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Spring/summer trends – part 1

Nothing cheers us up like a floral print!

Nothing cheers us up like a floral print!

 There seems to be so many this season so to make things a little easier we’ve put together a list of top trends that you might actually wear this coming spring/summer and there’s no neon in sight.                 

Colour

This is top of our list as we often find we wear the same colours and play it safe, sometimes a little too safe. Colour can look bold bright and is more flattering than you think. Yes you can’t go wrong with black but try adding bold flashes of blue, red or orange to breathe new life into your wardrobe. Don’t be afraid to contrast your colours too; clashing red and purple was a hit on the catwalks for Spring/Summer and makes a statement. We also think there’s something luxurious about wearing such bold colours together, very Sex And The City 2, Abu Dhabi style! Add metallic accessories to complete the look. Our Notch Neck Shift dress in bold red is just the thing for making a colour statement this season.

Wear; jewel tones and luxurious accessories.

Avoid; neon tones.

Pleats

For a soft way to add volume and texture to your outfit go for a pleat. Whether it’s worn on a top, a dress, a skirt or even a jacket, this subtle detail will add elegance to an outfit and when worn in the right places will flatter any figure. Top tip: if you’re top heavy avoid wearing pleats around the boob area especially when the pleats hang loosely as it will make your bust look much bigger than it is. If the fabric flows you will also loose definition of the waist resulting in a potentially embarrassing ‘is she, isn’t she pregnant’ situation. Instead try a pleated skirt to balance out your frame or fitted pleats such as our Pintuck Shirt for a more structured look.

Florals

Each winter we eagerly anticipate what the next spring floral trend will be; will it be bold and bright or an itsy bitsy print, colourful or subtle? Well this season it’s all of the above, for a bo-ho theme go for a small floral print in soft shades and a light fabric such as chiffon. Maxi dresses and skirts are the perfect pieces for bohemian chic just add sandals, a summer hat and a tasselled bag and you’re good to go. Our Chiffon Trim Floral dress will look just as good now with tights and ankle boots as it will in the warmer months with sandals and bare legs. For the bolder types try a big print in a statement colour, a maxi will give maximum impact or keep it smart with a more tailored piece. Our Flower Print Shift dress is the perfect antidote to the winter blues!

Work your workwear

 Dressing for work isn’t always the most exciting reason to put an outfit together, however add a few new pieces to your existing wardrobe and you’ll get lots more options. All Bravissimo clothing is designed to fit big boobs and so you can expect great fitting clothes with a fashionable spin that fit and flatter you figure.

Workwear doesn't have to be dull!

Workwear doesn't have to be dull!

 The Top Stitched Jersey dress will become your best friend, smart enough for the office yet in casual heavy weight jersey it is also comfortable and chic enough for more relaxed days too. Wear with tights now and bare legs and heels when the weather gets warmer.

The charcoal colour will suit just about everyone, add bold and brightly coloured handbag and heels to off set the dark tone of the dress and nail the flash of colour trend this season.  

 Our Pintuck Shirt in classic white or blue stripe can be worn smart or casual and we think it looks great with blue jeans and boots for the weekend. Wear with a blazer and pencil skirt in the office or for more formal occasions. For those of you who have been blessed with ample bosoms finding a good fitting shirt can often end in tears. That’s why we regularly update our shirts and tops to keep our Bravissimo girls happy and stylish whatever they’re doing! Go on girls; show the men how it’s done in a sexy fitted shirt.

 We love the versatility of the Raw Edge Jersey top. Wear it under a smart jacket and trousers as an alternative to a shirt or with jeans and a cardigan for more casual affairs. The cross over front and empire line will flatter your boobs and the three quarter sleeves are perfect for in between season dressing. Plus the fabulous petrol blue colour will make a great addition to your basic pieces.

 Trousers are huge news this season and our Button Detail Trousers in navy fit the bill. With a wide leg and turn up hem, these trousers rock a casual smart look creating a versatile trouser that can be worn for so many different occasions. Navy also makes a change from boring black and will look just as fresh in summer when teamed with a crisp white top and red accessories.

