Trying New Things: Clothing Subscriptions- Stitch Fix or Le Tote?

I am on a mission to try new things (and document them)! So I decided to research clothing subscriptions.

Moving is the best time to purge yourself of all the things you do not like or no longer need. I’m starting a new adventure in my life! I decided to pick up and move my life of 10 years, I quit my job and deciding to move to a new city. While packing, I have purged myself of practically years worth of hoarded clothing. I realized I have clothes from when I was in high school. You think I can fit into the pants I wore in college? Uh, no. Why do half of my clothes still have tags? So with a few boxes of things to donate or give away to skinnier friends, I have come to the conclusion that I really have like five different items of clothing I rotate through.

I have a pretty particular style when it comes to personal fashion. I usually stick to dark colors and wear Toms or Converse. I really do not like shopping for clothes. Usually one of two things happen. One – go to the store and try on a million things and HATE everything or two – I decide to treat myself and buy literally everything that looks okay on me. Goodbye 200 dollars and hello to clothes I probably won’t wear.

When starting this new life adventure, I hyped myself up thinking I could remake myself. Out with the old, in with the new! What better way to become a better you than to buy new stuff and try new things? In this article, I reinvent myself by trying new fashions!

I initially thought about the Le Tote style company I’ve heard a lot about it from various pod casts. When I googled it and an advertisement link came up for Stitch Fix. I researched both companies looking at price and what the subscription included.

Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix is a styling service that sends you a package of items for a twenty dollar styling fee. You fill out a style profile which includes price, style, size, etc. You will receive a five piece section of clothing, shoes, and jewelry delivered right to your door. You can choose which day your package arrives. All of this for a twenty dollar styling fee! One of the things that stood out to me about Stitch Fix is that you can message back and forward with your stylist and tell them specifics about exactly what you are looking for. You can tell them you have giant boobs or are losing weight, and you can let them know if you are looking for a particular item for an upcoming event.

Once your package arrives, you can try the pieces on and buy what you like. You have three days to decide if you like your items. If you don’t like them, send them back. Shipping is paid for both ways.

I initially liked the idea of this, but then thought it might be like high pressure shopping. You have three days to look over your items and decide if you want to keep them. Your $20 style fee can be applied to any items you might buy, but I don’t like the idea of having to be forced to make a decision in three days. I can’t even decide what I want to eat for lunch.

According to their FAQ’s page, the average price point for the items you receive is $55. They also say that you can change your price point in your style profile. Each styling fee can be used toward purchasing your items, but the fees aren’t credits that can be rolled over to the next package you receive.

I decided not to use Stitch Fix, because I mainly wanted to try new clothing and have time to wear and decide if I like the outfits enough to buy them. I’ve known a number of people who have rented dresses off of Rent the Runway and like the idea of being able to wear something a return it if you don’t like it. Kinda like rent-able clothing. Does that exist?


Le Tote

Le Tote advertises itself as “fashion rental for your every day style”.

Le Tote isn’t the same as Stitch Fix in the sense that with Le Tote you get to browse styles and add them to your closet. It seems like it isn’t a mystery package of items picked by a stylist. (Update: You can have your styles chosen by a stylist!) Your Le Tote package will only contain three pieces of clothing and two accessories. Shipping is free both ways with this service as well. You can wear each piece as long as you want and also return feedback on the items. You can purchase or return the items. If you purchase the item, the website claims you can purchase the item for 50% off of the retail price of the item. (Let’s not hope the pieces cost hundreds of dollars each.)

If you return the Tote, a new one will be shipped and you can receive unlimited totes each month! This sounds awesome. Price for the fashion delivery, which includes three pieces of clothing and two accessories costs $39 for your first month.

I’m super excited to give this a try! Check back soon for my Le Tote review

-Christian Nicole