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Royal Ascot

Ascot Attire

Ascot Attire

Hats, champagne and betting, Royal Ascot isn’t just a fun day out, it is the horse racing event of the summer. With over a hundred years of tradition it is a very British occasion that you have to experience at least once in your lifetime. This year the racing takes place from Tuesday the 15th – Saturday the 19th June. Although most people do dress up in smart attire for the event, there is no formal dress code for Grandstand admission or for Silver Ring admission. Premier Admission however is a different matter; men are expected to wear a shirt and tie, preferably with a dinner jacket and ladies must wear dresses/skirts of an appropriate length or other formal wear. Hats are not a must, but are all part of the fun of dressing up for the day. Many women opt for fascinators over hats as they are more resilient in the wind and won’t give the ‘hat hair’ look if your posh hat does get blown off!
Look at our great range of Ascot friendly dresses, perfect for this event or any of your summer parties. Fancy dress is allowed but only in Grandstand and Silver Ring admission areas and as long as it isn’t offensive or inappropriate, we wonder how many people might turn up dressed up as a horse, it seems the most fitting fancy dress for the occasion but might make betting a little tricky, especially if you’re the rear end! Royal Ascot has also become an alternative place to have your Hen Do and with great outfits, champagne and the potential of winning lots of money, we can understand why!

As well as Royal Ascot, there are also many events held at Ascot throughout the year, including;

  • summer cocktail party
  • horses for heroes
  • beer festival
  • food fair
  • Christmas shopping

They also hold family days, so you can make it a fun day trip for the whole family to enjoy! Fine equine fun and champers all round then…

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Military Trend

Military Trend

Military chic

The military trend is nothing new in the fashion stakes. However, modern military is about subtle colours and is all in the detail;

  • double breasted buttoning
  • khaki
  • hats
  • fierce footwear
  • and tough accessories

For an easy way to adopt this look, team soft tailored khaki trousers with a crisp white shirt and brown belt. A structured top with double breasted detailing will work well with jeans, but be careful with how this detailing sits, as it can draw too much attention to large breasts. Coats on the other hand are easy to combat the military trend. A simple coat with double breasted buttons is chic but simple enough to be worn all year round. Although, this look has a tough edge, it is still a feminine trend. The key is to use accessories to accentuate your curves. A slim waist belt pulled in over an oversized shirt or worn over a khaki jacket will help to retain a womanly feel.

The military chic look also over laps with another of this season’s big trends, shorts. Tailored shorts which finish just above the knee are the most flattering shape (not all of us can, or really want to wear hot-pants anymore!). Or, if you prefer a more subtle look, over an all out military coupe, try an A-line skirt in khaki or stone, wear with a simple blouse in the office or a sexy cami for an evening.

Summer accessories

Get accessorizing

Get accessorizing

As well as enjoying this summer’s clothing trends we’ll also be making the most of the latest accessory trends to complete our summer wardrobe. Great accessories can make (or break) an outfit, so read on for this season’s hottest accessories…

Summer scarves – are great for jazzing up an outfit with minimum effort. Choose one in a bright bold print to hit the print trend and wear with, well, anything. That’s the beauty of a summer scarf; it can be worn with just about anything!

Sun hats – a cute summer hat is fashionable and practical. We particularly like straw hats in summer, they give a bo-ho vibe, keep the sun out of our eyes and disguise bad hair days, perfect then for summer festivals or when you’re in a rush!

Wedges – high wedges, low wedges, cork wedges, wooden wedges, you name it, it’s in wedge form and we love it! We’re especially into mid-height wedges at the moment, they’re low enough to walk in and be comfortable in all day but they add those all important few inches to make us feel that little bit taller.

Satchel bags – a must have this season, fun, practical and enough room to fit all of your essentials. They’re also on trend for the traveller and bo-ho looks of the season.

Bangles – stack ‘em high ladies. The ethnic traveller look lends itself to jewellery this season by adorning the body in more unusual jewellery such as bangles, toe rings, anklets, and the more the merrier we say!

Make-up – gets a make-over this summer and colour is key. Brightly coloured eye shadow will update your look. Try clashing your make-up with your clothes, nail varnish is the easiest place to start when going for the colour clash.

Cool shades – a snazzy pair of sunglasses are a must, not only to protect our eyes from the sun’s harmful rays but also to make us feel a little glamorous! There are so many styles to choose from that eyewear could be a more difficult decision than your clothing! Better start looking now then!

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!

Afternoon tea

Anyone for tea?

Anyone for tea?

Afternoon tea is one of those simple pleasures in life that doesn’t cost a lot but is nevertheless very enjoyable. There’s just something civilised and oldy worldy about sitting down with friends and having tea and nibbles. Many people are now choosing afternoon tea for their wedding reception and at parties over sit down meals and hitting the bar. It’s a sophisticated alternative and hopefully won’t result in a distant relative embarrassing themselves and you when they wind up having ‘a bit too much’ of the bucks fizz! That’s not to say that alcohol can’t be enjoyed at a tea party, a little tipple such as a glass of wine or a pitcher of Pimms will turn the party into a grown-up tea party. We are well aware that the English have a cliché for drinking tea, but why not celebrate this tradition we have, as it is one of very few. Afternoon tea is moving away from its rather elderly image and is fast becoming an occasion in itself. Well we do love the finger sandwiches, mini cakes and best of all, a freshly baked scone with cream and jam! Yum! So next time you’re arranging a party or get together why not make it a grown-up tea party? Or better still go out for afternoon tea, minimum effort, maximum pleasure.

