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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Bethan Loves: Bravissimo


I am not afraid to admit that I love my boobs. They are easily my favourite asset and I have never been scared to show them off in bodysuits and v-neck tops. However, I have also really struggled in finding a bra that properly fits over the years. I have had countless trips to M&S for bra fittings since I was at least 12 and I am even guilty of getting the tape measure out and doing it myself from time to time. So when Bravissimo invited me to visit their brand new store in Birmingham, I couldn't refuse! 


Bravissimo's aim is to give women with bigger boobs an 'uplifting' experience when purchasing lingerie - excuse the pun! It is funny really, because I have never classed myself as a big boobed woman. However, I started to find earlier this year when I measured myself at a 36D that I couldn't find bras that fit me well in the likes of H&M and other high street stores. I'm not exactly a skinny girl and don't tend to fit into the tiny outfits that Topshop and River Island display, so to have pretty lingerie as a big no as well is a super frustrating experience. 

I headed to the store an evening after work last week and was surprised at what I found. I genuinely though that Bravissimo only did lingerie, but they also offer swimsuits, bikinis and alongside Pepperberry, they offer a whole range of clothes to flatter your boobs. The store has a really stylish vibe to it and suits its surroundings very well. It is based on Cannon Street right in the city centre and is in a gorgeous building. I met with Laura once I got there who was going to do my fitting and I was blown away with how different the experience was. 


The fitting rooms have a lounge area to relax in, meaning you have time to look and think about what set you would like and what style you fancy going for. Each dressing room is also a different girls name, which I loved! There were also quotes from customers around the fitting area and pictures of those happy with their purchases. The whole store in fact felt very personal to its customers and felt more like I was joining some kind of boob gang rather than just looking at lingerie in a store. The staff were incredibly warm and friendly too and made me feel very relaxed in what can be quite an uncomfortable situation.

At Bravissimo, there are no tape measures involved with the fitting process and instead they look for these three things when finding the perfect bra for you: two fingers can sit comfortably all the way round the bra, the bridge is sat flat against the breast bone and the wire sits outside of the breast tissue. Laura explained these to me whilst she fitted me and then went off to pick out some bras for me to try based on what size she thought I was. 


After trying on a few, and picking a style I liked the most, I was told what size I really am; turns out my 36D's are actually 34F's! As you can imagine, I was gobsmacked. I guess I always thought that F meant BIG boobs, but mine aren't huge at all. But I found that 34F actually is my perfect size! I suffer with incredibly painful back pain regularly and it only clicked recently that my boobs are impacting it as well as my posture and time spent sat at a desk. So a good bra genuinely is really important.
The set I chose was the 'Etta Longline Bra' which came with either a brief, a thong or high waisted brief. I chose the high waisted brief, purely because they make me feel much more supported and more importantly, sexy! Bravissimo were lovely enough to gift me the set and I am in love with it. However, there are just so many options available and each set is beautiful, even the very simple bras and briefs. 

Bravissimo recommend that you have a fitting every six months, so from now on I have vowed to myself to keep my boobs in check and treat them to good fitted bras regularly. I'll be honest, Bravissimo sets aren't the cheapest compared to Primark and ASDA, but they are an investment and who doesn't love treating themselves to lovely lingerie every now and then? I always find that if I'm wearing a nice set, I feel much more confident. 

If you also fancy checking Bravissimo in Birmingham out, the team there are offering a discount to my readers, so treat yourself and find out for yourself just why I loved my time at the store so much! 

10% off full price Bravissimo purchases for readers of BethanTrolley
Quote ‘Love Brum’ in store.
39-40 Cannon St, Birmingham, B2 5EE
Terms and conditions apply. This offer is valid on full price styles only at our Birmingham shop until 16th October 2016. It cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount.



*Disclosure – I was gifted the Etta Longline Bra and matching underwear set
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