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What I’m Wearing This Week: Armoire

Mary Zubritsky
ByMary ZubritskyNov 15, 2021 | 12 comments

Armoire
5 overall rating
8 Ratings | 22 Reviews

Me, again! Last week was busy. I finally found a dress for the wedding, and I got it off eBay (whoops). I took my little white fluffer to get de-fluffed, visited my dad and stepmom, and contemplated some of life’s most pressing questions… should I get Thai food or Vietnamese for dinner? The answer to that question comes later.

Ever notice how picking out clothing is almost as stressful as choosing a nail polish color at the salon? How does that decision become so daunting? You stare and compare, and ponder the shades and the meaning of life, only to end up with something that’s super temporary so it doesn’t really matter! But it does. Ugh, as if! It’s a great thing I never got a tattoo — I have serious commitment issues (ask my exes) and I probably would’ve chopped off my arm by now.

Well, with rentals I find myself pondering my outfits and excursions way more than I normally would — I almost feel like Cher in Clueless, but with a way more advanced closet organization system. 

“Do you prefer fashion victim, or ensembly challenged”— Cher

WHAT I’M WEARING THIS WEEK: Armoire

Welcome back to What I’m Wearing This Week: Armoire. For the newbies, every Friday on WIWTW I’ll recap the clothing rentals I wore for the week. I’ll take you on a trip through my life (recovered from COVID in March, now fully vaccinated), where I’m going (90% of the places are outside, and I wear a mask), what’s missing in my closet, my current obsessions, what I’m excited to try, and maybe even buy. We’ll explore designers and trends, and a variety of styles and brands. And each week I’ll fill you in on why I chose each item, the total value of the rental compared to the retail price (as of today I’ve rented $16,539 worth of clothing), and more.

Armoire, which is a clothing rental company for women, is all about female empowerment. From the hand-selected and curated inventory of styles that are designed by the Boss Lady, for the Boss Lady, to their involvement with female-powered brands, and their partnership with Dress for Success Seattle, they’re a brand built for today’s woman. 

This is a review of the Unlimited Plan for $249/month.

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WHAT I RECEIVED 

I did a much better job this time…YAY! I chose items by Stella McCartney, Joie, Rag & Bone, and more. Sadly, WHERE’S BUNDO didn’t work out quite so well this week since he got a haircut, and would prefer to sleep (and pee) in my bed.

Stack of clothing with a bunny

Don’t bother me…I’m moody and sleeping in my poop.

THE GOODS 

Joie Faux Wraps V-Neck Jumpsuit, Retail Value $368

 

How I styled it: I wore this to pick up a friend from the Dulles Airport. I got there early, only to remember he no longer needed me to pick him up (am I in the early stages of dementia, or what?). Then, since I’ve only been driving for about a year, I got on the highway going in the wrong direction, missed my exit, and ended up a good 25 minutes out of my way!  WTF is wrong with me? We ended up meeting for dinner at Tiki Thai instead.

I paired the jumpsuit with Kat Maconie Sock Boots, Chanel Gripoix Bracelet, the Gucci Studded Leather Jacket, and my seriously overpriced Chanel 19 Bag that now looks like I’ve sat on it. For these crazy prices, Chanel needs to get it together! Quality has gone down while prices have skyrocketed.

Size and fit: I ordered the Medium and it’s a little big in the chest, the torso is quite long, and the pants are a bit short (although I think they’re supposed to be cropped).

Condition: Great, no issues.

Honest review: It’s cute, but I think it’s designed for someone who’s a little shorter and doesn’t need to wear a push-up bra to fill it out… like I’m back in 10th grade or something. 

Anna Sui Butterfly Garden Maxi Dress, Retail Value $640

 

How I styled it: I know I have issues…and maybe that explains why I got another Anna Sui dress that’s the maxi version of one I got a few weeks ago. I wore this dress to dinner with my dad and stepmom at Ryleigh’s Oyster House in Baltimore County, Maryland on Halloween. I guess you could say this was my costume. I wore it with Nicholas Kirkwood flats, a shearling vest so I didn’t cover up the bell sleeves, and a vintage Chanel Bag that I now want to sell since they raised the prices again on November 3rd! That’ll be quite a profit.

Size and fit: I got the 6 again, and it fit perfectly. 

Condition: Great.

Honest review: Despite being a Little House on the Prairie, I like this dress, but I wish designers would charge an extra dollar or two and add a slip to the skirt. Nobody needs to see the outline of my legs in the sun…I’m not a stripper ;-). As I said before, Anna Sui’s items are cute but so overpriced! If she dropped the prices, I’d buy it. It doesn’t even have a slip! 

Rag & Bone Cashmere Mock Neck Sweater Dress, Retail Value $525

 

How I styled it: I wore this dress two ways: with a gold-tone chain necklace, gold-tone belt, and a pair of Aquazzura Point-Toe flats; and then a studded leather jacket, Nicholas Kirkwood Ankle Boots, a Tiffany & Co. Silver Bracelet, and my Balenciaga Graffiti City Bag. I prefer the second outfit because it’s difficult to belt this dress, and the necklace got caught in all the wrong places.

