MM.LaFleur Review

Curious about MM.LaFleur? I was too. I mean they send you a bento box!  Who doesn’t love bento boxes … and filled with fashionable goodies? Um, yes please.  I was fortunate to have a store open in D.C. at the same time my curiosity peaked. So I promptly booked an appointment!

My Appointment

When you book your appointment you answer a series of questions about style preferences, lifestyle and sizing. You also have the option to provide other additional information. It was this additional information field that gave them their first opportunity to shine at customer service. I filled out this field by stating that if my soon to be stylist really wanted to understand my style she should check out my Instagram feed and I provided the link. My stylist did her research. #impressed

On the day of my appointment (which I had to reschedule once and easily did so online), I arrived and was promptly greeted, provided a glass of prosecco and escorted to my staging area. My stylist had selected about 10 items to start with and they were hanging in the area ready to begin.

When my stylist arrived she breezed through formalities, complimented my shoes and confessed to checking out my Instagram feed. Um, you had me with prosecco  – but these are all good too. She queried why I was there and then made recommendations on which pieces to start with.

I tried on all the items she pre-selected as well as items she brought out based on my feedback.  There may have been a few pieces inserted just for fun as well.  I was very impressed by the quality and the consistency in sizing and fit. I also appreciated my stylist’s honest feedback on fit or style. She was very customer service focused.  She wasn’t pushy or sales-ee.  While attending to my needs, she brought me tissues for my crazy runny nose, offered to refill my prosecco, helped zip zippers and genuinely focused on me.

When it was all said and done, I selected 7 items to have shipped home.

My Winning Picks

These are the items I ultimately selected.  I was on the hunt for core separates I could easily mix and match. I have since tried several of their dresses. Find that review here.

Deneuve 3.0 in Cream – The versatility of this gorgeous top is its best feature. It works with a suit jacket or it can also stand alone. This is precisely the type of piece I was looking for! The styling is gorgeous and it is impossible for the neckline to “slip”!  #willnotgapeever

Bee Shirt in Galaxy Blue and Sutton Skirt in Double Stripe (Navy/Ivory) – I loved both of these pieces.  I loved the skirt so much, I ordered the matching striped Crawford Top for summer. Both of these pieces will get heavy use and my grey suit jacket pairs beautifully with both top and bottom. #theyhadmewithstripes

Oshima Pant in Black – These pants!  WOW!  I didn’t know I needed these until I put them on. Forgiving and comfortable. Simply amazing.  These are the very definition of wardrobe staple.  And how cool is it that the stylist who helped me do my returns and place my shirt order is the namesake for these pants – Oshima! I now also own these in dune and navy.  #caniwearthemeveryday

Louisa Top in Black – This is what I went there to find. A classic black shell that can stand alone without the suit jacket but also works with it.  And no dry cleaning required. #perfection

My Returns

Noho Skirt (Boucle in Black/White) – This skirt came home but I ultimately returned it. I couldn’t make it work with any of my suit jackets. It looked lovely with the tops I brought home but nothing else in my closet (and I really tried because it is so travel friendly). They make a “jardigan” that could have solved the jacket problem but I felt like I was between sizes.

Rowling Top (yep, named for the famous Author) in Checker Goldenrod/Blue – This was shipped home but ultimately didn’t stay either. I couldn’t make it work with enough of my wardrobe. Maybe a solid color would have been a better choice?

Why MM.LaFleur?

Why would a self-proposed fashionista need a stylist from a brand that claims they have “better things to do” than shop?   After all, I do a lot of shopping!  In truth, I’m like the anti-mmlafleur customer. BUT (you knew there had to be one) … as I’ve been decluttering my closet (see how it started here), I’ve realized my wardrobe was lacking a core. I have lots of suits and I have lots of cool items to pair with suits (and lots of dresses) but my base of stand alone separates and capsule pieces was nil.

I’ve have tried.  Oh how I have tried!  I have gotten rid of so many off-white shells and wrap tops it is almost embarrassing.  Whether they were purchased in a pinch and didn’t really fit, didn’t stand up to my dry cleaners harsh love or gapped so much my male coworkers ALL came to the meeting … whatever the reason.  I always seemed to be on the hunt for these key pieces and I was tired of imitation substitutes.  My desire to finally find wardrobe staples that fit, traveled easily AND mixed and matched with everything already in my closet was what led me to MM.LaFleur.  (Bonus if it didn’t also contribute to my already sky-high dry cleaning bills.)

