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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.

Sexy sets

Lula Mai Bra by Masquerade

Lula Mai Bra by Masquerade

A high street lingerie store was featured on a TV programme the other night. The deputy managing director of the company went undercover and worked along side sales girls in various stores as a trainee shop assistant. When she reported back to the MD, her research found that high street lingerie stores were offering more sexy lingerie than ever before and they would need to update their own range if they were to keep up.

This is undoubtedly true, as there is so much choice out there if you want to buy beautiful and sexy underwear. Sexy underwear for Bravissimo is nothing new, but we are continuing to add to our collection with more stunning designs and what makes us different from our competitors, is that our range is purposely designed with your boobs in mind. And we are even making some of our smaller-boobed friends jealous with our fabulous range, so we must be doing something right! Here are some super sexy and delectable new additions to our sensational sets.

Take a peek at the antique ivory Lula Mai Bra by Masquerade (exclusive to Bravissimo), with its contrasting sensuous satin, embroidery & lace. This is a gorgeous ‘plunge’, and is lightly padded offering great uplift and shape.

The French Bow Bra by Bravissimo is both cute and sexy whilst still offering comfort. The combination of the French bow and candy coral stripes is such a lovely touch. It’s an extra low plunge, so you may need to go down a cup size to find the perfect fit. You have two options with this set; you could go for the shorts, which are little striped pants with contrasting bows on either side, or the briefs, which feature the contrast of both the bows and stripes.

Finally there is Simone Bra by Fantasie, which oozes sophisticated sex appeal. This set also features stripes (which are very big this season) but again, this contrasts perfectly with the transparent fabric and lace detailing on the bra. It comes in delicious mint & choc and is an underwired balconette. The fabric is very soft and touchable and the side seaming detail pulls you in, whilst giving you incredible uplift too.

All fabulously sexy sets, so keep checking our website for more like these.

In praise of the Super fan

If you are a friend of Bravissimo on Facebook, you will have noticed that the Bravissimo Super Fans’ event took place in London the other night. Some of our past Super Fans got together and swapped their experiences of Bravissimo and what being a Super Fan meant for them personally. I know we may have mentioned it before (once or twice), but finding the right bra really can change your life and these girls a testament to that.

One fan had her fitting over the phone, at first she wasn’t too confident, however the fitter was knowledgable and helpful and talked her through signs that she should be looking for when trying on a bra. The Bravissimo parcel arrived and as soon as she tried on her new bra, she had her eureka moment.

Some Fans had been so unhappy with their boobs that they had even considered surgery, only to find that the right bra eliminates backache, corrects posture, which in turn improves the figure, knocking a few pounds off and creating a new feeling of self confidence as a consequence. All that from a bra, can’t be bad eh!

Another Super Fan was looking for some lingerie for her wedding but was not keen on the prospect of searching the high street for something supportive but dull, until she stepped into a Bravissimo store and was shown the Hestia Basque and couldn’t believe how sexy it was, whilst still offering great support and lift.

One of our other Super Fans was introduced to Bravissimo by a friend, after she had been complaining that there was nothing out there for bigger boobed ladies apart from granny bras, she literally could not believe her eyes when she actually saw how much choice Bravissimo offered and in so many gorgeous colours and fabulous styles.

We would like to thank our wonderful Super Fans and all our Bravissimo ladies for continuing to support us and being so passionate about our brand. We hope more and more of you will continue to spread the word, so women can get the very best advice in the future. And for anyone reading this that suspects they are wearing the wrong size, remember there is tons of information on our Perfect Fit Guide on the Bravissimo website, or you can pop into one of our stores or telephone us for advice on 01926 459 859.

Everyone For Tennis

Freya Active Underwired bra in black

Freya Active Underwired bra in black

Cups of tea, talking about the weather, complaining about the trains, and queuing, just some of the things that make us proud to be British. Another one is the great institution that takes place in London SW19 in late June.

It’s Wimbledon fortnight and everyone is getting a bit overexcited. The All-England Club is awash with the world’s finest tennis players, the seats, stands and hills are packed full of British women cheering on their heroes, eating strawberries & cream, drinking champagne and generally having a great time. It is also the time of year, when your local park’s tennis courts are packed with hopefuls desperately trying to emulate Andy Murray or Laura Robson.