Simplicity is key. I wore the first version to Ulta and to grab a quick bite with my stepmom at Barrett’s Grill. I wore the second version of the outfit to see Last Night in Soho, which was not scary, just a little creepy. I loved the ’60s fashion and taking a much-needed virtual trip through London too!

Size and fit: I ordered the Medium and it fit fine. I could see it being too tight on others, so you might want to size up.

Condition: Great condition. 

Honest review: I like this dress. It’s comfy and cozy, very versatile, and chic too. Whether you wear it alone, or with a jacket and belt, the possibilities are endless. Just wanted to warn you that the fabric and design can be unforgiving and might show every curve and bump. I’d rent it again, and I’d buy it if it were under $100. 

Hunter Bell Keller Open-Front Cardigan, Retail Value $395

 

How I styled it: I planned on wearing this oversized cardigan to drop off Mr. Fluff at Divine’s Pet Care, but it was pouring and I knew it would never dry! Plus, I tried it on twice and I wasn’t feeling it.

Size and fit: I got the Medium, the fit’s a little off, and the sleeves are too short on me, but this is an issue I face often since I have very long arms. Too bad I can’t fly.

Condition: No issues.

Honest review: Who knew giraffes were black and white? Oh wait, my sister calls me giraffe. I liked this knit way better on the model than on myself. It’s a bit shapeless, the sleeves are too short, and it just hung open in the front. I’ve been hearing good things about Hunter Bell, but I’m not sure the babushka look is right for me unless it also involves sunglasses, and a Hermes scarf wrapped around my head like Jackie O. Hmm…that gives me an idea.

Stella McCartney Pleated Maxi Skirt, Retail Value $1,695

Pleated Maxi Skirt

Stella McCartney Pleated Maxi Skirt

How I styled it: I was really excited to try out this skirt, but it just wasn’t working. Then, I thought maybe it’s supposed to be a strapless dress instead of a skirt and that’s when I discovered the issue…it’s torn.

Size and fit: Torn and never worn.

Condition: Yikes. 

Honest review: I am receiving damaged items more often than I should…

McGinn Wool & Faux Leather Circle Skirt, Retail Value, $125

Skirt

How I styled it: Yet another example of items arriving in less-than-perfect condition, this skirt was quite frayed around the hem (I know it’s supposed to be a little frayed, but it looked cheap), the wool section was a little worn, and the skirt itself was too short on me.

Size and fit: Ordered the Medium and it’s a bit too short for me.

Condition: Average, and a bit worn.

Honest review: I’m too old for this item. 

DID THEY DELIVER? 

  • What items were most helpful and versatile to own this week to ensure I got the most out of my rental and completed the look I craved? I wore the Rag & Bone Sweater Dress the most because it’s such a great throw-on-and-go piece, and can pair with just about everything.
  • Did they meet or exceed expectations? To be perfectly honest, I think rental companies need to double-check their items again before they send them out. I’ve discovered quite a few damaged goods. Luckily, they’re quick to respond and replace, but if it’s something you’re hoping to wear the day it arrives, that could throw your plans into a tizzy. 
  • What’s the return process like? Place the items in the bag, seal it up and that’s it!

FINAL THOUGHTS

My final thoughts are about the resale industry and rentals in general — from cars to office furniture, and jewelry to designer clothing, it seems like you can rent just about anything these days. As retail prices continue to rise, more and more people will turn to rentals to get their fabulous fashion fix. And if you missed it, Rent the Runway recently went public which is a huge sign that rentals are the present and future of fashion. 

On November 3rd, Chanel raised the prices of their most popular handbags by up to $1,100 each — and this is after three other major price increases occurred during the pandemic. Meanwhile, brands like Louis Vuitton, Dior, and Hermes have also hopped on the price increase and item limitation bandwagon, and while this may be good news for the resale industry, the fact is they’ll raise their prices too. 

When does it end? Within the next three years, I predict the designer resale bubble will burst (for items like handbags, wallets, sunglasses, and small leather goods) and rentals will become even more popular. 

So, if clothing rentals don’t exactly suit your needs, you’ve got lots of other options. What would you want to rent? No, my bunny is not rentable.

CAN YOU STILL GET THIS BOX IF YOU SIGN UP TODAY? Yes, all these items are still available to rent. 

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VALUE BREAKDOWN: The Unlimited membership costs $249/month and so far I’ve received styles with a retail value of $16,539!

What are your thoughts about Armoire and rentals in general? Let me know what you think down below!

