Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription myself, all opinions are my own.
April 2016 Le Tote
I am by no means a fashionable person and therefore clothes shopping is very much a chore for me that I avoid like the plague. Recently I was introduced to subscription clothing services where a stylist picks clothes for you and ships them to you, then you try the clothes on and buy what you want to keep. Well, I’m not one for spending a bunch of money on clothes but while I was researching these subscription services, I found a clothing rental subscription called Le Tote and I decided to give it a try. This review focuses on my first month of Le Tote. To learn more about Le Tote and the subscription process check out my information blog post–What is Le Tote and How Does it Work?
For $59/month you are sent three clothing items and two accessories at a time. Le Tote provides free two-day shipping both ways. You can wear the clothes that they send you for as long or as little as you want. Once you’re done wearing the clothes you just send them back in a prepaid mailer sack. Once Le Tote has received your returned items they will immediately process a new tote to send out. You can receive and return totes as many times as you want throughout the month for no additional charge. Le Tote also gives you the option to buy the clothing if you love it–you get it for a discount price. Please keep in mind that all of the clothes in this review were selected for me based upon a style profile I filled out on Le Tote’s site, anything you receive in your tote will be geared towards your preferences.
I’m a pretty casual girl throughout the work week–I wear scrubs to work so I don’t need cute work clothes. I do like some nicer casual clothes and sometimes dresses to wear on the weekends and for dates with my husband. In my first tote I received a denim jacket, two tops and two sets of earrings.
The first top I received was by Summer & Sage (retail$58, Le Tote Price $44).
I really liked the color of this shirt–it’s a navy blue color with a satiny polyester front and a jersey back. This top looked really nice on its own but would look even better under a jacket due to the width of the sleeves. The sizing was perfect and I definitely enjoyed wearing this top.
The second top I received was by Noir (retails $68, LT price $39). Like the top above, this had a jersey knit back but this one had a cute lace overlay in the front with the lace looking a lot like clam shells. I really liked the neutral cream color, the fit was perfect and the effect was slimming. I wore this shirt a few times, once on its own and once with the jacket below.
I really love the way denim jackets look so I was excited to receive this Kut From the Kloth jacket (retails $79, LT Price $60) Though I love the way denim jackets look I always have a hard time deciding what kind of pants to wear with them! The dark fabric of this jacket I think would have looked good with many varieties of colors but I had a hard time making it work with my current selection of pants in my wardrobe. The jacket fit great but it was a little stiff to move in. It also smelled pretty funky, kinda like a warehouse. I’m not sure if that’s the dry cleaning LT uses or if the jacket had indeed been sitting in a warehouse for a while.
The accessories I received this time were both earrings. At first I was a little hesitant wearing earrings that someone else has worn before but they are supposedly disinfected by Le Tote before they are sent out. All-in-all I was pretty happy to receive a few pairs of earrings because that’s the accessory I wear the most.
The cream-colored earrings were by French Connection (retail $24, LT price $19). I enjoyed the simplicity of these earrings and their versatility due to the neutral color. I wasn’t thrilled with the earrings themselves just because the stones seemed pretty oddly shaped, they were not symmetrical and had some sharp edges.
The aqua earrings were by Noir Luxe (retail $24, LT price $16). These were pretty big earrings but were not overly heavy so I happily wore them. They looked great with the cream top above because they really added a pop of color to that neutral shirt.
Overall I felt like the first tote was pretty successful–I was willing to wear everything the tote included! I decided not to purchase any of the items I received in this tote so I packed it up and shipped it back.
Unfortunately, I returned my first tote on a Monday and it took until the following Monday to receive my next tote, despite the two-day shipping each way! What I learned is that once USPS scans the returning package, Le Tote begins to process a new tote which they send you a preview of. You have 48 hours to either approve the tote or to switch out articles of clothing if you choose to. I think that’s pretty neat that you’re able to swap out stuff that maybe just isn’t your style or might not work for the weather you may be having in your city. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize I had to click “finalize tote” when I selected my new clothes so it waited the full 48 hours to ship. I won’t make that mistake again!
The first item I received was a drape cardigan by Max Studio (retail $98 eek!!, LT price $74). I will first say that the garment was of quality construction but I would never spend that much money on a cardigan. This cardigan was selected for me by Le Tote but unfortunately it really didn’t work for me. It was very long in the front (which I know is the style) and had weird draping. The length of the cardigan really didn’t work for my body-type as I am very short and have a small frame. This cardigan swallowed me whole! I definitely did not wear this out in public, but I did wear it around the house because it was cold inside and the sweater was cozy.
