Why Hello Lovelies! I know it’s been way too long. I mentioned in an earlier post that I’ve had some crazy life/work stuff going on so bare with me until I can get back in the swing of things. I have been testing out some cool things though in the last few weeks including Le Tote. Be prepared. This is a LONG post (I split it into two, but still!).
Le Tote is a clothing “rental” service where you pay a monthly fee and can get sent either accessories or accessories + clothes to wear as you please. Once you are done with the clothes, you pack them back up in a pre-paid envelope and ship it back.
Once they receive it, they pick another set of outfits for you (you can load up your closet from their website of things you like) and they send you a new box. The idea is that you have access to an unlimited closet and never have to worry about having “nothing to wear.”
I loooove this idea. When I was looking at the pricing ($19/month for accessories or $49 for clothes and accessories), I figured, if I can get 3-4 good outfits out of the box and never have to repeat the same outfit twice, then I may finally be trendy! Also, full disclosure, I found a coupon code for July 4th that let me try the first month for 1/2 off, so I was definitely in. So, how did it pan out?
Let me first say, that having worked at a start-up company and being in love with all things beauty (this includes fashion, although I don’t look it), I LOVE LOVE LOVE this concept. I think it’s genius. Unfortunately, that’s where my infatuation ends. I think this has all the makings of a great thing, but they are still struggling through the “new kid in school” phase. Here is what I got in my first box after placing my order and making my account and my full experience after 2 boxes.
The box came in a small cardboard box that says “Hello Gorgeous” when you open it. Aw, Le Tote, you flatterer you….as I unwrapped the box, I was impressed by the cute patriotic little earring box (I got this on July 3rd) within and how well protected the jewelry was within the box:
But wait a minute….when I filled out my online, I specifically stated that I don’t have pierced ears (I know I do, but I’m soooo tragically allergic to most metals when I wear them as earrings, that I knew it would be a waste to get cute earrings). I thought that was super strange but disregarded it since it seemed to be a nice little holiday extra. I moved on to check out the other jewelry and really liked the necklace and bracelet that was provided.
But I did notice that the necklace was a bit dinged up and looked used. What’s that you say? ”BUT IT ISSSS USED, DUMBASS!” Ok, I realize that. But, a key part of their business model is that if you like the items, then you keep them and just pay for the piece and return the rest of the items. You are supposed to be able to get designer pieces for way less this way, but these did NOT seem like designer pieces. Again, a start-up scalability issue. I am guessing they’ll start retiring things earlier as they continue, but until then, I’m sure I’ll keep getting scuffed and worn jewelry. Ok, on to the clothing.
First thing you are probably thinking is, “these seem plain”. They were. I picked a bunch of stuff from the “closet” to try and give them an idea of what sorts of things I like and what I got back was pretty bland. I would have been happier just getting the legit combination of clothes from the closet rather than these, but oh well, I thought I’d try. BUT, as you can see from these pictures, the clothing was SO wrinkled. I’m talking, shar pei at 150 years old wrinkled. There was no way that I was going to take an iron to these clothes (because if you break it, you buy it) and I certainly don’t bother to iron 90% of my own clothing so forget it. I wore the blue shirt and black shirt anyways with the gold leaf necklace. It was a cuteish (but wrinkled) outfit but it definitely was something I could of easily gotten from Forever 21….for less than $49.
I didn’t even bother to wear the black and white shirt because parts of it were starting to fray and it just looked so worn out. Again, this is not surprising for a start-up who has gotten a lot of attention lately and probably needs time to adjust but overall, not yet worth my $49. Because I didn’t wear the second outfit, I didn’t wear the bracelet either and didn’t want to wait to try another box just to hold on to the bracelet (you have to send the full box back or buy what you don’t send, you can keep parts of the boxes to send later).
The last things I’ll mention for this piece is that it came with some instructions on how to return the box as well as a free tote bag and measuring tape. If it hadn’t have been for these 2 pieces, I would have felt really ripped off with my first box!
I have much more to say about week 2 of the box I got, but stay tuned for that since this has already gotten a bit long.