Personal shopping boxes like Stitch Fix and Trunk Club are all the rage, but I haven’t had good luck with them. Several readers suggested that I try Le Tote. And once I Googled Le Tote, the social media gods decided that I should see nothing but Le Tote ads for weeks.
Le Tote is a monthly membership service that allows you to rent clothing. I chose the $79 box, which allows me 3 pieces of clothing and 2 accessories per tote. I can receive two totes per month, and customize the items that go in my tote. And if I want to add another item, I can do so for $9.99. I also pay the extra $5 per month for insurance.
My First Tote. Utter disaster. Not knowing how to customize the tote before it shipped, I clicked the wrong button and ended up with a tote that literally went back the day after it arrived. It had a running jacket (I don’t run), a pair of embroidered cropped jeans (so not my style), and a handful of other pieces that were a bad fit for my needs in my lifestyle.
But again, this was mostly my fault. The process of customizing the tote seems complicated the first time. You have seven days to customize your tote, so take your time to sort out the process for the best experience with your first tote.
My Second Tote. Better. Because I picked everything in it. So it had to be.
The clothes come mostly from mid-level brands like T Tahari, Vince Camuto, August 1 Eight, and BCBGeneration. There are also better brands like Kate Spade New York but the selections are more limited. Every piece that I received was in good condition. Some were in like new condition, others in gently worn condition.
Buying Clothing. You can buy the clothes that come in your totes for a discounted price. You can also buy pieces directly from the website. As luck would have it, a Rachel Rachel Roy dress that I wanted happened to be available on Le Tote even though it was sold out in my size at Nordstrom. So I snapped that up for 40% off retail. It’s in like new condition. And I’m very happy with it. But one word of caution, the shipping takes forever and it’s possible that the item you want may not be available (you’ll be refunded if they can’t deliver).
Overall Impressions. Le Tote turned out to be the perfect solution to my current wardrobe conundrum. I’ve gained some weight over the last year, and while it’s slowly coming off, I don’t want to invest in clothes that are 1-2 sizes larger than I will need when I lose the last of it. Second, my job with the legislature is temporary, and I don’t want to buy new clothes just because I feel like my wardrobe is feeling a bit stale.
Being able to rent a few nice pieces in the size I need now has made my life so much easier. A new blazer here, a dress there, just having a couple of new things has made getting dressed much more enjoyable. And if a piece doesn’t work — either because the fit isn’t right or I don’t like — I’m not committed to it.
Le Tote has also allowed me to try out a few pieces that I was looking at buying. I don’t wear pants often, but I wanted to see if a pair of wide leg trousers would be flattering. So I rented a pair. They were fantastic, and I’m considering keeping them.
Also, for those of you who are planning to have children in the near future. Le Tote offers a maternity wear service. So you don’t need to invest in pricey pieces to get you through a pregnancy. A great solution for both pregnancy and postpartum dressing.
Honestly, I’m really glad I tried Le Tote. It’s the best solution for my current situation. It would also be great if you were heading to a conference or had a one-off event to attend like a work dinner or a family reunion.
If you want to try Le Tote, you can get a free tote using this link. If you decide to subscribe, I’ll earn $25. It’s definitely worth a try if you want to be able to rent a few new pieces each month for less than the price of a new pair of jeans.
The rules for Saw it on Social are simple: I write an unsponsored and ungifted review of a product that’s promoted heavily on social media. I spend my own money because that’s the best way to know whether these heavily praised products are worth the money. Some are, some aren’t.