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What I’m Wearing This Week: Le Tote

Mary Zubritsky
ByMary ZubritskyApr 22, 2022 | 11 comments

Le Tote
3.6 overall rating
25 Ratings | 11 Reviews

Good morning, and happy Fri-YAY! What a week it's been, but I'm glad to finally be back to work. This week Le Tote switched it up a bit and allowed me to order even more items, and while the clothing was cute, the jewelry was a bit underwhelming.

Last week I mentioned how I'd like to replace my couch and I've spent a lot of time combing through sites, looking for a replacement in the past week. Anyone have any suggestions for a cushy, comfy sectional that doesn't cost over $2,000? When I moved last year, I was very focused on escaping a bad relationship and bought lots of items off Wayfair and Amazon so I could have them waiting for me at my building when I moved out. I made a lot of mistakes with the items I purchased and spent way too much money on junk so I'm starting over again. If any of you are great at home decor and interior design, feel free to comment some suggestions for the space, including baskets, pictures, etc. I'm a fashion expert, not home decor.

WHAT I’M WEARING THIS WEEK: Le Tote

Welcome back to What I'm Wearing This Week. 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, 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 $1,102 worth of clothing on Le Tote), and more. For sizing reference, I am 5'11" with a 33" inseam and I weigh 140 pounds. 

Le Tote is a fashion subscription service that lets you try a new set of on-trend separates, dresses, jewelry, and more on a monthly basis. You can keep the pieces as long as you’d like or return them to receive a new set of items, depending on your membership. There are membership plans that include one tote per month to unlimited totes per month. Le Tote features brands you know and love like Tahari, French Connection, Rebecca Minkoff, and Rachel Roy, and there's also a maternity option. You can rent up to 10 clothing items and 5 accessories per month and the sizing options range from XS to XXL, or 0 to 16, but currently, there's no tall, petite, or plus-sized option.

Just like other fashion subscriptions, when I signed up, I went through an extensive style quiz to gather information about my preferences and complete my style profile. You'll add information like your measurements, current sizing in different types of clothing, looks you love, and more.

Le Tote offers free shipping both ways. Items you order will be sent using 2–3-day priority shipping, and ground shipping is included when returning items to the warehouse. Le Tote ships to valid residences, hotels, P.O. Boxes, and commercial establishments in the contiguous 48 States in the USA; however, they do not ship to Hawaii, Puerto Rico, APO/FPO, or Alaska.

This is a review of the Unlimited Plan with 5 clothing items and 3 accessories for $79/month.

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 

This time my Le Tote products arrived neatly folded and arranged in a plastic shipping bag (what happened to the cute box? Mr. HGL loved it). All of the items by New York & Co. Noir Luxe, Rebecca Minkoff, Octavia, Walter Baker, and Adrianna Papell arrived on time in a plastic clothing bag and in great condition.

THE GOODS 

Rebecca Minkoff Pave Sphere Hoops, Retail Price $88, Le Tote Price $68

 

How I styled it: I had high hopes for these earrings, but they fell flat. I couldn't wear them for many reasons, but I did pair them with a vintage Alexander McQueen dress I got off The RealReal for under $100. What a score!

Size and fit: While they're lightweight, they are bulky, they twist easily and they get caught on everything, including my hair!

Condition: One of the earrings arrived broken. The damage can't be seen by the photos, but it twists around the sphere and if that's part of the look then it makes them completely unwearable.

Honest review: Cheap, broken, and unwearable. 

Rebecca Minkoff Pearl Drop Earrings, Retail Price $58, Le Tote Price $45

 

How I styled it: Pearls are one of the biggest jewelry trends for 2022 so I hopped right on that bandwagon. I wore these earrings with a Jonathan Simkhai V-Neck Midi Dress which made me feel very Audrey!

Size and fit: They're chunky, clunky, and really heavy!

Condition: Great condition.

Honest review: If I had a baby, they'd tear this pair right out of my earlobes. While they look pretty in pictures, they're too bulky and heavy for everyday wear.

Noir Luxe Triple Pave Pendant, Retail Value $28, Le Tote Price $22

 

How I styled it: Clearly, I just layered it onto the other look.

Size and fit: This slightly adjustable pave necklace features an attached, round pendant.

Condition: Great condition. 

Honest review: It looks and feels like a necklace you'd buy in the kid's section at Claire's Boutique.

