I finally tried Le Tote! Here are my honest thoughts on Le Tote and how it compared with Stitch Fix.
It’s been a long time coming, but I finally checked out Le Tote ! You would think that with as much as I love Stitch Fix , I would have been on top of trying out Le Tote sooner. At the very least, I could compare the two!
I quickly learned that Le Tote is quite different than Stitch Fix. And I’ll explain how later. First, I’ll just explain what Le Tote is and how it works.Le Tote is a subscription service that lets you rent clothing and accessories for a flat monthly fee. Let Le Tote pick your items for you, or customize your box and choose exactly what you’d like to rent for the month. Wear it all you want, buy what you want to keep at 50% off retail, return what you don’t with free shipping.
There are 2 plans – Classic starting at $69/month and Maternity starting at $79/month.
What I love about Le Tote:
- I can customize my box and choose exactly what I’m going to get.
- I can try out designer styles without having to pay the designer price (and I get 50% off if I do want to keep something).
- I can try hot trends that I’m not sure I want to permanently add to my wardrobe. (I’m thinking about trying out a jumpsuit in my next box!)
- I can enhance my wardrobe without having to purchase a bunch of new clothing. (This is great for special occasions, as I’ll share below!)
- I can feel good about choosing secondhand clothing and lessening my impact on the environment.
- I can keep everything for the entire month before deciding if I want to make a purchase.
What I don’t love about Le Tote:
- The selection feels a bit limited to me.
- I would love to try shoes, but I can see how this would be hard as a rental.
- $69 feels a bit steep to me.
- You have to pay $5 extra if you want insurance in case you damage an item.
Le Tote vs. Stitch Fix
That brings me to the Le Tote vs. Stitch Fix comparison. I love Stitch Fix and have found lots of great items for my wardrobe using their service, including lots clothing of made in America. Here are my honest thoughts on comparing the two services:
Stitch Fix charges a $20 styling fee that is applied to any purchases you make. Le Tote charges a monthly membership fee that you pay regardless of any purchases made. However, Le Tote does offer 50% off retail for anything you do decide to purchase. Stitch Fix charges full price.
Le Tote will style a box for you, but then allow you to swap items in and out to personalize your box. So your box is completely customized to your preferences. Stitch Fix has a stylist select items for you based on your style profile. You don’t know what’s coming until it arrives.
I like both options. With Le Tote, I was able to rent a dress to wear to a concert, and I knew exactly what dress was coming in my box. Had it been a surprise, I wouldn’t know if the dress would be something I liked and wanted to wear until it arrived. However, it does take time to sit and select which items your box will include.
With Stitch Fix, I can try new items I’d never choose based on photos. My stylist has sent me things I’ve raised an eyebrow at, but then loved once I tried it on. I can also tell my stylist what I’m looking for (like ethically made brands, the perfect pair of jeans, or a navy cardigan, for example) and she can focus on finding me items that will work for my preferences.
Try On Time
Le Tote allows you to keep the items for a month and you can wear them as much as you want. Stitch Fix only gives you 3 days, and you can only try items on. Le Tote definitely has the advantage here.
New vs. Used
The clothing you get with Le Tote is gently used. However, everything I’ve received has been in excellent condition. Stitch Fix sends only brand new clothing. Again, I say Le Tote has the advantage here because buying secondhand first is much better for the environment. And when the clothing is in such good condition, you can’t tell the difference anyway.
Variety of Styles
As I mentioned, Le Tote seems a bit limited in selection. Stitch Fix feels like they offer a wide range of styles. But at the same time, I don’t really know how much variety Stitch Fix has because I don’t see their entire selection. I only see what my stylist sends me. One thing I do like about Stitch Fix is that they have a lot of items you won’t see on the racks anywhere because they are made exclusively for Stitch Fix.
My Verdict on Le Tote vs. Stitch Fix
I’m going to give a very politician-esque answer and say I like them both for different purposes. I see Le Tote as being a great resource for a specific occasion where you have a specific need. I got a dress to wear to a concert. You could also use Le Tote to get a dress for a bridal shower or a wedding or a graduation. Just a few examples. I like Stitch Fix for finding everyday items for my wardrobe. I’ve gotten some fantastic jeans, shorts, maxi dresses, and tops from Stitch Fix.
Now for the good stuff! Here’s what I got in my totes.
In my first tote, I got a pair of bright pink palazzo pants, a black boho peasant top, bright blue tank-blouse, a pair of rose gold earrings, and a leather and bead wrap bracelet.
I chose the pink pants because I wanted to try something wild that I’d never actually purchase. Unfortunately, they fit me weird because of my mommy belly-pooch, so I didn’t wear them out of the house. I tried them on with the other tops I borrowed, plus a graphic t. Just for fun. 🙂
I chose the black peasant top because it’s a great wardrobe basic and I love this style. But the lace felt very delicate and I was afraid to damage it. So I didn’t wear it. (I didn’t know about the insurance.)
The bright blue tank was something I chose as an easy summery top to wear with jeans or shorts. I think I wore it once.
As for the jewelry, I wore the wrap bracelet a few times but not the earrings.
Overall, I feel like this tote was a waste of money because I didn’t really wear the things. But I am ok with it because I was really just testing it out. It was also during a time in spring where it was cold one day and hot the next (or both in the same day!). So I had a hard time deciding what to borrow.
In my second tote, I got a boho style sundress, a boho print sleeveless blouse, a pair of navy cropped palazzo pants, a pair of turquoise earrings, and a simple silver necklace with a feather pendant. I didn’t have time to take nice photos wearing these items, but here are some casual shots!
The dress was specifically to wear to a concert, along with the jewelry. It was perfect! I loved this whole look so much, I *almost* kept the dress. But did end up sending it back because of the price and because it’s not a dress I’d wear regularly due to the length. The jewelry did stay with me though!
The sleeveless blouse was from Free People and I really just wanted to try something from that brand. I didn’t wear it because it was so loose in the neckline and armholes that there was no way to completely cover my bra. Very inconvenient. And I didn’t have a camisole or undershirt that looked right with it.
These navy pants were amazing! I wasn’t sure about them, but I ended up loving them. I tried wearing them high-waisted and low-waisted because they had a smocked waistband that was very flexible. I would have kept them too, but there were a bit out of my budget. I may regret that decision later!
What are your thoughts? Do you think renting clothing to supplement your wardrobe would be useful?