HtCC: Kelly Brook for New Look

Another day, another lingerie post. I can’t help it though. I’m always looking for stylish bra sets, because…well, why not. Your work clothes might be a bit boring, but underneath, hello pretty sexy pants!

Bra: £14.99*, Thong: £5.99*

Kelly Brook is releasing a second lingerie line with New Look, and the photos and items are gorgeous. Polka dots, lace, vintage prints – everything I love in one collection. The sizes go from a 34B to a 36F, so (mostly) everyone can have pretty pants

Bra: £14.99*, Briefs: £6.99*

Bra: £14.99*, Thong: £5.99*

Bra: £14.99*, High waisted pants: £9.99*

The new Kelly Brook collection should be in store now, and is also available on the website.

HtCC: Gok Wan for Simply Be


See, that got your attention.

Gok Wan seems to be everywhere at the moment, from new clothing ranges for Sainsburys to tv shows and books about cooking Chinese food (Wok on!)

This looks like the Many Ways To Wear bra* which is currently on sale at £11, and is available in blossom pink or black

The Divine Outline* (£45) is designed to be worn with your own bra, and looks to be a much more going out friendly form of shapewear. (You know what I mean, it doesn’t look like you’ll have to fight with it when you’re in the loo. We’ve all been there.)

The design I am most likely to go for is this polka dotted one, with the above bodyshaper* costing just £32 (or if you prefer a bra and pants set, the spotty bra* £24, and the matching high waisted undies* are £12)

Simply Yours is a brand of Simply Be, so as you’d expect, the bra sizes are catering towards those of us with sizes that quite frankly sound made up. It’s great to see more companies appearing that are targeting sizes above a D cup when so many of us seem to be a DD at least!

Brava, Bravissimo

Bras! Important things. Well, if you’re a girl they are. If you’re a boy…um…bras are still very important, but you’re unlikely to need one as much.

My best friend (you probably know her as the Wife) is an advocate of getting measured and of Bravissimo. I gave in to the measuring demands, but because of the location, I avoided Bravissimo. The nearest store to Bristol is over in Cardiff, and it wasn’t until recently that I made the trek over there (rather stupidly, on Grand Slam day) and went to get measured.

Bravissimo doesn’t do measuring like most shops with a tape measure, but instead look at how something will fit. The store was quite quiet when Sarah and I went in, and they could see me straight away. I went into a cubicle and undid my dress so I was in just my bra (stupidly I wore a dress that day, but at least it was one that buttoned down the front!) and the lady came in and looked over the bra I was wearing. (This sounds really wrong. It wasn’t.)

She asked what sort of bra I preferred (lacy, plain, padded, etc) and came back with some bras for me to try. The one I chose in the end was the Freya Deco bra – she then brought in the matching pants as well which I thought was a nice touch (cynically, I would think this was a way to upsell to me, but I would have bought them anyway)

Compared to my last measuring at House of Fraser, this was the complete opposite – the service was great, and I actually feel like I have the right size now. In the post where I talked about being measured at House of Fraser, I mentioned that I thought that the sizing they measured me at was a bit odd – and now I know it was! I suspect that I was measured to that as it was more likely that there were items in that size in stock. Very annoying.

Another thing that I liked is that Bravissimo have a guarantee on their products that as long as they are handwashed, if anything goes wrong (wires popping through, broken straps, whatever!) then they’ll replace it. They keep all the details on their system as well under your own account, so you don’t have to try and hunt out that receipt. All these little things just add to how great a service they provide (well, in my opinion!)

Now I’m going to have to build up my bra collection…any suggestions for stores that deal with the larger sized bras well?

Disclaimer: Not needed, not even an affiliate link to be found. I was so impressed with the service that I had to talk it up!

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