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sleep baby sleep

The end of another weekend. Don’t you just hate that Sunday night feeling when you know that in a matter of hours, you will be getting up and it will still be dark. Braving the train or bus, ducking and diving, so you’re not standing under a fellow commuter’s armpit. Or maybe you will be stuck in long traffic jams on the M25, M6 or M4…Oh how we love the journey to work! But fear not, however stressful and busy your week ahead might be, here are some ideas to give you that lovely relaxing weekend feeling, every day of the week.

Geometric Print PJ Bottoms

Geometric Print PJ Bottoms


Plan your evening meals ahead, so you are not desperately searching the fridge for inspiration, you will also have more time in the evenings to relax. Keep it simple, a chunky soup, stir fry, or Spanish omelette are healthy, quick options. Try a TV free night. When we are sat in front of the box, before we know it is 11 pm and we wonder where the evening has gone, try listening to the radio or reading a book instead. Ring a friend you haven’t spoken to in ages, it’s usually cheaper in the evenings to chat from a landline. Have a soak, this is something we do at the weekend that we don’t do as much during the week. Light some candles, close your eyes, and relax. Have a night out, do something different to the norm, it will break up the week and make you feel re-energized. You could try a zumba dance class or support your local theatre and see a play. Have a couple of early nights, there is nothing like a full eight or nine hours to make you feel rested and it’s just as good as a weekend lie in. Check that you have good supportive pillows, some people swear by silk pillow covers too. Make sure the room is not too warm, and that it’s dark, just like babies we sleep better in a dark room.

To help you achieve that perfect night’s sleep, you will need something comfortable and soft to wear. Bravissimo know how important comfort is to our ladies, so our nightwear and loungewear features integral bras to support you while you sleep.

Lace Nightdress by Bravissimo

Lace Nightdress by Bravissimo


For ladies that are passionate about pyjamas we have the Geometric Print PJ Bottoms by Bravissimo. They are made from brush cotton so are really soft and cosy, they come in the very funky geometric print, with these jammys, you have the option of wearing with the PJ Cami Top by Bravissimo, which comes with wire-free integral bra support and is available in berry, or wear with the new Capped Sleeve Top by Bravissimo, available in black and also with built in wire-free integral bra support and bra back fastening. We are awaiting stock, but more sizes will be available during December and you can purchase now.

For you ladies that are nuts about nighties, the pretty Lace Nightdress by Bravissimo, has had great reviews. It also features a wire-free integral bra support with bra back fastening and is available in berry. You have said, “This one looks amazing on”, “Is the comfiest nightie you have worn” and “Fits perfectly and your boobs stay in place”.

Remember girls, we spend around one third of our lives asleep, so we may as well be comfy!

GET IT RIGHT THIS CHRISTMAS

If you have a special someone in your life, then you might want to surreptitiously show them this latest blog. The Festive Season is approaching rapidly, and if your partner is looking to score major brownie points on Christmas morning, then some presents are clearly better than others. Here’s a list of no no’s: Pots and pans (unless it’s a posh Le Creuset), an iron (even worse, a new ironing board!), socks (especially festive socks), a kitchen bin and the old favourite – the bread maker.

Delphi Basque by Masquerade

Delphi Basque by Masquerade


However, these are some gorgeous gifts that us girls would be happy to receive; perfume (not cheap stuff), a leather handbag, a gorgeous silk nightdress, cashmere…anything, any luxurious bath soak or body lotion and lingerie (that’s where Bravissimo come in).

If you are shopping with your partner this weekend and you walk past a Bravissimo store, you might want to drop a few subtle hints…”OMG I love this place”, “If I had to show someone I really cared, I would buy them a gift from Bravissimo” or “It looks like rain, let’s just shelter in here for a few minutes…” Or, leave our page open on the computer, with a post it saying ‘Wondering what to get that wonderful woman this Christmas? My bra size is…’

The perfect Christmas gift would be the Delphi Basque by Masquerade, as it gives you the ultimate hourglass figure. It is available in black/graphite, with a wet look finish, diamante embellishment and lace. This basque is underwired and lightly padded and with clever boning and toning creates amazing shape. It is available to buy with matching briefs or a thong, which really finish off the look.

