Fast Fashion and Le Tote Review

The main ideas behind my New Year's resolutions for 2018 are to cut down on waste, cut down on spending, and to declutter my house. I currently use four different closets around my house to store my clothes and shoes. In my defense, my house is old and my closets are tiny. The early 20th century builders couldn't have anticipated just how much closet space a girl living in the house 90 years later would need.

Still, I don't actually wear a lot of the clothes I have. So clearly, the lack of closet space isn't the issue.

When I worked in retail a few years ago, I bought tons of clothes. I would see the latest markdowns and I couldn't pass up clothes that I would sometimes get for as little as $1 with my employee discount. This resulted in an abundance of clothes that I didn't necessarily love.

Since then, I've more conscious when buying clothes or anything for that matter. Partly in thanks to the KonMari Method but also in an effort to reduce waste.

Fast fashion, typically inexpensive trend-focused mass-produced clothing, results in an environmental problem. Cheaper clothes are more likely to be thrown away due to the quality and how briefly trends remain in fashion. According to the EPA, 15.1 million tons of textile waste was generated in 2013, of which 12.8 million tons were discarded, (NPR).

But I like fashion and I want to participate in some trends! So I was definitely intrigued by the idea of renting clothes. For a monthly fee, Le Tote allows you to rent as many "totes" of clothes and accessories in a month as you want.


They have a few different price points, of which I chose:

Classic Box-$64 (includes shipping both ways) 
Includes: 3 items of clothing and 2 accessories and unlimited totes a month

Use my referral link to get your 1st tote FREE

Here are the items I chose for my first tote:
Upon first opening the box, I can say that I was impressed by how everything was packaged. Everything was clean and in excellent condition. You wouldn't be able to tell that these are rented items. 



Shipping was also really fast! They guarantee priority 2-3 day shipping.

I really liked how everything fit. However, I didn't really like the sueded jacket as much as I did online, but that is just also a risk with an online purchase. I absolutely loved the other tops and accessories though!

Here is just a couple of cell phone pictures of the pieces:

 

(ignore the mess on my desk!)



Overall, I enjoyed this subscription and I can't wait to get my next tote!

5 comments

  1. What a unique idea! I think this would be great with all of my traveling. I want to look cute but don't necessarily need a bunch of winter clothes for a vacation when I live in SoCal it's such a waste. I'll have to try it out.

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  2. I have often debating doing this, but I just love shopping too much myself! But I love the pieces they sent you

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  3. You're totally right that fast fashion is horrible for the environment (and often is associated with terrible working conditions for those who make clothes). I am very much the type of person who owns just a few quality pieces as a capsule wardrobe, but if you're the type of person who wants to stay on top of fashion trends I think a clothing rental/subscription box like this is a great option :)

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  4. This is cool! I've done Stitch Fix before which I think is similar, but this looks like a cool company as well!

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  5. I love being able to rent clothes and return them. I love everything fashion and love to have new outfits all the time but totally agree that fashion can be so wasteful especially if the clothes just end up sitting in your closet after you wear them a few times. I love Le Tote and Rent the Runway's Unlimited program!

    xo, Laura
    www.have-need-want.com

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