Posts Tagged ‘summer’

Last of the summer sun?

Bali Bikini Top by Free

Bali Bikini Top by Free

It’s the last day of the bank holiday weekend, hopefully we are all waking up to blue skies and bright sunshine. It would be good if nobody is reading this, meaning everyone is out and about too busy enjoying themselves! In the hope that the sun will be shining for all of our Bravissimo ladies and keeping everything crossed that there might be an indian summer, we must just mention our new swimwear that is currently online and hitting our Bravissimo stores. Our new bikinis will look great next summer too, as both are in classic prints, which will be fashionable year after year, so either one will turn out to be a great investment for next year’s summer wardrobe.
The new Bali Bikini Top by Free is a gorgeous two piece, which manages to combine a sporty style with a bohemian print, and a little bit of sparkle. The print is a striking paisley with a mixture of white, aqua, purple and violet with some added silver embellishment. This bikini is an underwired halterneck balconette with ruching at the sides, which can be adjusted depending on how much coverage you require. To match the top you have a choice of bikini brief or bikini short, both equally fabulous.

Another great new bikini, is the Eden Bikini Top by Freya. This is a fantastically vibrant bikini, again it is in the balconette style with underwiring, creating those enviable curves and clevage combined with great fit and support, that makes Freya a long time favourite with Bravissimo customers. This bikini contrasts right on trend – florals with a cute polka dot print. The colour is paradise, which is a mixture of fuchsia, purple, emerald green, soft pink and white. It is available to buy with matching fold briefs or bikini shorts. Equally you could contrast it with some plain bikini pants, picking any of the vibrant colours from the top.This two-piece would look just as good on a white sandy paradise island, as it would grabbing those last summer rays in your back garden.

Enjoy those last few days of August whether you are hitting the beaches or not.

Seven Wonders Of The Week: Part One

Belle bra by Fantasie in Cherry Red

Belle bra by Fantasie in Cherry Red

A start of a brand new week (I think we are all glad to see the back of the last one) Lets start this week off on the right foot and give our Bravissimo ladies something to get excited about (and maybe their partners too).

We have more brand new styles of stunning lingerie here at Bravissimo.com and also available in store. There is a new, sassy set for everyday of the week, so even if you burn your toast, scratch your car, annoy your boss and then lock yourself out, you will still have a smile on your face.

Monday’s set is the cherry red Belle Bra by Fantasie, start the week off with this delicious silky and embroidered bra. It is a classic shape, with a full cup so offers more coverage and is underwired. You will definitely love Mondays wearing this lovely classic and don’t forget the briefs with panels of embroidery on the sides, which contrasts beautifully with the satin fabric of the briefs.

Tuesday’s set is the Tara Bra by Freya, with matching briefs or thong, this bra is perfect for all of you Freya fans. The cup is a contrast of print and embroidery and the syle is an underwired balconette and offers gorgeous shape, fit and creates amazing cleavage. It is available in twilight, which is a funky camouflage print in blue, coffee & mocha. The cup has a scalloped edge and features some pretty leaf embroidery.

Wednesday’s set is also by Freya, the Faye Bra by Freya is the new version of the Pollyanna bra, which has always been a favourite of Bravissimo fans. The fabric is soft to provide extra comfort, it is an underwired balconette and offers fantastic support. It is available in a black and cream print or a creme caramel print.

So that’s Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday all sorted. Beautiful, brand new lingerie, to help you sail through the first half of the week, feeling confident, stylish and sexy. Read part two of the blog, on Wednesday, to see which stunning new lingerie sets we have selected for you to welcome in the weekend.

HEAD FOR THE SUN

Morocco Mix Triangle Bikini Top by Free

Morocco Mix Triangle Bikini Top by Free

Where are the long warm summer days and the balmy summer evenings we dreamed of? Damn you British weather! It is enough to make a girl scour the web for last minute holiday deals in search of the sun.

If you haven’t yet been away or if you have a weekend away planned, (somewhere you can eat alfresco without getting drenched!) we can help you find some last minute swimwear bargains in our fantastic Bravissimo sale and also give you some top tips on getting your body buffed and beautiful, so you are happy and confident when you hit the beach.

A couple of days before you go away, book yourself in for a leg and bikini wax, this will give your skin time to heal before you have to start using sun protection or a tanning product. If you feel your skin is too pale and you want a hint of colour before your strip off, then try one of the moisturising tanning body lotions. These products build up colour gradually, they work differently to self tan, and the effect won’t be so dramatic. Because they are more subtle, you won’t be left with orange hands or ankles. Remember to buy one that is suited to your skin tone, they usually come in ‘fair to medium’ and ‘medium to dark’. You can also use this product whilst you’re away, post-shower as a moisturiser, and it will continue to enhance a natural tan.

