Le Tote: Box 6

It’s an absolutely fabulous feeling when you get a delivery that hits every nail on the head. It fits. It’s comfy. It’s trendy. It makes you reconsider your own style because, damn that looks good! All of that culminates into not feeling like you are wasting your time or money on a subscription service – even when they have the odd bad box.

 

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Look at those beautiful colors and patterns. I may need to request all of these again asap!

The Max Studio Printed Jersey Dress is just the thing for a leisurely walk to the park, or curled up with a good book. I don’t think I can stress the wonders of a dress that is durable, and doesn’t leave me feeling constricted. Retail: $98 Le Tote: $68

I was a bit cautious with the Noir T Strap Poppy Tank. There wasn’t a whole lot of give to the material and that can easily make it something that doesn’t go on at all or come off easily. However, I was delightfully surprised, and had I not been recouping from other purchases I would have kept this for my physical closet and not just my virtual one. It also pared really well with the Smudge Me Not lip color I got in my Wantable Makeup Box. Retail: $58 Le Tote: $48

The Max Studio Inverted Pleat Front Tank wore perfectly under a cardigan with black crop pants. It would make a great addition to any office wardrobe, and it’s lightweight and airy material also make it perfect for an afternoon date at the zoo. It’s hard to go wrong with a multi-functional piece of clothing. Seriously, I’m sure we are all guilty of buying clothing that is for a very specific purpose and hardly sees the light of day because of it. Retail: $88 Le Tote: $68 $33*

Last, but not least, the Catherine Catherine Pleated Peplum Top. To be honest, the pastel pattern wasn’t really doing it for me when I pulled it out of the box. Of course the cut of the material made it worth trying it on. I know there’s is a fashion science behind why peplum style tops look fantastic on the pear shaped, I don’t even care what it is I just love it. It’s simultaneously fitted and loose in all the right spots! Though, the color scheme would have been more appreciated in April versus July. Retail: $48 Le Tote: $42

This was definitely an experience that I was happy to rent. Yes, I liked all the items, but not enough to part with the cash to keep them (except the Poppy Tank.) It was great having new-to-me items that looked fantastic, because a little something new does wonders for my attitude.

If you’re looking for some new looks to freshen the wardrobe or even makeover your style, I highly recommend Le Tote to get yourself started. Click here and get $25 off your first month.

*Sale price at time of writing review. 8.9.17

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Le Tote: Box 5

It was bound to happen sooner or later, a Le Tote delivery that just did not float my boat. Now, here’s the thing: every one of the items I got came from my closet. They all looked super trendy and comfy, and the week it came we had a bit of cool streak so the longer sleeves weren’t even unbearable… well, they wouldn’t have been had more than one of the items fit right.

The KUT from the Kloth: Black Print Blouse was the only thing I opted to wear. It was the only one that turned out to be as comfy as it looked. I wore it layered over a simple gray camisole and black pants and felt like I was on point for the office. Retail: $68 Le Tote: $54

I was most excited to try on the BCBGeneration: Collarless High-Low Blazer. Such a great color, and as soft as it looks. What goes a bit unnoticed from the pic is the huge shoulder pads. The compulsion to cut them out was so high, I had to immediately put it in the return shipping bag so I didn’t have to commit to the item. Retail: $118 Le Tote: $43

I’m not sure if there was a construction defect or if the Noir: Zipper Front Shirt is best for a willowy frame but no matter how I styled the sleeves it just laid all wrong. Worse, was the lack of mobility. Great top if your arms are basically going to be at your side all day, but try to reach for something, a pencil that fell on the floor, a strand of hair dangling in your face, or your favorite mug from the cupboard and you are met with resistance and/or zippers digging into your flesh. No thanks! Retail: $66 Le Tote: $33

