Golden Tote $149 Bag Review – October 2013
My October Golden Tote has finally arrived! (I’ve decided that selecting the clothes you want on the first of the month and then having to wait weeks to see your surprise items is torture!)
If you are new to Golden Tote, it’s not a traditional subscription. Instead, on the first of every month Golden Tote releases the totes, and if you select the $49 option you pick out 1 item from their selection, and they surprise you with 1-2 more items based on your size and style preferences. If you go with the $149 option, you get to pick out two clothing pieces and Golden Tote surprises you with 4-5 more pieces (up to a $600 value total).
I’ve found these boxes to be a great value, especially because Golden Tote is founded by the two designers of the Puella clothing line (which is carried in Anthropologie), so basically you’re getting Anthropolgie quality products without the Anthopologie price-tag!
For reference, I selected size large for this Golden Tote, and I’m also a size large at Forever 21 and ModCloth if that helps you gauge sizing.
The Box: Golden Tote
The Cost: $49 or $149 (This review is of the $149 box)
The Products: Clothing items you pick plus surprises from Golden Tote!
Ships to: Everywhere! Shipping to the continental US $7.95. AK HI $15 and international is $25
(A first look at what was in my tote!)
The first item I picked out was this sweater. (Photo from Golden Tote)
Tile Wrap Sweater – Value $72
It’s super soft, drapes beautifully, and I love the colors. This sweater was everything I hoped it would be!
With some of the items, Golden Tote also includes a card with styling suggestions.
The other item I picked was this striped sweater dress.
Kerisma Shadow Stripe Sweater Dress – Value $75
I love the fit of this dress. One thing I wasn’t sure of from the original Golden Tote picture was if the stripes are see-through. Turns out they are – this dress will need a layer beneath it. But I always wear a ton of layers in the winter, so that’s fine with me!
Now on to the items that were my surprises!
Puella Jersey Dress – Value $88 (estimated based on current Anthropologie options)
I love the swing skirt on this dress! The waist fits perfect, but the top is a little big. I think it’s designed to not be a fitted top, but I’m going to throw it in the laundry and see if I can shrink it a little!
I was excited to see more than one Puella surprise item:
Puella Striped Top – Value $68 (estimated based on current Anthropologie options)
This top is SO soft. It’s surprisingly flattering too, considering it’s horizontal stripes! I never would have picked this out myself, but I’m glad they sent it!
Sweet Claire Top – Value $50 estimate
The shoulder detail on this top at first didn’t seem like me, but I put it on and I think I like it! It’s a super cozy top that will be great for layering.
OVI Blouse – Value $46
Another top I thought I wouldn’t like until I put it on! The pattern of this blouse is a great fall-colored print, and the cut is interesting too!
Verdict: I think this is my favorite Golden Tote yet! I’m a little obsessed now and can’t wait for the November options. I paid $149 plus $7.95 shipping for this box and received about $400 worth of great clothing items, plus a cute tote! I LOVE the value of Golden Tote!
Did you get a Golden Tote for October? What did you think of your items? (Good news – if you haven’t signed up yet, the October Golden Tote is still available!)