The Lola Luxe Basque by Bravissimo would be an amazing gift to receive. It is exclusive to Bravissimo and we have already had great reviews for this one. It’s our first ever basque available in a K cup. It comes in black/teal and is very pretty with the cute teal bow embroidery. It is extremely comfortable to wear and creates a gorgeous smooth silhouette. Choose either the matching briefs or thong, which are a must have with this stunning basque.

If you want to inject a bit of glamour into bedtime, then point your partner in the direction of the Ivory Silk Nightdress by Bravissimo. Available in antique ivory, it is a beautifully soft and elegant nightdress, exuding vintage glamour of old. It has an integral bra, which is wire free for comfort and a tie under the bust, which makes it very flattering too. Our Bravissimo ladies seem to really adore this nightdress.

So let’s get the word out to our poor confused husbands and partners. There’s no excuse this year lads, those Rudolph comedy socks just won’t do!

red hot and dazzling

I hope all you Bravissimo girls are getting in the mood for bonfire night, it’s all about gorgeous jacket spuds, sausages, mulled wine and hearing that lovely cracking and snapping sound of the bonfire. The evening usually ends with a spectacular fireworks display, the thing about fireworks is, they only happen once a year, but they are always much more fun than we remember. It’s not only the kids that are screeching as the rockets shoot up in the air, you will probably spot some adults whooping too!

Demi Diva Bra by Bravissimo

Demi Diva Bra by Bravissimo


If you are going to an organised display or you are putting on a party yourself, then wrap up warm and stay safe. For our ladies that are choosing to opt out and watch Strictly or X-Factor instead, if you have a spare ten minutes, why not browse our new styles of lingerie. We have some really stunning new sets that will turn up the heat (even if you are nowhere near a bonfire) and we are taking our inspiration from November 5th and all things red hot and dazzling.

We have introduced a demi bra, which has certainly got our customers talking. The Demi Diva Bra by Bravissimo will definitely light some fires as it is a half cup with underwiring, it comes in gorgeous pillabox red and is finished off with leopard print bows in the centre and on the straps. This bra gives incredible uplift and creates amazing cleavage, but it’s still supportive. There are matching shorts or briefs available, which are very cute with ribbon tie sides. (top tip…best tied while lying down) The Demi Diva is exclusive to Bravissimo.

Bettie Mae Bra by Bravissimo

Bettie Mae Bra by Bravissimo


Another sizzling new bra, is the Bettie Mae Bra by Bravissimo. This set is available in lovely satin like fabric in coral/black, with a tiny mesh polka dot and the cups are trimmed with black lace. This bra is an underwired lightly padded plunge, which is perfect for wearing with low cut dresses or tops. The Bettie Mae bra comes with either briefs or a thong, we love the briefs, they are naughty but nice, the detail is all at the back, where the briefs are sheer with a large net bow.

Both sets are utterly gorgeous and wearing either of these will be sure to cause a few fireworks of your own. Enjoy your weekend and stay safe.

Superstar Bras

Since Bravissimo hit the high streets, there have been plenty of our bras that consistently receive fantastic reviews from fans and we feel they are worth shouting about, as they seem to have made such a difference to our ladies’ lives.

These bras stand out not only because they give amazing shape and make clothes look fantastic, but also because they are still comfortable and supportive which we all know is THE winning combination.

The Alana Bra in Denim

The Alana Bra in Denim


One of our superstar bras is the best selling Alana Bra by Bravissimo. This bra has been used by the one and only Gok Wan at one of his recent roadshows and we know how he feels about finding the right bra, before you even move on to the outfit! Our in-store Bravissimo fitters love this bra and probably use it the most during fittings because of the gorgeous shape it creates, plus the super fit and support. For an everyday bra it is pretty and is available in so many colours you will be spoilt for choice. The Alana, is an underwired balconette and in sizes DD-G cups it has a 2 hook fastening and in GG-L, 3 hooks. A selection of the positive comments about The Alana, have included, “The fit is true to size”, “It creates the best shape”, “Highly recommended for everyday wear”, and “Is very, very comfortable”“.
Deco Bra by Freya in Graphite

Deco Bra by Freya in Graphite


Another one of our amazing performers is the Deco Bra by Freya, because we know how much our Bravissimo ladies rave about this bra. This gorgeous bra is now newly available in graphite, with a pretty mother of pearl button detail, this is a perfect buy for autumn. It is a moulded plunge, which is perfect for close fitting tops. It also creates fantastic cleavage, so when you want to go for a sexier look with a lower cut top, maybe for an evening out, the Deco would be a great choice. This is some of the great feedback we have received about the Deco bra, “The Deco is absolutely the best moulded bra there is”, “I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to find it”, “It’s true to size, supportive and so comfortable!”, and “Fabulous fit-great cleavage”.

