Craving: Banana Republic Pleated Drapey Short

I’m always on the look out for a great pair of shorts. I own a pair of denim shorts, green shorts, and even a pair of tweed shorts, but I seem to lack a classic white or black pair. These Pleated Drapey Shorts have recently popped up on the Banana Republic website, and I’m itching to give these a try. They come in both regular and petite and are made of 91% polyester and 9% spandex.

Pleated Shorts

The regular price is $59.50, but today Banana Republic is offering 40% off your entire online purchase with code: BRFIND40.

Shop these shorts and a few other things I’m eyeing on the BR website:

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ariette Petite Lingierie by The Little Bra Company + Target Collaboration

This collaboration by The Little Bra Company and Target almost slipped right by me, but from a petite’s perspective, this is actually one of the most significant collabs Target has had thus far! If you wear a smaller bra size like myself, you know how difficult it is to find a good bra in the correct size. This collaboration, although available online only, gives us petites another great accessible option!

Sizes range from 28A to 38A (A, B, C available but no AA or D cups). Bras are $24.99 and panties are $9.99, which is extremely affordable. TLBC’s bras tend to run around the $60 mark. There are five different bras offered as well as five matching panties at Target:

My own reservations: There are two blacks offered which is great under darker clothes, but for lighter colored alternatives, I prefer nude bras as opposed to ivory bras. Although there is one nude option, the other alternatives are black or ivory.  Ivory is fine if you happened to be of a lighter skin tone, but for medium or darker skin tones like myself, ivory will just not do. I need my undergarments to “disappear” under my white tops and t-shirts, and I find that this done most successfully with bras that are closest to my own skin tone. A few years ago, TLBC‘s own line was dominated by mostly ivory-colored and black options, but I’m happier to see they have added nude and darker nude bras!

Furthermore, like TLBC’s original line, these bras but for the exception of one, are push-up without removable pads (at least as far as I can tell, but please correct me if I’m wrong!). Many smaller-chested women might prefer a push-up or padding to give the illusion of a fuller bust under clothing, but personally, as long as the cups are contoured or molded properly, I find that push-up/padded cups are unnecessary and would really like the choice of at least being able to remove them!

Thirdly, which is not as much of a big issue, but I prefer bras that are smoother in texture than full lace which I find also to be typical of TLBC’s bras, although they have further expanded their line to include smoother textured options.

Despite my own reservations about the color and the padding, I am tempted to order these from Target and see how they pan out. It’s not often you find smaller sized bras and such an affordable price!

Anyone tried these? I’d love to hear your experience!

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