Walter Baker One-Shoulder Top, Retail Value $118, Le Tote, $88, New York & Co. Faux Leather Jogger Pants, Retail Value $79, Le Tote, $48

 

How I styled it: I've always been interested in trying leather joggers, and while these are faux leather, they look pretty good too. I paired them with another item I got from Le Tote, the Walter Baker One-Shoulder Top, a pair of Pierre Hardy Sandals, and the Prada Bunny Clutch.

Size and fit: The pants are a small, and despite being too short, they're quite large. The waist features a hook closure and tie and has a functioning side slit and back slit pockets. The top is a medium and it's also too big, and it's cropped at a weird length that doesn't let you tuck it in or leave it out without looking short and bulky. I feel like it should be a body-hugging design, but it isn't.

Condition: Great condition.

Honest review: While I like the look in pictures, the truth is both pieces were just too big. And without pushing up the ribbed cuffs, they look way too short. I sent both pieces back.

Adrianna Papell Floral Mockneck Dress, Retail Value $159, Le Tote Price $120

 

How I styled it: I paired it with my fave Etsy belt, Dior sunnies, the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Bag, and the Nicholas Kirkwood Sandals.

Size and fit: This floral dress is rendered in a back-tie, mock-neck design with a gathered bodice, subtle pleating, elasticized waist, and a full and flowy, mid-length skirt. I ordered the size 6 and it was pretty perfect, if not slightly large.

Condition: Great condition. 

Honest review: It's pretty, but not my style. I need something a little edgier!

Octavia Open Back Midi Slip Dress, Retail Value $82, Le Tote Price $68

 

How I styled it: This slinky little slip dress is lightweight, sexy, and fun. It's made of a velour-like fabric in a deep-sea blue hue. I wore it with Robert Clergerie slides and a vintage Chanel Bag for happy hour at drinks with friends at Jackson's and I was definitely the most overdressed person there.

Size and fit: I got the small and it was still a little oversized, especially in the bust. The shoulder straps are adjustable so that helped with the length and fit a bit.

Condition: Very good. A little worn and I found a small tear.

Honest review: I considered buying it, but then realized I could probably find something better on one of my designer resale sites for the same price.

New York & Co. Strapless High-Low Bow-Front Top, Retail Value $69, Le Tote Price $48

 

How I styled it: I ended up pairing it with a pleated leather mini skirt, a pair of slides I got from & Other Stories in London, and the Prada Bunny Clutch. While most people wore it with the matching pair of capris (which weren't available) or a pair of skinny black pants, this skirt seemed to give off an Alexander McQueen vibe.

Size and fit: I ordered the medium and it's a little big in the bust, but it's the perfect length.

Condition: Very good.

Honest review: Don't faint, but I ended up buying it. When I added Le Tote's $20 monthly credit, it ended up being $30 with tax. I like it because it's different from anything else I've seen out there, and the print's reminiscent of John Galliano's Christian Dior newspaper dress that was popularized in Sex and the City. I'm sure that was their inspiration.

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 really like the slip dress and the graffiti top. I never would've discovered that top without Le Tote.
  • Did they meet or exceed expectations? Cute items I'd never otherwise try on because I don't shop traditional retail shops and department stores. 
  • What’s the return process like? While they ship it in a branded Le Tote box or bag, they include a return bag that's pre-labeled so all you need to do is put your items in the bag, seal it up, send it out, and recycle the box. Easy! 

FINAL THOUGHTS

I've combed through Le Tote and when I find certain items I like, they take me to the retail portion of the site. Instead of being able to add it to the tote to rent, it's added to my shopping cart and then I have to remove everything and start over. I can't seem to figure it out and to be honest, I can't find that many items to rent. Am I missing something here?

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

VALUE BREAKDOWN: The 5 clothing and 3 jewelry items plan costs $79/month and so far, I've received styles with a retail value of $1,002!

What are your thoughts about Le Tote 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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11 comments

mia

I can totally relate to your adventures with Wayfair and Amazon. I did the same thing when I moved into my condo 14 months ago in the midst of the pandemic. My dining set, china cabinet, and desk are fine, as I insisted on hardwood, but the futon is the lumpiest, most wedgy inducing thing ever. And my Amazon desk chair is already falling apart. By the way, I’m sure you get this a lot, but you are just stunning.

