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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!

BEST BUYS

Capped Sleeve Knitted Top

Capped Sleeve Knitted Top

Well it has been raining again *big sigh*, so let’s continue with our wardrobe building ideas for autumn. The Pepperberry sale is still on and there are some great sale items still to be snapped up, but they are selling out fast, so don’t hang around.

Here is our pick of the bunch. For a really great knit top with short sleeves, perfect for autumn, take a look at the Capped Sleeve Knitted Top from Pepperberry it is available in petrol or coral, is a v-neck, which is very flattering for bigger boobs and it has a lovely gathered detail which enhances bigger boobs too. This top has a deep rib which creates a lovely nipped in waist.

The Sequin Knitted Waistcoat in grey marl is a fabulous little waistcoat. It has a gorgeous sequin detail on the shoulder, which gives it that fashion edge. This waistcoat is so versatile, it can be worn with a little cotton blouse, as pictured on the website, or you could wear it layered over your ditsy floral dress. It can be worn with indigo jeans or it will look great with Pepperberry’s Relaxed Fit Chinos, these fantastic chinos can be worn right now with a fitted vest top, and will still look stylish come the autumn worn with a skinny knit.

Everyone needs a LBD in their wardrobe and the Patent Belted Jersey Dress is fantastically easy to wear, it can be worn dressed up or dressed down, worn with a longline flared cardigan, or a fitted blazer. This is a dress that will become a firm favourite in your autumn wardrobe.

When it’s not cold enough to wear a coat or too dry to wear a Mac, a little fitted jacket is the perfect solution, the fitted jacket is so versatile; it can usually be worn from spring to the beginning of winter. Pepperberry’s Pinstripe Jacket in grey, is a cotton/linen mix and is a single button jacket, so no double buttons straining over your boobs here, just that ultra flattering v shape created by the low lapels. This great little jacket will go with everything, so get it while you can.

Bag a Bargain

The Tan Leather Bag

The Tan Leather Bag

Peeking outside the window, it doesn’t look much like the height of summer, it’s more like autumn. Let’s hope it brightens up again soon. Until then, now would be good time to start bringing your autumn wardrobe together, as the autumn collections are starting to appear on the high street. You could start by adding accessories to your current wardrobe and Pepperberry have three great bags that would be perfect for next season.

The Tassel Slouch Bag in coral is a great soft, slouchy bag, that has plenty of room for all that stuff, that us girls carry around with us. Coral is a big colour this summer and it will continue to be seen in autumn/winter too, as pastels will be mixed with soft greys and nudes. The Tan Leather Bag is a fantastic autumn bag, tan is a great alternative to black or dark brown when the sun is still shining, but there is a crispness in the air. This bag is made of real leather and will look great this summer worn with a tan skinny belt over a little floral dress with bare legs and gladiator sandals, and in autumn or winter with tights and boots. The Canvas Shopper Bag is another great bag from Pepperberry, ‘shoppers’ have been on trend for a couple of years now, and this one is a real classic, with the contrast of the beige canvas with patent handles. This would look fabulous with a maxi dress and espadrilles for the rest of summer and when autumn comes, it will look super stylish with a pair of the new 70s style flared jeans, a checked shirt or white classic shirt, tucked in and belted and worn with a blazer, the look is Charlie’s Angels in the mid 70s.

All great bags, that will look great right now and will see you through the next season quite happily too. Look out for more on autumn wardrobe building in future Bravissimo blogs.

Smart Packing

Coral Print Maxi Dress

Coral Print Maxi Dress

Another Monday morning. At this time of year many of us are counting the days and hours until we are lying on a sun-drenched beach far away from the office, the heaving supermarket, or the traffic on the school run. Holiday packing is an art these days, especially as some of the budget airlines charge you by weight for your suitcase. If you don’t want the hassle of having to unpack everything at the departure gate because your bag is on the heavy side, then read on, as this is your guide to packing your Bravissimo and Pepperberry summer holiday capsule wardrobe.

