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What I’m Wearing This Week: Armoire

Mary Zubritsky
ByMary ZubritskyMar 4, 2022 | 8 comments

Armoire
5 overall rating
8 Ratings | 22 Reviews

Hey there, it's going to be a shorter post this week. My dad's side is Ukrainian, it's been very stressful, and he's not taking this well at all. When the local news channel interviewed him at a Ukrainian cemetery in Baltimore last week, I knew I needed to get home quickly.

I was able to unlock some newer items on Armoire this week, but I didn't really go anywhere so there won't be backstories either, but I did order a bunch of nice separates that paired together incredibly well.

Let's check them out.

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, now fully vaccinated), where I’m going, 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 $25,614 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.

ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Get $50 OFF your first month of the 7-item Capsule membership or $124.50 OFF your first month of the Unlimited membership.
CODE: MSA7ITEM or MSAUNLIMITED

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the editorial guidelines to learn more about how we review boxes.)

WHAT I RECEIVED 

All of the items by Boutique Moschino, Proenza Schouler, Tibi, Lafayette 148, and Iro arrived on time and in good condition. Each item was fresh from the dry cleaner and neatly folded.

THE GOODS 

Tibi Mid-Rise Geometric Mesh Overlay Midi Skirt, Retail Value $275

 

How I styled it: I wore it with Armoire's Boutique Moschino Ruffled Blouse, my Kat Maconie Sock Boots (turning out to be one of my best purchases ever), a pair of nude-hued fishnets, Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Bag, and a vintage leather belt.

Size and fit: I ordered the 6 and it's tight in the waist. I guess my weekend of Chinese, Thai food, and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc didn't help.

Condition: Very good. Slightly worn, but no issues.

Honest review: I think it hits at a weird length on me, and of course, since it's too small, I sent it back. 

Boutique Moschino Ruffled Blouse, Retail Value $495

 

How I styled it: I paired it with the Tibi skirt and everything else I listed above, but I also topped it off with the Lafayette Zelida Linen Jacket, and Iro's Frayed Wool-Blend Blazer.

Size and fit: Ordered the 6 and as you can tell, it's a little tight on me. My broad shoulders and wide ribcage limit me the most with European designers and I often have to order an 8.

Condition: Great condition. The ruffles were a little off, but that's just an issue you'll have with a ruffled design like this.

Honest review: Had it not been so small (which you can tell from the pictures) I would've bought it. I've been on the hunt for the perfect white button-down design, and I love this one.

Iro Frayed Wool-Blend Blazer, Retail Value $550

 

How I styled it: While it's not exactly my style, this blazer is a combo of Kate Middleton meets Chanel tweed. This time I switched out the Tibi skirt for a pair of Shanghai Tang leather pants that I've had for over 10 years.

Size and fit: A little tight in the bust area. Iro is a Parisian brand so I should've known better, but if these rental companies listed the measurements this wouldn't be an issue.

Condition: Great. 

Honest review: If I were going back to the office in some boss lady position this would be the perfect topper, but I don't think Mr. HGL is very impressed by corporate gear. Leather biker jackets are more my speed.

Proenza Schouler Fluted Hem Tank Dress, Retail Value $880

 

How I styled it: I got lucky with my separates, and I need to create more shipments like this. I paired it with the Moschino ruffled blouse.

Size and fit: I ordered the Medium and it's comfy and roomy. This oversized, pull-on design needs to be belted or it'll swallow you up.

Condition: Good, but a little worn.

Honest review: Not worth $880, or $180. You're paying for the brand name and that's it. The fleece-like fabric feels like a sweatshirt I'd get at Costco for $18.

Lafayette 148 New York Zelida Linen Trench, Retail Value $998

 

How I styled it: I just threw it on top of all the other rentals! It's a lightweight coat that's made of textured linen and way too lightweight for this time of year. I like the print, but not the design.

Size and fit: Oversized and difficult to keep closed. It feels like a piece of gauze.

Condition: There was a face mask in the pocket...  

Honest review: I feel like an ad for Chico's or something. It's a wrap design, but it needs a button or snap inside to keep it together. Even with the belt, it separates and opens up almost immediately.

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 didn't get to wear anything out this time. I didn't have many places to go and most of the items were a bit too snug.
  • Did they meet or exceed expectations? OK, so this time Armoire did exceed expectations, but it'll probably be a few more weeks until I can score another great shipment. 
  • What’s the return process like? Place the items in the bag, seal it up and that's it!

FINAL THOUGHTS

This time I was able to find more items simply because they're now allowing members to create their own collections which are then featured and promoted on the very bottom of each product's page, but of course, the majority of these items were already rented by other members. I still combed through the collections and hearted items that were unavailable, and who knows when they'll free up. I would've gotten more wear out of this shipment if things fit me better.

I still can't wrap my head around Armoire's logic with their supply and demand issue. They really need to buy more sizes and styles. What good is a clothing rental subscription if there's nothing to rent?

Unrelated, I crimped my hair using a BedHead waving iron and found a great red toner that I overused last week, but it actually works! Kind of takes me back to my high school Manic Panic days.

Wake me up when the world seems calmer...

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

ACTIVE DEAL: Limited Time Only! Get $50 OFF your first month of the 7-item Capsule membership or $124.50 OFF your first month of the Unlimited membership.
CODE: MSA7ITEM or MSAUNLIMITED

VALUE BREAKDOWN: The Unlimited membership costs $249/month and so far, I've received styles with a retail value of $25,614!

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 designer goods, stuffed animal unicorns (I have about 75), and toys for my pet bunny rabbit. After 20 years of city slicking in NYC and DC, I now have a car 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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Snow

There is definitely a dark cloud hanging and it puts EVERYTHING in perspective. It’s amazing how the actions of few could cause so much havoc for many. On a brighter note, your hair Mary looks even more amazing! It’s everything I want my hair to be……ok this comment just went dark again….. hoping better days are ahead for all! 🌈🌞

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Mary Zubritsky

My mom’s side is Irish, and I always wanted red hair but couldn’t deal with the expense and upkeep. Then, one day I woke up in 2017 and started to notice little sparkly grays and that was it! I cut off all my hair (it was to my waist) and started lightening it up. Red’s not easy to upkeep or maintain, but with this toner I can do it myself. 🙂 Once my hair grows about 2 more inches, I’m going to get a better waving iron and pretend I’m Merida in Brave, the Disney cartoon/movie.

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Caligirl

Hi Mary love that red jacket and the leather pants are divine. Again a paper bag would be styled amazing by you.

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Mary Zubritsky

Thank you. 🙂

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Claudia

Thinking of you and your family.

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Mary Zubritsky

Thanks, Claudia. Distant relatives there, but it’s still really impacting him. The majority of our family are already here in the states.

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Kim

Hi Mary, I’m really sad about the tragedy in Ukraine and my heart goes out to your family. For me, fashion provides an escape – I hope your RTR and Armoire shipments brighten your day a little bit. Your posts always cheer me up.

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Mary Zubritsky

Thanks, Kim. Fashion is always a great escape for me too! And maybe wine…

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