Last but not least, the London Times: Tie Sleeve Shift Dress. It’s summer and I practically live in dresses, this one however I couldn’t get out of fast enough. Le Tote swears they hand measure every garment so that the items you get are sure to fit, but I think this one got lost in translation. What should have been flowy ended up being uncomfortably tight. Which brings me to possibly my only real complaint about Le Tote, you can’t select a different size to try something in. I’m not sure if you are limited to the sizes specified in your profile, or those Le Tote stylists tag as being measured for you, but there have been several items I would have like to try in larger or smaller size but I couldn’t request the difference. Retail: $58 Le Tote: $46

Now, enough with all the griping. Yes, I had a bad Tote. But I’ve had more good ones before and since (I might be a wee bit behind in the reviews). I’m really looking forward to trying Le Tote: Select, their version of StitchFix, Wantable, Dia & Co. etc. I’ve got another box or two of the competitors coming, and then I switch it up to try something new.

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Le Tote: Box 4

Le Tote, easily my favorite of all the clothing subscriptions, is a flat rate monthly rental subscription. Get 3-5 items depending on your subscription, wear them as long as you want and return them when you want something new. If you find you can’t live without one of the items, you can buy it at a discount.

Delivery #4 is my first of the Classic Box subscription with 4 clothing items and no accessories and is the first box I kept longer than a few days. Typically, I’m good to wear everything once and send it back, but this time I got a fabulous dress that hubby assured me would be worth it once I got paid first.

Even though each item came from my closet (all the items Le Tote has available and I’ve clicked the little heart on) only half of them worked out for me this round. Let’s take a look:

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I thoroughly liked the orange Vince Camuto High Low Shirtdress, I ended up wearing it as a tie front shirt since I didn’t have any belts to give it some shape. (This should be rectified in the coming weeks.) It worked really well for casual Friday with my cute black and white capris. Would definitely rent again. Retail: $89 Le Tote: $68

I looked like a freakin’ goddess in the pink paisley London Times High Neck Maxi Dress and felt like one too! I wasn’t too keen on the price tag, but my favorite person said it would be worth the splurge. And it is! Adding a light sweater or a denim jacket will make this dress wearable spring through fall. Who am I kidding, boots and a comfy pull over will make it fantastic for winter too! I don’t know if you noticed, but I love this dress. Retail: $98 Le Tote: $74

I’m going to get better about taking before and after pics when I swap items. I don’t recall what the Lumiere Star Cold Shoulder Top replaced but it did replace something. I know the description says star, but you can hardly tell they are more than polka dots in the photo. In person they were way to aggressive for my liking. Despite the open shoulders the sleeves were too tight to move in. I just couldn’t make it work. Retail: $45 Le Tote: $26

Lastly, the skirt. The crepe paper like fabric of the Le Lis Pleated Pencil Skirt was too small for me to even try on. Seriously, I’ve got shapewear that is easier to get into. The elastic waist band did nothing to help. This sad little article of clothing stayed in the box until I was ready to ship it back. Retail: $45 Le Tote: $36

I was all too happy to pack it up and ship it back yesterday morning, my next box finalized before I had even left the office.

 

Le Tote: Box 3

This was a fun weekend for subscriptions. I got my third Le Tote, my eighth StitchFix, and my first Dia & Co. It was great having so much new stuff to try with each other, not to mention the contents of my closet. Even did a mini photo shoot with my goodies thanks to a visiting girlfriend.

Because there was so much to compare to I think this is a good time to start breaking down prices. I’ll go over StitchFix and Dia & Co in their own entries this week, for now I’ll focus on Le Tote.

There are three subscriptions to choose from. The first gets you two clothing items and one accessory for $44 a month ($54 for maternity). The second, and my current pick, gets you three clothing items and two accessories for $64/$74. The third, gets you four clothing items for $64/$74 a month, perfect if you don’t accessories or you’ve got plenty to choose from. (I’m going to switch to this for next month.)

The subscription cost covers shipping both ways and dry cleaning for each box. Get one box in a month you pay about $13-$19 per item. I’m on track for four boxes with my first month, bringing my rental cost per item down to $3.20. Granted I did buy a few items from my first box, but purchases aren’t going to be a regular thing, especially knowing I can request items again.

