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Lanie Towsley is a wife, mother to her two boys, and has a huge passion for maternal health, nutrition, and fitness.
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Raise your hand if one of your least favorite things about pregnancy is shopping for maternity clothes. If you could see me right now you would not be able to miss my up stretched arm and excitedly waving hand…and I’m pretty sure if I could see you, you would be doing the exact same thing. That is because, in my experience, maternity shopping is just one of the worst tasks EVER. For the first couple months you probably got away with wearing your normal clothes, then maybe graduated to needing a belly band to keep those pre-pregnancy jeans up. Some of your tops may have lasted throughout your entire pregnancy and others…well, let’s just say they became less than flattering as you, ahem, grew.
I know one of my biggest issues with maternity clothes is the price. It’s been my experience with both my pregnancies that I didn’t need to run out and get a lot of clothes until very late in the journey (I’m talking 25-30 weeks), but what I did need to purchase items like jeans, work pants, work skirts and jackets, it ended up costing an arm and a leg for good quality! Sure, there are some brands out there that don’t cost $180 for a pair of jeans, but those $180 stems of style just feel so darn good. And when it comes to comfort (that I can control, at least), it is the absolute LAST thing I want to sacrifice during my pregnancy! Sigh. If only there were an easy solution…
Enter, Le Tote! I was so excited when this company reached out to us and gave me the opportunity to do a little review of the services. It seemed like my maternity-shopping dreams were being made and it couldn’t have come at a better time because I received my first box right around when I finally “popped” and was in need of some new, cute things!
So, what is Le Tote exactly? Well, it’s a genius solution for anyone who loves to shop frequently, is always mixing and matching, but is constrained by a budget. (Whether by choice or otherwise.) Essentially, it is a clothing rental service that allows you to choose which items you’d like to receive, wear them for as long as you want, and then return for new items OR purchase what you love from the box (and at a better price than you’d find in the store!). The price of the subscription is $59 per month, but when you consider that you can get a new box of clothes almost once a week it is well worth it!
The service is really simple to use and I love how they narrow down your style through a series of questions about outfits, colors, patterns, etc. that you like. They also get an idea of how your body may fit into clothes by asking questions pertaining to body style. After you’ve created this “style profile”, as they call it, then you move on to building your “closet”. They present you with items they’ve picked that match your style but you can also choose to add anything you want to your “closet”. After that, they build your first box with items that include both clothes and accessories (if you want them). What I really love, and this is something similar services lack, is that if the closet your consultant has built includes items you don’t want at that time, you can switch them out. Talk about customization!
Though the company originally only offered non-maternity wear, they’ve recently expanded their wardrobe selections in order to include the preggo market and I am SO happy they did!
Here are the items I had in my first box…great basics that I was able to play around with multiple times!
I found that all of my items were great quality and when I looked at the brands I knew why! Most of the items Le Tote sends are from reputable brands or designers, they’ve even recently added Cole Haan to their offerings.
I had a couple events that I wanted to use some of the items for so I didn’t send back my box to get a new one within the month time-limit although I really wish I had. Now that I only have about 3 weeks left of this pregnancy, I’m considering using the subscription for just one more month so I can continue looking and feeling cute up until baby’s debut. This time I’ll take advantage of the pre-paid postage envelope and change up the clothes a few times.
If you’re like me and are looking for a great way to build your maternity wardrobe without spending a lot of cash then definitely consider using Le Tote! And if you do, here’s a link to get you started, and don’t forget to snap a sassy pic and tag us at Baby Chick!