Trying Out Le Tote

I think the clothing rental subscription is a great idea. Not only can you mix up your wardrobe or try different styles/shapes/color combos without having to purchase a lot of items, you can also wear, for a limited time, pieces that you might not otherwise be able to afford (or at least not this many of them).

There are a couple different versions of this. You can do something like Rent the Runway, which allows you select one specific piece and pay a per-rental price for it, mostly for occasion things. And then there are services like Le Tote and Gwynnie Bee that are a monthly fee to have multiple pieces out at a time.

Gwynnie Bee is for sizes 10 and above, while Le Tote has sizes 0 up to 16, as well as maternity. I will do a separate post on Gwynnie Bee (which I have used in the past), but today I wanted to talk about Le Tote, which I am trying for the first time.

Note: this post is not sponsored or supported by Le Tote in any way, all opinions and editorial decisions are my own.

Signing up was pretty easy and fun. I filled out a couple of profiles around my style and sizes. You can also browse their current collections and mark (heart) things that you particularly like. Once your profiles are completed, you get an email letting you know that your tote has been put together. At that point you have 48 hours to log in to your account and change the things that are going to be in your tote – 2 accessories and 3 articles of clothing.

I ended up changing 4 of the 5 things they had picked out for me. I swapped out a blue plaid button down top, a pretty standard maroon cardigan, a jeweled cuff bracelet, and a pair of pave-set stud earrings. Here are the items I got, as pictured on the site.

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Overall, I would say I was moderately happy with my tote. I ended up not even wearing the skirt, it’s a midi length and meant to hit at your natural waist, so I would have worn it as pictured below with heels and a tucked in top. (Looking at the photo makes me wish I had worn it!) The floral top is great, it hangs really nicely and is a lovely watercolor-esque print. I was very excited about the navy and white striped sweater, and while I liked it, I definitely didn’t love it. It might have been better as a spring pick.


Accessories-wise, the earrings are very cute, but I decided they’re not quite my thing. The bracelet was probably my favorite. I’ve always had a hard time wearing bracelets because I spend a lot of my day typing and usually end up taking of bangles and thick bracelets. This thin bracelet didn’t bother me at all and I find the not-quite-connected design interesting.

Pros:

  • Try out styles you might not normally purchase
  • Try out higher-end brands before investing
  • If you do purchase, a lower price than brand new
  • You can customize your tote so you know exactly what you’re getting

Cons:

  • You get 3 items of clothing and 2 accessories in each tote, I would rather have more clothes
  • You have to send everything back as a package to get another tote – no single-item returns
  • The price point

All in all, it was a fun experience, but I decided not to continue my subscription. I prefer to find pieces that I really love and then wear them a million times. And while the ability to add some non-permanent variety to your closet is nice, it’s not worth $59 a month to me. I would rather take that money and spend it on either fun trendy pieces I’ll wear for a season or two and then retire, or invest in some really great items I’ll keep forever.

What do you think about subscription boxes for clothing? Have you tried one? Yay or nay?

Layering Up + Summer to Winter Style


Baby it’s cold outside. FabFitFun’s post on Instagram last night said “I’m not going outside again until the temperature is above my age.” I wish. But in the meantime I’ll layer up with another day of #PSstylinghacks

On days when the temperature is under 20, not only is it frigid outside, but it’s pretty chilly inside the office too. I’ve been wearing tons of scarves this winter and this is one of my favorites.

I took these photos when it was still reasonable to stand outside for more than 15 seconds at a time, but I’m wearing the same outfit today (albeit with leggings as well!). Just as one season starts is a great time to find really good deals on the previous season’s items at your favorite stores. This particular (summer) sundress was an early fall purchase from Continue reading

Happy New Year and PopSugar Challenge

Hello my friends! A few people have asked what happened to the blog. My apologies! I got an exciting assignment for work and it was unusually busy (even for me) and I didn’t have too much extra time or energy. But I’m back and will be doing my best to post here on Wednesday and Friday mornings consistently, with maybe a few bonus posts thrown in! I will also post my OOTD or some sort of style-related inspiration to my Instagram account each day, so if you miss me too much you can follow me on Instagram @KayJMitchell.

I’m really excited to start the New Year with a fun idea from PopSugar–the styling hacks challenge! Continue reading

OOTD and The Death of The Pink Flats


Alas! My delightful bright pink flats have already died. I had purchased a pair of leopard flats through Jane.com for $15, then saw the same deal pop up again and picked up these pink guys. The brand is actually Continue reading

(Leopard) Sweater Weather


I’ve got to be honest, I might not have even tried with sweater on were it not for my friend Meg. I was on my own in the store when I saw this and I immediately heard her voice in my head, telling me it was amazing and that I needed to have it. It is very likely that Continue reading

Amazing T-Shirts at Target


I am not ashamed to admit that I love Target. They have some great stuff for pretty reasonable prices. (Plus their latest collaboration with Who What Wear is darling.) Last year they had a really great 3/4 sleeve boat neck t-shirt and I got it in 3 different colors. Just the other day I was wishing that I had picked up duplicates of some of those so that when they inevitably wear out, get stained, or get discolored from too many washes, that I would have replacements. And voilĂ !

When I went in to do some quick browsing yesterday I discovered Continue reading

Maroon Pants and Evolving Your Style


I have been wishing for a pair of maroon pants for so long and they are finally here! These are the exact same style and brand as the olive jeggings I wore earlier this week (JCP’s a.n.a. zip pocket). I debated in the dressing room for a while because there was a pair of Stylus ankle crop skinnies in a similar, but slightly darker, color. In the end I went with these because Continue reading