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It’s in the air

New pieces from the early spring collection

New pieces from the early spring collection

 With Valentines Day just around the corner, you’d be forgiven for thinking that we were talking about love. However there’s something just around the corner that we’re even more excited about at this particular moment in time; spring.

 The odd glimpse of sunshine over the past few days has given us more hope than a valentine’s card from a mystery man and has the prospect of turning into something more lasting than a bunch of flowers or box of chocolates. Now that we’ve finally seen the back of January, the route to the new season is short, hopeful and full of new trends to get our teeth (and ample bosoms) into. And talking of trends, we’re very excited to be bringing our new clothing range Pepperberry into stores over the coming months, offering our fabulous Bravissimo girls even more choice of great fitting clothes for the fashion conscious curvy, very curvy and super curvy girls out there!

 We think spring is also possibly our favourite time of year, as it signals the end of winter and that alone after the last  long, dreary and unrelenting winter is reason enough to celebrate. However it’s also a time when flowers start to grow, the nights get lighter and people are generally in a much happier place. Take a sneaky peek at our early spring collection for some inspiration for the new season.

 We particularly like the light weight Zip Detail Mac with polka dot lining for in between season dressing, the Cap Sleeve Knitted Top in petrol blue or coral for everyday wear and the Relaxed Fit Chino in seasonal stone for a staple trouser to see you into summer.

New Clothing Line – Coming Soon!

 You may have heard the news that we are launching a new clothing line called Pepperberry. The new clothing range will be taking over from the original line to give our Bravissimo girls even more fabulous clothing and lots more choice. We’ll be kicking off the new collection with a 60 piece range covering dresses, skirts, jackets, tops and trousers as well as belts, bags, scarves and jewellery to complement the new range.

 Pepperberry will offer the same great fit and style that the Bravissimo clothing range offers and will continue to operate under the Bravissimo umbrella, however, this additional brand aims to give more choice and more fashion forward pieces in the 8-18, curvy to super curvy size range. Hooray!

 So when’s it all happening we hear you cry…?

 The new range will be fully launched in March, however we are opening two stand alone clothing stores in Scotland this month and our new Reading shop, opening on the 14th February, will stock both the Bravissimo range (lingerie, swimwear, nightwear) and the Pepperberry brand. We will then be converting more of our shops to sell both ranges. We hope you’re just as excited about this as we are and if you don’t have a store in your local city don’t panic as the Pepperberry range will also be available online and via mail order.

Watch this space for more info or follow us on Facebook for the latest news and to keep in contact with other gorgeous Bravissimo ladies!

Footwear Faux Pas

Easy dressing between the seasons

Easy dressing between the seasons

 We’ve worn our trusty winter boots now for what seems like an eternity but with the weather staying persistently cold and the inevitable shift from snow to rain as the climate warms just enough to turn the frozen stuff into liquid stuff, we’re left with one hell of a dilemma; what to wear on our feet?

 As women we tend to notice what other women wear, more so than men would probably notice of other men, so we were shocked to have seen some brave ladies wearing ballet pumps over the past few days. You know who you are. The odd sunny morning however does not a summer’s day make and we’re sure you were regretting the pumps come lunch time, especially if the seemingly sunny day turned into a rainy day; ballet pumps + puddles = wet feet. Fact.

 So it’s far too cold/wet for pumps and we’re bored stiff with boots therefore we need an alternative and what better alternative than brogues? They’re flat (i.e. comfortable), stylish and look great with skirts, trousers and dresses alike. There’s also plenty of choice from the classic black or brown to the more adventurous metallic shades and heeled versions, so whatever your style you can put your best brogue forward when trans-seasonal dressing!

 If brogues aren’t your thing then why not switch your knee boots for ankle boots? Daintier than longer styles but still great for keeping your tootsies warm and dry, ankle boots will also see you into the summer months. Wear them with skirts and dresses without tights when the weather gets warmer. And whilst we wait, not so patiently, for spring we’re going to try a denim skirt with ankle boots or brogues and tights for a wearable look in between the seasons.

