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Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Supermodel Smalls - The By Caprice 'Audrey'


  Most people will know Caprice Bourret for her career as a model, actress and TV personality. In 1996, California-born Caprice moved to the UK to pursue her modelling career and just six months later, she found herself catapulted into the public eye as the infamous 'Wonderbra girl'. Since then, Caprice has appeared on over 300 magazine covers (including Vogue, GQ, Maxim and FHM) and has fronted an array of campaign advertisements for companies such as M&S, Pantene and Littlewoods. She has also appeared on TV shows, in movies and West End productions and has even released her own single!

   As if that was not enough, the leggy blonde decided to make her mark in the business world in 2000, establishing a licence deal with Debenhams for the creation of her own lingerie line. After seeing her lingerie collection grow rapidly in popularity, Caprice took the leap and invested her own money into the line. She bought back the licence from Debenhams in 2006, and thus, 'By Caprice Lingerie' was born! 




   Since its creation, Caprice has worked intently to develop her brand, adding 'By Caprice Swim' in 2007, 'By Caprice Sleep' and 'Glam by Caprice' (clothing) in 2008 and 'By Caprice Bedding' in 2010. As founder, Designer and CEO of her brand, Caprice has control over all aspects of her business - from designing, to modelling, to marketing. She takes particular pride in going by her instincts and what her customers want, rather than what trends dictate as fashionable. Caprice asserts that her motivation is to make 'ladies feel beautiful, confident, sexy and feminine'. 

   With this in mind, I was very keen to try 'By Caprice' lingerie for myself. The range currently goes from back sizes 30-38 and from cup sizes A-G. Although no 28 inch backs are available in the the range, I was interested to try a 30 back, to see how it fitted. My set of choice was the beautiful lacy 'Audrey' bra from Caprice's current collection. The 'By Caprice' team recommended that I tried a 30FF, rather than a 30F, sending me the 'Audrey' in the teal and black combination (along with the matching lace shorties in a size medium). 

(By Caprice, 'Audrey' - bra: £28 and shorties: £18)


   The By Caprice 'Audrey' bra is a black underwired moulded plunge, with teal scalloped lace overlay. In real life, the teal is more rich in colour than in the promotional pictures and I instantly fell in love with the seductive boudoir styling!

   The bra features dainty black bows at the bottom of the straps and the 'pièce de résistance' is definitely the decorative criss-cross ribbon detailing at the centre of the cups. Although the ribbons that hang down from the centre bow are quite long, they add to the bra's glamorous appeal - reminding me very much of the lace-up ribbons on a basque or corset! The straps are also beautifully decorated, providing a welcome change to the plain straps on most bras. With black and teal mesh frills, the 'Audrey' straps are definitely a feature to be seen! 


(Make a fashion statement by wearing a top that gives a cheeky peek of your straps!)

   With regard to the fit of the bra, I am very glad that I opted for the 30FF, rather than the 30F size equivalent to my usual 28FF size. The 30FF was the correct size for me in the cups and the band felt ok (but a tad loose) in a 30 back. The main issue for me was that the centre gore did not sit completely flush against my chest and for that reason, I would really love for 'By Caprice' to include 28 backs! 

   The 'Audrey' gives a lovely rounded shape under clothes and the boost of the inbuilt foam padding gives a natural-looking lift, without squishing the breasts together and making you look as if you've had a boob job! It is generally quite rare for padded bras to be offered in larger cup sizes, so I am thankful to 'By Caprice' for recognising that every girl appreciates a cleavage enhancer now and again!


   The matching teal and black lace shorties are also very pretty, featuring a floral-patterned scalloped design in semi-sheer lace:     


   The back of the shorties are very cheeky...in more ways than one! I got a size medium (which is to fit a 10-12), but I must warn that they do come up quite small! The cut of the shorties is definitely not for the faint-hearted, as they give quite risqué coverage to your derrière..perhaps not for everyday wear, but certainly perfect for the bedroom! They also boast a stunning V-shaped cut-out detail at the top, which gives a racy flash of skin, alongside elasticated criss-cross ribbons, which compliment the similar motif on the bra. 



  All in all, I was very pleased with my first experience of 'By Caprice' lingerie. The 'Audrey' set is a lovely boudoir piece that is sure to seduce anyone lucky enough to see it! Its teal lace, corset ribbon detailing and unusual frilled bra straps show great attention to detail and make the wearer feel oh so glamorous and sexy! I also liked the shape of the cups and the fact that the bra offers a little bit of 'oomph', with its inbuilt padding!


  'By Caprice' is indeed carving a place in the lingerie retail world, offering glamorous designs at very reasonable prices. 'By Caprice' is available to buy from Littlewoods, amongst other online retails (such as Debenhams, Figleaves, New Look and ASOS).

To find out more about 'By Caprice' and the ranges, visit: www.bycaprice.com.

Love,
Kitty xo

10 comments:

  1. Oh La la . . .
    the Lingerie is the most artistic side of Fashion and You have a such Beautiful and Artistic Blog!
    Cheers, Molti complimenti per il tuo Blog e la tua Bellezza.
    Ciao dall'Italia
    Greetings from Italy by fellow Artist Aurè

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  2. Thanks for your comment, Aureart - I'm really glad that you are enjoying my blog!

    Love,
    Kitty xo

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  3. Great post Kitty, I was impressed with the By Caprice lingerie too - I think they are well thought out designs at affordable prices - love the set you have chosen, in my favourite colour!

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  4. Hi Tamar,

    Thanks for the comment - glad you agree! The teal and black is a lovely combination indeed. I love that By Caprice brings something a bit sexy to the market, particularly for the larger bust! The designs are great for all sizes though..

    Love,
    Kitty xo

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  5. I've never bought anything by Caprice but this set is lovely. It's great that they make larger cup sizes too!

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    1. Hi Sexy Lingerie,

      This was my first experience of By Caprice lingerie and I think that the 'Audrey' is really glam looking! So nice to see a bit of sex appeal in larger cup sizes too (and a little bit of padding!) I'd just like for them to make 28 bands now..!

      Love,
      Kitty xo

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    2. Definitely! I don't need such a tiny band size myself but it's great to see a brand that offers them for those who do wear that size, and not just in an ugly granny bra either!

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    3. Totally agree! A bit of glamour never goes amiss! ;)

      Love,
      Kitty xo

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