What more can we say, check out more of our bestsellers online or in-store.

Spot On

The Crystal Bra by Freya

The Crystal Bra by Freya

This summer the polka dot trend has been big and it looks like it will roll into the autumn too. It was all started with THAT stunning polka dot dress by Stella McCartney, that Kate Winslet wore to the Mildred Pierce premiere back in March. A sexy black little fitted number with a sheer panel of spots flowing down one side. Liv Tyler went on to wear the same dress a couple of months later and it was a close call as to who wore it better. Other celebrities currently sporting spots and going dotty for dots are Helena Bonham-Carter, Anne Hathaway and our very own lovely Holly Willoughby (or Hollywiloubooby as she is affectionately known).

Spots are a very wearable trend and do a good job of injecting some fun into everyday fashion. They are easy to accessorise too, if you opt for a shirt or blouse with a printed spot, then plain trousers, jeans or a pencil skirt will look great. If you choose a spotty dress, then you have lots of options, you could choose a fitted cardigan, in a vibrant colour and match with tan boots and tan bag. Or you could wear with a blazer in denim, a suit jacket, or a belted Mac. A spotty dress is easy to dress up or down, so can be worn day or night.

If you like spots but are not too sure about throwing yourself into the trend wholeheartedly, then you could try wearing it as an accent, in the form or a scarf – try the Spotty Scarf by Pepperberry.

Or if you are still not convinced, Bravissimo have some fabulous new dotty lingerie that is utterly desirable. Check out the gorgeous Crystal Bra by Freya, if you are a fan of the deco bra, you are going to love this one, it creates amazing uplift and cleavage and will give you an enviable shape. It is available in teal, with white spot. The matching shorts are really lovely, a must if you are going to buy this bra.

Also new and exclusive from Bravissimo, is the Dotty Spotty Bra by Bravissimo, this bra is so gorgeous, it must be shown off. It has a real 50’s starlet look and is finished with the cute bow detail in the centre. It is available in two colourways, aqua/red and black/café (which is our new colour for autumn). This bra is slightly fuller than a normal balconette, but it is still a very supportive fit. This bra is available to buy with briefs or shorts, for that added cute factor, the shorts have a cheeky little pocket on the back.

The end of summer sale

Summer is coming to an end and we have been dismayed how dark it’s getting much earlier in the evening! We are still seeing some warm days, however as soon as the sun goes behind a cloud, you can feel autumn in the air. The end of the summer also means the end of Bravissimo’s summer sale. The good news is that now the best bargains are up for grabs, there is some fabulous lingerie, nightwear and swimwear on offer. So if you are savvy, you could have your swimwear sorted for next summer, new nightwear bought in preparation for the colder nights and stunning lingerie purchased as a treat for yourself or as a Christmas gift for a friend (I know, I know, we mentioned the C word).

Paige Bra by Miss Mandalay

Paige Bra by Miss Mandalay


The Paige Bra by Miss Mandalay is a gorgeous bra in fantastic hot pink. It is sexy, fun and flirty and would be suitable to spice up any evening. It is half sheer on the cup, so that gives it lots of sex appeal and it is contrasted with a bright yellow lace trim. This bra is an underwired balconette, with a slightly fuller cup, which offers a bit more support. It is available to buy with matching briefs or the utterly cute frilly thong.

The Magic Triangle Bikini Top by Freya is a stunning triangle bikini, it is black, with a metallic printed stripe in silver and white. It is based on the popular ‘Vodkatini’ design and is wire free, lightly padded and creates wonderful cleavage and great shape. This is such a classic bikini, it will never date and you will feel confident that it will always look great.

