Cute Clothes… Without The Clutter

posted by Andrea | 03/30/2016
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Is it possible to have cute clothing that’s actually in style… without cluttering up your closet, shopping non-stop, and draining your bank account?

Yes, it IS (and I’m sharing how today!)

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Many of you know that I do not consider myself to be the most fashionable person around.

I don’t like getting out of the house to shop (especially not for my own clothes), I don’t stay up-to-date on the latest trends and fashions, I feel the most comfortable in neutral colors and soft fabrics, and I much prefer a neat, organized closet versus one bursting with clothes.

Plus, I have 3 children who spill on me, drool on me, wipe their snot on me, pee on me, spit up on me, sleep on me, pull on me, and request that I carry them or wear them for significant periods of the day…

This means that I can easily get stuck in a rut of wearing the same few things over and over and over again — especially if I’m just going to be at home and no one besides the munchkins will see me!

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Almost 2 years ago, I transformed my wardrobe to include many mix-and-match pieces. This was a big project for me to tackle, but it really REALLY helped to simplify my closet and my morning routine. It also gave me a great sense of what styles flatter me (and what styles don’t), what colors look better on me, and what things I feel most comfortable in.

I still wear those items (over and over again!) but 2 years and 2 babies later, I’ve been feeling like I need to mix things up a bit again.

 

I joked with Dave after James was born that I wished there was someone I could borrow clothing from on a regular basis, wear it a few times, and then give it back again.

This would have been SO helpful as I slowly lost my baby weight. I would have always had a few stylish items as my “go-to” clothes for getting out of the house… but I wouldn’t need to clutter up my closet, spend a fortune buying cute items in various different sizes, or just wear frumpy-looking, too-big clothing as I lost the weight!

If only I would have known about Le Tote back then…

Le Tote offers unlimited clothing and accessory rentals for $59 per month (always with free shipping!) 

So… basically EXACTLY what I was wishing for back when James was born!

Here’s a quick breakdown of how Le Tote works:

  1. Create your account and fill out your size profile
  2. Add the items you like to your online “closet” by clicking the heart icon.
  3. View the items Le Tote suggests based on your “closet” (you can swap out styles and customize your tote before it ships).
  4. Wear your tote (3 garments, 2 accessories) for as long or as little as you want (2 days, 3 weeks, whatever!)
  5. Send the tote back (NO need to wash anything!) in the prepaid envelope and they will ship you a new tote immediately. There is NO LIMIT to how many totes you can ship back and forth each month.

If you loved something so much that you don’t want to send it back, you have the option to purchase it up to 50% off retail price!

My latest Le Tote shipment…

my letote closet

Black Classic Wrap Dress

Orange Graffiti Scarf

Periwinkle Floral Studs

Grey Asymmetrical T-shirt

Aztec Cape

Tan Tunic Sweater

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My LeTote shipments have really captured my casual, comfortable, practical, neutral-colored, chasing kids around all day clothing style — while mixing it up just enough to make me feel cute and not quite as boring!

Almost all the items they have sent are things I would have NEVER thought to purchase on my own (if I ever went shopping!) but they have all looked pretty cute, and I always get compliments on my Le Tote clothing and accessories when I wear them out and about.

Everything seems to fit really well too (although I have requested no pants as I really like the pants and jeans I have). It’s amazing how well their stylists have captured my tastes, my style, and my size!

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grey tshirt

My favorite thing about the Asymmetrical T is that it’s a T-shirt that is also cute! Also, it’s super long (a must-have for me) and it’s honestly one of the softest, comfiest t-shirts I’ve ever worn.

Plus, the extra fabric down the side really “dresses it up”!

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classic wrap dress

This is Simon and me before church in my Classic Wrap Dress (Nora was “helping” James watch TV!)

This dress is SO comfortable and fairly flattering for my figure. It looks great on it’s own or when paired with a cardigan, cute scarf, tights, boots, etc I could easily wear this all year long (even in Michigan!)

Plus… bonus points as it’s perfect for nursing a baby 🙂

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tan sweater

This tunic sweater is also nice and long for my very long torso. It’s the perfect neutral color to go with black, brown, white, light jeans, dark jeans, or even my pink jeans! It’s very lightweight (perfect for spring) and layers well if I want to wear a cardigan over top.

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floral studs

earrings

I don’t wear much jewelry — but I ALWAYS wear earrings.

