How I Styled My First Le Tote (Review)

Le Tote Review - BB Dakota shirt dressWoo! Don’t get me wrong—I love workout clothes and the fact that my career allows me to wear yoga pants every day of the week. But these “real” clothes posts are such a fun change for me. Believe it or not, I do enjoy pants with button closures from time to time (ha!).

I got the chance to try out Le Tote, which is kind of like having a sister who’s a personal stylist and lets you raid her closet each month. You rent clothes (with the option to buy at a discount) for as long as you want and then get a new batch whenever you return the first.

How Le Tote Works

You start by filling out your profile with size information and personal preferences and then you essentially start window-shopping the site. Whenever you see something you like, you click to add it to your virtual closet. Based on the items you’ve selected, a stylist will curate your tote (some items from your closet, some she/he picks for you).

The tote is $49/month and contains three garments and two accessories. You can wear them as long as you want and then either send the whole tote back when you’re ready for a fresh set, or chose to keep a few/all the items, which you can purchase at a discount. I’ve included prices with all the items I got so that you get an idea—some of the discounts for members are huge (up to 80% off retail!) and others are smaller.

Things I love about it:

  • They carry brands I’m familiar with—and love! Don’t get me wrong, I love discovering new brands, but it’s also nice knowing what to expect when you pay for a service. I felt confident in what I was getting because I know my size, how things will fit, and what quality of material I’d be getting just by the designers.
  • You can customize your tote. This is a new feature that I think is awesome: you can preview the tote your stylist has picked for you before it ships and switch out any items you don’t want or need.
  • No rush. Of course, you do have that $49/month timeline, but I love that you can keep things as long as you like before making the decision to swap or buy. If you picked something specifically for an event, or maybe just wanted to swap your items once the season changed, you have that wiggle room.
  • They take care of cleaning. You don’t have to wash items before sending them back, which is this slob’s dream come true. 😉

My First Le Tote Delivery

le-tote-review-7In a word: obsessed. Because my first tote was complimentary (yay blogging), all items I received were from my closet and I didn’t get any additional items selected by a stylist. So I can’t exactly say my stylist hit it out of the park but … I mean, I sure did (haha). I love everything! Let’s have a look:

BB Dakota Keenan Dress

Le Tote Review - BB Dakota shirt dressRetail: $88 | Le Tote Member Price: $64

Hello, new fall staple! I love this shirt-dress. It’s actually two layers—a sheer shirt and then a removable tank slip so that you can wear it together as a casual dress or without the slip lining, paired with leggings/pants to show a little bra underneath for date night or a night out. Le Tote Review - BB Dakota shirt dress Le Tote Review - BB Dakota shirt dress Le Tote Review - BB Dakota shirt dress

WEARING | shirt dress: BB Dakota via Le Tote // booties: Jeffrey Campbell (old but similar here) // hat: Zara (old but similar here affordable and here splurge)

Max Studio Woven Drawstring Jogger

le-tote-review-12Retail: $88 | Le Tote Member Price: $44

The jogger trend is my favorite. Pairing them with heels and blazer creates a casually put-together look that I absolutely love. It’s like you just rolled out of bed but fell into some cute pumps and a jacket along the way.

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WEARING | joggers: via Le Tote // tank: Athleta (old but similar here) // blazer: Gibson (old but similar here) // heels: Aldo (old but similar here) // bag: Le Tote

Free People Distressed Hooded Jacket

Le Tote Review - Free People jacketRetail: $148 | Le Tote Member Price: $112

So … I have hoodies. I have jean jackets. I have denim vests. But I don’t have a hoodie-denim jacket in one, so really this was a necessary addition to my closet and you can’t tell me otherwise. Ok?!!

le-tote-review-16 Le Tote Review - Free People jacket Le Tote Review - Free People jacketWEARING | jacket: via Le Tote // tank: Athleta (old but similar here) // shorts: Urban Outfitters (old but similar here affordable and here splurge) // booties: Zara (sold out but similar styles here cheap and here a little pricer but AMAZING)

House of Harlow 1960 Arrow Collar Necklace

Le Tote Review - House of Harlow arrow necklaceRetail: $88 | Le Tote Member Price: $74

I love this necklace! It’s simple but reversible so that you can either show a little bling with rhinestone details or stay strictly metal (I prefer the metal).

Sondra Roberts Tassle Bamboo Bag

le-tote-review-9Retail: $80 | Le Tote Member Price: $64

I can’t possibly own enough crossbody bags. They’re so practical! If a bag doesn’t allow me to go hands-free, it will inevitably be lost along with all the contents of the bag. Can’t even count how many times that travesty has happened to me … 

Summer & Sage LTD Antique Feather Bracelet

le-tote-review-13Retail: $28 | Le Tote Member Price: $24

I think bracelets are my favorite type of jewelry, maybe tied for first with rings. The irony is that 90% of bracelets don’t even fit me because I have the wrists of an infant. Cuffs like this are great because I can give them a little squeeze to tighten them. Other bracelets pictured are Lokai & Urban Outfitters.