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Mary Zubritsky
Mary Zubritsky
If shopping were an Olympic sport, I’d be a gold medalist. And while my bank account often feels the crunch, I just can’t stop buying secondhand clothing and accessories, under-the-radar beauty products, stuffed animal unicorns (I have about 75), and toys for my pet bunny rabbit. After 20 years of public transportation, I now drive and love to tour the Virginia countryside looking for vintage shops, undiscovered wineries and breweries, historic sites, and Thai restaurants—I’m addicted to Thai food. I never leave home without a spare phone charger because I love horror movies and therefore have an irrational fear of being stranded somewhere with a dead battery.

Mary Zubritsky
Mary Zubritsky
If shopping were an Olympic sport, I’d be a gold medalist. And while my bank account often feels the crunch, I just can’t stop buying secondhand clothing and accessories, under-the-radar beauty products, stuffed animal unicorns (I have about 75), and toys for my pet bunny rabbit. After 20 years of public transportation, I now drive and love to tour the Virginia countryside looking for vintage shops, undiscovered wineries and breweries, historic sites, and Thai restaurants—I’m addicted to Thai food. I never leave home without a spare phone charger because I love horror movies and therefore have an irrational fear of being stranded somewhere with a dead battery.
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12 comments

Snow

I’m really enjoying this post every week! I feel like the key to really enjoying this sub is having places to go ☺️ So I like that you put the two together.

I actually really like that McGinn skirt. Bummer you received some damaged items. Do they compensate you in some way?

Thank you for the review, Mary. One of my favorites 👍

Mary Zubritsky

Thank you so much! 🙂 I am a social butterfly and it absolutely destroyed me to be stuck indoors for a year.

Whenever there’s an issue, they will absolutely fix it or otherwise compensate you. I’m on a little bit of a time crunch so I just do what I can and that’s it!

Snow

I really need to start rereading my comments before I hit submit. Nothing like using the same phrase over and over again 🤪

Lisa B

Another great ending to my week! As always you look smashing.
Not to be harsh, but I wasn’t a fan of the Joie Faux Wraps.. I agree with your opinion of the size, it just didn’t flatter you. I’m 5’10” and have the same length issue with pants and tops.
I wanted to love the Anna Sui, but like you said it was a “Little House on the Prairie”. You styled it to a tee and it really looked good on you. I noticed the sheerness of the skirt and I’m glad you called that out. Seriously, wtf?!
The Rag & Bone sweater dress was the “piece de resistance”. It is really versatile. The fact that you noted the unforgiving-ness of the material is a nice touch. When someone sees you in it, it’s the same as seeing a model style it. We’re not all the same and that’s okay
Hopefully next week the other items will work out into a fashion shoot (which totally should include Mr Hoppy G 😍).
Thank you for not only a great review but also an insight to the high end fashion industry 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Mary Zubritsky

Thank you so much! I love fashion and people in the DC area think it’s so stupid. When I moved here from NYC, people turned their nose up at me all the time, like: “Oh, you went to and covered NYFW, that’s so cute. But where are your 50 degrees to push papers at the federal government?” That move was BRUTAL!

Everyone has issues with fashion and designs, but taller women with longer legs sometimes do get the shaft. I’ve found that Alice + Olivia makes the best pants for tall women, while her dresses are like tunics on me. Form-fitting outfits really do show everything…and while I love sweater dresses, they can be amongst the least forgiving.

Because of the Spanx craze, traditional slips have seemingly gone by the wayside. I sound like my mom, but a flowy slip really can make the outfit, even if you can’t see it. I’ve searched Target, Nordstrom Rack and Walmart for a good, cheap slip and they’re seemingly non-existent these days. I’m not dropping $50+ for a slip though. That’s a serious waste of money and designers need to get it together.

Mr. HGL’s hair has grown back a little bit and he’s sleeping under the couch again so he’ll definitely back in photoshoot position next week.

Carol

Agree about the lack of slips! I got a great maxi skirt over the summer, but it was too sheer to actually wear in the daylight lol. I looked everywhere for a slip (I was ready to have a tailor sew in a liner, but I shouldn’t have to do that) and finally found one at JC Penney.

Great review as always!

Lisa B

🥂 Oh my goodness I have waited all week for this!
okay enough love, I’m going back to the top to read it 😂

Mary Zubritsky

Aww thanks! 🙂 Mr. HGL thanks you too.

Jody E

Always a pleasure reading your weekly review. The first thought I had with the Anna Sui Maxi dress is the Duchess Kate Middleton was wearing it. That is a complement for you. I guess go to the UK and wear it.

Mary Zubritsky

I used to travel to London for work quite often before COVID hit (I actually worked in software for a few years) and I miss it so much. London is my favorite city ever…it’s NYC with a way cooler accent, more history, it’s safer, and it’s a quick flight away from some of the best countries in the world!

Kate K.

Agree, could totally imagine Kate Middleton wearing that dress! 🙂

Mary Zubritsky

I’m a total nerd, but I just did a quick Google search and she did wear a very similar Anna Sui dress a few years ago to India! 🙂

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