I know jewelry is an easy way to spruce up an outfit, but I’m fairly boring and usually rotate between the same 3-5 pairs of earrings — so I was THRILLED when I saw these Periwinkle Floral Studs in my most recent Le Tote shipment. They are larger than most of my normal stud earrings, but definitely not too large to overpower my short hairstyle — and they really add a pop of color to a neutral outfit.

My kids are obsessed with these earrings and every time I wear them, Simon says “ooooooooo!!!!” while pointing at my ears. Then he wants me to bend down so he can touch them 🙂

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aztec cape

The Aztec Cape is definitely not something I would have purchased on my own — but I’ve worn it twice so far, and both times I’ve gotten multiple compliments on how cute it is.

Obviously, it’s extremely comfortable — and a great spring-time “accessory” as I can easily pop it on or pull it off again depending on how warm or cold it is.

It looks really nice with jeans and black pants — and I’ve even worn it successfully with black leggings and a black t-shirt for a super comfy “around the house” outfit that is still cute enough to stop by the store or pop into the bank if necessary.

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orange scarf

Since I don’t wear jewelry (especially not necklaces) I was happy to see another scarf in my most recent shipment. I wear scarves almost every day — and this fun Orange Graffiti Scarf is a great color for spring.

It’s super lightweight and very soft. I’ve already had to steal it back from Nora as she has been using it as a blanket for her babies 🙂

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Would you like a few cute items to mix up your wardrobe?

Although I was a bit skeptical at the beginning, I have really enjoyed my Le Tote experience so far. It just seems like the perfect opportunity to wear a bunch of fun pieces without spending too much money, without cluttering up your closet, and without the obligation to love them forever.

In my opinion, Le Tote would be a great fit for…

  • anyone who hates to shop
  • anyone who can’t easily get out of the house
  • anyone who loves fashion but can’t afford to buy the latest styles all the time
  • anyone who is in a clothing rut and needs a few fresh, new pieces of clothing
  • anyone who is changing sizes (you can continue to change your size and measurements in your style profile)
  • anyone who is pregnant (they have a maternity line!)
  • anyone who doesn’t even know what their style is and wants the help of an online stylist
  • anyone who likes to mix up their clothing and styles regularly
  • anyone who wants to keep excess clutter out of their closet
  • anyone who is hard to shop for (Le Tote offers gift subscriptions)
  • anyone who is short on time
  • anyone who wants a fun new wardrobe for an upcoming trip or special event
  • anyone who doesn’t love doing laundry (they wash all the clothing for you!)

Basically… if you wear clothing, you would be a good fit for Le Tote!

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A special discount for YOU!

For a limited time, you can get 20% off your first month when you sign up here and use the discount code ANDREADEKKER!

That’s less than $48 for a full month of fun, stylish, new-to-you clothing that you can wear as much or as little as you want without worrying about cluttering up your closet or draining your bank account!

There are no long-term commitments, you can cancel at any time, Le Tote includes free shipping both ways… and they even do the laundry for you! It doesn’t get much better than that 🙂

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Thanks to Le Tote for sponsoring this post and making it possible for me to provide all of the content on my blog free of charge! My opinions are 100% my own! Please see my full disclosure policy and contact me with any questions you have.

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26 comments

  1. Bree

    07/16/2016

    Hey Andrea! I just wanted to write back I absolutely
    Love the clothing choices I got! So fun opening up
    A package of goodies, especially CLOTHES! Thanks
    Again for the input on trying it out!
    Sprinkles of sweet blessings hugs
    Bree

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay – glad you liked your first shipment!! and yes, I can totally relate to the excitement of opening up the monthly box of cute clothes (especially since I hate to shop myself!)

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  2. Bree

    07/10/2016

    Hey Andrea I just ordered my first Le tote and I got sent an email for a free trial of 14 days and can cancel if I choose! Excited to see what I get! Thanks again for the wonderful site you have and the advice!
    Hugs and sweet blessings
    Bree

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    Andrea Reply:

    yay! Thanks for sharing! hope you like your goodies!

