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What I’m Wearing This Week: Armoire

Mary Zubritsky
ByMary ZubritskySep 23, 2022 | 10 comments

Armoire
5 overall rating
8 Ratings | 22 Reviews

Good morning and hoppy Friday! We are back with Armoire and this week might give you some Halloween costume inspiration. I was pleased to discover that Armoire allows you one free rental/add-on for your birthday, but I didn't use it this time. I still have the Black Halo jumpsuit and they haven't offered me a discount!

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 $37,338 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.

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 Mara Hoffman, Alice + Olivia, Anna Sui, Hunter Bell, and Derek Lam 10 Crosby arrived on time and in great condition. Each item was fresh from the dry cleaner and neatly folded.

THE GOODS 

Mara Hoffman Mid-Rise Geometric Print Pencil Skirt, Retail Value $198, Armoire $59

 

How I styled it: I met my sister for dinner at Nachos Mama's, and while I was walking into the restaurant, I got cat-called and followed by a group of guys in a car. You hear so many bad stories today that when I'm in a situation like that, I'm not sure if I'm supposed to turn around, acknowledge them and say thanks, or pull an NYC move and pretend I'm hard of hearing. Well, I ignored them, and they kept following me, so I ducked into a shop to get away. Guys, this is NOT ok!

Anyway, I wore this geometric print skirt with my Alice + Olivia cropped leather top, a grommet belt from & Other Stories, a Maje studded leather jacket, Nicholas Kirkwood sandals, and a Balenciaga City studded patent leather clutch.

Size and fit: I got the medium and this fitted skirt fit very well. It's a form-fitting design with a colorful geometric pattern, banded waist, and side zip closure.

Condition: Very good, but a bit worn.

Honest review: The waist of the skirt is a little stretched out and the fabric isn't the most forgiving, so I added a belt to disguise it. I think the resale price is appropriate, and even though I'm a huge fan of Mara Hoffman's prints, I'm not buying it.

Alice + Olivia Lace Overlay Cami, Retail Value $275, Armoire $91

 

How I styled it: I wore this top to a birthday party at Vanish Brewery and paired it with Alice + Olivia flared jeans, a leather jacket from a sample sale in NYC, the Chanel 19, and Salvatore Ferragamo Gavina block-heeled sandals. I thought maybe it would be chilly, so I brought a jacket, but I was melting instead.

Size and fit: Since I live in dresses (and own far too many), I'm always on the hunt for an awesome top. This pullover cami features adjustable shoulder straps, a v-neckline, tiered lace overlay, and flesh-toned lining. I got the medium and it's a bit wide. I tried it with a mini skirt, and it created this bubble silhouette, and then pulled on my bell bottoms, which seemed to work a bit better since it creates a bit of an hourglass shape.

Condition: Very good, but a little worn.

Honest review: I like it, but I don't love it. The design adds weight to the upper body and I'm not wild about the exposed, flesh-toned lining underneath the lace overlay. It doesn't make it look sexy – it looks more like a designer mistake. Costume inspo? Maybe Farrah Fawcett in Charlie's Angels.

Anna Sui Peacock Border Lace Mini Dress, Retail Value $590, Armoire $384

 

How I styled it: As I was uploading these pictures, I wondered what happened to my neck? And why do I look like Dr. Evil? There are some items that are better suited for shorter women, and this is one of them. Since the dress itself is quite detailed, I just paired it with Ferragamo sandals, Mignonne Gavigan Madeline Earrings, and the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour.

Size and fit: I got the 6 and while it fits, it looks quite snug in the photos. This beautiful Anna Sui dress gives off vintage boho vibes with its abstract print, embellishments, lace trim, sheer panels, princess seams, and three-quarter-length sleeves with ruffled cuffs.

Condition: Great.

Honest review: It's a lovely dress, and the colors are great, but it makes me look like a turtle!

Hunter Bell Bennett Balloon Sleeve Maxi Dress, Retail Value $525, Armoire $257

 

How I styled it: If my mom saw me in this dress, she'd tell me I looked like her favorite nun from Catholic school. Anyway, here's my choir girl look and it's not easy to pull off. At first, it looks like a fancy trash bag, but then I started messing around and added a vintage necklace, the gold-tone Etsy belt, the Hermes Clic Clac bracelet, and Ferragamo sandals. As for outerwear, a cape would probably work best because it's a bulkier material and won't easily slide into the sleeves of a jacket or coat.

Size and fit: I got the medium and it's huge. I think I could've gotten an extra small! This LBD is crafted in a medium-weight fabric with a woodgrain jacquard finish, and it features a crewneck, balloon sleeves with tie cuffs, side slit pockets, an open back with self-tie and zip closure, and a full skirt with a tiered hem.

Condition: Great. 

Honest review: Despite looking like the oldest member of a high school choir or a witch, I don't hate it, but I don't love it. I'm not going to pick up any guys wearing it, but this is a great house dress (or maybe a muumuu), it's really well made, the fabric is pretty luxurious, and it's quite comfy too. When I wore it to Target, I forgot about the zipper, so I flashed my thong to the entire store. Lovely!

Derek Lam 10 Crosby Horizontal-Striped Shirt Dress, Retail Value $395, Armoire $158

 

How I styled it: And for my final Halloween costume, this looks like I stole my dad's pajamas from the 80s, sewed the pieces together, and created a dress! I tried it with the Etsy leather belt, a newsboy cap, and Ulla Johnson strappy sandals.

Size and fit: Oy vey. It looked soooo cute on the model and I loved the gathered waist, but not so much on me. I got the 6 and this menswear-inspired, horizontal-striped shirt dress features a shirt collar, shoulder epaulets, long sleeves with buttoned cuffs, front patch pocket, button-front closure, cinched waist, hip pockets, and a flared hem.

