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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!

ABSOLUTE PANTS

The Poppy Bra and Brief

The Poppy Bra and Brief

Knickers have certainly changed from thirty years ago. They now come in all shapes, styles and colours. And they can do wondrous things, like make your tummy flatter, your thighs thinner or just look so utterly gorgeous, that they should be worn on the outside of your clothes instead.

A major UK retailer recently reported rocketing sales of their Brazilian knickers. Now I bet, like us at Bravissimo you are scratching your head wondering ‘what exactly do a pair of Brazilian knickers look like?’ If it’s anything like the Brazilian you would receive at the beauty salon, well there won’t be much to them. But we can reliably inform you, that they are a higher cut short, offering no VPL (visible panty line). In our opinion Bravissimo have been offering this very style for quite a while now and there is no denying, that if you do not get on with a thong, this is a fantastic, comfortable alternative that will not show under your clothes, creating that dreaded VPL.

As bras so often take centre stage here at Bravissimo, we thought we would give you a quick lowdown on some of our great knickers that look fabulous, but also work wonders in making the best of your bottom. The Poppy Brief, is cut higher but is wider at the sides than your average brief. It features a lovely poppy print panel on the front, with the contrast of the gorgeous black lace sides, which makes these briefs a very sexy buy.

The Lula Mai brief by Masquerade, is cut lower at the sides, but you will have no VPL with these. They are available in antique ivory, and are a contrast of embroidery and luxurious satin. They have that antique look to them, but are sexy and sophisticated with it; you could also wear these with an ivory bra, as a mix and match option.

The Dotty Spot Shorts by Bravissimo are as cute as anything, Fifties inspired, these shorts have a panel at the front in the red dotty print, with a contrast of aqua sides. They are decorated with three gorgeous bows and a pocket on the back, just to increase the cute factor a little bit more; they are made in a super soft and comfortable fabric too.

The Tango Brief by Panache (which are exclusive to Bravissimo) are a great shape, they are again cut wider at the sides than the average brief and create a wonderful smooth silhouette with no VPL. If you want to bring some colour into your underwear drawer, these briefs will do the trick; they are available in spearmint, deep coral and petrol and plenty more vibrant shades.

For more sassy and sexy pairs like these, check out our website…Who needs Brazil when you have Bravissimo!

Look Gorgeous For Less

Edith Bra by Freya

Edith Bra by Freya

Remember that famous song from The Sound of Music that started: ‘Raindrops on Roses, Whiskers on Kittens’? Well, we all need some favourite things to give us a bit of a lift from time to time, especially as modern life is so fast and can be too stressful.

These could be simple things like, getting into a lovely comfy bed when you are exhausted, taking a hot shower after being out in the elements, the smell of freshly cut grass/coffee/baked bread, or swimming in the sea… Well here in the Bravissimo office, it is agreed that one of our favourite things is bagging a bargain. Retail therapy works, and what is better than retail therapy? Retail therapy during a sale. It’s a great feeling buying that pair of shoes, coat or dress that you have had your eye on, at half the original price.

Beautiful lingerie can make you feel absolutely wonderful, so we have selected some great bras from Bravissimo and there’s no need to hide the bags or bin the receipt, as it is guilt free shopping. It is more than possible to look gorgeous, glamorous and sexy on a budget so read on.

The Flirty Frill Bra by Bravissimo in an ivory and pastel floral print mixed with an ivory lace frill. The style is an underwired balconette and is pretty but still very sexy and the feedback from our customers is that it is comfortable as well. The Flirty Floral Bra by Faubourg is another beautiful bra; again it is an underwired balconette. This bra comes in charcoal with a rose & cream floral print and is decorated with a fabulous organza rose ribbon, and the top of the cup features some pretty embroidery. The fabric is wonderfully soft, touchable and luxurious.

Freya bras are very popular with our Bravissimo ladies, and these following two bras are no exception, the Colette Bra by Freya, comes in black and pink, this bra is cute and sexy with the contrast of the black flirty frill and pink ribbon trim. The Colette bra offers more coverage in the cup and the fabric is microfibre, which means it has a satiny, soft feel. The Edith Bra by Freya in aqua is so pretty. With its combination of two different prints, it gives it that ditsy boho look. It is has a lower centre front, which is designed around the Pollyanna shape and it does create fantastic shape and curves.

For more fantastic sale items like these, check out our website.

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.

That’s Progress

Wembley Stadium prepares for the boys!

Wembley Stadium prepares for the boys!


There has been much giddiness in the Bravissimo office lately. The biggest boy band in history are touring once again and the ladies who saw them first time around (when they were still at school), are seeing them again and are even more excited at the prospect, if that is at all possible. Every so often on Twitter or Facebook, someone will write “I am so excited, only X amount of hours and counting til Take That!” There is something about those boys that makes them universally loved. A couple of them in the past may have looked like they were going to damage their reputation, but they seem to bounce back monumentally. Maybe, apart from the brilliant music they keep churning out, it is their ‘down to earth’ nature. We all have the feeling, that if we were to bump into any of the Take That boys in a lift, they would be friendly, funny and lacking any ego (apart from Robbie), and obviously they are all just a tad handsome too.

Unbelievably, there are still some tickets available for the next three days at Wembley. If you have missed out on tickets and can go last minute, check out Take That’s official website. And for a few show-stopping tops to wear if you are going, check out Pepperberry, we have some gorgeous embellished and sparkly tops that will stand out in the crowds. The Shoulder Detail Top is a slinky cowl neck and comes in curvy/really curvy and really/super curvy. The lovely soft taupe which is very on trend, will look great with white jeans and nude heels. The Side Embellished Jersey Top in black, is a wrap-over style top in a figure hugging stretch fabric, it is a deep v, so a plunge bra will be necessary with this one. Wear with an indigo pair of skinny jeans and some rock chick black suede wedges and you are all set for your greatest day…

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.

Burlesque Beauties

Thrill Me Bra by Curvy Kate

Thrill Me Bra by Curvy Kate

We try our best at Bravissimo to keep adding to our range of lingerie, whilst keeping up with current trends and keeping our ladies’ boobs wonderfully supported. If you have been taking any notice of the trends recently, lingerie seems to be getting prettier, sexier, more glamorous and even more luxurious. There has been a huge influence from 1940s and 1950s underwear styles, think Jane Mansfield, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell and Elizabeth Taylor. Lingerie has been getting more ‘showgirl’, and some of the styles wouldn’t look out of place on a west end stage or at a burlesque show.

Once upon a time these very sexy styles were only made for our smaller boobed friends, now thankfully, you won’t miss out. Why should women lose out on style, just because they have more up top?

Bravissimo is definitely leading the way in this bigger boob lingerie revolution and we are extremely excited about some of our new styles, we hope you will love them too. The Paige Bra by Miss Mandalay is sexy and fun, it has a sheer panel for an extra touch of sassiness, a fuller cup than the normal balconette and the hot pink colour is exclusive to Bravissimo, the contrasting bright yellow lace trim, is a really great finishing touch. The matching thong is really flirty, with its two bright yellow frills and little bow.

The Thrill Me Bra by Curvy Kate, will be sure to thrill you and anyone who comes within half a mile of you. Not only does it ooze sex appeal, we have it on very good authority, that this bra is very comfortable and gives amazing uplift. The Azure/ Plum is a lovely colourway and it also comes in blushing Rasberry/Charcoal. It is lightly padded and underwired with fully adjustable shoulder straps. The matching shorts are soooo gorgeous and just to top it off; they have added suspender straps, in case they weren’t sexy enough.