Posts Tagged ‘summer’

New shoes alert!

Men or shoes...? No, we can't decide either!

Men or shoes...? No, we can't decide either!

 Men often wonder why women love shoes so much, yet the answer is simple. Women love shoes because no matter how much our weight fluctuates over the years, shoes will always fit. That way we can justify spending lots of money on them as we will wear them for many years, decades even, whereas the sporting equipment they spent hundreds of pounds on have only ever been used twice.

 As fashion trends change so do shoe trends, therefore we’ve rounded up the top five shoe trends for spring/summer and what they’ll look best with, enjoy!

1)     Wooden wedges; they’ve already been around for a couple of seasons but this time they’re a little fiercer than previous with contrasting materials and stud detailing. Wear with a floaty floral dress to add attitude or with cropped trousers and a floppy hat to channel the 70s vibe.

2)      The ankle tie shoe; this is definitely a look for summer but bare it in mind for when the warmer weather approaches. The look ranges from super high heels to flats and everything in between, however, they all have one thing in common; a very cute tie detail around the ankle. The prettiest of them all is the scarf tie, go for a bold pattern or colour to add interest to a simple summer dress; go gypsy chic with a gingham print or glamorous with an animal print, this style of shoe will also look great on holiday.

3)      White heels; no longer restricted to the stereotyped Essex girl, white high heels are big in the style stakes this season. Wear yours with a floral print dress, tailored trousers or a sharp and stylish pencil skirt. Just don’t go dancing around your handbag whilst wearing them!

4)      Neon heels; if you don’t fancy colour clashing your outfit this season, then add a shot of statement colour with your footwear. In the brightest shades of yellow, pink, blue and green, neon shoes are a great way to get on trend without forking out a small fortune for lots of new outfits. For ultimate contrast where your neon heels with a LBD and a neon handbag in a contrasting colour.

5)      Super flats; give your tootsies a break in a pair of ballet pumps or super flat sandals this season. We do love a heel but couldn’t wear them everyday and so are grateful for the return of the flat. The flat shoe in whatever style, whether it’s a pump, sandal, loafer or brogue style shouldn’t be restricted to day wear. Go for a shiny metallic, embellished or simple chic style and wear on your next night out. You’ll be amazed at just how dressy a flat shoe can look and you’ll be dancing all night long! Wear with a glam maxi dress, maxi skirt or tailored trousers that are cropped at the ankle to shoe off your fabulous flats just make sure you pile on enough accessories and dress the look up to compensate for the lack of heelage!

How to rock the 70s vibe

Give the classic denim jacket a 70s twist by accessorising

Give the classic denim jacket a 70s twist by accessorising

 The 70s has been a massive influence on trends for this spring/summer however there are certain rules for keeping the look modern and avoiding a 70s through back situation. The first rule is to not go OTT, your outfit should have subtle nods towards the 70s and not be a full on homage to the era, so pick your pieces wisely. A flared jean, a flowing silk/chiffon blouse and a sheepskin gilet are key pieces to this look but try to wear them individually with your existing wardrobe and give a 70s spin to a modern outfit. Flares are also great for creating a leg lengthening effect just add heels and a braided belt and you’re good to go. For an evening style go for a wide leg trouser in a silky fabric, the fluidity of the material will provide a flattering effect, if they’re a high waist style then tuck your top in to make the most of the trouser length. Our Jewel Appliqué top with its embellished waist is the perfect partner for glamorous wide leg trousers.

  Accessories are great for adding detail to an outfit without going whole hog on a particular look. To get the 70s vibe wear long pendants, gem stone rings and top it off with a felt hat. Fringe detailing on bags, jackets and boots will give a 70s bo-ho feel, whereas gold jewellery, slick accessories and killer 70s eye make-up will give a more glamorous finish.  

 Colour is also important to consider when contemplating 70s style. Some of the hottest shades of the season are orange, blue and rusty red which fit perfectly with the era. Denim is another hot 70s look but give it modern twist by wearing a denim dress or jacket with an oversized corsage, wedge heels and that all important felt hat. So why not experiment by adding some 70s inspired colours into your spring wardrobe. Geometric and clashing prints were also at the height of their popularity in the 70s, plus they were big on the catwalks for spring/summer. Add a paisley print for extra fashion kudos and whether you’re exploring 70s trends for the first or second time you can still rock the look in a modern way.

Pepperberry Sneak Peek

We just love this new maxi dress, we hope you do too!

We just love this new maxi dress, we hope you do too!

 You may have heard about our new clothing range Pepperberry, but have you seen it yet? You can have a peek at some of the new collection via our Facebook page. The range includes more fashion forward pieces such as the glam Puffball Dress in platinum, a great style for a night out with the girls or to impress a hot date! The dress has a simple top with corsage detailing on the shoulder. However, it’s the puffball shape that speaks volumes. Wear with silver heels and a matching clutch bag to complete the party look.

 Next is the 50s style wrap over dress in duck egg blue, the black version has been available online for a few weeks now, but this lighter version will look fab in late spring/early summer. The soft floaty fabric of this dress will flatter any figure and the wrap around style adds definition to the waist. This dress will look great with nude heels and a big pair of sunglasses on a summer’s day (which hopefully isn’t too far away!)

