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What I’m Wearing This Week: Armoire

Mary Zubritsky
ByMary ZubritskyApr 28, 2023 | 11 comments

5 overall rating
8 Ratings | 22 Reviews

I had a dilemma last week. I got up, got ready for work and after I finished straightening my hair, I realized the right side was almost an inch longer than the left. I'm not sure how I hadn't noticed this in the past few weeks, or how it happened, but yikes—did someone sneak into my place in the middle of the night or did Mr. HGL nibble on it? So, I grabbed a pair of scissors and thought about cutting the chunk off myself but decided to leave it to the experts.

Right before COVID hit, I chopped off all my hair. Growing it out has been a struggle because I'm older, the hair is coarser, it doesn't grow as quickly anymore, and strands break more easily. Well, I went online and booked a last-minute appointment at my salon, but I tried a new stylist because no one else was available and it was just a quick fix.

She turned out to be Edwina Scissorhands. I got to the salon, and she mentioned that my hair isn't doing anything for my face shape, and it needs structure, so she started chopping away. I saw large chunks falling to the ground and began panicking. I did not approve a full chop! I told her I just wanted to even out the length.

Too late. It's quite a bit shorter and there are 1990s layers like The Rachel which is apparently trendy right now, but I wasn't mentally prepared. Why can't stylists listen to us and quit thinking they always know what's best for us?

Sleeping beauty bunny also got a haircut so he's been all snuggled up in his favorite human blanket.

Side note: Think I'm going to subscribe to either Switch or Vivrelle on my own. Which one should I choose? The best plans are $$$$!


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 $62,318 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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All three items by Lilly Pulitzer, Equipment, and Rebecca Taylor arrived on time and in great condition. Each item was fresh from the dry cleaner and neatly folded. I only got three items because I held onto others.


Lilly Pulitzer Cristina Faux Wrap Mini Dress, Retail Value $228, Armoire $182


About the Designer: Lilly Pulitzer set out to create her own happiness, opening a juice stand in Palm Beach. In need of an everyday uniform, she asked her dressmaker for something to camouflage splashes of citrus juice.

The result was a comfortable, sleeveless shift dress made of colorful printed cotton. Since those early days, Lilly designs have been beloved for their casual glamour, vibrant optimism, and endlessly joyful spirit. Lilly was an original with the confidence to break all the rules, the humility to pull it off, and the vision to make women feel as good as they look. Today, her spirit is reflected in the brand’s distinctive prints and lively colors, which inspire everyone to shine bright and stand out.

How I styled it: This dress can definitely be worn to the office, so I tried on two different looks. Both included the vintage gold-tone Etsy belt, Lele Sadoughi Pinwheel Earrings, Carolina Herrera Ruffled Point-Toe Flats, Gucci Studded Leather Jacket, and the Saint Laurent Sac de Jour. I also went for a more neutral look with the Louis Vuitton Cherry Blossoms Bag and Jimmy Choo Patent Leather Wedge Sandals.

Size and fit: This easy-fit, lined design with metallic threads features a surplice neckline with hook and eye closure, long sleeves, smocking at the shoulders, waist, and cuffs, and a tiered ruffled hem.

I got the 6 and while it's a little oversized up top, it fits perfectly everywhere else.

Condition: Brand new with tags!

Honest review: Back with more Lilly Pulitzer and I'm not sorry. This dress is fun and frilly, but it's also a little itchy!

Equipment Arles Silk Satin Dress, Retail Value $430, Armoire $347


About the designer: Since 1976 from its founding maison in Paris, Equipment has fused unparalleled French sophistication with an air of chic nonchalance. Equipment today calls upon the classic minimalism of the original collections through the use of noble fibers in its pure design yet signifies modernity with its discreet sexiness and androgynous silhouettes.

How I styled it: I wore this dress with oversized gold-tone hoops, the Chanel 19, and Tabitha Simmons Sandals. You can also throw on a jacket and a belt, just to make it a little less revealing and give it a different look.

Size and fit: One review said it ran a little small up top, so I ordered the 8 and it was perfect. While it was a little loose around the bodice, the hip area is a bit fitted and it twists a little. I wore shapewear to smooth it out and that helped. Plus, since it's unlined and made of silk, it's a little unforgiving.

This pullover dress features a subtle floral print, adjustable spaghetti straps, a deep v-neckline, and a side-slit hem.

Condition: Brand new with tags!

Honest review: I love this dress and I'm holding on to it for a few weeks! I got so many compliments on it too. It's lightweight, sleek and sophisticated, and overpriced. I found it on Equipment's site for much less than the resale price and it's on Amazon for even less!

Rebecca Taylor Emma Sleeveless Midi Dress, Retail Value $496, Armoire $347


About the designer: Rebecca is a womenswear line inspired by an idea of Romanticism Redefined. Referencing inspiration from the past evolved for a new sensibility, every piece is imbued with thoughtful details creating a decidedly elegant way of dress that defines romance for now.

How I styled it: I paired this dress with Ferragamo Laser-Cut Leather Sandals, Fendi Fendista Crossbody, and a Vince leather jacket.

Size and fit: I got the 6 and it was a perfect fit for me. Crafted in a polyester cotton and silk blend, this floral-print dress features adjustable shoulder straps, a square neckline, concealed side zip closure, a slightly gathered empire waist, and a side slit hem. It's fully lined and heavier than I expected.