Body oil is a holiday essential and it will keep your arms and legs wonderfully moisturised, nourished and smooth after a day on the beach (again, use it after a shower). Don’t forget a professional pedicure or manicure, or just get a friend to do it for you. When choosing a nail color, go for something vibrant and summery that will look great against a light tan; tangerine, coral, bright red or fuchsia are good choices, or you could choose something really on trend like turquoise.

Lastly don’t forget your hair, summer hair is actually very easy to look after, just run some conditioner through your hair before you head for the beach and choose an easy style like a ponytail or braid.

So now you are looking beach beautiful, take a look at our pick of the best sale bikinis on offer. The Morocco Mix Triangle Bikini Top by Free is a gorgeous ethnic inspired bikini, which comes in lilac and cream. The tie briefs are available in a polka dot lilac print with a lovely bead feature on the side ties. The bikini top is a wire-free triangle bikini. The Havanna Bikini Top by Free is a very stylish bikini, it is an underwired bandeau style top in a check print, available in blue. The top can be worn as a halterneck, or strapless if you want to tan without strap marks. And finally the Circus Bikini Top by Freya is a really fun bikini, with its pop art multi-coloured print. It is a soft triangle top with light padding and has two options for bikini bottoms, bikini briefs in blue with a white spot print or a fold brief which are a contrast of white spot print and multi-coloured print.

GARDEN PARTY

The floral trend has taken centre stage on the catwalk this spring/summer, closely followed by colour blocking and the polka dot. ‘Floral’ is reinvented year on year, and this summer we have seen the ditsy flower , the abstract splashy flower, and the classic vintage floral as inspired by Dolce and Gabbana’s collection. There has been a sea of flowers everywhere you look on the high street and they will be with us for some time yet. Autumn/Winter will see new big, bold and brave blooms paraded.

Lyla bra by Freya

Lyla bra by Freya

If you are not quite ready to say hello to the hollyhocks and welcome the wildflowers to your wardrobe, how about introducing something flamboyant and flowery to your lingerie drawer? New to Bravissimo is the Lyla bra by Freya in amethyst, and really is a beautiful bra. With the cups being mostly sheer, it creates a very sexy look, and the amethyst colour is contrasted well with the aqua embroidery. The style is an underwired balconette, the balconette is lower at the front, so this is a perfect choice for a lower neckline. There are matching briefs and shorts available to buy with this bra, they come in amethyst with a cute contrasting sheer and embroidery frill.

Poppy bra by Cleo

Poppy bra by Cleo

Also new to Bravissimo is the gorgeous Poppy bra by Cleo. This is an abstract print in cream and orange, it’s a half cup shape that is lightly padded and has a pretty orange lace trim. This bra is available as a set, with a matching thong or briefs. If you like keeping up with the latest trends, this is a very stylish set. It also provides great support and wonderful shape.

Bring the garden into your bedroom this autumn and invest in some beautiful floral printed lingerie by Bravissimo.

DRESSED TO THRILL

The Tiered Frill Dress in coral

The Tiered Frill Dress in coral

“Going anywhere nice this weekend?” That’s the familiar line that we hear when we visit the hairdressers. Sometimes we get the opportunity to answer with a resounding “Yes, actually I am going to a show/wedding/summer ball/opera in the park” or any other event that requires a posher frock than usual. If you are attending some swanky soiree and you want to look as glamorous as an A-list celebrity without making a dent in your purse, then there is a way. Pepperberry still have some dresses in the sale that would turn a few heads.

In past blogs, we have mentioned that coral is still a big colour this and next season, well Pepperberry have two very stylish dresses in coral, the first is the Tiered Frill Dress, this is a gorgeous floaty and feminine dress in chiffon, it has a dip dyed effect, so the colour is deeper on the tiered ruffles than on the bodice. This dress puts you in mind of a wonderful sunset and it would be a great choice if dancing is part of your evening. It’s perfect for a wedding and would look spot on accessorised with a nude satin jacket and sky high nude heels.

The Coral Diamanté Shift Dress is just a WOW dress. It is in the body con Roland Mouret style that is so popular with the A-listers. The fabric is heavy satin and has added stretch, so it is extra figure hugging and comfortable too. The back features a sexy keyhole detail and there is also a lovely diamanté belt to finish off the look.

The Lace Overlay Dress is such a classic cocktail dress, it is so versatile, you will be taking this out of your wardrobe over and over again. Lace will always be fashionable, so you can’t go wrong with this one. It fits slightly small in the bust, so it would be a good idea to go up a size. Accessorise with a black satin tuxedo jacket and black satin heels, or you could introduce a bit of colour, how about fuchsia heels and fuchsia bolero jacket?