The Perfect Fit

If you’re fed up with shirts not buttoning up and regularly have to go up a dress size just to get something to fit over your boobs then check out our clothing range. We give extra room in the bust area in all of our styles, helping you to find the perfect fit and with every thing from day time tops to all out evening glamour we have something for every occasion! Bravissimo sizes are based on standard high street sizes (8-18) and then your “curvy” size.  So if your normal high street size was a size 12 (this applies to waist and hips and excludes boobs) and you wear a F cup bra we’d recommend going for a size 12 really curvy. To find your Bravissimo clothes size click here

Why not try some of these latest trends for size and keep up with some of our fashion idols.

A smart trench is easily transferable from day to evening.  Take a leaf out of Charlize Theron’s style book and wear

Classic Trench

Classic Trench

yours with cute heels. Our own trench coat comes in a choice of navy or stone and the extra room in the bust means you will be able to wear it fully buttoned up without it being too big everywhere else!

V Neck Top

V Neck Top

Add some colour to your wardrobe with a brightly coloured and ultra flattering V-neck top. This shape is great for giving your boobs a boost and making the most of what you’ve got. Plus the bright spice colour is on trend for spring and is sure to brighten up your day!

Retro 90s

Its official, the 90s are retro. This means that we can reinvent the biggest looks of the decade and reflect on the good, the bad and the down right ugly fashions and fads of the era. That’s exactly what we’re going to do, just for fun!

The things we loved about the 90s;

  • The Spice Girls – girl power at its fiercest and our most coveted fashion trends, wedges anyone?
  • Rachel’s hair in friends – who didn’t take a picture of her to the hairdressers and say ‘I want it like this?’
  • OTT make-up
  • Boy bands (911 ring any bells?)

The things we’d rather forget about the 90s;

  • Lycra, enough said.
  • Bumbags – not useful, just plain ugly.
  • Shell suits – fashion faux-pas and fire hazard, not the best combination.
  • Bad hair – mullets and perms, never again, ever!
  • Double denim – wrong, wrong, wrong and sorry but we’re not accepting this as a spring 2010 trend either. We think the fashion world is having us on with that one!

As the 90s trends insist on cropping up in our spring/summer wardrobe we tell you how to rock the 90s look in 2010.
Crop tops. Modern crop tops are shorter at the front and back and have longer sides, for a more flattering effect. They are also floaty, silky and should be worn with a plain vest underneath. This way the look is more of a layered look than a bare mid-rift look. They can also be worn with a high waisted skirt or trousers to keep it classy.
Denim. Just not worn head to toe. This spring denim should be worn as anything apart from as jeans. Denim dresses, shirts, skirts and shorts should keep you going through spring, without a pair of jeans in sight!
Sportswear. Shell suits and track suits should be left in the 90s, the modern sports look is luxe. A kind of glamour meets sports day, with no intention of any actual physical activity. Works for us!
On display underwear. Well, if you’ve got it you may as well flaunt it, especially if your assets are dressed in designed to be seen underwear.

French fancy…

How do French ladies do it? Looking chic and fashionable in such an effortless way? It is a question that has flummoxed us for years.  Aside from their proximity to the fashion capital itself, Paris, French women know how to balance just the right amount of fashion and style. So what’s their secret?

Style. It’s simple, French ladies will wear one trend at a time and work it to perfection rather than covering themselves head to toe in the latest fashion fads. These women seem to have the innate ability to spot a fashion classic, whilst we’re still wearing leggings (in every colour, texture and print imaginable).

So how do we do the Parisienne chic thing? The key is great basics, a classic white shirt, great fitting trousers, the perfect fit coat and lashings of black. French women are also more conservative when it comes to flashing the flesh, in other words, they don’t! Sexiness is achieved by leaving what is underneath to the imagination, rather than showcasing your assets in a more obvious way. It’s a look that takes practice to perfect, but effortless chic never goes out of fashion.

If you’re not quite ready for spring trends just yet, why not try the French opulent look by teaming your basics with hints of velvet, silk and plenty of embellishments. A brocade dress or puff ball skirt works well to achieve the luxurious look that makes this trend what it is, but remember, subtlety is key when doing it the French way!

Bring a bit of colour into your life!

And your wardrobe too!

Do you keep trying to get more colour into your wardrobe but always end up going for the old faithful black? Well if ever there was a time to get more colours into your wardrobe, that time is now. There is an abundance of colour now in shops for new spring/summer collections, so there is no excuse for wearing so much black or grey! For an easy way to add colour to your look, invest in a few accessories in different colours that will compliment pieces already in your wardrobe. A bold coloured bag, bangle or pair of shoes will add an instant injection of colour to an otherwise plain outfit. The layering look can also work well for adding bursts of colour. A bright cami worn underneath a chunky knit cardigan will help to achieve the cosy yet sexy look, whereas, a brightly coloured coat has a much less subtle impact but is still fun!

Add a splash of colour!

Add a splash of colour!

Now, we’re not against black completely, we just think that there are so many other gorgeous colours out there, why should black get so much attention?! If you’re more colour shy, than colour happy, try the panelling trend. A simple black (or grey) dress with brightly coloured panelling will get more colour into your wardrobe without giving up totally on black. Plus, when the panelling is done in the right places, the overall effect can be more flattering than plain black! Who’d have thought?! And don’t stop there, bold colourful and great fitting lingerie never fails to brighten up our day!

Panache’s Tango bra comes in a beautiful array of colours including purple and red as well the staple black, white and nude. Also, the Maria bra in eye catching aqua is the perfect antidote to these wintry nights.