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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.

Fashion Week Highlights Part 2: London

Our modern Mac is an updated version of the classic with zip detailing

Our modern Mac is an updated version of the classic with zip detailing

 London was another all or nothing affair but this time the focus was on colour, or lack of it. There were two distinct camps at the latest London Fashion Week; camp colour and camp black. The colour backers either clashed, complemented or blocked but one thing’s for sure, there is certainly a lot of fun to be had with colour both this season and next. Our top tip is to discover the shades that suit you and stick to them. Not everyone looks good in the same colours so it’s important to know the shades you can carry off and the tones to avoid. If you have a pale complexion you should steer clear of wearing any particularly bold shades near to your face. Instead keep the colour focused on the bottom half (such as a skirt, trousers, shorts or dress which carries its bolder shades on the bottom half) to avoid looking washed out. Our Flower Print Shift dress has the right balance of colour to complement a paler skin tone as well as suiting darker skin tones too. Those with a warmer complexion have the advantage of being able to wear much braver tones and will have more freedom of how to wear them too; a colour statement coat will brighten up your autumn wardrobe and try a bold coloured dress like our Notch Neck Shift dress to add some oomph to your summer wardrobe.

  We’re grateful that longer length skirts and dresses will be sticking around next season as they are incredibly versatile and can be easily updated with fine knits come autumn and worked into the layered look; another trend for Autumn/Winter 2011. Go bold by contrasting bright colours or textured black pieces or keep it soft and subtle by layering nude tones.  

Look out for;

  • Crochet knits like your grandma used to make
  • Fur (faux of course)
  • Oversized coats
  • Interesting texture
  • And reworked classics such as the Mac

Fashion Week Highlights part 1: New York

One of the most versatile pieces for your spring wardorbe, a blazer

One of the most versatile pieces for your spring wardorbe, a blazer

To make things simple, we’ve put together a review of the fashion weeks of London, Paris, New York and Milan. Not that we’re being lazy but to focus on the key trends that might actually make it into your wardrobe.

Contradiction was key at the latest New York Fashion Week from slick tailored suits and ladylike dresses and skirts with super neat lines and figure hugging silhouettes to the relaxed sports wear looks at the opposite end of the spectrum. Both were however ultra glamorous which tells us that whether you’re wearing jogging bottoms or a two piece suit, it had better be glammed up with heels accessories and a full face of make-up. Tailored pieces don’t have to be limited to the office however; simply through a blazer over your favourite top and jeans for a casual smart look or mix it up and wear a grey jacket over black trousers or vice versa for a quirkier look. Colour blocking is a key trend for this season so why not update your working wardrobe and add a statement coloured top to your contrasting suit pieces for extra style points. Our grey blazer has been designed especially with Bravissimo girls in mind and will tie in perfectly with black trousers or a skirt thanks to its black trim detailing. Alternatively you could give a casual look a modern twist by combining a denim blazer over casual chino trousers. We think our stone coloured chinos will look great with a blue denim blazer for a quirky spin on the tailored look.

The Brit Awards 2011

Go for full on glamour this season with sequins and embellishments

Go for full on glamour this season with sequins and embellishments

 Celebrating all that is great about British music (with the odd award for international artists) the 2011 Brit Awards took place last night and we take a look at who won what and more importantly, who wore what.

Who won what?

 We were very happy that Take That won Best Group, an award they were also nominated for in 1993, however, with the help of Robbie they picked up the very well deserved prize 17 years later! They just keep getting better and we cannot wait for the tour. Mumford and Sons took home the Best Album award and for any of you who have seen them live will understand why, although their performance on the night was quieter than usual, a great band though and one we look forward to seeing more of this year.

