Bravissimo Boudoir Beau Bra

Bravissimo have a wide range of own brand bras available on their website.  Almost a year ago I visited their store in Ealing and tried on several styles and sizes but could not find anything that really suited me.  I have now realised that this is probably because I was going for too big a band – my Ewa Michalaks have helped me become accustomed to a firmer band and now I find I am sizing down time and again.

I recently placed an order with Bravissimo for several bras and one of them was the very foxy Boudoir Beau in red/graphite.

Image courtesy of Bravissimo

This is an unpadded bra available in a range of colourways in sizes 28DD-J and 30-38 D-K.  As this bra was in the sale I was limited by the sizes available and so went for a 32K:

Wow!  This bra is so pretty!  I love the bright red fabric and grey lace overlays, it works so well.  My pictures make the red rather more orangey than it is in real life.  As with all Bravissimo bras I have tried, the fabrics used are soft and seem as though they would last a long time.  Their bras seem well-made, give good uplift and shape and are built for comfort as well as style.

The straps are lovely and thick and are fully adjustable, although you would need to force the clip over the grey lace which runs down the front of the straps if needing to tighten more than halfway.

There is a big floppy bow on the centre gore which is made out of the grey lace (I can’t decide if I like it or not) and cute red and grey bows with a grey rosebud adorn the section where the straps meet the cups.

The band is fairly stretchy but firm and there are three rows of three hooks and eyes.

It turns out the 32K fits me pretty well.  The band is good – although I would have liked to have also tried the 30 if I could but it wasn’t available at the time of ordering – and the K cup isn’t bad at all.  It gives me a great shape, as you can see from the pics above, and there is no cutting in to my upper breast tissue.  If anything, the cups were a little roomy and I would have liked to have tried a 32JJ and a 30K for size but sadly they are no longer available in this colourway.

This bra is much more full-coverage than I am used to so I am not sure if I would have much use for it due to the fact that I rarely have my decolletage area covered up.  I could keep it as a bra to wear around the house but it’s far too pretty (and a bit expensive) to be confined to such lowly wear.

I will certainly be keeping an eye out for a cut-priced Boudoir Beau either on eBay or in the Bravissimo sale – do let me know if you spot one!

I have reviewed other Bravissimo own brand bras, including the Parisian PlumeRococo Charm, Dotty Spot and Moulin Rose.



  1. Brianna
    25 April 2012 / 23:05

    Hello. Love your blog! I recommended it in a recent letter to Christina Hendricks. I hope that's okay…

    • CurvyWordy
      25 April 2012 / 23:31

      Aww thanks Brianna! And how wonderful that you have recommended me – I am very flattered 🙂

  2. June
    25 April 2012 / 23:19

    I really love this bra on you! Looks amazing. I really need to try Bravissimo but also want to cling like crazy to the couple of brands/styles that I actually found that do work… dilemmas.

    • CurvyWordy
      25 April 2012 / 23:33

      Thanks June. I returned this one as it wasn't quite right sizewise but I will definitely be keeping an eye out for a 30K in the sale. Maybe we can visit Brav when you come over to the UK…?

    • June
      26 April 2012 / 10:49

      Definitely! I'm trying to hold off on bra buying a bit at the moment so I can save up $$ for when I come. Very hard to resist, though. 😉

  3. Sarah
    26 April 2012 / 01:31

    Wow, that looks gorgeous on you! A really great shape and lift and pretty color. I've tried a couple Bravissimo bras but could not get a handle on sizing; the same band size in two styles was at least an inch difference so I've been making my way trial-and-erroring way through other brands. But I have to keep this one on my list! I so wish we had their stores state-side.

    • CurvyWordy
      26 April 2012 / 18:33

      Thanks Sarah 🙂 I too have found it a little tricky to work out my Bravissimo size – maybe you should take a trip to the UK and visit a store…? x

  4. contrary kiwi
    26 April 2012 / 02:35

    Wow, the wires on that come quite a way round your side! I'd love to see you in a 30K to see the comparison there. It definitely looks like a nice bra though.I'm interested that you said you're used to having less coverage than this; do you not wear t-shirts, or do you prefer having less coverage from your bra even under higher necklines?

    • CurvyWordy
      26 April 2012 / 18:31

      Interestingly although the wires were wide they were not uncomfortably so and you can see I still got a great shape from the bra. I too would like to try the 30K – perhaps I will do so one day if I go to a Bravissimo store.My Ewas (which I wear every day) give me much less coverage than this bra. I don't ever wear t-shirts outside, although do occasionally when I'm having a day at home. My dress style is smartish I suppose so I would never wear a t-shirt and jeans, for instance. Most days I typically wear the Wallis dresses featured on my blog with leggings.If I wore higher necklines I would definitely wear a bra like this or maybe my Bravissimo Dotty Spot.

  5. astrid
    26 April 2012 / 06:38

    I love this bra. I tried it in ivory at the Oxford street shop, but decided to get the colourway that was on sale, which… unfortunately was no longer available in my size by the time I got home! I love that it is full coverage without being matronly. I almost never see it on ebay (and never in the right size) though.

    • CurvyWordy
      26 April 2012 / 18:26

      Argh, hate it when that happens! Fingers crossed you'll spot it at a bargain price one day x

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