Discount for P&I Readers!

Ah, the best part of these posts. 😉 You can get 20% off your first month when you sign up using THIS LINK. By using that link, the code PUMPSANDIRON will automatically be applied to your order for the discount.

Have you tried Le Tote before? Which are your favorite items from my first tote? 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Le Tote. All opinions—as always!—are my own.


Studio to Street Style: Black & White Athletic Look

athleisure-street-studio-style-5I love that “athleisure” is now a thing. Every major label has an activewear line, and more and more fitness brands pop up daily. Not only are there countless options for styling yourself to workout, but wearing the athletic look outside of the gym is becoming totally commonplace. It’s like all the pieces of my world have come together (ha!).

Since I rock the oh-so-comfortable athleisure trend every day thanks to this wonderful career I have, I thought it’d be fun to start sharing the occasional fitness style post on the blog with some ideas for transitioning workout clothing into an outfit you can wear running errands, shopping, grabbing a coffee with friends—all that good everyday stuff.

When in doubt, black leggings are the easiest to transition from fitness class to streetwear, so let’s start there today.

In the Studio

Doesn’t get any easier than black and white! Tie a white tunic tank into a knot for a flattering and functional look, and pick a pair of black leggings with a fun detail, like the sheer paneling on these Michi tights. athleisure-street-studio-style-1 athleisure-street-studio-style-2 athleisure-street-studio-style-3

In the Street

Untie your knotted tank to its full length and add a button-up tied around your waist to incorporate some pattern (plaid is my favorite!). Add an accessory or two, like a watch, but don’t overdo it with jewelry—too much bling with workout clothing just looks weird. If you’re a little sweaty post-class, use a hat to cover your hair. Throw on some sneaker wedges to add a little edge; add a pop of color with some reflective sunglasses or another accessory; grab your bag, and you’re good to go! athleisure-street-studio-style-6 athleisure-street-studio-style-8athleisure-street-studio-style-7 athleisure-street-studio-style-4 athleisure-street-studio-style-9

Outfit Details

  • Leggings | Michi – old but similar by same brand HERE and HERE
  • Tank | Under Armour – old but similar HERE and HERE
  • Plaid button up | Target – old but similar HERE and HERE
  • Sneakers | Nike
  • Watch | c/o Daniel Wellington readers get 15% off with code PUMPSANDIRON (!!!)
  • Backpack | LF Stores – old but similar HERE affordable and HERE expensive
  • Hat | Zara – old but similar HERE and HERE
  • Sunglasses | TOMS – old but similar HERE
  • Sports bra | Nike

Leggings ARE pants these days–now that’s something to celebrate! :)



Kicks I’m Coveting: Sneaker Roundup

nike-force-wedgeNike sneaker wedges (there’s a similar version HERE that I’m also obsessed with)

I want to be a sneaker head so bad. Between bros trading Yeezys for kidneys and people camping outside of Nike stores seven days in advance of new Jordans, I think it would be a magical time to be a 19-year-old boy with moderate skateboarding skills and a neck tattoo. But maybe that’s just me.

Since I think there’s some sort of social law prohibiting adult women from being sneaker heads, I’ll stick to admiring “ill kicks” from afar and wearing the occasional subtle sneaker wedge. Here’s a fun roundup of sneakers and sneaker-ish shoes to take you into the long weekend (most are pricey, I know, but they’re just so fun to look at!).Fall sneaker roundup

  1. 10mm Suede Canvas Printed by MSGM($162)
  2. Free Flyknit 5.0 TR by Nike ($130)
  3. The Nolita Sneaker by Stuart Weitzman ($199)
  4. Cole Haan ZeroGrand Lace-Up Sneaker by Cole Haan  ($178)
  5. High Top Sneaker by Love Moschino ($325)
  6. Grand Wedge Sneakers by DKNY  ($175)
  7. Cuttler Sneaker by Supra ($80)
  8. Adidas Originals Extaball Neon Faux Leather Sneakers ($95)
  9. Jack Sneakers by Ash ($230)
  10. Adipure Sneaker by adidas by Stella McCartney ($170)

Any other 90’s kids have a pair of moon shoes growing up? Saw these absurd Marc Jacobs things (not “shoes”–things) and starting having flashbacks … moonshoes-marc-jacobs


Am I drunk? I just read this post back to myself and am actually wondering if someone spiked my coffee this morning. What is going on in that first paragraph?? Did I really just spend ten minutes of my life making a moon shoe collage in Photoshop?! I’m going to quit while I’m (not) ahead and sign off—enjoy your long weekend! If any locals are sticking around the city, I’m subbing a tabata class at Burn tomorrow morning at 9am—it’ll be a good one!

Which sneakers are your favorite (the moon shoes, duh)? Any fun Labor Day plans?

signatureP.S. This shouldn’t need clarifying but for the record, no, I am not drunk. 😉