But did you know you can also get cute (and probably also crazy, in possibly less good ways) MATERNITY clothes on loan from Le Tote? WELL YOU CAN.
I tested this out for myself back in August (aka back when I clearly didn’t NEED them yet, as I was solidly in the who-keeps-feeding-that-girl-burritos phase), and I really liked it! Here’s my bullet pointed take on the situation:
- I loved all of the items I received in my tote (well, with the exception of a scarf – it was beautiful, but hopelessly static’d to itself).
- The clothes were RIDICULOUSLY comfortable – especially a pair of harem-style lounge pants that I wore literally every single day the tote was in my possession (just not in public. You’re welcome, believe me).
- You had the option to select non-maternity completer items, like this pink suede jacket, which is excellent because things like maternity jean jackets and cardigans are a freaking joke – who is buttoning those things anyway? And why exactly do I want to stretch something over my belly, button it, and run the risk of breathing just a little too heavily and shooting buttons at unsuspecting coworkers when everything inevitable goes to hell?
- There’s a pretty interesting and fashion-forward selection of items to choose for your tote.
- Not having to wash/clean/otherwise care for your items (just throw them in the bag dirty and ship it off!) is preeeeeetty sweet.
- You have the option to keep any item in the tote if you just can’t be parted from it (though, of course, you have to pay for it).
- For maternity wear (aka stuff you’re not wearing forever), it’s nice to be able to add flavor to your potentially limited wardrobe without having to buy a billion new pieces.
- Let’s be real, the price: about $55 per month. For many people I’m sure it’s totally worth it, but I found it hard to justify that cost along with the price of items I desperately needed (like jeans, and everyday work clothes, and PJs, etc).
- Again with the price: I fell IN LOVE with the lounge pants they sent me, but I balked at paying over $80 for fancy sweatpants. The other clothing items were similarly priced… or more. Maybe I would spend that on normal clothing, but DEFINITELY not maternity gear.
- It’s possible that the selection of clothing was a little TOO fashion forward – I would have appreciated more options for work (like dresses or skirts) and a few more special occasion outfits that didn’t feel too revealing (hint: I do not want cutouts when I identify so strongly with this majestic creature).
So my verdict? It’s a pretty cool service, and one that I might use if I ever decide to have another kid to keep my closet fresh…. but for right now, I want to focus my finances on building a basic maternity wardrobe I feel good about. So I packed my tote back up, and said goodbye for now.
(Except to the earrings. I kept those. $16 well spent).
Dress: Le Tote
Jacket: Le Tote
Earrings: Le Tote
Shoes: Target (similar)