fashion for rent: a review of le tote

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My cousin recently told me about this company in San Francisco that rents out clothes, called Le Tote. I thought it would be fun to write a post showing the items I received and talking about my thoughts/experience.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Le Tote, the way it works is you choose to receive a certain number of accessories or clothing items in your tote, and then your charge is based on the number of items included. For my first month, I chose to receive 3 clothing items and 2 accessories for $59. You can return the items whenever you want, but will not receive another tote until the current one is sent back. If you can’t let something go and you get attached like I do, you have the option to keep it for a discounted rate.

In my first tote, I received a gorgeous floral cold-shoulder blouse, an orange blazer (perfect for fall), a comfy poncho, a gold bangle, and some light green drop earrings, all pictured above. I really like all of the items a lot and they are totally wearable for work and weekends. I especially love the floral blouse and the poncho, which have both made cute work-day looks, but all are things I would purchase.

Stitch Fix, another SF based clothing subscription service, is comparable to Le Tote. However, with Stitch Fix you are sent 5 items at scheduled intervals, which you choose to either purchase or return. You pay a $20 stylist charge with each box, which is subtracted from any items you keep (you only forfeit the $20 if you buy none of the items). If you keep all 5 items, you get a discount, and if you choose to return anything, you have 3 days to do so. These companies are very similar, with the major difference being the lack of surprise present with Le Tote, as you have the the option to swap items before it ships.

Overall, I really like both Le Tote and Stitch Fix, as both bring something different to the table – Le Tote allows you to constantly change you style, and Stitch Fix helps you build your personal wardrobe. Personally, I really enjoy that the items are a surprise with Stitch Fix, making your box a fun little present. However, with Le Tote, I really enjoyed knowing I was going to get stuff that a liked, as I am a total control freak. I also loved the versatility and convenience offered, as you don’t have to worry about laundry and can have a clean & diverse wardrobe with little effort. In all honesty, both are great companies and I recommend giving them a try if you’re looking to spice up your shopping life.

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In this Tote: Floral off Shoulder top by Eight Sixty // Crepe Tuxedo Blazer by Cupcakes and Cashmere // Fair Isle Poncho by Octavia // Light Green Drop Earrings by French Connection // Inset Bangle at Noir Luxe

Photos by Brant Yang

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