 Maxi dresses are sticking around in the style stakes again this season so don’t miss out on our new Blue Print Maxi dress (see photo). Our zebra print maxi went down a storm so we suggest you move as fast as one to secure one of these for the approaching season. Top tip; don’t wait, wear your maxi dress now for your next night out simply add heels and statement jewellery to turn an elegant day dress into a glamorous evening dress.

 To see more of the new collection check out our Facebook page, we hope you like what you see and don’t worry, we’re introducing the clothing range into many of our existing stores next month and the range will also be available online very soon! By following us on Facebook you will be able to keep up to date with all the latest news and info, you can also leave us comments and make suggestions or just have a chat with other fabulous Bravissimo girls.

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.

Summer time

Tan Accessories

Tan Accessories

We’ve gone into full on summer mode and couldn’t be happier to finally be wearing our flip-flops, sundresses and leaving our coats at home! Here are a few fashion updates for high summer that will update your look and hopefully uplift your mood too;

Tan accessories – shoes, belts and bags in tan look great when worn with crisp white or light natural colours. It’s a simple yet sophisticated look and fits in with this season’s utility and safari trends. Darker shades of brown will also work, especially with more natural tones but tan is lighter, brighter and looks so good with white.

Alternative prints – now that high summer is here we feel like we can have a bit more fun with our clothing and so fun beach style prints have taken over from the more serious graphic/tribal prints we have been wearing. Try an oversized tee shirt with a palm tree print for beach bound chic.

Raffia bags – you know summer has arrived when everyone starts digging out their raffia bags! Make yours a clutch rather than a tote and use in the evening instead of day time for extra fashion points.

Simple sandals – as fashion makes a return to minimalism (a huge trend for Autumn/Winter 2010 too by the way) even our footwear gets a minimal make-over. We do still enjoy our gladiator sandals from last summer as they are comfortable and give an edge to a floral frock. However more simple designs are taking over from the crazy number of buckles and straps of gladiator styles.

Summer hats – we’re not a nation of hat wearers but we think everyone should own at least a couple of hats, even if it is to disguise a bad hair day, you can still look fashionable! Boaters are the latest style of hats to hit the fashion stakes, these have a much more structured shape than panama styles and have a stiffer rim. This particular shape should be worn towards the back of the head as opposed to dipped down covering the eyes like the panama style. We are still fans of the classic panama style however; go for a light straw material and black band for the perfect summer accessory or something a bit more fun and colourful for festivals and outdoor events.

Back to basics

Back to Basics

Back to Basics

If you’re fed up of struggling to find tops that fit and feel like you always have to compromise on something, whether it’s the size or the style just to get your boobs in, then fear not Bravissimo is here! It’s amazing that something as simple as a well fitting top can make a girl so happy, but here at Bravissimo we understand just how frustrating it can be when you can’t find the right fit. We also understand how liberating it can feel when you do. That’s why we’ve sourced some great fitting and flattering tops that will fit your style as well as your boobs!

Each of our tops is designed to fit and flatter bigger boobs, whilst also offering the highest amount of comfort and support. We have a great range of everyday basic tops that will become staples in your wardrobe as well as more fashion forward tops that are stylish AND fabulous fitting in sizes 8-18, curvy – super curvy.

Thought you couldn’t wear strapless? Think again! Our basic tops have a built in bra with bra back fastening, underwires and moulded cups for the ultimate fit and support. The bandeau strappy top offers all this support and the option to wear as a halterneck or strapless. In shades of emerald green, lemon, orange and white, all you have to do now is decide which colour you want! (We think strapless tops are great for avoiding those oh so embarrassing tan marks when you get caught out in the sun, just remember the sun cream so you don’t burn those bare shoulders!) If you feel more secure wearing tops with straps then try the classic vest top in black, red and white which gives great support and the built in bra means no showing bra straps or awkward lines created underneath. This style is perfect too for layering under shirts and cardigans as well as looking great worn as it is!

The pintuck jersey top doesn’t have integral support but it does have plenty of room for your boobs and is machine washable, unlike some of the tops with built in bras. It comes in a choice of black, white, red or sea green and looks as good with a pencil skirt and jacket as it does with linen trousers and flip-flops, a real wardrobe staple!

Fun swimwear

Fashionable Swimwear

Fashionable Swimwear

Swimwear has become fashionable and is now as important as your summer wardrobe! We love classic spots, stripes and checks for beach time fun and we’re just going dotty for this 50’s inspired polka dot bikini. The Soprano bikini in classic black and white is fun, funky and fashionable, just what we want for our summer holiday. The tie detailing gives this bikini a feminine touch so you’ll feel confident and fully supported on the beach. Sticking with the dot theme is the Cocopalm bikini with a choice of deep briefs or tie side briefs. This bikini has light padding for extra oomph and the warm shades of purple and orange will look sensational with your holiday tan. Going on holiday is all about getting away from it all, the stress of everyday life and your normal routine, but we know that you also like to look your best when hitting the beach. The striped Miami bikini has a choice of alterneck or triangle style top so that you can choose the right style that you feel most comfortable in. Either way, this bikini is colourful, cheerful and cleavage boosting! The fold brief option gives you the choice to cover up a little more too, this style of brief sits higher on the hips for those of you that like to feel more covered. Bring out your flirty side in our Gingham bikini, this gorgeous bikini is pretty, feminine and a little bit cheeky. The lightly padded cups ensure a boob boost whilst the ruffle details add a fun girlie feel. Choose from high waist deep briefs that give this bikini a 50’s scarlet look or the low rise briefs with ruffled hem for a more modern look.

