What Is A Balconette Bra & What Does It Do For You?


Boudoir Beau Bra

If you are one of our Bravissimo ladies, the following questions will probably have crossed your mind, what is a Balconette bra and what will it do for me?

What is a Balconette Bra?

A Balconette bra style is cut straight across the top part of your boobs rather then in the middle like a half cup or in a V shape like a plunge and has a deeper centre panel and wider cut shoulder straps.

What does a Balconette Bra do for you?

Instead of pushing your boobs together to create a cleavage (like a plunge), a Balconette will create lift from the bottom and upwards. It will give your boobs a rounder shape, but not cut too high over the boobs. If you want more support & coverage, look for a style with a higher middle panel and higher cups. This style tends to have wider set straps and should sit comfortably on your shoulders and your boobs should fill the cups giving you a more rounded shape. Balconettes are best for wider necklines, sweetheart necklines and scoop necks and for boobs that need a bit more uplift, but still want a flattering rounded shape.


Tango Balconette BraWe have 44 different styles of Balconettes in Alana Braour collection, we have underwired styles or moulded styles for a more defined shape. Our Bravissimo firm favourites are the Alana Bra by us, in candy pink and the Tango Balconette Bra by Panache, now in lemonade and amethyst, (perfect colours for summer) or try the sexy Boudoir Beau Bra another Bravissimo style in violet and poppy/orange. All of these brilliant balconettes will offer you a lovely rounded shape, great support and all day comfort. Browse our collection, you will certainly find one you love.

What do you think of our choices? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.




Beautiful Bridal Lingerie Essentials

Deco Darling Bra

We are still in the middle of wedding season, if you are a bride-to-be, hopefully you will have read our blog on ‘what bridal lingerie to wear under your wedding dress’.

At Bravissimo, we love to give you lots of choice and we didn’t want to leave anything out, so below you will find some more stunning wedding lingerie, bridal essentials to help your wedding day run smoothly, and also luxurious & sexy underwear for your wedding night and honeymoon.

The Elodie Bra In Cappuccino

The Deco Darling Bra by Freya in Ivory, with its subtle and pretty pattern, is a great choice for any bride. This bra scores high on comfort and offers a smooth silhouette under your dress. Because it’s a moulded plunge, it’s perfect if your dress is a low scoop neck, which shows some cleavage. This style additionally comes in Black/Blush with a rose overlay design; this is the ultimate lingerie set for your honeymoon. The set also comes with the Deco Darling Suspender and the Deco Darling Brief.

Is your dress sheer or silk? You may be better opting for nude wedding lingerie like the The Elodie Bra by Fantasie in Cappuccino. This style has a side sling shape, which pushes you forward and creates uplift, a great choice if your wedding dress has a cowl neck, but you still need that hint of cleavage. Try the Black/Berry colourway for your wedding night, with matching Elodie Thong, which has a sexy keyhole feature.

Deco Darling Babydoll

Are you looking for some wedding underwear that gives support, fantastic cleavage, prevents your wedding dress clinging in all the wrong places and is special enough for your wedding night? The Deco Darling Babydoll by Freya, offers you all that for your big day.

If the wedding dress you have chosen is backless, which is a lovely look for summer, then don’t worry. We sell Low Back Converter Clips (D+) by The Natural. These very clever clips, simply hook onto the hook & eye on any bra and wrap around your waist…problem solved.

If you are a bride-to-be and want any advice on the best lingerie for you, please pop into one of our stores, or speak to one of our customer service team.



What Bridal Lingerie Should You Wear Under Your Wedding Dress?

Deco Darling Strapless Bra

When planning a wedding, choosing what bridal lingerie to wear may not be the first thing that springs to mind. But nevertheless here at Bravissimo we believe that choosing the right bridal bra to go with your wedding gown is key to feeling beautiful and comfortable on your big day.

After all, with so many wedding dress styles and necklines to choose from (strapless, one shoulder, spaghetti straps, halter neck, V-neck, cowl, scoop, illusion and boat neck) how do you choose the right wedding underwear for the right neckline and dress?

Satine Bra

At Bravissimo, we have some stunning wedding underwear; to find a style that works with your dress, take a look at our recommended bridal lingerie for different neckline styles.


