Category Archives: Carole Wang
I think I have never liked dressing to please others; I have always dressed to please myself. But sometimes societal constrictions force us into changing the ways in which we perceive ourselves. Sometimes one has to put one’s bluejeans aside and simply dress up for that play, concert or party or meeting. It’s a sad fact, but we do what we must.
I love comfort, but I would never wear my pajamas out in public. But this is really the initial thought behind starting Brava! I was looking for something that packed well and traveled easily, no-ironing or worrying about wrinkles. I found these great Bamboo pieces from Bay Area designer, Carole Wang. I thought they were pretty, and I wore them out to dinner one night. Now usually when I come home after dressing up for some occasion, I can’t wait to change out of my clothing into something more comfortable. Not this time. I forgot to change. and I knew I was onto something. I returned to the little boutique to buy more pieces. Selection was limited, so I bought what I could, but I wanted more.
Months later, I decided to investigate the possibility that a lot of other women would be interested in feminine, practical, ecologically sustainable clothing too.I did an informal survey, the results of which led to Brava! I now lead a
busy life, spreading the word to theater performers, orchestral musicians, housewives, and business professionals, and mothers. Brava! clients are all ages and all sizes, but we all share one important thing in common – we’re comfortable!
We all know how the right scarf can add dimension and visual appeal to our everyday clothing, but what about our Orchestral Blacks? We’re not allowed to wear any colors in the orchestra pit. We accept this as a part of everyday work life. Sometimes we sneak a pretty piece of jewelry, earrings or a nice pin, but truthfully jewelry can get in the way of serious musicianship. So, how do we differentiate ourselves from the other dozen women in the pit when we are all wearing black?
We are talking about fit and style. Your clothing has to fit properly, be comfortable and appropriate. Your Black pieces must match; not an easy thing. Over the years you’ve collected various Blacks in different fabrics and styles, now in all different stages of wear. It’s probably time to donate or throw out those items which no longer fit properly, are out of style, or do not match anything.
A common rule for weeding out one’s closet is, that if you haven’t worn something in two years, get rid of it! I think that’s nonsense. I have had some of the same dresses for over thirty years, and have no plans to discard them. Well-loved, well-designed clothing deserves some respect. This may sound trivial, but I believe how one presents oneself, especially in the workplace, makes a real difference in how one is perceived. A Brava! Consultant can help you make these decisions. The second rule is style.
Let’s clean out our closets and put together a Working Wardrobe! Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to throw on an outfit for work, and know you’re looking perfect? It’s all in the pre-planning. For instance, this 2016-2017 season, the San Francisco Opera has seventy performances. That’s seventy different times the women in the Orchestra have to find something in Concert Black to wear. Seventy outfits, which have to span the quirky Bay Area weather patterns from September through December, then May to July. Our Brava! fabric in Bamboo and Organic Cotton is perfect for this. It’s cooler in summer, and warmer in winter. The comfortable knit moves with your body, and there’s no static cling.
We offer many different styles which suit all body types, XS – 3X. And even better, we custom fit even before the garment is made, at no extra charge. No alterations necessary. Our designer, Carole Wang, is based locally, in Fremont, so turnaround time is usually fairly short. We make sure ahead of time that your Black garments match from the same dye lots. Little or no color fading or shrinkage guarantee your Orchestral Blacks remain attractive and work-ready for a long while.
We are very excited to announce that Brava! Fashions has a unique agreement with our fabulous boutique designer, Carole Wang! Carole will be doing special designs just for Brava! Fashions’ unique clients! We’re in the process of choosing our lush color palette, which will offset our great Basic Black. Carole’s new designs include fun Fleece outerwear of Cotton and Bamboo, and new tea-length dresses which whisper romance and classic elegance. Stay tuned for updates!
Taking orders now for these elegant Three-Quarter Wrap Jackets with Bamboo Button closures in Purple and in Teal. Sizes XS-3X; $225.00. I’ve got one, and I wear it everywhere, including the opera!
It’s a strange irony that Brava! Fashions really started with my search for the color purple. I was trying to find something comfortable to wear, which packed well and was also versatile in that I didn’t know exactly I was going to be doing on my trip back home to Connecticut. I found the exact color top I wanted, which also happened to be in 95% Bamboo/5% Spandex. It fit. I bought it. Then I went back and bought a skirt. Then another piece, then a wonderful Purple Fleece Jacket with a charming Bamboo Leaf Button Closure to top it off. I was hooked. The irony is that I usually wear so much Black. And when the idea came for Brava’s Performance Attire in Concert Black, I was wearing this Purple color.
I love Purple, so much so, that this year after my hair dye fiasco when my hair literally turned Purple, my daughter suggested I keep it. I don’t think so, Dear. Not at my age. I think the color Purple belongs in one’s closet.
However, I am very happy to be able to offer a limited number of 3/4 Length Wrap Cotton and Bamboo Fleece Wrap Jackets for Fall, 2015. High-collared with a charming Bamboo Leaf Button, we will have these in Purple and our popular Teal for $225.00. Email me for details.