New early spring collection now online

Put a spring in your step with a floral print

Put a spring in your step with a floral print

 We’re drooling over the thought of summer at the moment, it can’t come quick enough, but here’s something you no longer need to wait for; our early spring collection is now available online. We love the floral feel of the Woven and Jersey wrap dress and the Chiffon Trim Dress. They’ll look great in spring but wear them now with tights, boots and a chunky knit cardigan and tap into the winter bo-ho look.

 The stunningly simple yet effortlessly elegant 50’s Wrap over Dress will be a wardrobe staple. We love how this dress drapes and creates that distinctive 50’s silhouette. Wear this dress time and time again, dress it up with heels and jewellery or keep it simple and wear with tights and kitten heels for day time chic.

  Click to see more dresses and skirts from the new collection and for our new tops and shirts. Look out for the Saddle Stitch Cardi in navy, a fabulously flattering cardigan in one of the hottest shades of the new season and the Mock Henley Tee, a basic top that you can wear anywhere. Keep an eye out in store and online for more of the new season collection coming soon…

a golden night

 

Get the red carpet look with a glam maxi dress

Get the red carpet look with a glam maxi dress

At the 68th annual Golden Globes Awards last night there was glamour-a-plenty as the stars showed up to see who would leave with an award (or four) and who would be going home empty handed. Usually in this Hollywood award ceremony, us Brits rarely get to bring home a golden statue, but this year Colin Firth scooped Best Actor award for his role as King George VI in The King’s Speech. A very pregnant Natalie Portman took home Best Actress for her portrayal of a troubled ballerina in Black Swan.

 The Social Network picked up four awards in total; Best Motion Picture, Best Director (David Fincher), Best Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) and Best Original Score (Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross). The cast of Glee will have been jumping for joy (even more than normal) as they won three awards in the television category. Good news for all you Gleeks out there (that’s short for Glee geek for those who have been living underneath a rock for the past six months).  

  One of the best things about award ceremonies, regardless of who won what, is who wore what. The guys have it easy, they just pop on a (designer) suit, a freshly ironed shirt and a tie and they’re ready to go. For the girls however a little more thought is needed. British actress Amy Adams wore a stunning dark blue floor length gown which complemented her porcelain complexion and red hair perfectly. The Dr. Who star has come a long way but we think she thoroughly deserves a place on the red carpet and we can’t wait to see more from this rising star. Anne Hathaway looked divine in her embellished gown with long sleeves that proves you can still look sexy without flashing the flesh. Catherine Zeta Jones adopted one of the hottest looks for the night, a beautiful emerald green dress.

 Helena Bonham Carter kept things eccentric as always with a layered dress, odd shoes and sunglasses which when worn together gave a distinctive 80’s vibe, whereas, Dame Helen Mirren kept things demure and taught us all a lesson in red carpet dressing. She wore a pale gold embellished dress and some serious bling, we can only hope we look that good at 65. Christina Hendricks didn’t disappoint either and worked the red carpet in a fabulous one shoulder red dress. Red hair, red dress, red lipstick and a red carpet; this look might be too much for some but Hendricks pulled it off perfectly. Natalie Portman looked blooming lovely in her pale pink dress with contrasting red flower embellishment and baby bump.

 Get the Golden Globes look;

  • almost every celeb on the red carpet was carrying a box clutch
  • turn people green with envy in an emerald green dress
  • try a nude embellished dress for the wow factor
  • brush your curled hair to the side for a 50s glam look
  • keep accessories to a minimum, let your dress do the talking
  • don’t disguise your baby bump, show it off with a fab dress

Hurry up summer

 

We need some sunshine!

We need some sunshine!

 We literally cannot wait for the summer and simply cannot stop ourselves from daydreaming about summer dresses, flip-flops and sunglasses. It seems like a million miles away but we’re now in the home stretch to spring, and summer won’t be too far behind. Now there’s summer then there’s the British summer but right now we’d take a day of glorious sunshine, intermittently spread between the odd shower, over a January day anytime! The things we’re looking forward to the most this summer are;

 Floral prints; they were all over the S/S catwalks and have already been spotted on celebs such as woman of the moment Rihanna. However, the pop princess was probably in warmer climates at the time!