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  3. Jean Schultz

    03/31/2016

    If you keep something for more than a couple of weeks, I assume you launder or dry clean it while the item is in your possession. I wonder what happens if something goes wrong with that process. How much is the “insurance” and do you think it is worth it>

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  4. Scarlet

    03/30/2016

    I would draw the line at pre-worn earrings… Unless they can be thoroughly sterilized (like put in an actual autoclave or something). I don’t think giving them a swab with rubbing alcohol would be enough for me.

    In general, I guess I’m not enough of a fashion person to want to pay $60/month to rent pre-worn clothing. I’m happy with a capsule wardrobe with few accent pieces, and I don’t get bored very often. I’m glad that this option is working for you though.

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  5. Sandy

    03/30/2016

    You description mentioned the tote containing 3 garments and 2 accessories, but you showed us 4 different items plus the earrings and scarf. Thought I’d clarify that as well as confirm that you approve all the items they send beforehand? It’s definitely an interesting concept!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes Sandy, you get 3 clothing items and 2 accessories (either a bag, scarf, watch, or various other jewelry) and you CAN approve things before they send them — but you don’t have to. The stylist chooses items for you, and 24 hours before your box is shipped, you can go in and switch out items you don’t want or need that week. However, if you don’t log in within that 24-hour window, then you can’t customize things.

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    Kate Reply:

    So, just wondering, was it just a one-off that they sent you four items?
    Thanks.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yeah, I think they must have sent an extra item — maybe so I would have more items to show in the post. I’m not exactly sure.

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  6. Debbie

    03/30/2016

    What a cool idea for de-cluttering the closet! You look great in the outfits you posted and they all look very stylish!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Debbie — and yes, LeTote a great option for anyone who wants a few cute pieces while keeping the rest of their closet fairly minimal 🙂

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  7. Emily

    03/30/2016

    You are right, something like this is perfect for right after having a baby. One of the first things I did after having my son was go clothes shopping which was not fun with my post partum belly! Do you mind sharing where you got the tan shoes you are wearing with the tan tunic sweater? I’ve been on the lookout for some casual shoes like those and yours look comfortable.

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  8. Avia

    03/30/2016

    Is the stuff they send you new or has it been worn by prior customers?

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    Andrea Reply:

    It has been worn before — all their clothing is just “rented” and returned. They do wash and/or dry clean everything though.

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  9. Avia

    03/30/2016

    I’m intrigued. New clothes without a commitment. I’m really trying to minimize my closet buy I get bored. This could really spice things up.

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  10. Katie

    03/30/2016

    So intriguing! My biggest hesitation is wondering if I’d have things in my closet to pair the items with to make a whole outfit. I worry I’d get a top but not have the perfect pants, etc. Have you had this problem at all? You look adorable, by the way!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Katie! I mostly wear jeans — and in my opinion, everything goes with jeans 🙂 So I guess I haven’t had a problem. I also did put mostly neutral items in my ‘closet’ and that’s usually what they send me. So you could mostly focus on the color pallet you have the most items to pair with (if that makes sense).

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  11. Katie

    03/30/2016

    I’ve really enjoyed Le Tote – I put it on pause from time to time and when I start it back up again it’s like – wow – I’ve missed this!

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  12. Kristi

    03/30/2016

    This sounds AMAZING! I will have to look into whether they ship to Canada.

    One question, though – what if something becomes stained or otherwise ruined? Do you have to pay for that item?

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    Andrea Reply:

    I believe you can purchase “insurance” on the clothing for a small fee — just in case. Otherwise, I’m not sure what would happen — I’m guessing you might need to pay for the item at that point.

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  13. Becky

    03/30/2016

    Everything looks really cute. How did you tie that green scarf you’re wearing with the gray top? It looks like an infinity scarf?

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Becky,
    It’s not an infinity scarf (just a regular scarf) but I just tie the end in a knot and wrap it around twice. Very easy 🙂

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  14. Leslie

    03/30/2016

    I love this concept!! I tried Stitch Fix for the first time and the clothes were still way outside my price range. The cheapest thing was a $48 shirt! I am really wanting to declutter my closet and get more organized but I get bored with clothes very easily and buy way too many! I will only wear something a couple of times then don’t wear again. This would be wonderful

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    Andrea Reply:

    Yeah, I’ve never tried Stitch Fix, but I know many people who have. It does seem a bit pricy for my taste too 🙂

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  15. Christine @ The (mostly) Simple Life

    03/30/2016

    This sounds pretty cool for someone like me who never goes shopping 🙂 I love those earrings!

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