It’s in the air

New pieces from the early spring collection

New pieces from the early spring collection

 With Valentines Day just around the corner, you’d be forgiven for thinking that we were talking about love. However there’s something just around the corner that we’re even more excited about at this particular moment in time; spring.

 The odd glimpse of sunshine over the past few days has given us more hope than a valentine’s card from a mystery man and has the prospect of turning into something more lasting than a bunch of flowers or box of chocolates. Now that we’ve finally seen the back of January, the route to the new season is short, hopeful and full of new trends to get our teeth (and ample bosoms) into. And talking of trends, we’re very excited to be bringing our new clothing range Pepperberry into stores over the coming months, offering our fabulous Bravissimo girls even more choice of great fitting clothes for the fashion conscious curvy, very curvy and super curvy girls out there!

 We think spring is also possibly our favourite time of year, as it signals the end of winter and that alone after the last  long, dreary and unrelenting winter is reason enough to celebrate. However it’s also a time when flowers start to grow, the nights get lighter and people are generally in a much happier place. Take a sneaky peek at our early spring collection for some inspiration for the new season.

 We particularly like the light weight Zip Detail Mac with polka dot lining for in between season dressing, the Cap Sleeve Knitted Top in petrol blue or coral for everyday wear and the Relaxed Fit Chino in seasonal stone for a staple trouser to see you into summer.

New Clothing Line – Coming Soon!

 You may have heard the news that we are launching a new clothing line called Pepperberry. The new clothing range will be taking over from the original line to give our Bravissimo girls even more fabulous clothing and lots more choice. We’ll be kicking off the new collection with a 60 piece range covering dresses, skirts, jackets, tops and trousers as well as belts, bags, scarves and jewellery to complement the new range.

 Pepperberry will offer the same great fit and style that the Bravissimo clothing range offers and will continue to operate under the Bravissimo umbrella, however, this additional brand aims to give more choice and more fashion forward pieces in the 8-18, curvy to super curvy size range. Hooray!

 So when’s it all happening we hear you cry…?

 The new range will be fully launched in March, however we are opening two stand alone clothing stores in Scotland this month and our new Reading shop, opening on the 14th February, will stock both the Bravissimo range (lingerie, swimwear, nightwear) and the Pepperberry brand. We will then be converting more of our shops to sell both ranges. We hope you’re just as excited about this as we are and if you don’t have a store in your local city don’t panic as the Pepperberry range will also be available online and via mail order.

Watch this space for more info or follow us on Facebook for the latest news and to keep in contact with other gorgeous Bravissimo ladies!

Footwear Faux Pas

Easy dressing between the seasons

Easy dressing between the seasons

 We’ve worn our trusty winter boots now for what seems like an eternity but with the weather staying persistently cold and the inevitable shift from snow to rain as the climate warms just enough to turn the frozen stuff into liquid stuff, we’re left with one hell of a dilemma; what to wear on our feet?

 As women we tend to notice what other women wear, more so than men would probably notice of other men, so we were shocked to have seen some brave ladies wearing ballet pumps over the past few days. You know who you are. The odd sunny morning however does not a summer’s day make and we’re sure you were regretting the pumps come lunch time, especially if the seemingly sunny day turned into a rainy day; ballet pumps + puddles = wet feet. Fact.

 So it’s far too cold/wet for pumps and we’re bored stiff with boots therefore we need an alternative and what better alternative than brogues? They’re flat (i.e. comfortable), stylish and look great with skirts, trousers and dresses alike. There’s also plenty of choice from the classic black or brown to the more adventurous metallic shades and heeled versions, so whatever your style you can put your best brogue forward when trans-seasonal dressing!

 If brogues aren’t your thing then why not switch your knee boots for ankle boots? Daintier than longer styles but still great for keeping your tootsies warm and dry, ankle boots will also see you into the summer months. Wear them with skirts and dresses without tights when the weather gets warmer. And whilst we wait, not so patiently, for spring we’re going to try a denim skirt with ankle boots or brogues and tights for a wearable look in between the seasons.