Maxi dresses can be worn day or night (changing flip flops to wedges at night and adding some great gold hooped earrings and gold bangles). See the Coral Print Maxi Dress by Bravissimo, it is a very flattering empire line and sits under the bust creating a fabulous cleavage. It is a great colour and will look fantastic with a tan and it’s made of cotton, so it will keep you nice and cool. The Jersey Beach Dress by Bravissimo in fuchsia, is the perfect beach cover-up, it’s very simple, stylish and looks great. The Bandeau Beach Dress by Bravissimo comes in gorgeous aqua blue that will also look amazing with a golden glow. The bandeau style and halterneck is super flattering. This dress could also double up for nights with some chunky silver jewellery and silver thong sandals.
The Bright Ideas Tankini Top by Faubourg is new and exclusive from Bravissimo. It is a great alternative to the swimsuit if your bikini days are over. This tankini is in a bold black and white floral print and has that surf girl feel to it. It is underwired, with a halterneck and has matching drawstring briefs.
The Spotty Tulip Dress by Pepperberry is a really fun, sexy, frock and perfect if you fancy dressing up a bit while you’re on your hols. The dress boasts two popular trends this summer, the tulip shape and the spots. It is slightly shorter than shown online, so be prepared to show some leg! The next dress definitely deserves a mention, as it’s really popular with our Bravissimo ladies is the Tulip Print Chiffon Shirt Dress by Pepperberry. A lovely feminine, floral, floaty dress and can be dressed up or down. The Leaf Dress by Pepperberry, in light summery satin, is great for balmy summer nights. It comes in fuchsia or turquoise, the neckline is a crossover plunge v, which flatters the boobs and the elasticated empire line panel highlights and defines the waist area.
If it does get chilly at night, you may need a cardi to throw over your shoulders, try the Deep Rib Cardigan by Pepperberry or the Grosgrain Tape Cardi by Pepperberry, both work as perfect summer cover-ups and they are light enough not to make your suitcase groan. A few of your Bravissimo favourite lingerie sets, your lightest nightdress, a panama or wide brimmed sun hat, one pair of Havianas and one pair of evening wedges or heels and your done! You are now ready to say bon voyage to the rain soaked runway and hello to foreign summer sun.

Festival Chic

Pepperberry's Crinkle Tiered Dress

Pepperberry's Crinkle Tiered Dress

The world’s most famous & loved festival, Glastonbury, kicks off today. Started 41 years ago by Michael Eavis on his own land, Worthy Farm in Somerset. The first gathering only attracted 1,500 people, the ticket price was £1 and free milk was given out to all! Today the event attracts people of all ages from all over the world and the site is so big, it resembles a small town.

Whatever the weather at Glastonbury (last year very sunny, 2007 the wettest on record, this year starting wet, but will dry up, fingers crossed) the festival is THE place to do some people watching and it’s a fantastic opportunity to check out some amazing fashion. Looking good at a festival is an art, it has to look effortless and you have to be prepared for rain & shine.

So if our Bravissimo girls are heading to any of this summer’s festivals, here is your definitive guide to what to wear and what to bring. Pepperberry have some great festival fashion, the Crinkle Tiered Dress in orange is the perfect festival dress and will look great with a pair of posh Hunter wellies. Don’t forget your shorts, like Pepperberry’s Button Front Short in navy, they also look really cute with a pair of wellies, (and navy won’t show the mud). The Viscose Floral Scarf just screams Glastonbury, and a scarf is a pretty handy piece of clothing at a festival, it will keep your neck warm at night when there is a nip in the air, it will also protect you from the sun, if it gets too hot. The Long Shell Necklace has that hippy vibe and will complete your festival outfit.

    Other Essential Items:
    Long socks, (there is nothing worse than short socks disappearing into the depths of your wellies)
    Hand sanitiser
    Baby wipes
    Sun cream
    Toilet roll
    Small purse or bag, that you can wear across the body
    Wellies (don’t bother with any other kind of footwear)
    Sun hat
    Waterproof jacket with hood
    And don’t forget your toothbrush (you never know who you might kiss)

Summer Style

The Printed Wrap Dress

The Printed Wrap Dress

Yesterday marked the summer solstice, the longest day and the start of summer. An estimated 18,000 people watched the sunrise at Stonehenge, at the annual pagan festival. The days now begin to get shorter, so we need to make the most of the lovely sunshine we have left. So Bravissimo ladies, get out there and enjoy every minute. To help you make the most of the summer months stylewise, here are a few wardrobe essentials from Pepperberry that you won’t be able to do without.