Lounge Hoodie by Bravissimo

Lounge Hoodie by Bravissimo

So the nights are drawing in and it is getting chillier, it is really important that we feel comfortable and warm when relaxing in the evening and in bed. The Check PJ Bottoms by Bravissimo and Lounge Hoodie by Bravissimo, are just the thing to see you through autumn and winter. The pyjama bottoms are made from cotton, so will keep you warm, without making you too hot in bed and they can also be rolled and buttoned up. The hoodie is wonderfully soft, it has a deep-V and front pockets and is available in French navy. A perfect top for cosying up in front of the TV.

So get these great items before they go and don’t miss out on much more fantastic lingerie, swimwear and nightwear in the end of season sale.

New york new york

Melody Full Cup Bra by Panache

Melody Full Cup Bra by Panache


The fashion industry had a very hard task this week. They had to carry on with the catwalk shows of New York Fashion Week and the business of fashion – which can seem frivolous at the best of times – whilst the city is remembering 9/11 and marking the 10 year anniversary of those lost. A very sad day, but the shows went on.

Victoria Beckham’s was one of the shows that took place, she has had an extra busy time of late, only just having had baby Harper, who accompanied her (of course) but she still managed to produce an accomplished collection for spring/summer 2012. Short shift dresses featured and body con fitted dresses that finish mid calf with cut away vest tops, racer backs and exposed zips. She showed parkers and voluminous kimono jackets in heavy silk satins. The collection is simple, chic with more than a look of sportswear about it.

Alexander Wang’s spring/summer collection also was inspired by sportswear, although he took his inspiration from tougher sports like Motorcross. Wang used high shine, waterproof fabrics, and leather. He also showcased the exposed zip and used chevron and monochrome prints. Peter Som’s catwalk show featured 1960s inspired tiny shorts, mini dresses and short shirt dresses. All in neons and acids brights, like citrus yellow, turquoise and bright corals. We also saw him use clashing sixties prints.

So what does all this mean in terms of lingerie for next spring/summer? Well, we can expect to be a bit more adventurous with colour, we will be seeing more neon brights and electric colours like our Melody Full Cup Bra by Panache in electric blue. We may see more large, sixties inspired floral prints, moving away from the small ditsy print of this year. There will definitely be a move towards a sportier look for bras. We are not talking about sports bras here, there will be a different sportier shape, but using gorgeous vibrant colours and prints in silky fabrics to keep that feminine look.

A Slice Of Retail Therapy

Elodie Bra by Fantasie

Elodie Bra by Fantasie

Well hurrah! The weekend is here, we hope you have had a well deserved lie in this morning. There is nowhere you have to be, there is no alarm tring-a-linging in your ear, no traffic noise, no chattering kids, just peace and quiet (hopefully!). So while you contemplate your day ahead, whilst reading this blog and enjoying your morning cuppa, here are some ideas of how to spend the rest of your day.

We suggest a bit of retail therapy with a good friend. Why not go and check out the new autumn collections on the high street? A new frock could be on the cards or a couple of going out tops or maybe a fantastic new pair of boots. If you ladies haven’t made too much of a dent in your purse by lunchtime, head to a restaurant and treat yourselves to a delicious lunch, then after a cheeky glass of something sparkly, and you will be ready to face the shops again. Don’t forget to visit Bravissimo and take a look at our new lingerie styles for autumn.

More highlights from the autumn range, firstly the new Elodie Bra by Fantasie. This is a really pretty, feminine, but still sexy bra, it has side seams that pull you in and push you forward, creating a gorgeous rounded shape. The front has a higher centre and it has a fuller cup, so still offers fantastic support for your boobs, and in sexy black, this is a perfect bra for the weekend.

The Poppy Bra by Cleo in charcoal is just gorgeous. It is really on trend with the lovely poppy print and in the new rich & warm colourway of charcoal, coral and orange, and it’s certain to be a real favourite this autumn. It is a half cup, so can be worn with lower necklines and is lightly padded giving wonderful shape. It comes with matching briefs, or if you prefer, a thong.

