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Sweet Ice Cream Shades!

The sun is finally shining – what better reason is there to scoop up one of our NEW ice cream coloured swimwear or lingerie styles?! x

Sweet Ice Cream Shades L-R: Lily Bra in Pink, £27; Monaco Bikini Top in Gingham, £34; Buttercup Bra in Cream, £32

 

 

 

 

Party Perfect

Its nearly here! The one time of the year when you would not look out of place amongst the contestants on Strictly. Party season is just around the corner and lots of you will be searching out some serious sparkle to make an impression at the Christmas party. This is the time of year when you can really go to town on glamour. It’s all about dressing up, sequins, taffeta, and satin (not all at once, we don’t want you blending in with the Christmas decorations).

If you’re not relishing the thought of pounding the pavements, or the hours trawling the internet for the perfect party dress, then Pepperberry can take all of the hassle away, so you can concentrate on more important Christmassy things. Read on, for our ultimate guide to the best party outfits this festive season.

Platinum Shift Dress

Platinum Shift Dress


Stylish, sexy and sharp are three words to describe the Platinum Shift Dress. This dress is following the bodycon trend that has been big over the last year; it has a scooped neck and capped sleeves which are really flattering for upper arms. It is available in platinum, but is contrasted with stunning purple lining, which also ensures this dress won’t cling or ride up. This dress is so versatile it could be worn for posh Christmas drinks or any festive gathering.

The Taffeta Check Dress is right on trend for this winter with the fabulous red, grey and silver check print, in taffeta. This dress just screams Christmas and is so classic; you could wear it at any Christmas party. It features capped sleeves, an exposed zip at the back and is fully lined and comes with patent waist belt. This looks fabulous with black accessories, go for a patent clutch and heels and a satin tux jacket, or if you are going somewhere really smart, like a winter wedding, a black faux fur stole would really finish the look.

Spot Print Prom Dress

Spot Print Prom Dress


The Spot Print Prom Dress is the ultimate party dress and perfect if you want to hide your hips but define your waist. It’s a sleeveless dress and features a full net underskirt and is available in jacquard taffeta fabric, in black/silver spot print. It also has a pretty tie at the waist. This dress can be dressed up, by accessorising with a cropped satin jacket in silver and silver heels or dressed down with a turquoise or fuchsia fitted cardi and satin flats. This dress would also be perfect for NYE.

We hope we have given you plenty of ideas, there will be more party ideas to come.

Knit One Pearl One

Knitting is back and it doesn’t care who knows it! Sales of wool has rocketed, and knitting clubs have sprung up again all over the country. Going to a knitting group with the girls is now thought of as a good – even cool – night out. Knitting has firmly shaken off its ‘granny’ image and it looks like the love affair with home knits and all things woolly will continue to grow. If you have yet to pick up your needles, why don’t you give it a try? It is cheap and it is a great way of de-stressing and switching off after a hard day at the office or a non-stop day with the kids. The end result is something wonderfully creative, that someone special will cherish.

Wrap Front Jumper from Pepperberry

Wrap Front Jumper from Pepperberry


If crafty pursuits are not for you, but you can still appreciate a great bit of knitwear, then you won’t have to look too far, as knitwear is big news this season. There is definitely a time and place when only knitwear will do. If you happen to work in a chilly office, you will need to look sharp, but you still need to be warm, so some smart close fitting knitwear is a must. Or if you are attending an outside event like a firework display or a Christmas market, a big slouchy jumper or knitted dress would both be great options. For a glam night out when you don’t want to spend the evening shivering in your sparkly vest, you need a long sleeved knit, with some glitter or sparkle.

Not so long ago, there was little choice for us Bravissimo girls, the only knitwear available for us on the high street was chunky, shapeless, boxy and unflattering. This would make our boobs seem ‘matronly’ and make us look two dress sizes bigger. Our very own clothing brand, Pepperberry has changed all that. Pepperberry’s knitwear is carefully designed, won’t add extra inches and you won’t find any big or bursting buttons. It is gorgeous and on trend too.

Sequin Shoulder Jumper from Pepperberry

Sequin Shoulder Jumper from Pepperberry


The Wrap Front Jumper would be great for the workplace, it is a v-neck wrap top with an empire line that highlights the narrowest area just under the bust, the tummy area is ribbed and fitted which also enhances the waist. This knit may be best worn with a cami and it is recommended that a plunge bra be worn underneath. The Wrap Front Jumper is available in black and purple.