Absolute jaw dropping glamour and the best bit, the price. Have a great evening.

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!

Tank Girl

Bright Ideas Tankini Top by Faubourg

Bright Ideas Tankini Top by Faubourg

So the hotel has been booked, the suntan lotion, factor 50, factor 30 and factor 15 has been bought, (better to cover every base), the holiday reading has been chosen. You are nearly there, and you can almost taste that first cocktail. But one thing that you may have overlooked when you started your packing, is your swimwear. You may suddenly realise that those bikinis that you bought a few years back, are just not flattering anymore. Many of us ladies are continuously fighting those extra few pounds that creep up on us. If a perfectly flat, toned and honed tummy is not achievable before you go away, then don’t worry the tankini is the answer.

Tankinis are more versatile than a swimsuit as you can mix and match, they are also great for tall ladies, where swimsuits can often be too short in the body.

Bravissimo have the Azure Tankini Top by Pour Moi with matching fold briefs or tie briefs, this tankini is in stunning ocean blue, and is a really flattering two piece. It’s a halterneck top, and the cups are lightly padded, it gives fabulous shape, support and comfort.

The Bright Ideas Tankini Top by Faubourg with matching bikini briefs is a gorgeous tankini, it is an underwired halterneck and the monochrome hibiscus print. Is very on trend and follows the surfer girl trend that is so popular this summer. The Bright Ideas Tankini is exclusive to Bravissimo.

Another tankini exclusive to Bravissimo is the Sunkissed Tankini Top by Bravissimo with a choice of fold brief or bikini shorts. It is in fabulous zesty bright coral and is a balconette top, which lifts and supports the boobs, creating a great cleavage and enviable shape. This tankini has sold out in a few sizes, so don’t miss out.

For more fantastic printed and plain tankinis, check out the Bravissimo website. Don’t leave home without one.

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.

That’s Progress

Wembley Stadium prepares for the boys!

Wembley Stadium prepares for the boys!


There has been much giddiness in the Bravissimo office lately. The biggest boy band in history are touring once again and the ladies who saw them first time around (when they were still at school), are seeing them again and are even more excited at the prospect, if that is at all possible. Every so often on Twitter or Facebook, someone will write “I am so excited, only X amount of hours and counting til Take That!” There is something about those boys that makes them universally loved. A couple of them in the past may have looked like they were going to damage their reputation, but they seem to bounce back monumentally. Maybe, apart from the brilliant music they keep churning out, it is their ‘down to earth’ nature. We all have the feeling, that if we were to bump into any of the Take That boys in a lift, they would be friendly, funny and lacking any ego (apart from Robbie), and obviously they are all just a tad handsome too.

Unbelievably, there are still some tickets available for the next three days at Wembley. If you have missed out on tickets and can go last minute, check out Take That’s official website. And for a few show-stopping tops to wear if you are going, check out Pepperberry, we have some gorgeous embellished and sparkly tops that will stand out in the crowds. The Shoulder Detail Top is a slinky cowl neck and comes in curvy/really curvy and really/super curvy. The lovely soft taupe which is very on trend, will look great with white jeans and nude heels. The Side Embellished Jersey Top in black, is a wrap-over style top in a figure hugging stretch fabric, it is a deep v, so a plunge bra will be necessary with this one. Wear with an indigo pair of skinny jeans and some rock chick black suede wedges and you are all set for your greatest day…

Everyone For Tennis

Freya Active Underwired bra in black

Freya Active Underwired bra in black

Cups of tea, talking about the weather, complaining about the trains, and queuing, just some of the things that make us proud to be British. Another one is the great institution that takes place in London SW19 in late June.

It’s Wimbledon fortnight and everyone is getting a bit overexcited. The All-England Club is awash with the world’s finest tennis players, the seats, stands and hills are packed full of British women cheering on their heroes, eating strawberries & cream, drinking champagne and generally having a great time. It is also the time of year, when your local park’s tennis courts are packed with hopefuls desperately trying to emulate Andy Murray or Laura Robson.

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a tennis pro, then Bravissimo can recommend the Freya Active Underwired bra, we have been told by some of our Bravissimo ladies, that this is a great sports bra for high impact sports like tennis. The Freya Active will keep your boobs securely in place, fully supported, but still gives great shape and uplift and is super comfortable too. It comes in a great range of colours, including graphite/lime, red, nude, black and white. We have plenty of the black and white available, and keep checking our website, as the other colours will be back in stock soon. Enjoy the rest of Wimbledon ladies, we know we will.