Leota Maternity via Le Tote (photographed at 21 weeks)
A few years ago, my friend Amy and I had a genius idea for a new business: we were going to start a clothing company that delivered rented maternity clothes to pregnant women. We worked together at the time and had visions of quitting our nonprofit jobs, hiring our database expert friend, partnering with a local green dry cleaner, and launching BumpBox (cute name, right?) to pregnant women who didn’t want to buy maternity clothes when they could easily rent them!
We enthusiastically printed out the application to be on Shark Tank (as most budding entrepreneurs do) and then? We lost steam, filed BumpBox under the “daydream” category, and got back to our day jobs. Sigh.
So you can imagine my awe (and immense jealously!) when Le Tote launched their maternity subscription. It was basically our idea! Only bigger and, let’s be honest, probably way better. I managed to push my jealously aside — because hey, this growing belly needs clothes — and signed up to try out Le Tote’s maternity subscription.
Similar to Le Tote’s regular subscription, pregnant mamas sign up and then browse items that are currently available to rent. When you see something you like, you add the item to your “closet.” Tip: Le Tote adds new items to the site pretty often, so I like to update my closet every couple weeks.
Here’s where things get good: when I used Le Tote back in 2013, the items they sent were a surprise. Today, you get to select the exact items you want to receive. First, a stylist sends an email with their own picks based on your closet. You can either choose those OR customize your tote by swapping in the exact pieces you want to wear that week. I LOVE THIS. I can look on my calendar and see that I’ll need a dressier top for a party or work dress for a presentation and then pick what I want to see in my box.
Octavia Maternity dress | Octavia cardi (photographed at 23 weeks)
$69/month gets you either: three clothing items + two accessories or four clothing items (you get to pick your plan — I chose the latter). Wear the items however long you like, then send them back via USPS when you’re done. I’m giving Le Tote huge props for their quick shipping; I usually receive my next tote within five days. I’ve received four totes so far — about two per month — so breaking it all down, that’s $8.63 per item. And I typically wear everything twice (thrifty FTW!), so really, that’s only $4.31 per wear!
Tart Maternity top | Jules & Jim Maternity jeggings (photographed at 20 weeks)
Most importantly, how cute are the clothes? Overall, I’d give them a A-. I have liked the majority of the 16 items that I’ve received and only hated/not worn two (because of bad fit or not my style). They carry good quality brands like Seraphine, Leota Maternity, and Tart Maternity — and I like wearing these lesser-known brands as opposed to Motherhood Maternity all day, every day.
Jules & Jim Maternity top | Leota Maternity dress | Seraphine dress | Maternal America top
Pregnant ladies, treat yourself and try Le Tote maternity! Or hint to a loved one that you’d like a gift subscription. Dressing the bump everyday gets tricky and who has money for a whole new maternity wardrobe? I highly recommend trying it. And to my non-pregnant readers, their regular subscription is just as awesome, too!
This post was sponsored by Le Tote. As a reminder, Style Me Thrifty only partners with brands that I really, truly love.