Well, you didn’t want boring swimwear did you?!

Organisation is key

Floordrobe to Wardrobe

Floordrobe to Wardrobe

Ever feel like your clothes are taking over your home? Are you guilty of using a floordrobe instead of a wardrobe? Then it’s time to get organised! Having a good sort out of the contents of your wardrobes/drawers/piles of clothes you have is great way to become more organised in your outfit choices too! It should also make it much easier to get dressed in a morning, especially if you can actually find the top you want to wear that goes perfectly with that skirt.

Clothes should be organised in a way that makes sense to you. However;

  • Organising by style makes it easier to put an outfit together and will also help when you need to find something quickly.
  • You can also sort by casual wear and evening wear, keeping your best clothes separate is a good idea when particular fabrics are concerned. Silks can be kept away from more abrasive textures and fabrics such as cashmere should always be stored in moth-proof bags, particularly this time of year, they do go for the good stuff!
  • Sorting by colour can make picking out an item much easier, this will help you to distinguish which colours you tend to go for the most and what colours are missing from your wardrobe. We all have our ‘safe’ colours, but by organising your clothes and finding out which colours are missing could open a whole new exciting area for you to explore.
  • Don’t stop at clothes get your shoes, accessories and handbags organised too! Having accessories such as belts and jewellery on display will encourage you to wear what you have rather than sticking to the same old pieces. We can often forget we have certain accessories when they are kept tucked away in a drawer or cupboard, so by seeing them we might remember to wear them and make the most of the accessories we already have!

Unfortunately we can’t all have a walk-in wardrobe à la Carrie Bradshaw, but most of us could better organise the clothes we do have to make the most of what we’ve already got and you never know what hidden gems you might find tucked away at the back of your wardrobe!

New high summer collection is here!

High Summer Collection

High Summer Collection

Our high summer collection has arrived and we just had to tell you about these fantastic new dresses, there’s one for every occasion! Here are some of our best day time dresses…

Graphic Print Shift Dress hits the print trend without being over the top. The retro feel of this dress gives it a high place in the fashion stakes and the cut fits and flatters in all the right places! To crank up the 70s vibe of this dress, wear with red, orange and brown accessories.

Like a walk on the wild side? Our Tailored Safari Dress will keep you cool in the office, but throw on the accessories at 5pm to take this dress into the evening. The neutral tone of this dress works best with natural/earthy tones, it comes with the plaited belt to define the waist so just add a couple of bangles and some statement earrings and you’re ready for a wild night. Whether you’re hunting clothes, men or simply a place to go for dinner with the girls, this dress will definitely get you in the mood!

If you’re looking for a casual dress that is easy to wear and accessorise than why not try the Ruffle Front Dress. This particular style has a sporty feel to it with its cute collar and button down neckline. The hot pink detailing adds a spark of colour, whilst the ruffle front and gathers around the bust will ensure there is plenty of room for your boobs.

Hit the colour trend with our Cotton Pleat Summer Dress. This gorgeous sundress will ensure you keep cool, whilst looking hot on summer days. The A-line shape of this dress gives a flattering silhouette and the thicker straps mean no flashing bra straps to detract from the beautiful bright colour.

How to wear pastel shades

Pastel Trends

Pastel Trends

Pastel tones are now invading our make-up bags as well as our wardrobes. So here’s a quick guide to getting the pastel make-up revolution right.

  1. Focus on the eyes. Hints of pastel shades should be worn on the eyelid and under your lower lashes.
  2. Don’t over do it by applying eyeshadow too heavily, instead keep it looking soft and pretty by applying colours lightly.
  3. Mix different pastel tones for effect. A brighter flash of green or blue on the lower lid can be balanced out with a more neutral pink or lilac on the upper lid.
  4. Mascara should be applied sparingly, use just enough to define your lashes without clogging them and making them appear too heavy. That way your eyes will look soft and fresh, which is what this look is about.
  5. With the colour emphasis around the eyes, keep the rest of your make-up simple. Use a light powder over your regular foundation to achieve a matte finish this will set off your pastely eyes perfectly!
  6. Add a nude or pink toned gloss to lips to complete this soft bo-ho look, wear your hair in a loose braid and team with a floaty floral dress and denim waistcoat for the full bo-ho effect.
  7. If you’re unsure about pastel tones and think they might not suit you make-up wise then try a pastel nail polish instead. Nail polish is huge this summer as we prepare for flip-flops and sandal weather but whether you decide to clash your polish or match it with your outfit, there is one rule; make it a pastel shade.