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What I’m Wearing This Week: Armoire

Mary Zubritsky
ByMary ZubritskyMay 20, 2022 | 10 comments

Armoire
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Happy Friday! Last week I was in NYC for work and needed to take a break from fashion to focus on dogs and cats. Now, this was my first time in NYC since before the pandemic and it's a little depressing and eerie to see how empty the streets, shops, and restaurants are — and how many of my favorite places have shut down.

But on a positive note, I brought two of my Armoire rentals with me and they were a hit. And while I was a bit overdressed, there was this woman in my office who I quickly nicknamed "Audrey" because she reminded me so much of Audrey Hepburn. She is stunning and her outfits are absolutely to die for... I looked forward to seeing her walk through the door every morning.

Everyone at the office was so kind and welcoming. What a great crew!

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, 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 $30,648 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 

 

All of the items by BCBG, ba&sh, Black Halo, Ted Baker, Alexia Admor, and Tibi arrived on time and in good condition. Each item was fresh from the dry cleaner and neatly folded.

THE GOODS 

 Ted Baker London Raniaa Cowl Neck Slip Camisole, Retail Value $109

 

How I styled it: I wore this top to the office and paired it with a leather pencil skirt, a studded leather belt, the studded Gucci leather jacket, and the Balenciaga Graffiti Motorcycle Bag.

Size and fit: I ordered size 6 and it fit very well, if not slightly big. This lightweight, low-cut tank features adjustable shoulder straps and a tonal polka dot design.

Condition: Great.

Honest review: Retail price is $109, and the resale price is $84. Had it been cheaper, I would've bought it in a heartbeat because cobalt blue is one of my favorite colors and this is a super versatile top. 

Black Halo Off-the-Shoulder Sheath Dress, Retail Value $345

How I styled it: I didn't end up wearing it at all because it's too small.

Size and fit: I got the 6 and hoped it would fit like the model, but it was tight. I could barely zip it up and when I finally was able to, I couldn't breathe!

Condition: Very good.

Honest review: Other reviewers said they wished it were as long as it is on the model, and I feel the same way. I wanted to wear it to the office but ended up taking it off and throwing it back into the rental bag to return. 

Tiffanie Asymmetrical Sheath Dress, Retail Value $178

 

How I styled it: I wore this asymmetrical dress to meet my sister for a pre-birthday brunch at Fiola Mare in DC. I paired it with the Prada Bunny Clutch and a pair of Nicholas Kirkwood Sandals.

Size and fit: I ordered the medium and this pull-over dress with a tulip-like hem fit quite well. I like the lines of the garment and the design.

Condition: Great. 

Honest review: It's a really cute dress with an artful, scribble print. It's lightweight and comfy, but the material is quite thin so if you're like me and inhaled tater tots, chicken tenders, and a beer two hours after brunch, you just might wish for a heavier fabric. The price is right, but I sent it back.

Alexia Admor Gathered Shoulder Square Neck Sheath Dress, Retail Value $225

 

How I styled it: I wore this dress to work and paired it with a wide leather belt, Ferragamo Gavina Sandals, the Gucci Studded Leather Jacket, Hermes Clic Clac, and my Balenciaga Graffiti City Bag. Since I was traveling, I was trying to pack lightly and combine looks and pieces to make life easier, and my load a bit lighter.

Size and fit: I got the size 6 and this sheath dress seems to run a bit tight in the chest. It's a beautiful color, I love the length, the puffed sleeves, and the square neckline.

Condition: Great.

Honest review: I love this dress and I'm glad I found a designer I like who's not crazy overpriced BUT beware the retail prices for this designer are grossly inflated on Armoire and LeTote. I found the exact same dresses on Alexia's site for anywhere between $69-$89. Even the resale price on Armoire is $100 more than the online retail price. So far, the two dresses I've gotten from this designer were both really well made... if anything they're underpriced.