The Printed Wrap Dress comes in sunny yellow, which is on trend at the moment. Wrap dresses are hugely flattering for bigger boobs, so this dress really does create amazing cleavage. It is suitable for work, worn with a fitted jacket and heels, or a day out with the girls, accessorising with a cardi and a pair of wedges.

Everyone needs a maxi dress in their wardrobe, they are great for a holiday to make you feel a bit dressed up after a day in your beachwear, or for a wedding or day at the races. The Floral Print Maxi Dress is a beautiful, feminine and floaty maxi, it has a large, vibrant floral and is fully lined.

The Bandeau Strappy Top in fitted jersey, is a must have for every summer wardrobe, it comes in black, cobalt blue, lemon, orange and white, you can wear it as a bandeau, or with the strap as a halterneck, it has a integrated bra, so you can go braless too. This top is extremely versatile, you could wear it with wide palazzo pants, cropped tapered chinos, a fifties full skirt, or a great pair of shorts; which brings us nicely to the Button Front Short, they come in navy and white and look great with a vest, or a little cotton shirt and waistcoat for that smarter look.

Finally to finish off your summer looks, you need something fabulous on your arm, so check out the Canvas Shopper Bag, this bag is an excellent wardrobe staple and will look great with any of the above outfits.

COME RAIN OR SHINE

Pepperberry's Check Woven Blouse

Pepperberry's Check Woven Blouse

The end of another bank holiday weekend. So, was it glorious weather anywhere in the country or, was it decidedly soggy everywhere? It maybe summer but don’t be fooled by that minor detail. You can stride out in the morning with your summer dress on, wearing your favourite peep toe shoes and by midday that same day, your feet are cold and you would rugby tackle a grandma for her cardigan.

The good news is that the transition between chillier and warmer weather at this time of year can easily be navigated with items that you probably already have in your wardrobe, add them to your summer clothes and you have a wardrobe that will see you through to August.

The denim jacket is a winner this time of year and everyone has one somewhere in their wardrobe. A denim jacket can be worn over a pretty day dress, see Pepperberry’s Cotton Frill Day Dress, or looks fantastic with a maxi dress, like Bravissimo’s Coral Print Maxi Dress, and, if sandals are a touch too optimistic, a pair of plimsolls will work just as well with both of these looks.

The other great transitional piece is ‘The Shirt’ – it can be worn with jeans, or this season’s khaki or beige chinos. See Pepperberry’s fabulous Relaxed Fit Chinos in stone. The humble shirt can also be worn with a button through denim skirt, which is more substantial than a cotton skirt, if the weather is chilly. So whether it’s classic white or checked, the shirt is a must, for the changeable weather. Don’t miss Pepperberry’s own version – the Check Woven Blouse.

A boyfriend cardigan is incredibly versatile, it can be belted and worn over tapered trousers or skinny jeans and can also be worn loose over shorts or a dress. Pepperberry’s Boyfriend Cardigan in Mocha looks fabulous over the Mint Swirl Dress, wear with leggings, if there is a nip in the air. Also everywhere in the high street at the moment you will find shorts. Love them or hate them, Pepperberry have a pretty fabulous pair, the Button Front Shorts in white, which look great with a wide striped vest or t-shirt, add plimsolls or a pair of wedges to complete the nautical look.

So we can now feel confident that whatever the British weather throws at us in the coming months, we have it covered and, someone once said, “There is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothes.”

Dress The Part

Pepperberry's Ditsy Floral Dress

Pepperberry's Ditsy Floral Dress

A hot topic of discussion in the Bravissimo office today, which came about because of the beautiful weather we have been having, was, ‘What exactly do us Bravissimo girls wear to work or to do the school run, in this kind of heat?’ Shorts are a tricky option, sometimes best left for boy scouts or footballers, maxi dresses are great for the beach or a summer party but can be impractical for driving or getting on and off trains, and trousers – too hot! The best option is a really easy-to-wear dress, which can be dressed up or down with a smart linen blazer or colourful cardi. And the humble dress can be accessorised in a whole host of ways, changing the look entirely.

