In the winter, I usually reach for dark lipsticks and black clothing to reflect the moody feel of the weather and time of year. Once February swings around, I embrace winter pastels in my closet for work and weekend festivities, including these four looks that I’m sharing with y’all today from Le Tote, a membership-based clothing rental subscription. Yep, you read that right! Keep reading to see what I got this month, learn how Le Tote works, and what I’ve been wearing to spice up my winter wardrobe!
Try an Off-the-Shoulder Sweater
For an easy date night look, there’s nothing like an off-the-shoulder sweater. Paired with a plum lip (this $2 Wet’n’Wild matte in Sugar Plum Fairy) and a messy bun, this look has that je ne sais quoi French vibe.
Since the top shows a bit of shoulder and neck, I keep the rest of the look simple with jeans and flats. Normally, I reach for heels for a date, but I always like to maintain a balance. If my top half shows some skin, I downplay the rest of the outfit. Do you follow this rule, too, or do you think more is more?
Try a High-Waist Trouser with Clogs
When it comes to work wear, I love tailored pieces with a twist. These plaid pants have pleats and a high-waist cut that feels feminine and stylish. The plaid design has an eggplant purple stripe, so I pulled out my trusty clogs to accentuate the little pop of color. Trousers and heels achieve a playful masculine-feminine balance, don’t you think? To keep things simple, I swiped on a rosy terracotta lip by ColourPop called “La Lady.”
Try a Winter Coat in a fun print
Wearing a warm coat in a funky print brightens up even the most dreary winter days. I’ve been throwing this on with black jeans and a velvet tee or sweater for running errands or a casual weekend event. Having a statement coat can breathe life back into your wardrobe, especially if it’s easy to style like this one. Since this coat grabs all the attention, I’m wearing an understated pink nude lip gloss, Nyx Butter Gloss in Crème Brûlée.
Reach for a classic red blouse
The color red always gives me a little confidence boost, whether it’s a red lipstick, nail polish, or blouse. Add a pair of stilettos and you’re ready! I have been favoring Mac’s Ruby Woo for my red lipstick this month, which dries to a matte finish and lasts the whole night. Obviously, this is also on-theme outfit for a Valentine’s dinner. What are you wearing on February 14th?
To wrap it up (& get the full Le Tote details)
All four pieces in this blog post (the pink sweater, red blouse, fuzzy jacket, and trousers) are from Le Tote, a membership-based clothing rental company. For the month of February, I paid a flat fee ($89) for 8 pieces of clothing of my choosing. The brand selection is similar to Macy’s with brands like Vince Camuto, Kate Spade, and Rachel Roy. You can also rent out accessories, like jewelry and handbags.
Everything is professionally dry-cleaned before you receive it and Le Tote will clean it after you send it back. The quality of the clothes has been like-new and it is such a fun experience to try new pieces for a month without committing to the price tag. Once you have worn the pieces as many times as you like for 30 days, you can send back the whole box.
If you fall in love with a piece, you can purchase it at a discounted price (I don’t recommend this because it can get $$$). While some people might think that this is a waste of money (since you don’t get to keep the items for longer than 30 days for the rental fee), it honestly has saved me money this month! I would rather spend $89 for new clothes for a month than purchase new trendy pieces (that I don’t need) that would cost $200-$300 every month. Shopping sprees have plagued me in the past (laughs).
As a minimalist, this service enables me to try new styles and trends without clogging up my closet over the long-term. As for the financial commitment, I’m allowing myself to use this service every other month to save money (you can skip a month and avoid being charged at all).
So, have you ever tried Le Tote? As I receive my next tote with 4 new items (mostly workwear), I’ll provide an update and finish out the review for this month. Thanks for reading and let me know your thoughts!