Le Tote Subscription Box Review – December 2015
Le Tote is a month-to-month clothing rental subscription. When you sign up, you browse their catalog of clothing and accessories and create your “closet,” from which they select items to send to you. You keep the clothing to wear as long as you like, and you can also send back your box for a new selection of items as frequently as you like. If you love something enough to want to purchase it, you can simply hold onto it when you send the rest of that box back. Also, if you purchase your whole tote, you get one month free!
FYI – the items in my Le Tote boxes are selected for me based off of my preferences and style profile, so your boxes may look completely different!
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
The Box: Le Tote
The Cost: $49 a month
The Products: Unlimited designer quality clothing and accessories for rental. Each box contains 3 garments and 2 accessories. Once you get your first shipment you can ship back the items for more as many times as you like for the monthly fee. (Netflix for clothes!) (FYI – if you keep an item from one of your totes, you get a sixth item in your next tote! Also, if you keep everything in a tote, you get 1 month free.)
Ships to: The contiguous 48 US states only
December Tote #1!
AVA Talia Classic Wrap Dress – Retail Value: $86 (Le Tote Price: $68)
I liked the way this dress looked on Le Tote’s website, but in person, it’s a stiffer, kind of uncomfortable fabric. Turns out that’s because it’s 100% polyester. Now I know to read the material details on the item’s page before picking it!
MATTY M Gridded Sweater – Retail Value: $80 (Le Tote Price: $62)
I liked this sweater! The inside was lined and very warm and cozy. I loved the cuffed sleeves, too.
NOIR Yara Midi Circle Skirt – Retail Value: $75 (Le Tote Price: $58)
This is the first time I’ve ordered a skirt from Le Tote. I don’t really wear skirts often (especially in the winter here) but I thought it looked cute and wanted to try it out.
Clement Spike Y Necklace – Retail: $28 (Le Tote Price: $22)
Here’s the necklace I picked as one of my accessories this month. It’s like a lariat necklace, but not quite. I actually really like it!
Here’s a closer look.
French Connection Blue Lenny Clutch – Retail: $76 (Le Tote Price: $66)
This purse was fun to use for a bit. It has a few different pockets but I like the blue pocket in the front here because it’s actually hard – making it great to slip my phone into!
December Tote #2!
SEE YOU SOON The Hampton Sweater – Retail Value: $68 (Le Tote Price: $54)
This sweater was a miss. I don’t think the tag said petit at all, but it was definitely too short everywhere, in the sleeves and torso. The color is pretty, though!
OCTAVIA & CO. Turquoise Pendant – Retail Value: $32 (Le Tote Price: $28)
Here’s the necklace for this tote – I’m wearing it in the previous photo. The stone actually spins! I thought it was really cool.
TART Ruched Back Top – Retail Value: $75 (Le Tote Price: $44)
This top was comfy and cool – the back is ruched (see next photo) and the material was very stretchy and soft!
Here’s the detail of the back. I think it’s really flattering!
FATE Ombre Pullover – Retail Value: $68 (Le Tote Price: $39)
I loved this sweater! It’s slightly oversized which made me feel like I was bundled up in a blanket all day. It’s a sweater kit, but it was still on the thinner side so it could breathe. And check out how long those sleeves are!
ANNE KLEIN Tri-Drop Earrings – Retail Price: $26 (Le Tote Price: $19)
I’m wearing these earrings in the previous photo. I liked them because they were simple but still added a really pretty, dressed-up touch to my outfits.
This month they even sent me a Julep polish to say thank you during the Holiday season!
December Tote #3!
KATE SPADE NEW YORK Emoji Studs – Retail Value: $48 (Le Tote Price: $38)
How great are these earrings? The Heart-Eyes emoji is one of my faves, so I just love these studs!
CAMILLA Cluster Station Necklace – Retail Value: $38 (Le Tote Price: $28)
This was a unique necklace. The details and style were pretty.
I really like the little circle pendant pieces here. The detail is cool and I love how they were like this on both sides and not just on one side!
TART Selena Double Striped Top – Retail Value: $58 (Le Tote Price: $44)
This top was really comfy but it was too short! It was a little wide for a looser fit which would work great if it were long enough. Unfortunately, both of those things worked together to be kind of unflattering. (FYI – I’m wearing the necklace in the previous photos here so you can see the length and how it looks on)
SPLENDID Famous Knit Shirt – Retail Value: $138 (Le Tote Price: $110)
My heart is breaking that this shirt costs $110! It’s probably my favorite piece I’ve ever tried from Le Tote. It fits amazingly, is super flattering and comfortable, and the sleeves are so nice and long. It’s thin without needing an extra later and I dig the collared, button-up style. I definitely wanted to purchase this piece, but not for that price. It’s pieces like this that make me glad I can request specific items from Le Tote to be re-sent to me in future totes!
BCBGENERATION Checkerboard Sweater – Retail Value: $78 (Le Tote Price: $60)
Again, I wish this sweater were just an inch or two longer for more flattering proportions, but I liked wearing this sweater. It was thick and warm, and the sleeves were long enough!
The Verdict: I get excited to see my Le Tote packages pop up in my mailbox. This month I went through 3 boxes. My very favorite part of this sub is that I can keep the items as long as I like and wear them before deciding if I want to buy them or send them back. Sometimes it takes feeling how a piece wears before realizing that it won’t actually work for you, or that it’s itchy, or something like that. I also feel like there is minimal pressure to buy items since it is a rental service and not a styling service. I feel this aspect gives me permission to enjoy (and wear!) the clothes and not feel bad or awkward when I send everything back (even though I do often keep an item per tote anyway so far).
Evaluating the value is a little tricky because I think the value of renting clothes and accessories is pretty subjective and different for everyone. I can see this being a great service for someone who uses a “capsule wardrobe” or someone who doesn’t like to wear the same thing twice or has a lot of social events to go to, or even women in the process of losing weight!
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