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 Plume, Rococo Charm, Dotty Spot and Moulin Rose.