This experience reminds me of a few months ago when I discovered I could buy some brand-new designer items from the designer's actual store for less than the resale stores.

ba&sh Floral Ruffle-Tiered Maxi Dress, Retail Value $695

 

How I styled it: I couldn't really wear this dress because it's a bit too formal for everyday and workwear, but I got it because I was curious. I paired it with Ferragamo wedges and a vintage Chanel Bag.

Size and fit: I got a medium and this tiered ruffle dress was actually quite large in the bust and shoulders. It features a concealed side zip closure, front chest snap, and a front slit.

Condition: Great.

Honest review: It's a great summer wedding or graduation dress that's frilly and fun with layers of ruffles. And while I'm a fan of the skirt portion, I found the bodice a bit too grandma for me. If you rent it, I'd suggest adding a cool belt to break it up and give it a little edge.

Tibi Striped Back Cutout Shirt Dress, Retail Value $595

How I styled it: I didn't end up wearing it because it's too short and I never paid attention to the cutout back. Also, the elasticized trim was kind of uncomfortable.

Size and fit: I got the medium and it's a little snug.

Condition: Great.

Honest review: Yeah, no. I can't even take a picture in it.

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 blue Ted Baker cami the most due to the beautiful color and versatility!
  • Did they meet or exceed expectations? I like almost everything I received but wish two of the items fit a bit better. 
  • What’s the return process like? Place the items in the bag, seal it up and that's it!

FINAL THOUGHTS

Last Saturday I went to Fiola Mare in Georgetown to meet my sister. Now, I am a social butterfly, and one of the things that crushed me the most about the pandemic was not being able to go out and meet new people. I love the energy, the stories, and interacting with others, and I'll talk to almost anyone! So, before my sister arrived, I was talking to the staff, including the general manager and three of the bartenders, but specifically, this girl named Anna. She recently moved to DC from Philly and asked why it's so hard to make female friends in this town. She said she's going on her 10th month and despite trying to network, nothing's working. I told her it's a common complaint and a lot of women have bonded over the difficulties of making new friends here.

We discussed why people leave their hometowns for cities like NYC, Miami, Nashville, and Los Angeles, and often it's to chase their dreams of working in the arts, movies, fashion, and music, but in DC it's really just the government. You can work for one of the big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, but for the most part, it's still supporting the public sector.

Every city has its own personality and vibe that's heavily influenced by the area's leading industries and DC is a buttoned-up, hush-hush, conservative (but not in the political sense) city where you're expected to color within the lines, keep quiet and never, ever outdress your boss or coworkers. Whereas in NYC, you move quickly, speak faster and you're more animated and boisterous in a notice-me manner. In LA, you move slower, dress to express yourself, and seem to have a more laid-back attitude about life. My point? Maybe the reason it's so much harder to make friends in DC is due to the government influence and the impact it has on creating a less social, more reserved culture. Or is it that people who are drawn to DC have the personality traits that best match someone who wants to work in the government? I can't figure it out! Where are my sociologists? This is a fascinating topic.

With so many people picking up and moving to new cities right now, there are many factors to consider. Truth is, you just might not fit in, and people might not like you because they don't understand or approve of you and your past, but that's no reason to change who you are in an attempt to get people to accept you. After the past two years of uncertainty and anxiety, it's about time we all go back to being unique individuals, respecting differences, and celebrating the life choices that have made us who we are today!

When I moved to DC, I toned down my personality, hid my designer duds, started dressing more preppy and even wore pearls just to fit in. But then I said screw it and pulled a Romy & Michelle at the end. If you don't get this reference, go watch the movie now.

Oh, did you notice the couch? Duh, of course, you did! Well, I got it at Value City, and wow what a deal! It's large and wide enough to fit two tall people, incredibly comfy, and a certain little bunny has fallen in love.

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 $30,648!

