Category Archives: lingerie

Bravissimo – a review

Lingerie label Bravissimo got in touch with me the other day and asked me if I wanted to try out their unique fitting service and choose a free lingerie set. I’d already read a really interesting review about them on Retro Chick who had been asked to do the same thing. Curious, and admittedly very tempted by the free underwear, I went along to my bra fitting yesterday.

I have been to bra fittings before, once at M&S, once at Intimissimi, who’d both measured me with a tape measure and had each come to the conclusion I was a 32DD. I’ve followed their guidance and have stuck to the size eve since, although I have been failing to get many bras that fit right.

Just over a year ago, I also had to have quite a bit of skin removed on one of my boobs, which has left it slightly smaller and a different shape to the other one. Although the difference isn’t huge, some of my bras actually accentuate it, which shows under my clothing.

Bravissimo are aimed at women with bigger boobs, their range going from a D to KK cup, and uniquely they don’t measure you with a tape but fit you based on looking at your boobs. This is something that makes a lot of sense to me, I’ve never understood how measuring your chest circumference can tell you anything about what cup size to wear.

At my fitting appointment I was lead to a lovely, plush fitting room and allocated an assistant, Chantelle, who was both friendly and knowledgable. After looking at me in my bra, she went off to fetch a range of models and sizes. The first bra I tried on fit amazingly and evened out the difference in shape and size of my boobs.  I’d gone down a back size but up two cups, yet my boobs actually looked smaller. Chantelle asked me to put on my top again, a size 10 Topshop blouse, amazingly it was now visibly too big.

Once we’d established my size, Chantelle suggested different bra styles, and after trying on a simple T-shirt bra and a fancier balcony one, I settled for a Harmony set. I have to admit, there weren’t that many styles that appealed to me. I like my lingerie simple and minimal in vintage-inspired shapes and a lot of Bravissimo’s range steers towards a lot of lace in pastel colours – not really my thing. The Harmony bra, which comes with either thongs or briefs (I went for briefs) is one set whose design I really liked though.

Would I recommend Bravissimo?

  • Yes, definitely! I’m genuinely surprised what a huge difference wearing the right kind of bra makes – I’ve actually gone down a whole dress size, dresses and tops that were a bit tight now fit properly or are even too big.
  • The service was impeccable and my fitter, Chantelle, made sure I felt comfortable at all times, offering to leave the changing room in case I didn’t want to get changed in front of her.
  • In case you are not happy with a purchase or your bra starts getting uncomfortable once you start wearing it, you can return it.
  • It’s lovely to go lingerie shopping in style. Seriously, who wants to quickly grab a bra in a rush? Just like shoes or other items you wear a lot, taking your time and trying things on is essential.
  • The prize range is fine – I personally don’t consider £25 upwards for a bra very expensive, especially if it is well made and lasts for many months.

Is there a downside? The only thing that will stop me from exclusively shopping there in the future (and I will most certainly be back soon to get one or two more sets), is the limited range of design. I’m a What Katie Did or Riby and Peller kind of girl and would love to see more minimalist glamour.

Star rating? 4 out of 5.

Valentine’s give-away: win some pin-up style lingerie

I’ve teamed up with lovely lingerie label and purveyors of vintage-inspired lingerie Playful Promises to give away one set of their Blush bra and knickers.
The pink satin with black velvet bow design is the perfect mix between naughty and sweet, just right for you vintage vixens out there. To enter the competition simply leave a comment below this post including your email address. The winner will be picked at random at midday, Thursday 10 February 2011.

If you are based in London you might also like to check out Playful Promises’ ‘Late Night Love In’ on 10 February at their East London Boutique. Shoppers will get 20% off all night, bubbly and chocolate plus there will be an appearance from burlesque star Miss Betsy Rose. There will also be a prize draw to win a pair of tickets to THE TASSLE CLUB burlesque night at the Bath House in London.

Also, if you fancy yourself a bit of a pin-up, do enter their photo competition. They are looking for a girl who represents the everyday woman and who will – with the magic of retro photographer Terry Mendoza – be transformed into a new pin-up princess.

The price is a four hour shoot at the Retro Photo Studio, outfits provided by Playful Promises, and the prize winner will go home with a retouched image (worth £130 pounds) and a £100 gift voucher to spend online or in store with Playful Promises. The final image will also be featured online.
Just send an email to: retropinup@playfulpromises.com with a photo of yourself and three words that best describe you to enter.

Blauer Engel

There’s not enough good underwear out there so I’m always excited when I come across a new label I like. My latest discovery is Dietrich, set up by British designer Frederika Cook, who draws inspiration from haute couture, old Hollywood glamour and the veteran design houses of the Thirties and Forties.

Really love the art deco influence and subtle colours.

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I don’t remember Audrey wearing this

Really love the colourful lingerie by My Fair Lady.

I playfully promise you 20% off…

A few days ago lingerie label Playful Promises got in touch with me about their retro, pin-up inspired lingerie. To be honest I’m always a bit dubious about retro lingerie cause all too often it’s less Vargas girl and more Christina Aguilera in Lady Marmelade. Not a look I’m going for. So when browsing the Playful Promises online shop I was positively surprised to find some really lovely sets and knickers. The Ava set of bra, knickers and girdle (see below in red) has just landed on my desk – and feels and looks fabulous, so much so I can’t wait to wear it out. I also like that unlike other shops (yes, that’s you Topshop…) they’ve got a good range of sizes from a xs to xl and A size to DD.

I also really like their knickers gift sets that come in a limited edition tin. My favourite is – no surprise, I mean it has a bow on it –  the cream and black Kitty brief.
If you feel inspired, Style High Club readers will be getting a 20% discount on all orders for this week only. Simply enter code ‘stylehighclub’ when you check out. Happy shopping!

Tease me

I love everything about this Agent Provocateur video: the black dress, the red hair and – of course – the amazing lingerie.

Siren call

The most amazing underwear label I have seen in  along time – London-based Mint Siren.

images: Mint Siren