Laden with your bags, including your brand new buys from Bravissimo. Why not take the weight off your feet and enjoy large cappuccinos and a slice of something sweet, (to share of course). A perfect way to end the day. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Introducing The Bravissimo Autumn Collection…

Nieve Bra by Freya

Nieve Bra by Freya

We cannot contain ourselves here at the Bravissimo office, most people are feeling pretty glum at this time of year as summer draws to a close, but there is a silver lining to the grey clouds that are forming. Bravissimo’s new collection is hitting our stores and there is nothing more likely to put a smile on a girl’s face, then getting your mitts on something new and gorgeous. Our loyal Bravissimo fans will not be disappointed, as we have added to our sensational sets range with some brand new styles and colours for autumn.

They are all available online, or if you prefer personal service in the form of a free bra fitting, then visit a store near you and speak to one of our experts. What better way to chase away those dark clouds, than browsing our new collection?

The Boudoir Beau Bra by Bravissimo is a very popular style with our Bravissimo ladies, as it is very comfortable, gives incredible shape and is very sexy. The combination of the opaque cup and see through lace is what gives this bra oodles of sex appeal and it is finished of with a frilly lace bow. It is an underwired balconette and available in G-K cup sizes, and there is additional lining for further support. This set now comes in the new rich shade of red/graphite, which is perfect for those cosy autumn nights. The matching thong and shorts are equally stunning, you won’t be able to choose between them.

The Nieve Bra by Freya is an absolutely gorgeous set, and totally on trend. It is available in this lovely ditsy floral print, in sapphire, with black lace trim. It has a 1940s inspired look, which translates through to the fuller cup. This bra has been designed using the same shape as the Lucy Bra from earlier in the year. Again, it is available with a matching thong or super cute shorts.

We have mentioned the wonderful Bubbles Bra by Bravissimo previously, as it is an old Bravissimo favourite, this bra continues to receive great reviews as it is soft, really comfortable and creates a lovely rounded shape and offers great support. It now comes in this gorgeously rich and vibrant colourway of black/boysenberry. And don’t forget the lovely comfortable shorts and thong, that are available to buy with this bra. This is a really contemporary and stylish set and will be a must for your lingerie drawer this autumn.

Wedding belles

Evie Bridal Basque by Panache in ivory

Evie Bridal Basque by Panache in ivory

The summer wedding season is in full swing. Marquees are being erected, cheesy DJs, jazz bands and string quartets are being booked, vibrant blooms are being tied and summer puddings are being prepared. Wedding dresses are strapless, full-skirted with acres of taffeta or straight and sleek in vintage lace. Finding the perfect wedding dress should be a fantastic experience for every bride, the journey to find THE ONE is as important as the end result. It doesn’t matter if your dress cost half of your total budget, or was handed down from your granny, or is from a high street collection, because when you try on your dream dress for the first time, nothing feels quite as special as that moment (apart from the second time you get to wear it on your big day!).

When choosing a wedding dress style, the same rules apply as you would adopt when choosing your normal everyday outfits. Sweetheart, deep-Vs and scoop necklines are best, full-skirted dresses or fluted bottoms are great to balance out the figure of a curvy girl. If you are a curvy bride approaching your wedding day or you are close to the curvy bride, you are also going to need advice on underwear. The right lingerie can make a big difference to your day, it is important for the look of the dress, that you have the right bra too. You will need to be comfortable all day long, and it is a very long day indeed. Our advice would be to come into one of our Bravissimo stores and ask for some free fitting advice, nothing can compare to one to one advice with our trained experts. Meanwhile, why not browse some of our elegant bridal styles below.

The Tiffany Basque by Masquerade, is a stunning basque, it is really silky to touch, it has lightly padded cups and a boned bodice, offering great structure, fit and shape. It can be worn with or without straps and is available in ivory, for under your wedding dress, but also black, which you could take on your honeymoon.

The Evie Bridal Basque by Panache, is so pretty and sophisticated, it comes in ivory with delicate lace detailing. It is structured and creates the perfect, flattering silhouette and will enhance any wedding dress you happen to choose. It has multi-way straps for a low backed dress and can be worn strapless. It also has matching suspenders to add that extra special something.

Remember, your wedding day is the biggest day in your life – but you have to prepare and plan to ensure it is also the best!