My travel requires me to cram 5 days worth of work attire in a tiny suitcase and my ability to do this easily and with a minimal number of items was challenged due to my lack of versatile core pieces.  You can apply this same concept even if you don’t travel.  Being able to get more out of the clothes in your closet should be everyone’s goal! (See 5 days of Hugo as an example of what I am striving to achieve!)  By building a base of pieces I can turn to again and again, I can make my wardrobe go further.

My MM.LaFleur Style

I spent four days testing out all the pieces I decided to keep and here are the looks I came up with.  These are pieces you will see me wearing again and again!

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Curious or want to know more?

I can recommend MM.LaFleur with little hesitation.  They’ve been fabulous to work with both in store and online.  If you’ve been curious – you should give them a try.  Use this link to get $50 toward your first purchase!! The first Bento is completely free  – you pay only for what you decide to keep.  I also have a MM.LaFleur dress review, a non-shoe shoe review and a post about styling my Oshima pants including 50+ looks.  #FIFTY

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The opinions posted here are solely my own and I was not compensated in any manner for this review. If you use my referral link to purchase a bento I could receive a $50 credit toward a future purchase. 

12 Responses
  • - Tessa Lovejoy
    April 24, 2017

    This was a GREAT review – so thorough, detailed, and well written! I’m not surprised, as I really enjoy your Instagram. The pic here complemented your posts there very well. And LOL at “my male coworkers ALL came to the meeting”.

    • my9to5shoes
      April 25, 2017

      Thanks lovely! You always have the kindest words!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  • Lenna
    April 25, 2017

    The pant and the Deneuve top looks so great on you!

    I like your thinking process while considering whether or not to keep a cloth: consider if it works with other pieces in your wardrobe. Sometimes if I really love a piece but don’t have a cloth to pair with it, I would also consider buying cloth in that style to fit that style while cleaning out some old style clothes I no longer love.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • my9to5shoes
      April 25, 2017

      Thanks so much for the kind words and thoughts!

  • Alex at MM.LaFleur
    April 25, 2017

    Thank you so much for such a thoughtful review! We’re delighted to hear your showroom appointment was a success, and hope you’ll stop by again soon. We also love seeing how you incorporate MM into your existing wardrobe—great styling! Since you mentioned that you’re often on-the-go, we wanted to make sure you saw our recent content series on what to pack for business trips to four different cities. Check out our D.C. post here:

    • my9to5shoes
      April 25, 2017

      Thank you! I had a great experience and will definitely be adding to my collection! I’ve seen the travel pieces and they are great. The styling ideas are always on point!

  • Dee
    April 25, 2017

    Thank you for this. I’m on a quest for a more refined closet with key pieces. My closet is ridiculous right now. I am excited to receive my first bento box next week. Thanks again for sharing.

    • my9to5shoes
      April 26, 2017

      You are welcome! I would love to hear what pieces you get and how you liked them. I have my eye on a few more!

  • Kristen Costello
    May 8, 2017

    Thanks for your review!!! I wound up ordering the Oshima pants as well and they came today. I thought I was crazy for spending that much on a pant, but now I can see what the fuss is about. They fit VERY well, they are VERY comfortable, and will be a staple for my work travel. Since they are a classic, I can see the price per wear being next to nothing since the quality is fantastic and I expect these to last a long time. I am excited to see what is in my bento box later this week. Thanks again for trying things out for your readers to make our decisions a little easier 🙂

    • my9to5shoes
      May 8, 2017

      OMG I am so happy you love them as much as I do! I knew once I put them on they would be coming home with me and would be worn weekly! They are a travel life saver! Did the sizing run true for you? Can’t wait to hear about your bento … I’ve had my eye on a few other things!

  • Jen
    August 1, 2017

    I just got both the Oshima and the Foster pant in my Bento and am trying to decide between the two. I’m wondering which would work best with one of their jackets to give me a suit look. Do you feel like the Oshima is worth the cost?

    • my9to5shoes
      August 1, 2017

      I haven’t tried the foster … but my guess is the quality is equivalent and only the cut is different…I’m so in love with my Oshimas (#biglove). I literally wear them every week and I have no problem pairing them with my hugo suit jacket. I’ve both washed and dry cleaned mine and the result is fabulous. I feel like they will last for seasons! Compare this with the Nordstrom Halogen that I recently purchased – which is a close second but at 1/4 the price – I don’t think it will last four seasons though. I give it one … two at best depending on frequency of wear. So for the cost, the Oshima is absolutely worth the cost! The quality is worth the price for the amount I wear it!! I hope this helps!!!

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