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a tennis pro, then Bravissimo can recommend the Freya Active Underwired bra, we have been told by some of our Bravissimo ladies, that this is a great sports bra for high impact sports like tennis. The Freya Active will keep your boobs securely in place, fully supported, but still gives great shape and uplift and is super comfortable too. It comes in a great range of colours, including graphite/lime, red, nude, black and white. We have plenty of the black and white available, and keep checking our website, as the other colours will be back in stock soon. Enjoy the rest of Wimbledon ladies, we know we will.

Colour Riot

Tango Plunge Bra by Panache

Tango Plunge Bra by Panache

If you have picked up a fashion magazine lately, you will see that colour blocking is a huge trend this summer. There has been an explosion of colour all over the high street. This also translates to lingerie. Remember the days when your only choice when buying a bra was limited to white for everyday and black or red if you were planning a bit of romance, not very imaginative! Bras has moved on, women now want their underwear to be as vibrant and exciting as their outerwear.

Bravissimo have some gorgeous everyday bras in a variety of colours. starting with our extremely popular Alana Bra by Bravissimo, this bra is comfortable, pretty and gives great shape and support, it comes in eight colours, including cherryade and emerald. The Melody Balconette Bra by Panache in electric blue is another newcomer, this is a really pretty bra with the lace detailing, it is an underwired balconette, is incredibly flattering and also gives fantastic support. The alternative to this bra if you would prefer a full cup is the Melody Full Cup Bra by Panache, there are six colours to choose from, including magenta and purple. If you are looking for a bra to wear with a low cut top, then the Tango Plunge Bra by Panache is that bra, it is an underwire plunge and is available in nine colours, including deep coral and spearmint, which is new for summer.

Why not pop into one of our stores and have a browse? There really is a different gorgeous shade for every day of the week, you needn’t have another boring bra day ever again.

No Pain, no gain

Bravissimo's D+ Max Sports Bra

Bravissimo's D+ Max Sports Bra

Yippee, it official, summer is on the way. And its fast approaching the time of year when you start exposing bits of your body (legally of course). In Britain, much more skin is on show during the summer months, so many of us are heading to the gym two weeks before our annual reveal, in the vain attempt of getting a beach body we can be proud of.

If you are one of our Bravissimo ladies that will be heading down the gym, it is essential that you invest in a good, supportive, sports bra. We know the problems associated with wearing an unsupportive bra in our day to day life, but did you know that during exercise, your bigger boobs can bounce up to 14cm in a unsupported bra? As well as this being highly embarrassing for you – in front of your fellow gym goers – it’s also bad for your health. Exercising in the wrong bra can also cause breast pain and can result in permanent sagging. In short, finding the right sports bra can transform your workout, and turn you from a gym hater to a gym bunny.

Bravissimo have some great options, for a bra best suited to high intensity sports, with fantastic support, shape and no wire, try the D+ Max Sports Bra by Shock Absorber. Or for an underwire bra, choose the Active Underwired bra by Freya, this is a full cup with flexible underwiring, it is really supportive, comfortable and separates the boobs nicely creating a great shape. Its available in lots of colous, black,white, red, nude and graphite and lime which will be back in stock very soon.

So now you are all set, you will have to come up with another excuse to why you can’t hit the gym!

Mum’s the word

Sophie Nursing Bra in Candy Pink

Sophie Nursing Bra in Candy Pink

Whether you are pregnant with your first baby or adding to your brood with another little one, pregnancy throws all sorts of strange and wonderful symptoms. Some of the joys of pregnancy are bigger boobs (as if they are not big enough already), swollen feet, sensitive skin, varicose veins, stuffy nose, temperature fluctuations, itchiness and that’s just for starters! So with all this to contend with, and looking more like a hot air balloon every day, us ladies really need to feel pretty and feminine, so what better way to do that than with a bra that doesn’t look like your Grandma’s old faithful.