Condition: Good, but a bit worn.

Honest review: I just can't get past the fact that this looks like a pair of pajamas my dad had back in the day. Even Mr. HGL is judging me from the corner of the couch.

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 all items out in public aside from the 10 Crosby dress but got the most wear out of the Mara Hoffman skirt.
  • Did they meet or exceed expectations? It's not Armoire's fault that I chose some scarier items this week. 
  • What’s the return process like? Place the items in the bag, seal it up and that's it!

FINAL THOUGHTS

I wanted to know what you like or dislike about this weekly series. What's beneficial? What would you like to see more of? Do you want more explanations of why a piece was chosen, or why I created a certain look? Would it be more helpful to see additional styling options per piece? Should I try for a weekly theme? Or dive deeper into the designer's history?

Or maybe you're just here for Mr. HGL and I totally get that! Sound off in the comments.

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

VALUE BREAKDOWN: The Unlimited membership costs $249/month and so far, I've received styles with a retail value of $37,338!

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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10 comments

LuAnne

I love your posts. I look forward to Friday evening because it’s like a special gift to me to see what you’ve picked and how you’ve styled it. Your choices aren’t typically what I would ever pick but you have opened up my styling options. I’d like to see about more about why you pick what you do and a tiny bit more about the designer….not War and Peace, maybe just what they are known for or are really good at from a design perspective. Could also please link or include details of where you get your accessories. I know you’ve mentioned the gold link necklace and the obi belt from Amazon before but I’m not sure I found the right ones. I love how you use the same accessories over and over but they give each outfit a different look. I think that’s a wise investment decision. Lots of wear per item.
Thank you for what you do. You are charming, funny and I love your stories.
LuAnne

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Mary Zubritsky

Hi Luanne! Thanks for your suggestions and I will address everything on Friday. I love one-off vintage finds and a lot of the items I feature are items that are no longer in production. Maybe I’ll start listing items I’ve come across that I won’t buy myself, but others should consider! I’m trying not to invest in anything fashion right now due to the economy so I’m recycling and re-wearing my closet 98% of the time.

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Carrie

I need more information on that Etsy belt. Love it!

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Mary Zubritsky

Hi Carrie! Here’s the leather one: https://etsy.me/3O3VYTY but the metal/gold-tone belt was a vintage purchase that was just a random, one-off find. I love scouring Etsy for vintage items.

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Marina

You even made the striped dress look cute with the cap and belt. Always read your posts even though I have an hourglass figure and could never wear your styles. Small waists have fit problems too. I cheat and have clothes custom made overseas.

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Mary Zubritsky

Every body type comes with their own set of problems, but your solution is ideal!

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AH

I’m very sorry you had the guys making you so uncomfortable you had to go into a store to get away. This might sound very crazy, but due to poor health (can’t really exercise anymore due to physical disabilities) and changes in medications, I’ve gained enough weight that I never get cat called or really hit on anymore! And I absolutely love it! I thought all women got hit on multiple times a day and everywhere they went, so these last few years I have truly enjoyed the opposite sex not giving me the time of day lol. It probably needs to be said that I also had a SO that was a narcissist/psychopath that wrecked my life. So he kinda turned me off to all guys. I had been a serial dater and always in long term relationships. I turn 39 Sunday and I have had about 3 years of being single and not having men pay me any attention. I have truly enjoyed it. It’s the only time in my adult life that I’ve been single. I’ve been dating since 14-15, so about 20 years of dating/relationships and only 3 of the single life.
You are absolutely right 100% though that it isn’t okay for guys to follow you like that! I would pull the NYC and act hard of hearing too. I just have to say you are so beautiful and you dress so nicely that you probably get hit on incessantly. My favorite item out of everything you’re wearing is actually your A+O flared jeans (we’ve had past convos on how I love that flares and wide legs are back in and how they’re much more flattering than say skinny jeans)! The black dress is something, that’s for sure. It might be the only clothing item I’ve ever seen you get that there is just no saving it. Maybe because it’s just too big. Out of the items you actually received this week, the Anna Sui is probably my favorite. I love the idea of learning designer history!! I love fashion and would really enjoy if you added that in. I live vicariously through your reviews, so I enjoy anything you feel like sharing with us! Much love, AH

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Mary Zubritsky

Hi AH! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Life can be a lot less stressful without worrying about men and what they’re up to behind your back. It takes a long time to recover and heal from narcissistic abuse and it’s difficult to trust after that. I’m not typically bothered by men’s comments, but the world has gone so mad that I find myself way more concerned than ever before. This situation was not in the best area (even though it used to be great and super safe when I was little) and they were slowly creeping alongside me in their car. I got Memphis vibes with that poor woman who went out for an early morning jog (even though it was 5pm), and I got away pretty quickly.

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Beth

Hi, The pencil skirt was beautiful. The jeans looked amazing on you. Very shapely. The Sui dress, a bit much. The black dress was not anything I could ever envision wearing. The shirt dress was nothing I’d even look at but your styling of the black dress and the shirt dress made them look better and wearable. You do simple things and enhance clothes. Beautiful. And even though the jeans weren’t rented they were the best outfit! Loved them on you. Thank you for always showing me how styling can make a huge difference. You have an amazing flare!

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Mary Zubritsky

I get so many compliments on them… they’re casual and unique and women will cross the street to ask me where I found them. I love Alice + Olivia jeans because they are stretchy and comfy, and the inseam is just the right length for me. But I have tripped over the hem many times and once fell right into oncoming traffic, so you need to be careful.

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