[Ok, I am super nuts about Hitha’s blog, and – truly, I swear! – not in a creepy way. She also sent a nice message thanking me for my fan post about her blog, which was completely awesome].
Back to business: M.M. LaFleur is sort of like an upscale Stitch Fix that focuses on work wear.
Their hook is that you can sign up for a Bento Box, which consists of 4-6 wardrobe pieces selected for you after completing a personal style profile.
They also have a carefully curated online shop carrying plenty of things that caught my eye, but I decided to go for the element of surprise and ordered a Bento.
How it works: You get the items and have four days to decide what to keep. You pay for what you like and the rest gets sent back.
Unlike Stitch Fix, there’s no keep-it-all discount, and the pieces are all considerably more spendy than Stitch Fix’s usual fare.
Here’s what I received:
First of all, the fabrics and cuts of all of these items were really nice. The quality was outstanding.
The bad part is that the top two dresses looked absolutely terrible on me.
They managed to emphasize all the parts of my figure that I’d rather forget. Ugh. Sigh.
Back they went.
The Hanna, however, was absolutely perfect. I loved it the minute I saw it on the website. Now I only hope I can score it in black, too.
The Angelique was also very nicely constructed and reminded me of a St. John knit blazer. Keeper.
The last item in the box was this book:
The M.M. LaFleur site specifically mentions that they sometimes will throw a free gift into a Bento, and at first glance, that’s exactly what I thought this was.
Except the sticker in the upper right says that you will be charged if you unwrap the book from its plastic covering. Which I did. Sayonara, $26.
In the end, I kept the Hanna dress, the Angelique blazer and the book.
And I ordered another Bento.
Once I get my sizing figured out, I’ll probably place a strategic order from their online shop for a few more pieces.
I say “strategic” because I made a quick calculation of all the clothes and jewelry (they have great jewelry!) I liked and the tally was north of $2400, so the Wish List and the Buy List are not likely to coincide.
Returns were easy. They sent a label and even a piece of tape to seal the box. I dropped it off at a UPS store less than 24 hours after the box arrived on my doorstep.
Here’s a close-up of the inside of the box, which I thought was a fun touch: