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Winter warmers

Brrrr, it’s getting cold outside! As we rapidly approach winter we’re wondering how long we can put off wearing our winter coats. The light weight jacket and single layer on top is no longer enough to keep off the distinct autumn chill. However knowing that there is still November, December, January, February and March to get through before we can even start to think about spring, we’re putting it off for as long as possible. We have also heard rumours on the grape vine that this winter is going to be a long one and after last winter (which felt never ending) this is not good news! So our only hope of surviving this season is a great wardrobe, plenty of layers and some winter warming pick-me-ups like luscious lingerie, cosy nights in wearing gorgeous lounge wear and the odd glass of red!

It's getting cold outside! Wrap up warm in cosy knitwear

It's getting cold outside! Wrap up warm in cosy knitwear

We don’t often like to admit it but we will enjoy cosying up in soft knitwear, like our super soft Tie Front Cardigan. This cardigan comes in a go-with-anything natural oatmeal colour which will look just as good with jeans as it will worn over a dress or pair of smart trousers. The elasticated waist adds definition to your curves and the tie front adds a feminine touch to this slightly longer style cardigan. We’re also going to invest in the must have polo neck this winter. The polo neck, whether a light weight jersey style or a heavy weight knit, is great for keeping warm whilst looking chic. In the office swap your light blouse for a smart jersey polo neck and wear with trousers, a skirt or underneath a shift dress to update your working wardrobe without having to change it completely. Polo necks also look great underneath a smart coat. Black, brown and cream/natural tones will add a sophisticated twist to this season’s hottest coat trend, the camel coat and no need for a scarf, not just yet anyway we’ve got to save some layers for later!

End of summer sale

Grab your last chance to bag yourself some Bravissimo bargains. Get up to 50% off clothing as well as great reductions on lingerie, swimwear and nightwear, but hurry as sale stock is limited and sells out fast! You can shop by bra size or by dress size making it even easier to find what you’re looking for! This is our biggest sale of the year so there are plenty of bargains to be had including;

Clothing;

Lingerie;

  • Eliza bra, shorts and thong set in buttercup and pale pink
  • Alana bra, ruched shorts and brief set in aqua
  • Cool in Cotton bra, shorts and thong set in baby blue and white
  • Broderie bra, shorts and thong in pale violet
    You can also find big savings on nightwear and swimwear too, happy sales shopping!

Two Tone Dress by Bravissimo, now £29.50

Two Tone Dress by Bravissimo, now £29.50


Size, is it really just a number?

Bravissimo clothing

Bravissimo clothing

Many of us will have had the experience of being one size in one shop and a different size in another shop, this can be frustrating as it makes it difficult for us to know what size we actually are and means we always have to try things on. It seems there is no standard to high street sizing and that sizing is more of a rough guide than a set measurement.

Sizing can also depend on the type of garment. Most women won’t be exactly the same size on their bottom half as they are on their top half, which can make it especially difficult when trying to buy swimwear that is sold in co-ordinating sizes. Bigger boobed ladies also get a poor deal when it comes to buying shirts, tops and dresses. If you’ve ever had to buy a bigger size (or two) just to accommodate your ample bosom, then you know exactly what we’re talking about. It can be frustrating and somewhat disheartening having to buy a size 14 shirt, when it’s your boobs that are a size 14 and your body that is a size 10. But fear not ladies, here at Bravissimo we understand that women come in all different gorgeous shapes and sizes and so buying bigger sizes just to fit your boobs is now a thing of the past! We have a whole range of beautiful summer clothing in sizes 8 – 18, plus Bravissimo sizes of curvy, really curvy and super curvy dependent on your cup size. This way you get the perfect fit all round and don’t have to compromise on style.

Here’s a quick guide to Bravissimo sizing;
D – E cup: your normal size and ‘curvy’
F – G cup: your normal size and ‘really curvy’
GG+ cup: your normal size and ‘super curvy’

New high summer collection is here!

High Summer Collection

High Summer Collection

Our high summer collection has arrived and we just had to tell you about these fantastic new dresses, there’s one for every occasion! Here are some of our best day time dresses…

Graphic Print Shift Dress hits the print trend without being over the top. The retro feel of this dress gives it a high place in the fashion stakes and the cut fits and flatters in all the right places! To crank up the 70s vibe of this dress, wear with red, orange and brown accessories.

Like a walk on the wild side? Our Tailored Safari Dress will keep you cool in the office, but throw on the accessories at 5pm to take this dress into the evening. The neutral tone of this dress works best with natural/earthy tones, it comes with the plaited belt to define the waist so just add a couple of bangles and some statement earrings and you’re ready for a wild night. Whether you’re hunting clothes, men or simply a place to go for dinner with the girls, this dress will definitely get you in the mood!

If you’re looking for a casual dress that is easy to wear and accessorise than why not try the Ruffle Front Dress. This particular style has a sporty feel to it with its cute collar and button down neckline. The hot pink detailing adds a spark of colour, whilst the ruffle front and gathers around the bust will ensure there is plenty of room for your boobs.