Pepperberry, (Bravissimo’s new clothing label), has some great dresses that would definitely fit the bill. Pepperberry’s range is designed with your boobs in mind, so no more having to buy two dress sizes too big just to fit your boobs! The very easy-to wear, Ditsy Floral Dress is a great little tea dress and to go from day to night, if your having drinks after work, you could wear with leggings, ballets flats and a denim jacket (check out Pepperberry’s Stretch Denim Blazer).

One of Pepperberry’s new arrivals is the Ikat Print Dress, it’s a light cotton dress in a warm ethnic print, and the clever part is the tabs on the straps that attach to your bra. Try accessorising with Bravissimo’s Wooden Necklace and Bracelet for daytime and to glam up for a night out, accessorise with the Chain Necklace and Gold Cuff.

If you are after a very wearable jersey dress then the new Mint Swirl Dress, in a tropical floral print, could be your summer staple and it will stay looking fabulous all day long. You can accessorise with the Glass Bead Bracelet and Glass Bead Necklace in colbalt and for a cover up when it gets a bit cooler, the Deep Rib Cardigan in magenta. Also new from Pepperberry makes a great contrast with the blues of the dress, grab the lovely Tassel Slouch Bag in coral to finish off the look.

Fashion Week Highlights Part 4: Paris

Build layers of black starting with your favourite dress, top or jeans

Build layers of black starting with your favourite dress, top or jeans

 The final fashion week was held in Paris and boy did they pack a lot in! The fashion capital had stunning collections which featured soft tailoring, maxi skirts and dresses, print-a-plenty, lace, colour blocking and tartan to name but a few trends on the catwalk of a city that is famous for its style.

 In Paris, as in the other cities, all over black was a strong trend. However, Paris being Paris there had to be twist and that came in the form of top-to-toe white outfits to contradict the black seen throughout the A/W 2011 catwalks elsewhere. White is the norm for summer collections but practically unheard of for winter ones as we don’t know anyone who can wear white in winter without it quickly turning grey. The Bravissimo office included; we’re much more likely to try the all over black trend, it will probably also involve less washing! The key to getting this trend right is to contrast textures; woolly cardigans, fury jumpers, silk tops, denim and leather can all be combined to create a dark and interesting look with a bit of a rock chick edge. Try layering your favourite black dress with a black textured cardigan and black leather jacket or coat.

 From Paris Fashion Week we have learned that we will be getting more wear out of our maxi skirts and maxi dresses than we first thought, which is a bonus, whatever we wear it should be black, harsh edges are out, soft feminine tailoring is in and that we will be able to get at least one more season out of our tartan pieces. We will still however always wonder how on earth Parisienne ladies look so chic. How do they do it?!

Fashion Week Highlights Part 3: Milan

Polka dots; a fashion staple since the 50's

Polka dots; a fashion staple since the 50's

 Milan had a ladylike feel with country looks made up with tweeds, furs and silk heads scarves which created a demure and sophisticated look. We think we’d potentially adopt some stylish tweed and maybe even a silk scarf but we’ll wear it around our necks as opposed to around our heads to keep the look modern. Our Herringbone Tweed dress is just what the fashion doctor ordered and will benefit your wallet as well as your wardrobe as it’s now in the sale at £17.50!!!

 It’s great to see more wearable clothes on the catwalk and outfits that we can actually picture ourselves wearing. The 1950’s has influenced our way of dressing for many years so it’s good to see flattering 50’s A-line skirts and feminine styles still going strong. Our 1950’s wrap dress hits two trends in one and will keep you ahead of the game in the fashion stakes with its fabulous bell shape and layered black chiffon material.

 From the classy to the fun, Milan had it all, as a stark contrast to rural ladylike chic there was the fun young urban fur wearer. We’re talking bright blue fur adorned sleeves, all over fur dresses and trim detailing. On the catwalk the look was a little too Cookie Monster for our liking but in more neutral colours and less obvious places, we think we could wrapping up in fur of the faux variety more than ever next season.  

  Polka dots were also present on the run way with a vintage feel to them. Think a 1950’s A-line skirt worn with a cute polka dot top to get this look right. Our fabulous polka dot top will look great worn with an A-line or pencil skirt and also looks fab with jeans and more casual outfits. Team this top with navy for a cool spring look and get bit of red, white and blue into your wardrobe.