How to get maximum impact with minimal make-up

 False eyelashes, smoky eyes and statement lips are all a thing of the past, making way for a minimal make-up look which once mastered will make a statement purely in its simplicity. It seems that the fashion world is finally waking up to what women really want, desirable clothes that real woman can wear, sensible yet stylish footwear (God bless the return of the kitten heel) and now easy to wear everyday make-up that makes the most of what we have naturally.

The look;

  • Flawless velvety skin: this will only be achieved with the right foundation, orange tones are strictly out.
  • Minimal eye make-up: this look is all about structure and definition of the face rather than statement make-up.
  • Defined eyebrows: known as the frames of your face, getting the shape and colouring right is important to achieving the natural look and making the most of your features.
  • Sculptured cheekbones: the key for the new season’s make-up look is having well defined cheekbones. Not only will this create an elegant shape to your face, it will also become the focal point over eyes and lips next season.

 To get this flawless make-up look start with a great base. A foundation with even coverage will blend in natural colour differences in skin tone, use a moisturising foundation for easy application or go for oil free if you suffer with oil prone skin. Dust over your foundation with a light powder to create a velvety finish and remove excess powder from eyebrow and eyelid areas.

 Once you are happy with the base move onto the eye area, finishing with cheeks and lips last so that make-up isn’t smudged when moving from one area to the next. A brown eyeshadow applied just into the crescent of the eye socket will create depth without being too heavy; the shades to go for are taupe, mink, and caramel depending on your skin tone. Mascara should be applied sparingly using just enough to give your lashes a lift but avoiding the clumpy look. A brown mascara will give a softer finish than black.

 If you buy one new piece of make-up this season make it a decent eyebrow pencil. Defined eyebrows are just as important as defined cheekbones for enhancing what you have naturally so make sure you keep them in great shape and add definition with a pencil. An eyebrow pencil will also help you to create a more symmetrical brow by evening out natural differences in length and fullness.

 And finally for the perfect cheekbones, when applying a blusher suck in your cheeks and apply just below your cheekbones, this will give a sharper finish. Go for a brown tone of blusher rather than pink for an autumnal feel. Polish next season is in keeping with the natural/neutral feel of the season so stick to browns, mauvey purples or a simple clear gloss and enjoy a more natural you this year. We love the natural look here at Bravissimo and think it’ll look great with the new season’s floral trend. Check out the early spring collection for inspiration!

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.

Sales shopping

Grab yourself a Maxi

Grab yourself a Maxi

The sales seem to have come round quicker than ever this summer, not that we’re complaining. Although it does feel as though we’ve barely had chance to wear our summer outfits before the discounts have started and that means accepting the reality that soon there will be new season clothing in and by new season we mean Autumn/Winter collections AAARRRRRRRRRGH! The sheer thought of winter fills us with horror, so actually we think we’ll make the most of our summer clothes before we contemplate buying knitwear again! Plus, it’s a great time of year to pick up some bargains or some last minute things for your summer holiday!

Hot summer items to make the most of (before it’s too late);

  • Maxi dress, if you haven’t tried one yet then now is the time! Go jersey for day time and accessorise with bangles and long necklaces or opt for silk for an evening/formal look. Patterned maxi dresses are more difficult to pull off, but find the right print and they look incredible.
  • Wedges, heels are going delicate and feminine next season, so make the most of your wedge heels now.
  • Prints always look better and more exotic when the weather is good, so wear yours sooner rather than later at home or on holiday, there’s nothing like a bit of sunshine to set off a bold and colourful print.
  • Anything bo-ho, the bo-ho look with its floaty florals, torn denim and straw hats is definitely a summer trend, it ties in with festivals, summers spent by the beach or in the park having a picnic, not so good in the snow!
  • Utility chic will make way to softer more feminine styles so if you’ve invested in a pair of combat style trousers/shorts/jacket, wear them now. This doesn’t mean however that we’ll all be wearing lady like dresses and skirts next season, trousers are still big news and we predict you’ll be opting for a pair of silk tailored trousers over a dress for your winter parties.