The Sequin Shoulder Jumper is the glamorous option from Pepperberry. It is a fine knit with gorgeous sequin detailing on the shoulders. It has a v-neck which is super flattering for bigger boobs. This top will be a good choice with Christmas approaching and will look great with this season’s pencil skirt and black suede heels, or some tailored trousers.

The Boyfriend Cardigan is available in Mocha and is a lovely slouchy cardigan that is really versatile. It can be worn on warmer day with a classic white shirt underneath, or on a cold day worn with a fitted knitted jumper. Accessorise with the Vintage Lace Trim Scarf from Pepperberry and you have got a great layered look.

INTRODUCING THE AUTUMN COLLECTION…

Pepperberry's new Belted Maxi Dress

Pepperberry's new Belted Maxi Dress

Bravissimo ladies brace yourselves! The first few lines of the new Pepperberry Autumn collection are here. The floral theme seems to be running and running, and Pepperberry have chosen some gorgeous florals, from the ditsy small prints of the Belted Maxi Dress to the more botanical inspired flower of the Rose Belted Dress.

The maxi dress trend does not seem to be going away, but this year, unlike any other, maxi’s will be featuring in autumn/winter collections instead of just spring/summer. The Belted Maxi Dress as mentioned above, is a very stylish maxi. Fully lined, it features a cute little frill sleeve. Included with the dress is the plaited brown belt, which can be taken off if preferred. This dress would look great for autumn accessorised with brown leather riding boots and a faux sheepskin gilet for that boho look.

Another bohemian inspired dress is the Paisley Frill Dress, this dress is extremely feminine with its layered floaty look, and it has a waterfall style hem and features a detachable plaited brown belt. The dress is available in a pink and blue paisley print, and comes with a pink cami. This dress could be bought now and worn through late summer into autumn, when you could accessorise it with knee high boots and a waterfall longline cardi in a soft grey or oatmeal.

Back to florals; check out the Ditsy Frill Blouse, this is another botanical style print. A sheer blouse in greys and neutrals with delicate ruffles, makes this extra feminine. At the moment you could pair up with some shorts or a floaty skirt for a really girly look. In the autumn this will look great with a grey tailored jacket & jeans, or it could be worn to the office to soften up a suit.

For loads more lovely pieces from the new autumn collection from Pepperberry, sign up to receive e-mails, keep checking the website and you won’t be disappointed.

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.

BEST BUYS

Capped Sleeve Knitted Top

Capped Sleeve Knitted Top

Well it has been raining again *big sigh*, so let’s continue with our wardrobe building ideas for autumn. The Pepperberry sale is still on and there are some great sale items still to be snapped up, but they are selling out fast, so don’t hang around.

Here is our pick of the bunch. For a really great knit top with short sleeves, perfect for autumn, take a look at the Capped Sleeve Knitted Top from Pepperberry it is available in petrol or coral, is a v-neck, which is very flattering for bigger boobs and it has a lovely gathered detail which enhances bigger boobs too. This top has a deep rib which creates a lovely nipped in waist.

The Sequin Knitted Waistcoat in grey marl is a fabulous little waistcoat. It has a gorgeous sequin detail on the shoulder, which gives it that fashion edge. This waistcoat is so versatile, it can be worn with a little cotton blouse, as pictured on the website, or you could wear it layered over your ditsy floral dress. It can be worn with indigo jeans or it will look great with Pepperberry’s Relaxed Fit Chinos, these fantastic chinos can be worn right now with a fitted vest top, and will still look stylish come the autumn worn with a skinny knit.

Everyone needs a LBD in their wardrobe and the Patent Belted Jersey Dress is fantastically easy to wear, it can be worn dressed up or dressed down, worn with a longline flared cardigan, or a fitted blazer. This is a dress that will become a firm favourite in your autumn wardrobe.

When it’s not cold enough to wear a coat or too dry to wear a Mac, a little fitted jacket is the perfect solution, the fitted jacket is so versatile; it can usually be worn from spring to the beginning of winter. Pepperberry’s Pinstripe Jacket in grey, is a cotton/linen mix and is a single button jacket, so no double buttons straining over your boobs here, just that ultra flattering v shape created by the low lapels. This great little jacket will go with everything, so get it while you can.

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.