 Tinie Tempah received two awards; Best British Breakthrough Act and Best Single for ‘Pass Out’. Plan B took home Best British Male Solo Artist and Laura Marling took the female equivalent. If you haven’t heard of Laura Marling we’d describe her as the female version of Mumford and Sons, only there’s just one of her. Jessie J took home Critic’s Choice and the seemingly tough girl showed her soft side with a tearful speech. Cheryl Cole handed the Best International Female Award to Rihanna (there were no surprises there) and Cee Lo Green took the International Award for Best Male. Arcade Fire, a band that have proved to be very popular in the UK won Best International Album and fellow Canadian Justin Beiber scooped Best International Breakthrough Act.

Who wore what?

 There were frights as well as delights on the red carpet of the Brit Awards; the frights mainly belonged to Jessie J who appeared in a very short, very shiny green dress and Rihanna who turned up looking like the dolly our Grandma used to have covering the loo roll wearing a very poufy dress. Cheryl Cole kept it glamorous with a sequined backless number and Katherine Jenkins looked simply stunning in her green floral strapless number. Adele looked elegant and classy in a ladylike black dress with beading detail and her performance proved that Britain has got real talent; she was simply stunning in every sense of the word.

 Why not take a leaf out of Katherine Jenkin’s book and rock a floral print now. Our Woven Jersey Wrap dress has a jersey top perfect for adding comfort whilst the cotton print skirt will add structure and definition to your silhouette. Or go for full on glamour with the Sequinned Maxi Dress, maxis are big news this season and this dress will add sophistication whether worn on a red carpet or for a glam night out with the girls. For more fabulous dresses for any occasion click here.

The Baftas

 It was an eventful evening at the Baftas last night with the usual plight of live television; rambling speeches (Helena Bonham Carter), presentation mishaps (Rosamund Pike) and wardrobe malfunctions (Helena Bonham Carter again).

 The King’s Speech was the big winner of the night scooping 7 awards in all including Best Actor Colin Firth, Best Supporting Actor Geoffrey Rush and Best Supporting Actress Helena Bonham Carter, as well as Best Film. Firth was tipped for the Best Actor award after winning at the Golden Globes last month. The next big awards ceremony is the 83rd Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars held in Hollywood. This year the ceremony will take place on the 27th Feb, however, Brits infamously don’t do that well. Although this year it’s down to Films such as The King’s Speech to prove that when it comes to films, the British are a force to be reckoned with!

 The other main winners of the night were Natalie Portman for Best Actress for her role in Black Swan. Although, heavily pregnant the actress wasn’t able to fly over for the awards ceremony but we think the award was well deserved for her captivating albeit disturbing portrayal of the paranoid prima ballerina. The Social Network won Best Adapted Screenplay and Toy Story 3 picked up Best Animated film. The Harry Potter franchise won Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema and understandably so as 7 films later and the craze is still amongst us.

 British Actress Rosamund Pike almost revealed the winner of Best Original Screenplay before announcing the nominees; luckily Jonathon Ross was quick off the mark and ran on stage to stop her. It is safe to say that she won’t be anyone’s first choice for the task of award presenting any time soon after a long winded and unhinged speech and a very embarrassed co-host situation, poor girl.

 The gorgeous Jessica Alba did manage to keep it together whilst presenting her award, although the butterfingered star did drop her cue cards when leaving the stage. We will forgive her however as we think she was by far the best dressed of the evening in her stunning bright blue strapless dress. We just loved the colour and will be looking out for bold statement blue tones for our summer wardrobes.

 It might not quite be red carpet worthy, but our Spotty Cinch Waist dress in blue is an easy way to get some colour into your everyday wear. We love the flattering shape of this dress and the mild tummy control will help you to look and feel your best any day of the week.

Spring/summer trends – part 2

Our denim blazer is the perfect summer jacket and bang on trend for the coming season!

Our denim blazer is the perfect summer jacket and bang on trend for the coming season!



