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I am kind of falling in love with this subscription service. Every time I get a Le Tote box, I am so excited to open it, even though I already know what’s in it. I am excited to try everything on and wear the different pieces, even though some of them don’t fit and I haven’t ultimately purchased any of the pieces I’ve tried. I am spending money, ending up with essentially nothing, and still having an absolute blast. How does that happen? I was originally only going to use the service for a month, but I’ve talked myself into a second “just to give myself more to review”. Which is only about 65% of the truth, the other part is me simply wanting to try out more things.
I think my second tote was definitely a bit more “me” than the first. Not 100% my style, but a little more style adjacent. Clothing-wise, I had two wrap dresses and a vest. The pink wrap dress was too clingy, and it wasn’t something I’d ever feel comfortable wearing. The beige vest was pretty, and it looked pretty good on, but the coloring washed me out and brought out the less than flattering red tones in my skin, so much so that I decided to pass on wearing it out. The green and black wrap dress looked pretty great on, and my coworkers really liked it. I considered purchasing it, but the fabric was already a bit faded. I could tell it was something that would get worse with each subsequent washing, so I passed. The jewelry was so much fun, I wore both pieces multiple times, and I considered buying them both. This is going to sound a bit weird, but I knew I wouldn’t have purchased them if I had just seen them in the store, and since I am trying to carefully build my new wardrobe around only “love” pieces, I felt like I needed to let them go. I apologize for the horrible picture, but evidently I somehow lost or erased all of them except for this lovely grainy image before you. I’ll try to do better next time 🙂
So the Sun Basket segment of “Thinking Outside the Box” came to an awkward and complicated end. I still am sorting through everything, but I will give a full evaluation “verdict” in the next little bit. This month, we are moving on to a completely different type of subscription service: wardrobe rental. I heard about Le Tote through a friend, then again through a Facebook ad. I’ve spent many years thrift storing, so I am no stranger to used clothing, but the idea of paying a substantial sum of money ($59) a month, with no lasting tactile goods, seemed a bit strange. I waffled for a while, but ultimately decided “why not?” and sent in my subscription request.
To make sure you end up with something you actually like, the company has you complete a style profile, information on your size, and lists of things you do not want, and then they encourage you to flip through their inventory and add items to your “closet”. The actual totes contain 5 pieces (2 accessories and 3 garments) that are a combination of things you’ve picked and items they think would complement your personal style. They also give you the option to “swap” out items in your tote if they’ve selected something you’re not interested in. After that, the final order is placed, and you receive your item in about 3-4 business days (my experience). If you fall in love with an item in your tote, you can purchase it for a discounted price.
My first tote was a little off style wise, so I swapped two of the five items for other options. Since I am right at the tail end of their sizing range, I suspect that my selection is a bit more limited than average clients, but so far I’ve been able to find plenty of pieces I’m interested in trying. My final tote contained a sweater, a shirt, a pencil skirt, a bracelet, and a shoulder bag. Tassle & Horn Crossbody – The shoulder bag was small enough that it could be used also as a clutch, which was pretty cool. It’s a lot smaller than I usually carry, but I swapped it out with my larger bag for a weekend. I liked the style, and by carrying it as a cross body bag, it was much easier navigating crowds while I ran my usual errands. The only downside was that my wallet, which is admittedly quite large, took up all the room, and I barely had room for a single lipstick and my cell phone. Stretch Cable Bracelet – a gold bangle with black and rhinestone accents. Simple, classic, and a nice bit of subtle bling for pretty much whatever. I wore it twice, and while it was pretty, I ran into the issue I have with most wrist wear: it gets in the way. Clicks against the desk when I type, catches on the edge of the canvas when I paint: just not the right item for me. Cut Out Trim Top – this shirt was one of the items selected for me, and while I would not have picked it for myself, it was interesting enough that I wanted to try it out. Unfortunately, the fit was strange -boxy and unflattering-, so I didn’t wear it out. Quilted Knit Pencil Skirt – I have several more “traditional” pencil skirts already, and despite the fact that I’m a bit chubby, they generally look really nice. This one was solidly okay, but the material was a bit odd, and the stretch made it cling in unflattering places. Like the shirt above, it never left the house. This was the only item in the bag that I could tell had been previously worn: it was a bit linty, and there were some loose threads at the edges. I honestly found it to be a bit off putting.Printed Crop Cardigan – I loved this last one so much. A standard black cardigan with a silk floral panel in the front. Brighter than I normally go, but the colors were very flattering and vibrant. I wore it twice and seriously considered keeping it, but it was a bit short waisted, and it didn’t seem like a good investment for something that wasn’t perfect.
All in all, not a bad first tote. It was a lot of fun trying everything on, and I can’t wait to see what my next tote will bring!