A letter to Bravissimo

Dear Bravissimo,

You know the saying mutton dressed as lamb, unfortunately when I go bra shopping I’m left feeling lamb dressed as mutton. I understand that bigger cups means more material but come on, we don’t need thhhatt much material!

When Maddey and I were younger we would put a massive bra on our heads and have a giggle, questioning who would/ could have boobs that big. Turns out it’s me, my boobs really are that big.

The women in the Patterson household represent the world of boobs. Small, Medium and EXTRA EXTRA LARGE. Mum’s the smallest, her bras are lacey and pretty, you’ll often see her styling a Ted Baker one  how fancy!. Maddey buys her bras from Victoria’s Secret or Boux Avenue; these have the real wow factor. Every colour under the sun with sparkles, lace, bows, padding, push-ups, plunge backs, you name it she’s got it. My bras… well they are basic. Not basic like classic. reaaal basic. reaaal boring.

As a young woman with massive nunga-nungas that’s for you Dave the Laugh, I want to feel like everyone else...everyone else with smaller boobs. On occasion, a satin/basic bra is needed but sometimes you want to wear something different, something “fashionable”. As I scroll through your website and flick through the brochure I’m not left feeling inspired. I see hundreds of practical options; nudes, blacks, blues. I don’t see anything fun. For me, your patterns are too dated and colour schemes.. I’m going to say it.. are granny-ish.

Comfort is a major part of a bra, and don’t get me wrong you bras are the comfiest! They fit like a glove… that is after I have had a fitting, trying every bra..in every size. But I don’t think they represent the young woman of today. Realistically, your target audience probably isn’t 20-25year olds and therefore your designs will mirror this. However, you are in a position to change the way 20-25yrs look at their bodies and boobs.

Remember that girl at school that was smart, arty, everyones friend and somehow really good at Netball (she probably played county-its fine i didn’t want to play anyway). *eyyye roll, I’m not jealous promise* Well thats my reaction when I see girls with envious boobs well done Mad your boobs are great.

So if I could tell you what I want to see more of, this is what I would start with:

  • sparkles- a few diamonités never hurt anyone or how about glittery material???
  • scalloped edging- nothing is more boring than just an edge, why can’t we have some scalloped edging or lace to finish the cup off softly.
  • colour schemes- less lilac more ‘fashionable’ colours; khaki, mustard yellow, bright pinks and reds etc.
  • more lace less flowers
  • straps- The size of the straps are huge (I’m sure they have to be to help keep ’em up) but have you thought about making the straps look pretty. The obvious is lace edges but make sure it’s more than just a small irritating hoop!

A girl can dream right??!

As a big-boobed gal there’s a pretty short list to where I can shop for bras, if I got a pound everytime someone says ‘have you tried M&S?’ I would be a very very rich girl! Gwen Stefani rich. Bravissimo and the in-store staff are the best, and I’m not just going there because they are the only place that fits me… I would recommend them to anyone, of any age. I love the ethos and determination to help those that have to carry a weekly food shop.. on their chest!!!

Sometimes it hard being a woman, do guys realise how hard it is to multitask??

…like walking and not falling over your boobs is an Olympic sport. I deserve a medal. wheres my medal Seb??



PS. Your lighting in the Newcastle branch is still rubbish!!!!!!

PPS. I hope too see you in Tokyo 2020


Coffee, Cake and Bras…all best things come in cups

Hi, my name is Maddey and i’m addicted to buying matching sets of underwear (i wish i was joking)

So, differently to Ellie I have pretty normal sized boobs and so find it very easy to buy bras that fit me well. I buy my all my bras from Boux Avenue…and when i say bras i actually mean i HAVE TO spend the extra £14 (ish) so i can have a matching set! Correct if I’m wrong (I’m not), but there is something about wearing matching underwear that makes you feel like you can conquer the world!

I recently went to the Metro Centre  with my mum to buy some “birthday bras”…best presents ever!! Naturally, we walked in and took the biggest inhale of breath you can possibly do, best yoga class of my life…in through the nose, out through the mouth. There is something about the smell of Boux that i just ADORE and if you disagree then i actually don’t think i can be your friend, “you can’t sit with us”.

Like my sister, I always have a bra fitting. I actually quite enjoy them. A lovely girl called Darcy fitted me a couple weeks ago, she was so so so helpful and gave me recommendations for future. She measured me at a 32E and my recommended style is plunge. She just kept bringing in bra after bra after bra, repeating the same ones but in different colours, and i was thinking to myself ‘why is she making me try all these bras on?’, but i happily went along with it…only to find out it was because my mum was sneakily out there buying other stuff in the shop!! (thanks mum, they’re the comfiest pjs ever!). Once i was finished, we went to the “sale boxes” and did possibly THE girliest thing ever of searching through boxes and boxes of underwear to find some bargains..£2 for knickers!!!! £2!!!

Bra shopping can be and usually is very expensive, and the bras I like are always the expensive ones but they’re pretty so worth the price tag.

Here are some of my must haves that are currently in shops and online:

Sandy plunge bra

Sandy plunge bra. This is part of the Amber loves Boux collection which are stunning bras. The material is super soft and the delicate floral detail is so flattering and pretty. I wish they did this bra is more colours!!! A nice white and pastel mint green or duck egg blue would look amazing.

Annette plunge bra

Annette lace bra. I have it in this blush colour, but can also get it in black, black/purple and dove. The mesh ruching on the cups is very flattering and makes your boobs looks more round. I love the lace trim and now i know you can buy it in so many colours i will be buying more of this style!

Sexy padded low plunge U bra

Sexy Padded Low Plunge U-bra. This bra is a game changer. The low U shape front is finished with a pretty lace trim. Smooth padded cups ensure a great shape, while multi-way straps mean you can wear this style halter neck and cross back too. The bra comes with an additional strap to convert to low back.

Microfibre moulded strapless bra

Microfibre moulded Strapless Bra. This nude strapless bra excels in comfort, support and shape. The super soft and durable microfibre caresses your skin, while the wide elastic back hugs rather than rubs your frame. It also has handy straps that reposition along the cup to hide under any dress.

However, as much as I ADORE underwear in general, there is NOTHING better than taking off your bra at the end of the day!!!




Sandy plunge bra, £30.


Annette lace bra, £30.


Sexy Padded Low Plunge U-bra, £30.


Microfibre moulded Strapless Bra, £28