 Sunshine; the feeling of the warm sun on our (SPF protected) skin. We’re not quite sure what exactly it is, but there’s something about feeling the heat of the sun on our skin that puts a smile on our face.

 Eating (and drinking) alfresco; we can almost taste that first sip of chilled rosé, almost…

 Walks, picnics and anything else we can enjoy outside; we think we’ve been cooped up indoors for way too long and are hankering after milder weather and lighter nights so we can do more with our days.

 Summer trends; they’re usually lighter brighter and more fun than winter trends, saying that we’re usually lighter, brighter and more fun in summer too! The main themes to look out for are the 70’s, think flares, floaty blouses, bo-ho dresses and of course no 70’s outfit would be complete without a hat. Bold colours, self explanatory but generally the brighter the better. Maxi lengths for both dresses and skirts. Interesting prints, although we doubt we’ll be adopting the fruit print trend. And simple minimalism, a trend we probably will try.

 That summer feeling; we’re aware of the fact that many moan just as much in summer as they do in winter, but for the most of us we tend to feel happier during the summer months. We can’t explain it; we just can’t wait to feel the warm fuzzy feeling of summer again.

Move over Hendricks, there’s a new girl in town

We couldn’t take our eyes off the gorgeously glamorous Holly Willoughby whilst watching the new series of Dancing On Ice at the weekend. The TV presenter wore a stunning floor length red satin off the shoulder dress which certainly took the focus away from her baby bump. Holly managed to look sexy and glamorous even when pregnant and is an inspiration to expecting mothers and curvaceous girls alike. The show kicked off with 8 of the 16 contestants taking to the ice to show off their skills. Some of the celebs were of course better than others but we’re looking forward to the second show and the rest of the series. After the X-Factor it’s great to have another show to get our teeth into at least whilst the nights are still relatively cold and our post Christmas purse strings are tightly tied.

 The skating novices this series include;

Get the Holly Willoughby look and try a red dress

Get the Holly Willoughby look and try a red dress

Angela Rippon

Chloe Madeley

Craig McLachlan

Dave Vitty

Denise Welsh

Dominic Cork

Elen Rivas

Jeff Brazier

Jennifer Metcalfe

Johnson Beharry VC

Kerry Katona

Laura Hamilton

Nadia Sawalha

Sam Attwater

Steven Arnold

And the appropriately named Vanilla Ice

 All of which have been in training for the past 12 weeks and are keen to prove their skills on the ice. However, Nadia Sawalha and Angela Rippon failed to impress the judges enough to keep them in the show and they were subsequently the first unlucky two to be voted off.

Get Holly’s glamorous look with a figure hugging dress of your own and flaunt those fabulous curves instead of hiding them! And for those of you who thought you couldn’t wear red, think again and go for full on 50’s glamour with eye catching red lips to match. Light blondes, like Holly, look good in bold pillar box red, complete the look with loosely curled hair and keep accessories simple. Our Luxe Linen Dress in red combines a classic shift shape in a bold shade to brighten up your wardrobe. Our other style crush in the form of Christina Hendricks (we do still LOVE her despite the title) proves that red heads can rock the colour too. If you’re wary wearing a bright tone then opt for a red with a hint of pink. This slightly softens the shade and will work well with a pale complexion and red hair by adding extra warmth to the tone. Try our Jersey Wrap Dress in Raspberry which will complement a fair complexion perfectly. If you have dark hair/skin tone you can get away with a much deeper red tone such as burgundy or crimson that might wash out a paler skin tone, as well as being able to rock a bold bright red too. Lucky lady! So don’t shy away, embrace red and the red hot attitude to go with it. Go for all out glamour in this simply gorgeous Sequin Layer Evening Dress with its fabulous fit and beautiful embroidery detailing it’s sure to make heads turn, Willoughby style!

Work wear doesn’t have to be boring!