New season trends

New Season Trends

New Season Trends

Next season is all about celebrating feminine style with reworked classics and easy to wear trends. So take a step back from crazy prints, OTT shapes and difficult to wear fashion and embrace the subtle sexiness of style.

Top new season trends;
  1. Camel is the new black. If you have one splurge next season, make it a camel coat. This statement piece will keep you warm, dry and at the top of the fashion stakes all season. It is the perfect companion to tailored pieces that are also a key look for the season. Wear neatly cut and fitted or slightly oversized but wear with a brown belt to add definition and contrast.
  2. Minimalism = maximum impact. After the array of prints in summer, winter will see all together more simple styles and shapes. The tailored look is re-born with leather and wool pieces from formal dresses to tailored soft leather tops. Colours too will be more neutral and bold prints make way to block colours and monochrome outfits.
  3. 50s inspiration. Next season’s hemline is a modest to the shin length, perfect for 50s style A-line skirts and dresses. Think cinched waists, sleeves and modest necklines too!
  4. Trousers will be taking over from dresses for evening wear, choose a silk style for added glam and classic tweed for the office. This look has a 70s feel to it, high waist, wide leg and a multitude of brown shades.
  5. Colour embrace. There is more to the season than browns and neutrals, ice blues, reds, greens and surprising yellows are also on the cards to add a colour injection to a notoriously dark season.
  6. Maxi-skirts, you’ve done the maxi dress so why not give the maxi skirt a go. Dress down a silk skirt with a cardigan or oversized tee or go for full-on glam with a sheer lace top.
  7. Leather and lace, go gothic with leather and lace pieces worn together for full impact. Black lace is a must in the evening and if you’re feeling daring, wear in the day time with understated underwear.

Hot Shoe Trends

Hybrid biker boots with wedge heel

Hybrid biker boots with wedge heel

As footwear trends begin to adopt the same fast pace as clothing trends, we now have more shoe styles than we could ever imagine, which means twice the fun when putting our outfits together! Gone are the days of simple footwear choices; flats or heels? Boots or pumps? We now have shoe boots, heeled brogues, wedges, pencil heels or even clogs to choose from, which means that we can have just as much fun with our footwear as we do with our clothing!

Here’s our low-down on this season’s hottest shoe trends, as if you needed any encouraging to go shoe shopping;

Wedges are making a come back this summer but this time they’re much more decorated than previous seasons and are also much higher than before.

Brogues are still big news and look great worn with this season’s smart shorts, heeled or flat.

Translucent shoes, we’re not sure about this look either. We really don’t want to see other peoples toes squished together in a pair of see through shoes. Opt instead for translucent details on heels, sides or straps.

Peep-toes, another fundamental summer shoe trend which can be worn now too! Peep-toe shoe boots are also very comfortable and make perfect alternative to sandals! Or invest in a pair of peep-toe lace up shoe boots to nail the sports wear look. Although we don’t recommend trying to participate in actual sports in such high heels, this could end in disaster.

Clogs are probably the hottest and least expected shoe trend of the season. Clogs are THE fashion shoe buy for the summer. So say Chanel.

Nude shoes, as the trend translates from fashion to footwear, shoes in any shade of beige or peachy pinks will do!

Denim shoes, not since the Spice Girls days have we coveted a pair of denim wedges this much but boy are they back and more grown up this time round.

Futuristic, shiny silver with Perspex details to add a fashion forward look to your outfit.

Hybrid shoes; the wedge that thinks it’s an espadrille, the heel that thinks it’s a trainer, the boots that think they’re peep-toes…? Shoe styles become merged as trends cross over to create new looks, how exciting?!

Now all we need is a little sunshine and a few degrees so we can wear summer sandals and flip-flops again! Time to get those feet buffed and polished girls!