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Melody Full Cup Bra by Panache

Melody Full Cup Bra by Panache


The fashion industry had a very hard task this week. They had to carry on with the catwalk shows of New York Fashion Week and the business of fashion – which can seem frivolous at the best of times – whilst the city is remembering 9/11 and marking the 10 year anniversary of those lost. A very sad day, but the shows went on.

Victoria Beckham’s was one of the shows that took place, she has had an extra busy time of late, only just having had baby Harper, who accompanied her (of course) but she still managed to produce an accomplished collection for spring/summer 2012. Short shift dresses featured and body con fitted dresses that finish mid calf with cut away vest tops, racer backs and exposed zips. She showed parkers and voluminous kimono jackets in heavy silk satins. The collection is simple, chic with more than a look of sportswear about it.

Alexander Wang’s spring/summer collection also was inspired by sportswear, although he took his inspiration from tougher sports like Motorcross. Wang used high shine, waterproof fabrics, and leather. He also showcased the exposed zip and used chevron and monochrome prints. Peter Som’s catwalk show featured 1960s inspired tiny shorts, mini dresses and short shirt dresses. All in neons and acids brights, like citrus yellow, turquoise and bright corals. We also saw him use clashing sixties prints.

So what does all this mean in terms of lingerie for next spring/summer? Well, we can expect to be a bit more adventurous with colour, we will be seeing more neon brights and electric colours like our Melody Full Cup Bra by Panache in electric blue. We may see more large, sixties inspired floral prints, moving away from the small ditsy print of this year. There will definitely be a move towards a sportier look for bras. We are not talking about sports bras here, there will be a different sportier shape, but using gorgeous vibrant colours and prints in silky fabrics to keep that feminine look.

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.

Wedding belles

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!

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.

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!