Stylish Work Wear

Stylish Work Wear

Although we are sometimes envious of men for their ability to just throw on a suit, shirt and tie, maybe have a quick shave and leave the house ready for work in the space it takes us to wash our hair, we are grateful for the fact that we can be a little more creative with what we wear for work. Anyway, we can wear suits ourselves and look just as good in them, remember Kate from the last The Apprentice series? She worked the androgynous look so well we were all toying with the idea of tie wearing for work.

Now that it seems the summer has finally arrived, perspiration marks on public transport and all, it’s all the more important to make clever clothing decisions, especially for work. Being comfortable is key, but we also know that many women are more confident when they feel they look good. These great summer pieces should ensure that you keep your cool, whilst looking hot this summer…

- Linen is a great summer fabric, it is light and airy but smart enough for most offices. The luxe linen skirt in chocolate brown makes a great alternative to black. Wear with natural earthy tones for the utility look or keep it simple with a bright white top. Our tailored safari dress also comes in cool linen and will help to keep you on trend in the office this summer.

- The washed cotton dress in khaki is a fantastic basic to have in your wardrobe and can be worn smart for the office or team with funky accessories and flip-flops for the day time.

- Our pebble shift dress and co-ordinating cropped jacket make the perfect two-piece that is modern, on trend and a fabulous fit! Both pieces work well on their own and the dress can be accessorised with your own personal touch by adding your own belt, jacket or corsage. These items will definitely help you to keep your cool at work, but we also appreciate an air-conditioned office!

Tribal Accessories

Tribal Accessorizing

Tribal Accessorizing

Wood + crystal detailing = Glamazon accessories (tribal glamour) that will update your outfit for some high summer fashion. The statement piece this season is earrings; long, dangly, embellished and borderline OTT will get you noticed in the style stakes. This style of earring looks great with short or long hair in an up-do or worn loose and a little shaggy. The great thing about statement earrings is that they can be worn in the day time to add some fashion oomph to your day or work outfit or in the evening for more dressy occasions. However, if you’re not an earrings girl then there are plenty more tribal pieces for you to get your primal teeth into. Bangles have made a come back for summer and once again we are stacking them high on our wrists, just make sure the bangles you choose aren’t too heavy, we like fashionable accessories but we don’t like fashion related strains and injuries! Accessory rules have been broken this season so instead of having everything matchy-matchy we can now clash colours, prints and textures to our heart’s content. If you’re outfit is neutral add a bright but painless colour injection with bold coloured bangles, beads and rings. Necklaces are bigger than ever so make the most by investing in a statement necklace but make sure you stick to one very important accessory rule, statement necklace = no statement earrings and vice versa. This look is tribal chic not walking accessory department! Luckily the tribal trend lends itself to this look of eclectic and oversized pieces that are fun, funky and very fashionable. So even if you’re not sure about the khaki chinos and traveller prints then at least you can adopt the look in accessory form!

What the fashion?!

Every now and then a fashion trend will come along and leave us with open mouths wondering who in their right mind would wear that? Remember winkle pickers, shell suits and jelly shoes?

But fashion isn’t always about wearability, as the catwalks often prove. Fashion can be about having fun with your clothes and experimenting with different looks and styles. Wearing certain clothes can help to make you feel more confident, comfortable or sexier. It’s all about dressing appropriately for each situation.

We can sometimes however, get stuck in a bit of a fashion rut. We get to the point where we know what suits us, what shapes are flattering on our body types and which colours to buy. But why oh why stick to the same old  jeans, empire lines and black? Just because we know that these are flattering doesn’t mean that we can’t try something different every once in a while.

Although, we women have definitely got the long straw, men’s fashion isn’t any where near as fun. We have dresses, skirts, strappy tops, cute cardigans, sexy shoes and tonnes of accessories that men just don’t get to enjoy (apart from David Beckham in THAT sarong). We even have the masculine trend, proving that not only do we have our own fashion trends but that we also look great in men’s style clothing too!

So when it comes to fashion, the only real rule is to enjoy what you wear and don’t feel chained to one style or look, experimentation is key to finding a few brand new looks! And whatever you wear, wear it with confidence. We will all at some point in our lives, look back and ask ‘what was I wearing?’ but that’s half the fun of it!