Review: The Little Bra Company for Target
Disclosure: The item featured in this review was purchased by The Lingerie Addict for review purposes. All opinions are my own. Ariette Petite Lingerie, The Little Bra Company, and Target are unaffiliated with this review.
It's been a while since I bought bras at Target, but before I became a lingerie blogger they were absolutely a staple for me. Today's review features the "Women‘s Tatyana Convertible Demi Bra" by Ariette Petite Lingerie™ by The Little Bra Company™, available at Target for $24.99. As my 30D bust falls outside the available sizes of 30-36 A-C, I sister-sized up to a 32C.
Ordering the bra was easy; I reviewed the available styles on Target.com and opted for Tatyana as being cute but basic, and therefore versatile. I liked the lines created by the strap shape and width, and the texture contrast with touches of mesh. I scored free shipping, and my package took 11 days to arrive. Tatyana is a molded, t-shirt style bra (with convertible straps, of course), but what the description doesn't make clear is that this is definitely a push-up bra. Revisiting the site now, I can see that it is filed under "push up," but that's not made clear by the name or item description. This is a little frustrating, as it implies the assumption that small busted women inherently want to increase volume/cleavage instead of just support.
The construction is about what I would expect at this price point at a major retailer like Target. The stitching is regular and tidy but the finishing and materials are nothing to write home about. In the molded cup are three layers: a shiny knit outer, the padded foam in the middle, and a soft cotton jersey lining, fit with a small dart. The center gore and front portion of the band are lined in non-stretch. A short plastic bone separates the front and back of the band, and the back of the band is a double layer of stretch mesh. This bra hasn't seen extensive wear but the boning doesn't seem to have bowed at all at this point, which is a problem I often notice. The strap elastic is firm with a brushed finish, and is long enough that there's plenty of room to adjust. This is vital to making a functional convertible bra, of course, otherwise it wouldn't be able to change to the cross-back configuration. It's worth noting that the strap elastic is tacked to the decorative strap in front. This bra can only switch between those two styles, rather than fully converting to halter or strapless. Lastly, I found the underwire a bit stiff for my tastes, putting too much pressure on a slightly protruding rib.
As for sizing and fit, I would say this bra runs small. Though I prefer a 30 band, given my druthers, the 32 band actually lays very well on me. Given how hard it is to find small band sizes, I actually think that's kind of a good thing. I felt that the cups ran small as well. In particular, they were too narrow for my breast shape, which allowed for a bit of an overhang on my sides around the underarm. Despite the thick push-up padding, the front volume was comfortable, laying fairly flush against both the larger and smaller sides of my chest.
All told, if you are a petite woman looking to buy bras at Target, I think the Ariette Petite Lingerie by The Little Bra Company styles available there are worth checking out. I would definitely recommend trying them on in person if possible, though.
What do you think of Ariette Petite Lingerie being available at Target? Have you tried any of their styles? Share your opinion in the comments below!