The Deco Darling Strapless Bra by Freya is perfect for a strapless style, one shoulder, sweetheart neckline, Evie Bridal Braspaghetti straps, halter neck, or illusion. It also comes with multi way straps, so you can wear it after your big day. From the same range, you can also purchase three styles of briefs, plus a garter and suspenders.

We know you love the Satine Bra by Bravissimo, our super comfortable padded plunge. The great news is, it comes in ivory with matching briefs or a thong. This style is the best choice, if you are wearing a V-neck, cowl neck, or sweetheart neckline with straps.

The Evie Bridal Bra by Panache is a very pretty but versatile bra. It is cut higher than the Deco Darling, so is suitable for bandeau styles, rather than a sweetheart strapless styles. It could also be worn with boat necks, spaghetti straps, higher halter necks and shifts dress style. If your dress is cut loose around the arms, this bra has multi way straps. It is also available with other bridal accessories.

If your gown style is column or bias cut and you want to create a smooth line under your dress, don’t forget our Evie Bridal Basque by Panache, which is good for creating structure, even when your dress is loose.

To make that all as easy as possible, we have also put together a table with all the styles listed here and the recommended wedding underwear associated with them.

Wedding Dress Style Recommended Bridal Lingerie
Sweetheart Neckline (Strapless) Deco Darling Strapless Bra
Sweetheart Neckline (Straps) Satine Bra
V-Neck Satine Bra
Cowl Neckline Satine Bra
Bandeau Style Evie Bridal Bra
Boat Neck Evie Bridal Bra
Halter Neck Evie Bridal Bra or Deco Darling Strapless Bra
One Shoulder Deco Darling Strapless Bra
Spaghetti Straps Evie Bridal Bra or Deco Darling Strapless Bra
Illusion Style Deco Darling Strapless Bra
Shift Dress Evie Bridal Bra
Column Evie Bridal Basque
Bias Evie Bridal Basque

Don’t forget you can visit our bridal underwear section for even more choice!

Finally, a great tip when buying a wedding bra, buy it just before your dress fitting and don’t forget to take it along.

What do you think of our suggestions? Is there anything we missed? We would love to hear your thoughts and opinions in the comments! Otherwise, thanks for reading and if you are a bride-to-be, have a wonderful day! love Bravissimo.




Festival Bras for Festival Fever


It’s that time of year again, the noise of bands playing in the distance, making friends with complete strangers, those horrible loos, wrestling with your tent in the pouring rain or blazing sun…Yay, it’s festival season! Whether you are listening to Jazz in the grounds of a stately home or if you are crowd surfing in a field, everybody loves a music festival. The British summer and festivals go together like strawberries and cream. So if you are heading to one of the biggies this summer, like the Isle of Wight Festival, Glastonbury or T in the Park, read on.

You may already have a few ideas on outfits, but what do you take when it comes to festival bras? What would be a striking, comfortable and supportive bra to take to a festival? The Parade Longline Bra by Freya  is the perfect festival bra, it will look great under a vest top with its bold floral straps and if you are lucky enough to have hot weather, this bra is pretty enough to wear as outerwear. Think about teaming it with a pair of denim shorts or a maxi skirt.Festival 2

Or there is our bold and exciting Orchid Burst Bra by Bravissimo, wear it with something slightly see-through for a great festival look. Take a walk on the wild side with the Deco Zest Bra by Freya in yellow and animal print. The animal print straps on this bra will look great under a white or black vest or cami.

For comfort all day, you could opt for a soft cup bra like the Sophie Soft Cup Bra by Panache, it’s pretty enough to be seen, but also lined in jersey and with padding on the straps, so you really won’t know you’re wearing it. If you want to go braless, without actually being braless, then take a look at our strappy tops with integral bras, the Non Padded Strappy Top by Bravissimo in vibrant orange, will go with any of your festival wardrobe.

So that’s our choice of festival bras for the 2015 festival season. No matter what you choose enjoy yourselves ladies, and don’t forget the sunscreen and wellies!

What did you think of our choices for festival bras? Was there any we missed? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!