Monday, 7 February 2011

Bravissimo

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I tend not to spend too much money on underwear, preferring instead to buy what can be seen. But every now and again I will have a splurge and pretty and feminine styles are what I favour. I was not entirely convinced, when contacted to go along to my nearest Bravissimo store in Newcastle upon Tyne, that this shop would be at all suitable for me. This is an underwear shop that specialises in the larger bust which sadly I am not blessed with. But as I hadn't been fitted for many years, I went along anyway to see what the fitting experience was like and also to take a look at the pretty garments.


My fitter was coincidentally a lady called Paula. She was so knowledgeable about the store and it's history and products, as well as being able to measure by eye. This is a service which does not use the humble tape measure but rather has you try on various pieces to see what truly fits best. As is often the case, it was decided that I was in fact wearing the wrong size, my 34B jumped up to a 32D. Although some of the bra's in this size were comfortable, I would say on the whole, I felt that this size was a little too narrow for me and would probably take too much getting used to. I have been wearing this size pretty much since I first started needing a bra, so I doubt for me that this would change. But it really does go to prove, the report that states at least 70% of women wearing the wrong bra size, is probably not wrong!

I had not visited Bravissimo before, assuming it to be purely a lingerie shop but I was surprised to see that they also stock clothes, nightwear and swimwear all specialising in a curvier figure. It was great to see a range that embraces the fact that while women may be heavier in the chest area this does not necessarily mean they will be bigger all over.

I liked the fact this chain was set up as a result of personal experience and the limitations in finding pretty bras to fit. They have a philosophy which really cares about their customer and listens to what is needed. As well as 20 stores around the UK, you can also order online. So there really is no excuse to be a part of the 'ill-fitting bra' percentage of women!

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24 comments:

  1. Snap! I've been a 34B since the Nineties, but got measured last year and am now a 32D-32DD which makes me feel like a bombshell (I'm not) How exciting, eh? I can highly recommend Mimi Holliday - my boyfriend just got me a set in the colours of Laduree's packaging x

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  2. very nice pictures! like you, I don't spend too much money on underwear... but there are really nice things!

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  3. Oooh, I wasn't aware they did other things besides bras! It's amazing how much bust size can change. Mine's been jumping around everywhere since I lost a bit of weight last year. Looks like they've got some pretty things in store.

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  4. When I go to the UK I will have to visit this store! Every bra I try on here in Sweden that fits is just the most boring!! So I'm definately in the percent that is wearing the the wrong bra size. I always bye the pretty ones, even if they are to big in the waist..Beautiful post and beautiful pictures!
    Love Änglamark.

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  5. Sadly, I am 'blessed' in the chest department (I hate it, all clothes I like favour the more modest bust!) and Bravissimo is good. My mum (from whom I get my ample chesticles from) always insists on me taking her on a trip there when she comes to visit!

    But my hands down absolute favourite for lingerie is always M&S.. The oldies are the best!

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  6. I've been meaning to check out their bras for a while now since I have fairly large boobs. The bras in La Senza are always a tad to small and uncomfortable and other chains don't always have anything nice in the largers sizes. All their underwear looks so pretty so I definitely want to check them out now =)


    Bow Dream Nation xx

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  7. I'm totally in love with Bravissimo, being slightly bigger on top shall we say! And I know what you mean about them being tight - they told me I'm a 28 and they kill me, so I wear a 30!

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  8. I got fitted not too long ago. Thought I was a 34C, apparently I am a 32E. It was quite tight at first but I have to say I wouldn't go back to a looser bra.

    I've always found Bravissimo's for-the-bustier-lady image a bit intimidating, but I've resolved to pay them a visit whenever I'm next flush with cash.

    K xx


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  9. How I wish I had access to a Bravissimo! I can't stand to wear bras that aren't on the cusp of too tight. That feeling reminds me that the support is there. But I totally hear what you're saying...

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  10. Oooh fun! There's always something fun about splurging on a good set of panties and bra, makes me feel sexy:-)

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  11. I tend to not spend too much on lingerie either but I think I shall make an exception this year. Wearing something so pretty inside would make you feel good all day:)

    xx

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  12. Lovely post - I am a fan of Bravissimo but I tend to buy it online as the Newcastle sho doesn't tend to have my size x

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  13. I like splurging on underwear. I've never been into Bravissimo though. The store looks so pretty though! The lingerie is so gorgeous.

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  14. Oh, pretty-pretty-pretty! I'm totally guilty of wearing the most comfortable underwear possible (sport bras & NEVER underwire), but like every good girl I love the sight of pretty underwear.

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  15. I'm a total M&S girl when it comes ot my underwear, but I do love Bravissimo too.

    I am a different size pretty much every time I get fitted for a bra so I wouldn't worry!

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  16. For years I was wearing the wrong size then one day a fuller figured woman asked me why I didn't buy a bra that I had tried on. I told her it made me look to squished in. She then took my measurements and was like huh yeah that is your size but why don't you go up a size and lessen the cup. Bingo. I love myself a good bra. These are beautiful!! Love that Marilyn quote too! =)

    Melanie's Randomness

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  17. Beautiful photos! Makes me wanna shop tons of bras and panties! :-)

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  19. I got measured by Bravissimo recently and they were good, but I've gone up 2 back sizes apparently since I was measured 2 years ago.

    I also forgot to take my camera, so your photos are fab!

    I find bra shopping totally traumatic. I never ever seem to find one that fit! If I try the same size on in other shops it doesn't fit and I just can't figure out what size I'm supposed to be. ARRRGHHH!

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  20. Absolutely beautiful, love my 34c's wouldn't have them any bigger xx

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  21. spitze, röschen, alles mädchenhafte ist doch super, oder marie antoinette? :)
    aber diese kleiderhaken finde ich auch wunderbar.
    ich verfolge deinen blog <3

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  22. oh, i just love buying new underwear, it makes me feel pretty ^^
    every woman should at least own one pair of fancy panties :)

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  23. What magnificent photos. Lovely things here!

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