Hit the colour trend with our Cotton Pleat Summer Dress. This gorgeous sundress will ensure you keep cool, whilst looking hot on summer days. The A-line shape of this dress gives a flattering silhouette and the thicker straps mean no flashing bra straps to detract from the beautiful bright colour.

Trust Cannes to bring the glamour

Cannes Glamour

Cannes Glamour

The celebrities were out in force at last week’s Cannes Film Festival and there was a distinct 1950’s Hollywood glamour theme on the red carpet. Big curls, red lips and diamonds made the festival what it is and the dresses lived up to the accessories. Salma Hayek wore a stunning red embellished floor length gown with thigh high split, Naomi Watts went strapless in a long elegant nude dress with sparkling stripes and Marion Cotillard kept it modern with her sequinned jumpsuit. All in all a very elegant affair full of inspiring styles and outfits. Although we might not have a red carpet event of our own to attend it will certainly give us some ideas for the up and coming summer weddings and parties we will be attending.

Get the 1950’s look with our Classic Floral Dress. It has a flattering V neckline and is pulled in at the waist for that all important 50’s hour glass figure. The cut of this dress will also help to balance out a top heavy figure and the print is on trend for summer. Possibly the perfect summer dress for all your occasions this season! Wear this dress with big soft waves or an elegant up do and plenty of red lip stick to complete the look.

The gossip from the festival;

  • Christian Louboutin turned up with a mysterious black van full of shoes and circus dancers to promote his new line which was apparently inspired by Cannes.
  • Eva Herzigova stopped traffic in her bright blue one shoulder mini dress (we’d like one too please, if that’s the effect they have)!
  • Jenifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony became serial yacht hoppers as they jumped from one luxury boat to the next.
  • And finally, Grace Jones performed (a mere 6 hours late) wearing a thong and a top hat and at 62 we’re not sure whether to applaud her or give her a pair of trousers!

Fashion Feet

We Love Shoes

We Love Shoes

Women love shoes, FACT. Sometimes even we’re not sure why we love them so much, maybe it’s the ability of a pair of shoes to make us taller, or the way that shoes can complete an outfit, maybe it’s because we can rely on a good pair of shoes to never let us down, oh yes, that’s why we love them! Shoes can make us feel sexy, confident and sometimes those extra couple of inches on a pair of heels make all the difference! So now that we’ve ditched the tights we can make the most of this seasons hottest footwear trends. Peep-toe is the way forward this summer, whether they’re sandals, shoe boots or flats. This does mean however, that attention must be paid to getting our feet and toes looking just as good as our new peep-toe wedges! Summer shoes are as bold as summer clothing this season, bright and bold prints for example have not only extended the length and breadth of our wardrobe but have now also extended down to our feet! As the rule goes, the louder the better. Nude shoes are also very now and can have the effect of making our legs look longer (court style shoes in nude tones are best for achieving this leg lengthening effect). Statement shoes can be the icing on the cake of an outfit and if you’re wearing great shoes, no-one will really be looking at the rest of your outfit anyway! So far this season we have seen the return of the wedge, the clog, the neon bright shoe and utility style shoes. There really is so much to choose from, it makes us giddy just thinking about going into a shoe shop! However, to do your new summer shoes justice you need perfectly pampered toes. Colour clashing your shoes with your nail polish is the way forward this summer. Neon pink heels? Wear ink blue nails for effect. Utility grey works well in contrast with tangerine orange, whether you wear grey shoes and orange nail varnish or orange shoes and grey nail varnish, the effect will be just as good either way! Pastel tone nail polish will add interest to black shoes, whilst black polish works well for utility style footwear giving it a hardened edge. White varnish is also great for summer, but looks best when matched with white shoes rather than contrasted with other colours.

Get pampering ladies, this season’s fabulous shoes won’t wear themselves!!

Luxurious linen

Luxe Linen Jacket

Luxe Linen Jacket

Keep your cool this summer with some luxe linen pieces that work just as well in the office as they do dressed up for the evening or dressed down for those lazy summer days (we’ll hopefully be having sometime very soon!)

Our Luxe Belted Linen Dress in bold red is perfectly tailored to accommodate your boobs whilst its simple shift style, cap sleeves and pleat detailing make it an easy wear staple for your summer wardrobe. The contrasting black patent belt will also help to define your waist and its length makes it suitable for the office, yet add heels and this dress is sexy enough for an evening out too! Wear with black patent courts and matching handbag to complete the look.

Searching for the perfect summer jacket? Then look no further, our cropped linen jacket in neutral brown will keep you cool with its short sleeves and is versatile enough to be worn smart or casual. The tailored lines will flatter the bust whilst defining the waist and with plenty of room for your boobs, there will be no gapping button holes in sight!