Nothing says summer quite like a whiter than white summer dress. Whether you go for a lacy number which is bang on trend this summer or a simple cotton style, the one rule is that it must be white. The catwalk was full of white maxi dresses, long flowing trousers and top-to-toe white suits which looked great but wouldn’t last 5 minutes in the real world. So when wearing white remember to keep your eye out for potential stain hazards, don’t eat anything without a bib and make sure it’s an easy to wash fabric.


If you didn’t do it last this season then we think you should try embracing the denim trend this season. There are rules however to keep it elegant and avoid the 90s throw back look. We don’t care what the designers say, double denim looks funny! An easy way to introduce denim into your wardrobe is with a simple denim shirt. Choose a fitted style in light or dark denim and wear in place of a cotton shirt for a smart/casual look. Alternatively you could try an oversized shirt and wear open over a summer dress or with leggings. Shirts however can be stuffy when it’s hot so when summer finally arrives swap the denim shirt for a denim skirt. Or go for a denim jacket when the weather permits a lighter jacket option.


We’ve had plenty of practice over winter at layering our clothing and dressing for the ever changing weather conditions, so you should have no problem translating what you’ve leaned over winter into your spring wear. Layers are great when the weather is unpredictable, as we approach spring and with the inevitable April showers on their way, there’s no better time to perfect this style of dressing. The overall look should be light and breezy, mixing long and short layers in lightweight fabrics and breathing new life into old pieces by mixing things up. Top tip; don’t be afraid to experiment with this look.


A big trend last summer and it’s back this season too. Make best use of the pieces you bought last season and work them into your summer wardrobe. Be careful however to choose the right shade for your skin tone, a pale nude will wash out pale skin, blondes should go for a darker shade, whereas brunettes can work the lighter shades for the barely there look. Top tip; mix shades and tones to avoid looking too nude and break up your look with belts, bags and accessories in contrasting shades of brown.

Spring/summer trends – part 1

Nothing cheers us up like a floral print!

Nothing cheers us up like a floral print!

 There seems to be so many this season so to make things a little easier we’ve put together a list of top trends that you might actually wear this coming spring/summer and there’s no neon in sight.                 


This is top of our list as we often find we wear the same colours and play it safe, sometimes a little too safe. Colour can look bold bright and is more flattering than you think. Yes you can’t go wrong with black but try adding bold flashes of blue, red or orange to breathe new life into your wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to contrast your colours too; clashing red and purple was a hit on the catwalks for Spring/Summer and makes a statement. We also think there’s something luxurious about wearing such bold colours together, very Sex And The City 2, Abu Dhabi style! Add metallic accessories to complete the look. Our Notch Neck Shift dress in bold red is just the thing for making a colour statement this season.

Wear; jewel tones and luxurious accessories.

Avoid; neon tones.


For a soft way to add volume and texture to your outfit go for a pleat. Whether it’s worn on a top, a dress, a skirt or even a jacket, this subtle detail will add elegance to an outfit and when worn in the right places will flatter any figure. Top tip: if you’re top heavy avoid wearing pleats around the boob area especially when the pleats hang loosely as it will make your bust look much bigger than it is. If the fabric flows you will also loose definition of the waist resulting in a potentially embarrassing ‘is she, isn’t she pregnant’ situation. Instead try a pleated skirt to balance out your frame or fitted pleats such as our Pintuck Shirt for a more structured look.


Each winter we eagerly anticipate what the next spring floral trend will be; will it be bold and bright or an itsy bitsy print, colourful or subtle? Well this season it’s all of the above, for a bo-ho theme go for a small floral print in soft shades and a light fabric such as chiffon. Maxi dresses and skirts are the perfect pieces for bohemian chic just add sandals, a summer hat and a tasselled bag and you’re good to go. Our Chiffon Trim Floral dress will look just as good now with tights and ankle boots as it will in the warmer months with sandals and bare legs. For the bolder types try a big print in a statement colour, a maxi will give maximum impact or keep it smart with a more tailored piece. Our Flower Print Shift dress is the perfect antidote to the winter blues!