MM LaFleur Bento Box Review

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I'm excited to talk about MM LaFleur today. I went to a networking event where I listened to the founder of MM LaFleur, Sarah LaFleur, share her journey of entrepreneurship. It was fascinating to hear how she created the brand, the challenges and hardships she went through and how she came up with the idea of the Bento Box. 

The Bento Box is really meant for professional women who don't have time to dress themselves. MM LaFleur's mission is to take the work out of dressing for work. The Bento Box is similar to Stitch Fix in the sense that you get a box of 6-8 clothing pieces sent to you after filling out a Style Profile questionnaire. Once you receive the box, you have 3 days to try everything on, you keep what you like and you return the rest. The best part? It's completely free! There isn't a styling fee, like with Stitch Fix. I was in need of new work clothes, so I thought this was a great opportunity to try out the Bento Box.

Let's take a look at the 8 pieces I received in my Bento Box:
The Aditi 2.0 Dress - Size 0, $195

This is by far my favorite dress. The fit is perfect, the fabric is so soft and comfortable and the style is classy and sophisticated. This is a dress I could wear to work, at a networking event or even a nice dinner date. I could run the White House in this dress, that's how powerful I feel wearing it. That's what MM LaFleur's goal is: to make women feel empowered with what they wear. They've succeeded with this dress! My only complaint is that the length is too long. I wish it came above the knee, this length is a little too conservative for me. 

Didion 3.0 Top - Size XS, $110

The Didion Top is nice. I personally love loose fitting shirts like this. They are definitely more on the casual side, I'm not sure I would wear it to work, but I would definitely wear it on a date or going out with friends. I love this shirt but I didn't really have a need for it. I own similar shirts already.

MM La Fleur Bento Box Top

Sant Ambroeus - Size XS, $195
Annie Dress - Size XS, $165

I threw on the jacket on top of the dress to see how it would look. The jacket was a bit frumpy on me and the material is very thick. I didn't like this at all. The brick red dress is beautiful on its' own. The dress fits perfectly on me (but again, minus the length since that's too long). The color is a toned down, muted red, which is nice for work. It's not too bold. I'm not sure what the fabric is, but this dress and the Aditi dress both feel great! The fabric hugs my curves in a nice way without feeling too tight on my skin. I really love their material.

Deneuve 3.0 Top - Size XS, $145
Noho Skirt - Size 0, $130

Neither of these were a win for me. The top was just eh for me. I don't think the top flatters me at all and the skirt was WAY too long. Normally I wear pencil skirts around my waist, not around my hips. This skirt almost goes down to my ankles, which is not a look I want to rock. When I wear this outfit, I think and feel 'Grandma', not confidence.

I pulled up the skirt and pinched it at the waist and I prefer this much better. If I'm buying a $130 skirt, I want it to be perfect. This would require alterations, which would add at least $20 more to the cost. I like the shirt tucked in much more as well, but there's a lot of fabric bunched up underneath the skirt that I don't like. It's hard to tell in the photos though, it's much more visible in person.

Crosby Skirt - Size 0, $145

This skirt is a a great length - this is the length I want on all the dresses I tried. I wish this was a pencil skirt instead. I know I'm being extremely picky but the fitted silhouette works better for my frame than a looser skirt. Plus, I'm not a fan of the textured fabric, it feels a bit too rough for me.

Lydia Dress - Size 0, $195

I don't like the top of the dress. The neckline covers a little too much skin a the top and I personally love my shoulders. I want to show them off! The fit of the dress is slightly looser than the others. It's probably my least favorite dress of the 3 I received.

Overall, I liked the Bento Box experience and I think it's rare to have a box be completely FREE with no styling fee or upfront charge at all. I wish the lengths were more petite-friendly (ie under 5'4"). When I spoke to the stylist, she did say that the sizes aren't Petite, but they are petite-friendly. I don't think it was for me particularly because I'm right at 5'. If you're 5'2" or 5'3", the length may work better. The fit everywhere else is perfect. If I am paying around $100-200 per item, I want it to fit perfectly, with no need for alterations.

What do you think of MM LaFleur's Bento Box program? Would you sign up for a free box? Share your thoughts below!

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