Hoppy Friday! I'm taking Mr. HGL for his haircut today and he's never a fan of the car ride... I think he's scared of my driving. Angora's hair grows so quickly, and I wish I could let it grow long enough to sell, but I'd have to become an expert at grooming, and it's pretty hard to do in an apartment setting. The woman who runs the Divine's Pet Care also boards them, so whenever we go over there, I like to check his other potential friends and get tips and advice from Darby. I've asked her how she thinks he'd react if I got another rabbit and she said he's so chill, he wouldn't even care.
I keep seeing all these abandoned bunnies on various sites, both locally and internationally, and it's sad to see so many people adopting or buying these sweet, loving creatures and then just letting them go into the wild. I wish I had space to adopt more!
In other news, I really want to go back to Nashville. One of my best friends recently moved there so I'd have a place to stay for free! I loved the vibe and while I'm more into 70s, 80s, and 90s, country music has become a fave of mine too! Anyway, let's get on with the review.
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 $39,500 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 Reiss, Kate Spade, Hunter Bell, Tart, and 3.1 Phillip Lim arrived on time and in great condition. Each item was fresh from the dry cleaner and neatly folded.
Reiss Harley Satin Bow Back Jumpsuit, Retail Value $465, Armoire $325
About the designer: Reiss is one of Kate Middleton's favorite brands! Launched in 1971, REISS opened in Bishopsgate, London selling men's tailoring. In 1997, they hired an in-house design team, and in 1998 they opened stores across the UK and Ireland. From there they launched womenswear, opened international stores, personal tailoring and shopping services, and a childrenswear division.
How I styled it: This is the second jumpsuit I have at my place and since it's got the draping around the neck and an oversized bow at the back, I simply added a B-low the Belt waist belt, a pair of Charlotte Olympia heels (I had no idea she filed for bankruptcy) and threw a leather jacket over my shoulders. This piece speaks for itself and doesn't need much help!
Size and fit: I got the size 6 and at first, I was a little concerned about the fit because UK designers tend to run quite small, but I was pleasantly surprised! This sleeveless jumpsuit features a drape-front satin top with two buttons on the collarbone, an oversized back bow, a banded waist with side zip closure, side slit pockets, and straight-leg pants.
Honest review: Despite the pants being a tad short on me, this jumpsuit is stunning. It's glamorous, girly, and simplistically chic, and it's easy to wear. It takes the guesswork out of dressing up.
Kate Spade Ruffle-Trim A-Line Dress, Retail Value $225, Armoire $108
About the designer: Sadly, we're all a bit too familiar with Kate Spade's tragic end. When Kate Brosnahan Spade, an accessories editor at Mademoiselle, was frustrated she couldn't find a fashionable, utilitarian handbag she set out to design the perfect one out of her apartment. She made her first samples out of construction paper and later combined sleek shapes and colorful palettes in a totally new way. She debuted six versions of a bag called Sam (which was my first designer handbag!) and the rest is fashion history.
How I styled it: This dress is like 1960s meets Park Avenue housewife. I wore Perry Street Vivian Floral earrings from Rocksbox, Calzedonia back seam tights, a pair of platform pumps by TWINSET Simona Barberi (I discovered this designer in Italy), and the vintage Chanel bag because it's got old-school vibes. I didn't realize the tag was up in the back.
Size and fit: I got the 6 and it's a little tight around the shoulders. This ruffle-trimmed, A-line dress is crafted in Barbiecore pink polyester with three-quarter length sleeves, a back keyhole top closure, and a bottom zipper.
Honest review: I'm not sure if I've ever tried on any clothing by Kate Spade. Maybe it's because I always found it too preppy for my tastes, but I like this dress. I'll have to rent more by Kate Spade!
Tart Long-Sleeve V-Neck Faux Fur Coat, Retail Value $282, Armoire $141
About the Designer: TART Collections is a California cool girl brand. Founded in 2004 by Dana and Jamie Finegold, Tart specializes in womenswear that’s comfortable, ready to wear, and long-lasting. Created with the goal of designing a timeless collection to enhance a woman's natural radiance and confidence while going from day into night, this family-owned brand constructs every pattern and piece at an in-house design studio in California to ensure every item strikes a harmonious balance between exceptional quality and impeccable design.
How I styled it: It's a versatile topper, but I think it's best with my Alice + Olivia bell bottom jeans! Bring on the 60s and 70s vibes. I wore it with an Alexis top I rented last year, Jeffrey Campbell cowboy ankle boots, and this awesome hat.
Size and fit: I got a medium and this slightly oversized jacket features v-neckline, long sleeves, three hook-and-eye closures, side slit pockets, and it's fully lined. It's crafted out of modacrylic and acrylic.
Condition: Good, but quite worn.
Honest review: It's cute, and while I own a pet who is raised specifically for his fur, I still can't get into the stuffed animal look of faux fur. I had so many stuffed animals as a child (and I still have many of them) and used to bury myself beneath the pile, and this jacket reminds me of them. It's cute and fun in a mod way, and I love that they're saving the animals, but it's not something I'd purchase. I would prefer to hit a vintage boutique and buy a jacket like this in real fur from the 60s instead.
Hunter Bell Conally Mock Neck Top, Retail Value $395, Armoire $150
About the designer: Hunter Bell is an American fashion designer based in New York City and the owner of Hunter Dixon. Bell was the season two winner of Fashion Star. She attended the University of Alabama and graduated in 2003 with a degree in fashion design and studio art.
How I styled it: This billowy blouse can be worn with jeans, leggings, and a skirt. I paired it with Petersyn leather leggings, Yves Salomon fur jacket, Kendra Scott earrings from Rocksbox, and Giuseppe Zanotti studded leather ankle boots. Since I hardly went anywhere this week, I wore this outfit over to Tyson's Corner mall to buy tights and get makeup at Sephora.
Size and fit: I got the medium and it runs big. This ruffle-trimmed, mock neck blouse is crafted in lightweight silk with blouson sleeves with smocked cuffs and frilled edges, a back button closure, and a modern floral print.
Honest review: Love, love, love. A bit better than their Sister Act dress I wore a couple weeks ago, huh? I need to purchase some tops, but I'm not sure this will be it. I can find a better deal off TheRealReal.
3.1 Phillip Lim Square-Neck Crepe Dress, Retail Value $795, Armoire $318
How I styled it: I couldn't get it on.
Size and fit: I got the 6 and it's so small, I couldn't even push my arm through the sleeves.
Condition: It's in great shape, but it's sooooo small.
Honest review: The fabric is heavy and luxurious, and it's incredibly well made, but I think it belongs in the children's section.
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? The Kate Spade dress is perfect for work, the Tart jacket is cute and fun, I loved the Hunter Bell blouse, and the Reiss jumpsuit is great for a night out on the town!
- Did they meet or exceed expectations? Armoire met expectations this week.
- What’s the return process like? Place the items in the bag, seal it up and that's it!
Going to wrap up quickly. Remember that Black Halo jumpsuit I've been loving since last year? Well, I still have it here and that's why I only got 5 items this month. They finally sent me a 25% off discount and after pondering a bit, I realized that I'm not going out enough to justify that purchase so I'm sending it back. Luckily, I can always rent it again... as long as no one else rents or buys it.
Ok, I've gotta get going. Have a great weekend!
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 $39,500!
What are your thoughts about Armoire and rentals in general? Let me know what you think down below!