Let’s look at this delivery’s line up:

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Now, one of these items I swapped out, but I can’t remember which and for what.

The floral top I’m actually sporting right now. It wears a little big, so I may try it a size smaller because I like the lightweight material, colors, and pattern. It goes for $79 retail marked down to $54 for Le Tote.

The cape! This felt absolutely ridiculous to wear. Probably the most fashionable thing I’ve ever found myself in. Unfortunately, to keep it’s shape the material is crazy thick and heavy, which may have been perfect a few weeks back when we were bouncing around the forties and fifties, but we hit the eighties this weekend. Retail: $100 Le Tote: $80

The earrings pair nicely with the floral top, but again with the gold. The gold base for most of the accessories is why I’ll be switching my subscription. Retail: $22 Le Tote: $16

The necklace was finally a silver base! Worked well with the accessories already in my closet. Unfortunately the weight (it was crazy heavy for such a little thing) and style didn’t really work for me. Retail: $42 Le Tote: $32

I’m pretty sure the dress was my pick, sure wish I knew what I swapped it for. Anyways it was super cute; the perfect length. The material was light but it felt sturdy, something that you wouldn’t fret walking through the woods in. The downside was that it felt a bit too small. Will definitely want to try it in a larger size. Retail: $98 Le Tote: $37

The pricing, for the most part, definitely falls in line with what I’d expect to see if I hit up the mall, not that I would pay those prices. The only one that seems too high for the material used is the floral top, nearly eighty dollars just doesn’t seem right. The dress I wished fit better, it was in excellent condition and would have been worth every dollar.

Here’s a look at some of the items on a size 14.

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Subscription Smorgasbord

At the end of November 2016 I accepted a position that took me out of retail and put me into an office. There isn’t a whole lot to complain about. My schedule is stable, my commute is shorter, I work with fewer people so work place drama is nonexistent, and stressors from one day don’t carry on to the next day much less the next week. However, going from eight hour shifts on my feet running around a store, to eight hours plus at a desk has caused me to go up a few sizes in the six or so months since I’ve changed jobs.

The clothing in my closet slowly becoming tighter and more restrictive paired with my denial in clothing stores is the biggest reason for my subscription binge. Having to look for clothes based on size is stressful. It’s crazy how much of an effect those numbers or letters can have on one’s self esteem. Even when you are comfortable in your own skin walking into cramped, poorly-lit, dressing rooms to find the top that just screamed, “buy me” is too small or too big or a combination of both (damn pear shape!) can be such a downer.

The nice thing about the subscription process is you are asked for your measurements. You’ve got to bust out the tape measure and be honest with yourself. True, you may be faced with those dreaded numbers and letters when you initially fill out your profile, but they are usually suggestions based on your measurements and you only have to look at them for about thirty seconds. The stylists should be measuring every garment they pick out to make sure it is going to be the best fit.

When I get any one of my subscription boxes I’m not looking for tags first, I get to skip that step. Instead I get to look at the fabric, the patterns, the cut. Yes, sometimes things don’t fit right and I have to check to see if that was on me or my stylist. Maybe I wasn’t as honest I should have been. Maybe my measurements changed. Maybe the stylist picked out a number or letter instead of actually measuring like they promised. For the most part though I can just be excited about the goodies that came in my box.

Now, I typically don’t keep everything. It would have to be absolutely something special for me to drop $200 on five items of clothing. Once, the discount made it worth keeping it all instead of sending the one item I didn’t love back. The rest of the box is usually great inspiration. Items I never would have considered trying on I now know look really good on me. Granted, items I wanted to love got quick nopes and I know what to avoid.

This week I’ll be going over Le Tote #3, StitchFix #8, and Dia & Co #1. Later this month I should have Unique Vintage Dress of the Month #1 and I’ll be adding make-up to the reviews with Play by Sephora #1, and Beauty Box 5 #1.