Shorts are a must this season, short, long, smart, casual, cotton or silk its hard to know where to start. If you like the idea of this seasons hottest trend but aren’t sure what style to go for, try our long linen shorts. In staple black, they’re a flattering length and will see you through summer holidays and hot sunny days. Give your shorts a fashion twist by wearing them with embellished sandals and a loud print top.

Utility trend

Utility Chic

Utility Chic

As cargo pants and military styling make a come back we tell you how to do the utility look and keep it flattering and feminine. The key piece to this look are the trousers, but when we say cargo pants, we don’t mean combat trousers à la the All Saints girls, we mean stiff woven cotton trousers in sophisticated neutrals. Khaki, beige, ivory, nude and grey tones work best for this look, plus crisp white to brighten the neutral colours. Pair your trousers with simple cotton basics for easy utility chic or dress them up with heels and an evening top for the glam factor. Our casual twill trousers in stone are the perfect pair for easy utility. The large pockets add just enough military detailing without being over the top and the tapered hem adds a modern fashion spin. Wear these with a basic tee for casual days or contrast the textures with a silk top and heels for an evening out.

Utility style shorts make an alternative to trousers and will help to keep you cool when summer really kicks off. Shorts can suit everyone it’s merely a case of finding the right shape for your figure. If you’re conscious of your tummy, opt for a high waist pair, these will cover your middle and define your waist. Be careful however not to wear a top that is too tight with anything high waist, this will draw too much attention to your boobs. Instead wear a loose fitting top in a light fabric such as silk or jersey to get a soft draping effect that will flatter your figure. If it’s your hips you’re concerned about try a longer pair, they will skim past your hips and thighs to create a flattering silhouette. Long shorts will also help to balance out a top heavy figure.
If cargo pants and utility shorts just aren’t your thing then get the utility look into your wardrobe with our classic everyday shirt. The button detailing and slight puff-ball sleeve of this shirt make it a modern classic. And with sizes from curvy to super curvy, you won’t find any gapping button holes here!

G.I. Jane eat your heart out!

Salad season

We’re officially done with the soups, stews and stodgy hot dinners of winter. Yes they kept us warm on cold winter nights but now it’s getting to salad weather and we couldn’t be happier about it! They’re quick and easy to prepare, use little cooking equipment and they’re healthy too. But salads don’t have to be boring, make yours exciting by adding unusual ingredients such as fruits and nuts and vary the dressings you use. Having different tastes and textures in a salad will also make it into a more satisfying meal and shouldn’t leave you feeling hungry afterwards. So as well as swapping your wardrobe for something lighter, you can swap your diet for something lighter too!

Try toasted walnuts, goat’s cheese and pear as a mouth watering combination to add to your salad vegetables. Add smoked chicken and balsamic vinegar for extra deliciousness. Why not try making your own dressings? For a simple and easy salad dressing that you can make as and when you need it mix balsamic vinegar with olive oil, ground black pepper, salt and lemon juice.

And if you’re feeling adventurous give some of these a go;

  • Cranberries, they give a tart flavour to a dish and work well with cheeses such as brie.
  • Avocado goes great with nuts; especially walnuts, cook them lightly in a frying pan first before tossing on top of your salad.
  • Apple, fruit is under rated in salads but can often compliment savoury flavours such as pork, turkey and cheeses. Also try grapes (great with goats’ cheese), pineapple or pear.
  • Hot strips of meat (such as bacon, chicken or beef) or hot vegetables make a salad more interesting.
  • Cold meats, roast salmon fillet is just as delicious cold and flaked over a salad as it is hot. Add some peri-peri sauce before baking for a spicy kick to your salad.

Spring cleaning

It’s the perfect time of year for a good scrub, clean and sort out. If you’re anything like us girls here at Bravissimo then you might just hoard stacks of magazines too. You keep them for a particular article or image that you want, but you end up keeping the whole thing and forget what it is you wanted it for so desperately in the first place. So we’ve come up with a cunning plan; get a scrapbook to safeguard anything you find of interest then recycle the rest. Better still donate them to your local GP practice or hospital/dentists’ waiting room (as long as you haven’t cut them into shreds already to fill up your new scrapbook). That’s your magazine stash sorted, now for the clothes.

It might be hard but try to throw out all those fashion fads you bought on impulse but know you’ll never wear; those sequin leggings, that prom dress, what were you thinking?! From now on the emphasis in fashion land is about fashion forevers and classic styles rejuvenated with modern twists, rather than quick fix fashion fads. Check out our great basics range for some fashion essentials to see you through spring. We also have a range of classic and elegant shift dresses that can be dresses down for work or glamed up for the evening! Easy, classic and a great fit, what more could you want?

A great way to clear some space, get some new clothes and not spend a penny is to organise a swap shop with your friends. The basic rules are that each participant brings with them a few old clothes that they no longer wear, but can’t seem to part with. The clothes are then laid out for others to swap, borrow or keep and everyone should go home with something new. You know what they say; one woman’s trash is another woman’s treasure. This can also be done with old boyfriends, but is way more complicated and can get messy, so best stick to the clothes for now ladies!