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Apr 21, 2015

Totes Magotes: I Love Le Tote

Last year around this time I started a new job and went from a team where a t-shirt and jeans was acceptable everyday attire to having to step up my fashion game. Without a cushy bank account to revamp my wardrobe, I found myself having some serious angst in the mornings when trying to put an outfit together.

One day I Googled "renting clothes" since I figured someone had to be brilliant enough to start a business for this already- and if they weren't I was about it. I came across Le Tote, a clothing rental company, and decided to give it a try. For $49/month I get a box of clothing and accessories that I can keep for as long as I want. There is no pressure to purchase the clothes in the box.

One year later, I can't tell you how much I love using Le Tote, but I can try... 
  • When I have a new box it's just a little easier to get out of bed in the morning (like that feeling when you were little and got excited to go back to school just for the clothes).  
  • You build a style profile on Le Tote and "heart" your favorite items, but it still pushes me to try new styles. In my totes I get a mix of things that I would try on and buy for myself and some things that I probably wouldn't have picked out for myself but end up liking. 
  • Other people post photos of how they wore the item. I find this super helpful for times like when I can't quite figure out what shoes I should be wearing with a particular piece of clothing. 
  • Other amazing benefits of Le Tote? Getting mail that isn't bills (Yes!) and doing less laundry (Double Yes!).
Not convinced that it's worth the money? Good thing I like math.

I said it's been a year since I started using Le Tote, which means I've spent $588 on this service. I think it is totally worth it and this is why...

My average tote cycle is around 10 days.
Your membership includes free 2-3 day USPS Priority shipping both ways. My totes ship from Oakland, CA so in Seattle I find that I get my totes in two days. I typically keep my totes for 4-5 days. I have a mail room at work where I drop off my totes so it's super easy to return them (having a USPS drop off center somewhere convenient for you is key). Le Tote ships totes Monday-Saturday, so I added one extra day to my typical tote time to account for this.


So at 10 days per tote, I typically receive 3 totes per month. Each tote has 5 items in it, 3 pieces of clothing and 2 accessories. That means I get around 15 new items to wear each month. At $49/month that equals out to $3.27 per item. I know it's a little bit like leasing a car, you spend that money and don't have anything to show for it, but what do you really do with the clothes you don't wear anymore? I can tell you I'm officially a Buffalo Exchange reject... I have come to realize that no hip 18 year old is looking to buy my used clothes anymore. And at any given time I have a bag of clothes for donation sitting in my room or in my car. So when I think about it that way, renting clothes makes so much sense. Plus if you bought a $40 shirt, you would have to wear it over 10 times to get the same cost/wear as Le Tote.

I really like the contents and brands in my totes. Some of the brands include French Connection, BCBGENERATION, Sam Edelman, Rebecca Minkoff, Kensie, Olive + Oak, and many more. Here is a look at the contents of my last 4 totes.

Have you given Le Tote a try?

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