhausting, so a break and a change of scenery to recharge your batteries will make you feel re-energized as you tackle the rest of the holidays. If you are single, just pick up the phone, your friends will be glad that someone has taken the initiave to organize something.

As its summer, let’s take a closer look at the city of Brighton and Hove on the south coast. Prince Regent made the area fashionable after his first visit in 1783; he fell in love with Brighton and went on to commission the building of The Royal Pavilion. In 1841 with the arrival of the railway, Brighton was more accessible to Londoners, it attracted many day trippers, the town was also known as a health resort, as the seawater was thought to bring many health benefits. Brighton is often known as ‘London by the Sea’, as it is just 50 minutes train journey from Victoria. Its population is made up of students from all over the world, young families and famously has a vibrant gay scene.

You will not get bored in Brighton, there is plenty to do. If you are there early enough you could have a delicious breakfast at Bill’s Produce Store (The Depot, 100 North Road), or for a traditional ‘greasy spoon’ you could go to Cafe Motu (6 Trafalgar Street), a no frills café that serves a fantastic English breakfast.

Then you could take a slow amble through the North Laines, and look at all the amazing independent shops selling vintage clothes, baby clothes, lovely homewear and beautiful jewellery. You could then book yourself in at The Treatment Rooms (New Road), a beauty salon and day spa. They offer all sorts of lovely treatments like a Swedish massage or an aromatherapy facial. You could then have a spot of lunch at Dermot O’Leary’s Fishy Fishy Seafood Brasserie (East Street).

After lunch you could pop into our Bravissimo store (North Street) and have a bra fitting from one of our experienced fitting consultants. If the sun is shining, and it usually is, there’s no better place to be. Give it a go this summer – and do pop in to our store to say hello!

Time for T

Deco bra by Freya in black

Deco bra by Freya in black

The T-shirt is a hot trend for this summer, whether it’s cropped, slouchy & baggy, or one with a slogan. The T-shirt was initially created from an undergarment used in the 19th century, through cutting the one-piece “union suit” underwear into separate top and bottom garments. The T-shirt has had a long and varied history, it was worn by miners in the late 19th century, because it was perfect to be worn in hot environments. The US navy then issued them as regulation garments during the Spanish-American war. After World War II, veterans began wearing the T-shirt casually with their uniform trousers. Marlon Brando who starred in A Street Car Named Desire in the early 1950s, really made the T-shirt a cool piece of clothing and that’s when it became fashionable as outerwear. In the late 1960s the T-shirt started to be used as an art medium, decorated with bright graphics, cartoon characters and slogans. They could display a political protest, a love of a particular rock band or a souvenir of a holiday destination, like the iconic ‘I ❤ NY’. In the eighties Katherine Hamnett designed her famous outsize slogan T-shirts, like the famous CHOOSE LIFE T-shirt (worn by George Michael of Wham), and NO WAR and SAVE THE WORLD.

So if you have already found your perfect T and you are still searching for the perfect T-shirt bra to wear under it, then look no further, Bravissimo have some great bras that will create a smooth silhouette under your T-shirt. Try our Smoothing Seamfree Bra by Fantasie, it is an underwired moulded balconette, it comes in black or nude, it will become a real wardrobe favourite, as it gives great uplift, support and shape. We know there are many Deco fans out there, and lets face it, it is a great bra, the Deco Bra by Freya gives amazing cleavage, and comes in black, nude and the new colour mint, which is selling out fast. It is recommended that you go down a cup size in the Deco if you are between sizes.
The Porcelain bra by Panache is a fantastic everyday bra, it creates a lovely rounded shape and is cut higher in the cups to accommodate our bigger-boobed Bravissimo ladies, it is very comfortable and will look great under any T-shirt from the super fine to the more heavyweight option.