Condition: Great.

Honest review: I wasn't sure what to expect when I ordered this dress (I figured it would be some flimsy summer dress), but it's so incredibly well made, the fabric is luxurious, and the design reminds me of a pretty, pretty princess.


  • 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? All three of the items were great!
  • Did they meet or exceed expectations? Armoire met expectations. 
  • What’s the return process like? Place the items in the bag, seal it up and that's it!


Let's talk about something else that gets increasingly more difficult with age: DATING, OOF! So, I don't know what it is about me, but I attract men who have an entire graveyard of skeletons buried in their backyards.

Whether I uncover bankruptcy filings (seriously, how do you charge up $2.5 million and expect it to be forgiven?), criminal wrongdoings (yeah, I found that domestic violence case and I'm blocking you too), or blatant lies about their current relationship status (does your WIFE know you're trolling bars for hookups?), I'm pretty flabbergasted by what I'm experiencing... and sadly I've had to resort to background checks after what I went through in the past.

I refuse to do online dating because I don't want people to know my business (says the girl who writes about her life online) and I've heard horror stories about married men and catfish, so I meet guys out in person at restaurants and bars, concerts, friend's birthday parties, etc. Not like it's that much better in person, but at least you can weed out fake profiles and sometimes see a wedding band imprint on the finger.

I probably mentioned this in the past, but D.C. has been called the "Psychopath Capital of the World" and it's quite accurate. I'm not sure what it is about men in the DMV, but they puff up their chests and make up the most absurd stories about themselves to seem cool and desirable, and it's really just sad.

And what's even more frustrating is how these guys now treat women like a piece of meat, or as if we have nothing better to do but drop everything and run to their side because they suggest last-minute plans. Here are three real-life scenarios I've recently experienced:

Guy #1 on a Tuesday at 11am: "Hey, what are you doing today? Come over to my place for a nooner and I'll cook you lunch afterwards!"  What the hell is a nooner? I had to Google it. Oh, and despite turning him down every single time, he still keeps trying. I'm about to block him because this is so disrespectful.

Guy #2 at 11:30pm on a Wednesday night: "Are you out? I'm in your neighborhood. Come meet me out for a drink and we can have some fun afterwards. If I have too much to drink, can I sleep on your couch?" Um, I went to bed at 9pm so I could get up at 5am for the gym. And I'm also not 24.

Guy #3 (who I met at a steakhouse): "Wanted to let you know that I'll only be available for you during the workday. We can meet at a hotel, or wherever, but please just don't text or call me after work hours or during the weekend for obvious reasons. I want to have fun with you, but my wife can't find out." Block and delete! I am not a mistress. The NERVE!

Why have men become so brazen? Are there that many women out there who will knowingly date a married man? Ditch work and drive to the house of someone they don't know for a nooner? Or agree to let a drunk random into their home at 2am?

Now, I can't throw stones at glass houses because I had my own share of oops situations in my 20s in NYC, but has the hookup culture and the ease of ordering dates like food deliveries ruined the traditional concept of a relationship? Or has "female empowerment" taught men to treat women like we're just a late-night GrubHub order?

What have you experienced? Yes, I'm older and of course, my boomer attitude might contribute to my thoughts and feelings, but what happened to good old-fashioned morals and treating people with respect?

P.S. If you're married, but not very happily, trust me... the grass is NOT greener on the other side.

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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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The hair has a lively look. Vote yes.

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Mary Zubritsky

Thank you, Marina!

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I was just thinking about how much I missed being single and those butterflies…. Been in a relationship for a decade now, zero passion. I guess though if it’s like this now it’s not all it’s cracked up to be being single.

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Mary Zubritsky

Of course, I don’t know your situation at all, but it’s tough out there. Social media and online dating have made it too easy for people to essentially order up whatever they want, whenever they need it, and it’s caused many to lose respect for each other. Why invest the time and energy when there are thousands of others out there who will accept less? Also, people have become experts at mirroring, love bombing and future faking to get whatever they want or need. Then you have these butterflies thinking you’ve met the one, and none of it was real. I don’t have any answers, it’s not the world we dated in 10 years ago.

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Hi Mary – I’m single too… I agree that it’s super hard to meet good people as you get older. I’m sorry you had to go through that – those texts are cringeworthy.

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Mary Zubritsky

Well, in some ways it’s a learned behavior. Since some women will accept bad behavior as the norm, men try it with all of us. Just make sure you use a site like Been Verified or your local court to uncover any potential red flags before you get too invested. While you won’t always find anything (you really have to dig), what you may uncover can save you so much pain, especially if it’s a domestic violence case.

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I actually really like you hair! Very flattering and nice movement.

The Lilly and the Equipment dress are both great colors for you. The Rebecca Taylor is beautiful but a bit too cottagecore for your normal look

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Mary Zubritsky

Thank you, Emily! I really liked all the items this round and I’m holding on to the Equipment for sure. Too bad it suddenly got cold again!

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Honestly I think you’d have better luck and weed out creeps faster with a dating app.

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Mary Zubritsky

Join your local “Are we dating the same guy” Facebook group, read the posts every day, and you’ll change your mind. 😵‍💫 Also the men are doing the same thing to women — naming and shaming.

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Also, the Equipment dress is stunning on you.

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