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Mary Zubritsky

Thank you, Mia! I’ve never been a domesticated person, so all of this is quite out of my realm of knowledge. I have a friend who’s found some amazing items at Value City Furniture (she has a great eye) so I’m going to head over there next week and check it out! As for China – LOL I should never admit to what I actually use. I almost burned down the building when I put a bowl in the microwave that isn’t microwave safe.

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Sue

I’ve been a subscriber since 2016 and so I’m grandfathered in to a plan that costs $69 a month, I get 3 clothing items and 2 accessories per shipment and I get unlimited shipments per month as long as I return or buy the items. I don’t think that I’d subscribe under their current plan. What attracted me to this initially in 2016 was the ability to always have new and different things to wear to work, and also have a few things to take on vacation that I wouldn’t have to buy. For years, it worked great. I had gotten a promotion at work and was able to always have new (to me) professional clothes to wear without spending a ton of money, take up space in my closet and also not look like I was wearing the same things every week. When Covid hit and I started working from home, I put the subscription on hold. as suddenly I didn’t need to dress up every day. Remember when we all thought it would be for just a few weeks? LOL. That is one of the things I love about this subscription is the ability to put a hold on the subscription and not have to cancel. Once I went back to the office last summer, I started getting shipments again. But I put the subscription on hold again last month when I started noticing that the selections were getting fewer and one week I just couldn’t find anything that I wanted to select. It used to be that if you didn’t like anything on one day, you could just check again tomorrow as people returned stuff. But now, I guess with these new plans, people hang onto the items for much longer and the selection doesn’t turn over as much as it used to.
If I weren’t grandathered in to this old plan, I don’t think I’d be a new subscriber. This is why I’m reluctant to cancel. I enjoy being able to try different types of clothes and sizes with minimal risk and I love that I don’t have to clean them before I return them.

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Mary Zubritsky

I was sooo excited to work remotely for a few months, and then I got laid off. That was not exciting at all. Hey, if you’re grandfathered in, keep it going, especially since the world is opening up again and everyone will be heading back to the office. For a company that’s been around for so long, I’m surprised they don’t have more options and taking me to the retail portion isn’t helpful.

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Jody E

I really like the New York & Co. strapless top. Glad you bought it. What a bargain!

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Tiffany Nicole

I am completely and totally obsessed with the New York and Co. Strapless Top. Its so my style and I just love it. I don’t have this subscription but that top alone is making me want to look into it

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Mary Zubritsky

Aging myself, but I remember when NY & Co. was Lerner Shops but then bought by The Limited. Back then I’d always skip it at the mall and head straight to Contempo Casuals (as if!), Benetton and The Limited (with a focus on Forenza and Outback Red). Those were the good old days. Anyway, I really like some of their items and this set – even though I only got the top – is really cute! Maybe they sell it on their site.

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Teresa

Regarding your redecorating and issues you had in the past focus on finding the right couch. When you find it slowly build around it. Find accessories that don’t just go but that you love and are your style. If you do this you will be surprised how much you love your creation.

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Mary Zubritsky

That’s fantastic advice!

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Teresa

To answer your question about not having many choices. I was subscribing and loving this service about 5-6 years ago. I was subscribed to the highest tier and at the time it was unlimited so you could send back your clothing and pick as many times as you like within the month. The shipping turnaround was quick and because people were sending back daily there was an interesting turnaround of items to choose from. I always had at least one or two items that I really loved and even found ones I had to buy. If ever there was an issue customer service made it right. I resubscribed about 1.5 years ago. It had changed to 1 set a month. After paying I went to my choices which were uninspiring. I spent 5 days(and yes that was out of my usage time) trying to put together a group that I wanted and in the end gave up and took the best of what I could find. Of the items that I got 3 were ones I wanted to try and the others were not. I had 2 items I couldn’t wear, 1 that made me look like a sausage, one that was worn and should have been retired. In the end, I had one item that I like and could have bought it full-price and skipped the whole mess. With all the issues I thought customer service would have offered some help but I got nothing.

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Mary Zubritsky

Even though I’ve complained a bit about Armoire, they really are still in startup stage, so I give them a pass. And while I understand that nothing has been easy the past two years, in retail it’s all about customer service and giving the customer what they want and have come to expect. If you change your business model, especially to cut costs, you’re going to turn off and alienate your core base. I was in advertising at Macy’s during the recession in 2008 and saw what happened when JC Penny changed their business model and it really hurt them!

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