The second item I received was one that I requested to have put in my tote which was this periwinkle sweater with a diamond pattern. I regretted most of the items that I personally chose for my tote for the sheer fact that I chose all sweaters and the week I received the tote it ended up being so warm outside that I really didn’t wear my sweaters for long! This sweater was by LA Made (retail $58, LT price $46) and I did really love the fit of this sweater and even wore it for a family portrait, so I’m hoping it photographs well!
The last clothing item I received in this tote was this grey pullover sweater by Summer & Sage (retail $72, LT price $58). I really liked the textured dots on it and I know you can’t see it in this picture but it had zippers on the sides which was a cute detail. This sweater layered well over a tank top without adding bulk and overall I felt like it was very flattering.
I received two accessories with this tote, a blue plaid scarf and some simple silver studs. The plaid scarf by AVA (retail $38, LT price $30) was very large but when folded it compacted nicely. I’m going through a Scottish phase right now–so anything plaid I am obsessed with. Unfortunately since it was so warm the week I had this tote, I was unable to wear the scarf!
As for the earrings by Octavia & Co. (retail $14, LT price $9) I was able to wear these to work since they were so simple. I rarely wear earrings to work so it was nice to be able to have something simple and cute to wear. The metal was a little faded in appearance and it was hard for me to tell if that was from excessive use or if the earrings were supposed to have an antique look.
Overall the second tote was really great in style but it wasn’t my most successful tote due to the weather!
Once I figured out the trick of “finalizing my tote” the process of receiving my tote was much faster. I returned tote #2 on a Monday and received my third and final tote for the month on a Friday, just in time for the weekend. This time I ended up exchanging a lot of the clothes that were initially picked for me since I paid attention to what the weather was going to be like that week. Also, I added a pair of jeans to my tote (they originally picked all sweaters and tops for me) because I was really wanting to try some of Le Tote’s bottoms and see how well the sizing would work.
The jeans I received were Levi’s (retail $54, LT price $44) and in the tote they even came with a tip booklet on how to cuff jeans. These jeans really seemed brand new, like no one had worn them before me. I loved the dark color and the fit was perfect. There was some stretch to the jeans but not so much that by the end of the evening they would lose their shape. I ended up liking these jeans so much that I ended up buying them–I was desperately in need of some new jeans!
The first top I received was by French Connection (retail $48, LT price $38) and was a simple loose-fitting pocket tshirt made of polyester. It was very breathable and the pink color was vibrant. My husband thought this top was really cute and I had to agree. I didn’t end up keeping it though, but it was nice to wear for a day!
The second clothing item I received was a polyester shirt by Noir (retail $60, LT Price $48). It looks black in pictures but it’s really a navy blue color with a geometric print. I was very pleased with this top as it fit nicely and it was much cuter in person than on Le Tote’s website and indeed in my own picture.
I also chose to receive an open pave ring by Camilla (retail $24, LT price $18). The ring had two clovers–one rhinestone and one black. I was able to squeeze this ring together to fit my slender fingers. I thought it was a pretty unique ring and it could definitely work with several different outfits. I feel like $18 for a simple ring is a little too pricey though.
The final item I received in this tote was the only item I was disappointed with. It was a pair of earrings with feathers in clusters by Clement (retail $20, LT price $16). I initially really liked the earrings because they were pretty unique but when I went to take the earrings off to grab a picture, I noticed that one of them was falling apart. I flipped the earrings over to look at the back (pictured here) and it appears that someone has previously tried to repair these earrings…it almost looks like they tried to solder it back together. I’m not sure if it was someone who was previously renting these earrings that tried to repair them or if it was Le Tote trying to repair them. Either way I was pretty unhappy with it–you would think if something was in questionable condition that Le Tote would not keep it in circulation. I promptly emailed Le Tote to tell them of the problem, just in case they tried to blame me for the broken earrings. I never heard back from them!
All in all, I really loved my first month of Le Tote. For $59 I received four shirts, three sweaters, a jacket, a ring, a scarf, and four pairs of earrings–and I didn’t have to launder any of them!! The process of sending and receiving totes was super easy and fairly quick once I figured out how to do it correctly. I am already looking forward to my second month of totes.
Are you interested in trying Le Tote yourself? I have two free totes to give away or you can sign up here. Have any of you all tried Le Tote? How do you think it compares to services like Stitch Fix and Trunk Club? I’d love to hear your thoughts!