When I hear kids using the word “totes” instead of “totally” I can almost feel my high school English teacher sighing loudly and muttering “how much time does that abbreviation even save you?”
So when I first overheard a friend singing the praises of Le Tote Subscription, I was momentarily worried that this was some variation on the slang. As it turns out, Le Tote is destined to stick around, unlike a passing verbal phrase.
Basically Le Tote sends 3 pieces of clothing and 2 accessories in each delivery and you can keep what you like for as long as you like and send back what you don’t. If you want to own something outright they’ll just charge you a discounted price. It’s like having your own personal shopper, deliveryman and assistant to return things for you. All for $59 monthly price!
Now, as we know, I love to shop. But I just don’t have much free time these days. My favorite thing about Le Tote is the amount of time it saves me.
I have to admit it sort of feels like Christmas every time I get a delivery. What will be in the box?!? (Although I also sometimes use their “preview” option so that I can see what’s coming and swap out some of the items that I don’t think I’ll want. It’s less exciting, but the control-freak in me love this feature.
The Le Tote shoppers get to know my style preferences over time by looking at my virtual “closet” and watching what I keep and what I return, and how I rate the items they’ve sent. It’s so eerie that I almost feel as though they’ve become my close friends. Is it awkward to invite them to a party I’m throwing? Probably. But at least I know they’d pick out something great for me to wear to it.
I don’t get sick of the clothes in my closet because there’s always something new to wear. And I don’t feel guilty about packing more clothes into my very-real closet, because I can send the Le Tote clothes back when I’m tired of them. When I miss the piece, I just ask for it back!
I like that I can try out wearing pieces before committing to buying them. Sometimes I’m sure I love a piece and then a week later I realize I don’t really have anywhere to actually wear it. Or I wear it and then see a picture of myself in it and think “why did I think that neckline would look good on me?!?” This takes away that pressure.
Fortunately Le Tote has done a better job picking than I have in the past. Of course they see me for who I really am, not a 5' 10" , size 0 and blonde. ( Note to self: Do not buy something just because Gigi Hadid looks fabulous in it ... because Gigi Hadid looks fabulous in anything.)
Well... it could happen – I’m just one hair-dye job and a couple of pilates sessions away. Right?