Time for T

Deco bra by Freya in black

Deco bra by Freya in black

The T-shirt is a hot trend for this summer, whether it’s cropped, slouchy & baggy, or one with a slogan. The T-shirt was initially created from an undergarment used in the 19th century, through cutting the one-piece “union suit” underwear into separate top and bottom garments. The T-shirt has had a long and varied history, it was worn by miners in the late 19th century, because it was perfect to be worn in hot environments. The US navy then issued them as regulation garments during the Spanish-American war. After World War II, veterans began wearing the T-shirt casually with their uniform trousers. Marlon Brando who starred in A Street Car Named Desire in the early 1950s, really made the T-shirt a cool piece of clothing and that’s when it became fashionable as outerwear. In the late 1960s the T-shirt started to be used as an art medium, decorated with bright graphics, cartoon characters and slogans. They could display a political protest, a love of a particular rock band or a souvenir of a holiday destination, like the iconic ‘I ❤ NY’. In the eighties Katherine Hamnett designed her famous outsize slogan T-shirts, like the famous CHOOSE LIFE T-shirt (worn by George Michael of Wham), and NO WAR and SAVE THE WORLD.

So if you have already found your perfect T and you are still searching for the perfect T-shirt bra to wear under it, then look no further, Bravissimo have some great bras that will create a smooth silhouette under your T-shirt. Try our Smoothing Seamfree Bra by Fantasie, it is an underwired moulded balconette, it comes in black or nude, it will become a real wardrobe favourite, as it gives great uplift, support and shape. We know there are many Deco fans out there, and lets face it, it is a great bra, the Deco Bra by Freya gives amazing cleavage, and comes in black, nude and the new colour mint, which is selling out fast. It is recommended that you go down a cup size in the Deco if you are between sizes.
The Porcelain bra by Panache is a fantastic everyday bra, it creates a lovely rounded shape and is cut higher in the cups to accommodate our bigger-boobed Bravissimo ladies, it is very comfortable and will look great under any T-shirt from the super fine to the more heavyweight option.

Suits You Madam

Soprano Swimsuit by Hoola Swimwear

Soprano Swimsuit by Hoola Swimwear

There’s some great news this summer for us ladies, the swimsuit is back. The poor old swimsuit has had a tough time in the last few years, it has had to compete with its sassy little sister, the bikini. Up until recently the choice has not been great, you were ok if you wanted to buy a functional swimsuit for serious swimming at the pool or your other option was the safe slimming black number, but there wasn’t much else out there on the high street.

In 2011 the one piece is enjoying a revival and has become sexy again. The swimsuit is also a lot more flattering if your tummy is not as flat as it once was. Lets face it, whether it’s a post-baby belly or normal weight gain that comes with age, a perfectly flat stomach is hard to achieve and a swimsuit can hide a multitude of sins. Bravissimo have got some fabulous swimsuits this season, one that definitely deserves a mention is Soprano Swimsuit by Hoola Swimwear. You will look drop dead gorgeous in this on the beach, it comes in coral and white pinstripes and has that 1950’s shape that is so on trend right now. The vertical stripes are very flattering and the halterneck straps give great uplift, and fantastic cleavage. Get it before it goes! And don’t forget to check out Bravissimo’s other swimsuits right here.

Colour Riot

Tango Plunge Bra by Panache

Tango Plunge Bra by Panache

If you have picked up a fashion magazine lately, you will see that colour blocking is a huge trend this summer. There has been an explosion of colour all over the high street. This also translates to lingerie. Remember the days when your only choice when buying a bra was limited to white for everyday and black or red if you were planning a bit of romance, not very imaginative! Bras has moved on, women now want their underwear to be as vibrant and exciting as their outerwear.

Bravissimo have some gorgeous everyday bras in a variety of colours. starting with our extremely popular Alana Bra by Bravissimo, this bra is comfortable, pretty and gives great shape and support, it comes in eight colours, including cherryade and emerald. The Melody Balconette Bra by Panache in electric blue is another newcomer, this is a really pretty bra with the lace detailing, it is an underwired balconette, is incredibly flattering and also gives fantastic support. The alternative to this bra if you would prefer a full cup is the Melody Full Cup Bra by Panache, there are six colours to choose from, including magenta and purple. If you are looking for a bra to wear with a low cut top, then the Tango Plunge Bra by Panache is that bra, it is an underwire plunge and is available in nine colours, including deep coral and spearmint, which is new for summer.

Why not pop into one of our stores and have a browse? There really is a different gorgeous shade for every day of the week, you needn’t have another boring bra day ever again.