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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.

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.

Prints Charming

We are all familar with Bravissimo’s wide variety of colours to choose from when buying lingerie. And pretty embroided florals have been used since Victorian times on underwear. Bravissimo have some beautiful lingerie sets in this season’s ditsy floral prints, but what about other prints? There is no reason why you shouldn’t experiment a bit when it comes to what you wear under your clothes and Bravissimo have some very funky prints in the range. It used to be that printed textiles were only reserved for bikinis and swimsuits, now the trend has well and truly being bucked, and there is no stopping us when it comes to lingerie design.

The really great thing about printed bras is that if you are out and about this summer, like at a picnic with the girls or at an impromptu music festival, you can whip your top off and be out and proud of your fabulous boobs, and you will not look out of place – on the contrary you will definately turn a few heads. So pop into one of our shops over the weekend or look online and check out our great range of prints. Here’s a couple to get you started.

New from Bravissimo is the utterly delicious Sherbet Stripe Bra in candy stripes of pink and yellow with contrast pink lace and yellow bows. It’s an underwired balconette, with fullly ajustable shoulder straps. Available in sizes HH to K, it has additional lining for extra support.

Or for a bra that gives fantastic cleavage, take a look at the Karina Bra from Cleo. A Bravissimo exclusive, it’s a plunge bra which is underwired and lightly padded. The fun star print comes in Aqua/Lemon and Melon.

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!

Say it with flowers

Fern Bra by Panache

Fern Bra by Panache

Saturday is the last day of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, if you are fortunate enough to have tickets or have already visited the flower show, lucky you! If you are going on Saturday, then don’t forget to take a brolly as it could be a wet one, if the forecast is to be believed.

One of the highlights is the Irish Sky Garden by Diarmuid Gavin, known for his inventive and unusual garden design, and his latest creation doesn’t disappoint. His garden in the sky overlooks reflective pools and at its highest point, you can see the whole of Chelsea and beyond, taking in the river and Battersea Power Station. Some of the gold awards were handed out to The B&Q Garden, A Postcard from Wales, Hae-woo-so (Emptying One’s Mind), The Daily Telegraph Garden and The HESCO Garden by Leeds City Council. To see more visit http://www.rhs.org.uk/

If you have missed Chelsea there are plenty more amazing gardens to see. On the 5-10th of July, It’s the largest flower show in the world at Hampton Court Palace. And on the 20–24 July in Knutsford, Cheshire, The RHS Flower Show, Tatton Park takes place.

If all this flowery and fragrant talk has inspired you, why not say it with flowers and browse some of Bravissimo’s pretty floral lingerie. The Fern Bra by Panache is very feminine, with its small print and contrast lace and fuller cup. Or there is the Fairytale Bra by Faubourg, an absolutely beautiful bra with coloured floral embroidery on cream, the matching shorts and thong feature a really cute skirted detail.

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!

Game, Set and Match

The Parisian Plume Bra

The Parisian Plume Bra

According to our not so secret sources, when it comes to underwear, Bravissimo girls prefer to wear matching lingerie. There is something about wearing a set that makes us feel more together and ready to face the world, it’s a bit like red lipstick or a great pair of heels, lingerie sets inject a touch of glamour into our lives, even if the weather is pants, you’ve still got your matching bra and pants!

A few years ago B.B. (Before Bravissimo), sets used to be reserved for your wedding day or a romantic night, now thankfully, times has moved on and lingerie has too and we don’t need an excuse to wear a matching set.

So if you want to feel sexy, special but still supported, take a look at the Parisian Plume Bra, new from Bravissimo. This set puts the “Ooh” into the “Ooh-La-La”, the bra is a half-cup, but still offers plenty of support, it is lightly padded, creating a lovely rounded shape and it is very comfortable. You have the option of the matching shorts or thong, or why not get both?

The Broderie Bra by Bravissimo is a beautiful bra; it is balconette in style, with a lower centre, so can be worn with lower cut tops. For the pretty option, it comes in cornflower blue, but if you want to do sassy, it comes in black and more colours are available. It is utterly gorgeous with its threaded organza ribbon and again we haven’t compromised on comfort or support when designing this bra. Wear with the super cute and comfy matching shorts and it is a great match.

We hope you like our selection and we will keep you posted on many more great pairings in the future.