Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Le Tote Review for November

I have known about Le Tote for a while, but I never thought to give them a try because I'm a little wary of clothing rental subscriptions.  For those unfamiliar, for Le Tote specifically you pay $49 each month and they send you five items (three garments and two accessories) that equal $200 or more in retail value.  You can wear the items for as long as you want, and if you choose to keep them you'll be charged a discounted price for each item.  If you don't wish to keep any of the items, you simply mail them back to Le Tote in a prepaid envelope they provide.

I finally decided to try Le Tote after they ran a promotion where you could try your first tote for free.  Since the tote was free I have to return it by a certain date, and I couldn't find anything on the website about whether or not each tote needs to be returned after a certain amount of time before they'll charge you for all of the items (with a paid subscription).  Anyway, my box arrived damaged and I should have taken that as my first warning.  The seal was broken and the box was really dented, and I don't know if that was an error on Le Tote's behalf of the post office's.  I'm honestly leaning towards Le Tote's, because I have a pretty good relationship with my mail carrier, and they would have left a note if something happened to the package in transit.

As you can see from the photo above, the seal was entirely broken.  It looks like someone ripped it off.  After I found that none of the items inside were damaged or missing I felt better, but still -- as a new customer, this did not leave a good first impression.

Your first Le Tote comes with a nice tote bag, measuring tape, and a guide about the service.  I wasn't sure if the bag was something I could keep, but I checked on their website and these three things are their gifts to you.  The bag is actually really nice--it's sturdy and has lots of interior pockets.  I also didn't have any measuring tape prior to receiving this box, so that was a welcomed gift, too.

On to the items!  I went through Le Tote's website and selected items for "My Closet," which is what they use to choose items to send to you.  I'm hard to please when it comes to jewelry, and these two pairs of earrings are not my style.  The blue teardrop ones would be okay if they were smaller (I actually had put these in My Closet without realizing the size), but both are just too big and clunky for me.  The ones on the left are just not my style at all; frankly, I think they're ugly.  But that's okay, I was more interested in getting some cute clothes to wear anyway.

This top ended up being my favorite piece in the box.  It's the Polly Plains Blouse by French Connection.  It retails for $58, but the Le Tote member price is $44.  Most people would think this is boring and simple, but I love simple black clothes.  Tops like this are easy to wear to work or out and about and can be dressed up or down with different accessories.  I wore this once but I won't be keeping it because I know I could find a similar top for much cheaper elsewhere.

Up next is the Button Shirt by Saint Grace.  I don't think I need to point out what is wrong with this picture, but just in case I do--can you see how wrinkly this shirt is?!  I was so disappointed when I pulled it out of the box.  Not only was it ridiculously wrinkled, but there are small stains along the top of it and on the collar.  It retails for $88, member price is $64.  I wouldn't even pay $20 for this shirt in this condition!  This really, really turned me off from Le Tote as a whole.  I didn't even bother trying this on because I was so disappointed.  They couldn't have even taken the time to iron it just a little bit before sending it out to another customer?

Last up is the Lacey Dress by Willow & Clay, which retails for $88 with a member price of $64.  Again, wrinkly.  Way too wrinkly.  It's a cute dress but I haven't tried it on because I honestly have not felt like ironing it.  I know that's lazy of me, but it's also lazy of Le Tote and I think it reflects really poorly on them that they send customers clothing in this condition.  I'm glad I didn't pay $49 to get a box full of wrinkly clothes!  I'm undecided on whether or not I'm going to wear this before I send the tote back.

Bottom Line: I am 100% not impressed with Le Tote and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.  For $49 a month I expect clothes in good condition: no stains, no wrinkles.  I know some wrinkling will occur during shipping, but that Saint Grace shirt is unacceptable.  The stains alone should have been cause for it to be pulled from their inventory.  All I can say is I'm glad that this tote didn't cost me anything and that I got a nice tote bag out of it!  I definitely will not be staying on as a customer of theirs.

See more photos of my items behind the "read more."

*Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

French Connection shirt

Willow & Clay Dress (front)

Willow & Clay dress (back)


  1. Yikes, those wrinkles. It looks like the clothes were just grabbed from the bottom of someone's hamper or something. X:

    1. Ugh I hope they at least washed them before sending them to me! Epic fail.


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