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

Interesting article and commentary about social scenes! I’m no sociologist, but I think the constant changes a lot of us go through make it harder to form quality relationships. My grandparents, for instance, lived in the same home and worked the same jobs for a large portion of their lives. Nowadays, people are changing locations and jobs like it’s their underwear lol. I noticed this in the schools too, new kids every single year. Very hard to develop friendships when people are constantly relocating. In regards to the atmosphere, yes big cities have their own personalities, which I’m sure reflects upon it’s citizens for better or for worse. I love your Romy & Michele reference! Having confidence in oneself no matter what is probably the biggest and best thing one can do for herself. Great review and I love that blue dress on you, Mary! 💙

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Mary K. Zubritsky

Romy & Michelle is the best! When I moved down here, I thought it would be so easy, but it was really difficult. Although nothing was as difficult as the pandemic. Back in NYC, there were so many people from so many different backgrounds, you really could be whomever you wanted to be without anyone noticing or judging. DC is a small town, and everyone knows each other. Even the surrounding areas are tight-knit communities so if you stand out, you STAND OUT and people have lots to say if you’re not just like them… and especially if you have differing opinions and views.

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AH

No diss to the clothes, but I’m most in love with your new couch Mary! So beautiful and extremely awesome find from Value City! We still have a Value City furniture store near me, but I just don’t hear about it anymore. Do you still have a regular Value City? Are they even around anymore? We had one pre TJ Maxx and Marshall’s days. I def miss it.
And you look absolutely stunning as usual in your picks, but I think the blue dress is my favorite for this week. I can only imagine how short the shirt dress was on you, you have legs for days lol. Thank you for your posts, I always look forward to your fashion and your adventures.

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Mary K. Zubritsky

Good morning, AH! Thank you so much. There are two Value City Furniture stores pretty close to me. The only reason I even thought of them is because one of my besties designed her whole place in VC and it looks amazing. I really trust her judgement. Now, the reviews aren’t great, but since it’s really just me and the bunny for the most part, I can’t imagine it’ll get too much wear and tear. So far, so good… I’m a huge fan. We’ll see how I feel in a year and how it held up.

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Jeanny

Hello! Mary, I missed you SO much last week!!! I even went back through all your old posts & reviews in case I missed something or was looking in all the wrong places(but, I found Garth & some of his friends in “lowly places”…lol🤠). I love the Tiffanie Asymmetrical Sheath dress on you!! You should get that since the price is good, & you could do so many awesome things & high fashion looks with it. I bet you could do AT LEAST 50 different looks/outfits with it! That Tibi Shirt dress was so ugly & strange looking. It was like some Benneton knock-off dress/shirt from Walmart that Freddy Krueger got ahold of😱!!! It looked so cheap & uncomfortable. Your new couch looks so comfy & nice quality. Did you change the picture over your sofa??! Do you have like seasonal pictures of that lady/artist that you trade out as the seasons change?? Mr. HGL looks so darn adorable in that photo!! Like he’s begging to be picked up & put up on it!! Give him a really big & squeezy hug for me!!!🐰xoxo

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Mary K. Zubritsky

Hi Jeanny! I am here. You are SO correct about Bennetton. Omg back in the early 90s when my mom took me to Benetton and bought me a few pieces, I felt like I was wearing Dior. So, I bought metal wall art that my boyfriend needs to help me hang, but in the meantime, I moved my Holly Nichols https://etsy.me/3lBWeNI wall art to the center and Oliver Gal https://bit.ly/3sMLZde to the bedroom. Mr. HGL took over the couch when I was home for my sister’s birthday this weekend. I was watching him on the pet cam. Have a great week!

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Marina

I can see why you love blue. It loves you.

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Mary K. Zubritsky

Hi Marina! I just want to live in a sea of blue, but preferably somewhere amazing like Italy. Sigh.

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Jody E

TGIF. Another great read for the week with outfits and a sofa to love.

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Mary K. Zubritsky

Thanks, Jody!

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