Le Tote is basically Netflix, but for clothing. You fill out a style profile, then you can “shop” styles and pieces you love or like and add them to your “closet.” Then, when it’s time to fill up a “tote,” you get FIVE items sent to your doorstep (free shipping both ways).
You can wear and style the clothes as much as you want for as long or as little as you want. Then, when you’re done, you can purchase anything you love to keep (typically at a discount), and return the rest. Once you send your tote back, a new one will be sent to you with new pieces to wear and style.
There are no commitments, contracts, or minimum requirements. You can get totes as often as you’d like and you can cancel at any time.
The cost? It’s typically $49 a month and you can get as many totes as you want during that month.
And for pregnant mamas, they have Le Tote maternity! (I actually wish I had known they’d had maternity last year… Renting maternity clothes seems like a GREAT idea!)
Anyway, I thought I’d share with you guys what I got in my trial “tote” and then share my overall thoughts and whether or not it’s something I’ll continue to do… (so you’ll have to keep reading to find out!)
First, let me address the elephant in the room… apparently you can see my nursing tank underneath this sheer black top. I honestly didn’t even notice UNTIL I was editing the photos. WOOPS. Oh well. #reallife
In any event… I actually LOVED this top. I thought it was really flattering, I love ruffles, and it’s a great “neutral” top. I did not love that I couldn’t really find anything about the brand online, so I don’t know how they manufacture their clothes, etc.
I loved this necklace so much! It’s a quatrefoil shape, which y’all know I love… (Go Phi Mu!) and I love long pendants. I didn’t love it enough to purchase it (I need another long necklace like I need I need a hole in my head), but it was fun to wear while I had my tote.
When I saw this skirt on the Le Tote site, I thought it was really unique and thought it would be a fun ad for my tote. It is very stretchy, it’s a jersey knit material, and the waistband is elastic (which I love). However, I just didn’t love the skirt ON me… I felt frumpy and matronly in it. I don’t know why… I just did! I think it would look better on someone who is taller.
I really wanted to love this scarf! I loved it on the Le Tote website and when I was selecting it for my Tote, but when it came, I was disappointed. It wasn’t really the print or color, it was the material. The material was very clingy and just felt cheap. I honestly wonder if it has something to do with the way that they clean / launder it when it is returned. Anyway, it gave me a case of the sads!
See? The colors are pretty!!
When I put this dress on, my husband said, “Are you wearing a trash bag?” I laughed because, honestly, that’s what it looked like!
Honestly, I wasn’t blown away. I like the concept and I know some people who absolutely LOVE Le Tote. For me, I wasn’t super impressed, but I’m not making a sweeping generalization based upon my one experience. I am always game for trying something out – it can’t hurt!
I just don’t think Le Tote is for me, personally. So, as of now, I don’t plan to continue to receive Totes. I think I’m a one and done.
I think there are a lot of arguments that can be made either way. First, most of the brands (if not all of them) are brands that are made in China and other countries and I don’t know HOW they’re made. I looked up the brands and couldn’t find anything about their factories on their sites… so there’s that.
Now, it DOES cut down on “fast fashion” waste, which I do like! So, that can be an ethical way to shop, for sure.
Honestly, I think clothing rental services are best suited for “temporary” clothing like formalwear or maternity! And yes, Le Tote has maternity, so I think it would be GREAT for that.
Have you tried Le Tote before? What are your thoughts?
*Not sponsored. I received my first Le Tote complimentary in order to give it a try. This post contains affiliate links. As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own. 🙂