Firstly when you are expecting, it is a good idea to wear a bra without an underwire we can recommend the Charlotte Soft Cup Bra by Royce, it has a soft full cup and can be worn during your pregnancy (and after) and gives a really flattering shape. After your baby is born and if you are breastfeeding, there is the lovely Sadie Nursing Bra by Royce, this is a really comfortable bra that will keep you cool when your hormones are making you hot and bothered, as it has thermo regulating properties, it comes in pink & silver, black & silver and ivory & silver. The last bra definitely worth a mention, is the gorgeous Sophie Nursing Bra by Panache, this is a very pretty nursing bra, made in a soft jersey fabric covered with lace. It has detachable straps for breastfeeding and comes in four colours; candy pink, fuchsia & peach, black and Ivory & Peach.

Every mum-to-be and new mum should be able to enjoy every moment, and a comfortable bra is a great place to start!

Size Matters

A recent tabloid feature claims that Britain’s busts are bigger than ever. Even the Queen’s underwear supplier has just brought out an N cup. Some of the ladies quoted in the article were clearly happy with their boobs and said they were part of their personality and wouldn’t change them for the world and the others really struggled to find correct fitting bras and clothes.

The Alana Bra - From DD to L cup

The Alana Bra - From DD to L cup

One thing is for sure though, as one of the ladies surveyed pointed out “A good-fitting bra can change your life” well, we couldn’t agree more. Bravissimo have estimated that 60 percent of ladies in a C cup should actually be in a D cup. We can’t stress how important it is to be regularly measured for a bra, remember boobs can fluctuate in size during the month.

Bravissimo offer lots of help and advice to get it right. Check out our ‘Perfect Fit Guide’ on our website. There are two fitting videos,  ‘the full experience’ and the ‘quick quide’ for those Bravissimo girls who are short on time.

Take a look at our ‘Before and After gallery‘ with the lovely Kate, it’s amazing how wearing the right size can transform the way she looks, making her appear slimmer, making her boobs look perter. She has dropped a dress size as her boobs are higher up.

And there is even a ‘Which Bra Styleguide that shows you the correct style of bra to wear with different styles of tops.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to speak to a real person, then Bravissimo have customer services consultants on hand who are trained to offer you bra fitting advice over the phone, so if in any doubt just call 01926 459 859 they are more than happy to help.

Mother’s Day

Treat your mum this weekend to a fab new bra or two!

Treat your mum this weekend to a fab new bra or two!

 This weekend is Mother’s Day so why not treat you mum to a bra fitting by Bravissimo? As girls and young women growing up it was often our mothers who took us for our first ever bra fitting and some women still feel that same amount of dread when going for bra fittings now. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here at Bravissimo we understand that many women feel conscious about their bra size that’s why we have specially trained fitters who will do their best to make anyone that is coming for a fitting feel at ease. Our emphasis is on fit and comfort and not on the sizes themselves. We want women of all ages and sizes to be wearing a bra that supports them correctly, is comfortable and stylish.

 So why not repay your mum with a bra shopping trip? Our boobs fluctuate in shape and size throughout our lives so it’s important to monitor these changes and adjust your bra size so that you are getting the right amount of support. You can check out our Perfect Fit Guide but why not come into one of our branches and make the most of our expert fitters’ knowledge and experience. Throw in lunch and you’ve got a fab day out for you and your mum!

It’s here, our first ever L cup bra!

The Alana bra now in petal pink and up to an L cup!

The Alana bra now in petal pink and up to an L cup!

 We’re very proud to launch our first ever L cup bra. The bra is question is the ever popular Alana bra which was previously available up to a KK cup.  The shape and style of the bra is comfortable, wearable and feminine without being overly fussy and that’s why we think it’s so popular with our Bravissimo girls. With a boob boosting balconette cut and delicate embroidery this bra is sure to become a favourite in any lingerie drawer. Available in black, white, nude and new shade petal pink with matching briefs or super cute ruched shorts you’ll be spoilt for choice as well as size with this exclusive Bravissimo bra.

 If you’re unsure about what bra size you should be wearing or feel it’s time to have another fitting then pop down to one of our stores where our gorgeous fitters will be able to give you expert advice on finding the right size. Or you can give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you and your boobs get the bra you deserve.

 Your boobs may fluctuate in size and shape for a whole host of reasons; weight loss/gain, pregnancy or simply just because. So it’s important to monitor this change to make sure your giving your boobs the support they need. Not to mention that the correct fitting bra can make you look slimmer, help your clothes to fit better and increase your confidence.

 

 Check out the Alana bra here. We think the new L cup is just, well, Lovely!