Golden Tote Review – February 2015
Golden Tote is one of my favorite monthly packages – and I think a good deal of my wardrobe is now from Golden Tote items!
If you aren’t familiar with Golden Tote, here’s a really quick intro: Every month you get to pick out 1-2 pieces, and they surprise you with the rest. (The surprise items are completely different from the pieces you pick from).
FYI – This is not a typical subscription, each month they release a new collection and you can decide whether or not you want to buy it. For returns it’s an all-or-nothing deal. You can return the entire tote for a refund, but you can’t return individual pieces.
My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).
One more FYI – I get my boxes earlier than most each month because I always upgrade to second day air shipping (about $12 more than regular shipping). It’s probably a good thing subscription boxes don’t offer this option – I hate waiting for smart post and ground delivery, so I’d spend way to much on shipping upgrades!
The Box: Golden Tote
The Cost: $49 or $149 (This review is of the $149 tote)
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
Delivered via: UPS
Peach Love California Quilted Vest – Value $52
(60% Cotton, 35% Polyester, 5% Spandex; Filler 100% Polyester)
This is one of my two picks for the $149 tote and I LOVE it. I’m typically between a medium and large in Golden Tote items, and I went with a medium in this vest since I like my vests to be somewhat fitted. I’m glad I did – it’s a perfect fit. Plus I didn’t even realize the zipper was rose gold from the Golden Tote pictures, so that was a nice surprise!
Puella Pocket Dress – Value $78
When I first pulled this dress out of the tote, I kept thinking “Why did I pick the blue version instead of the black version?” My plan with this dress was to shrink it in the laundry and wear it with black leggings and a fitted jacket/vest or belt. (Turns out I did actually order the black version, but I’m guessing there was a mix up with the order if someone accidentally looked at the blue variant choice for the vest above).
Now that I have it though I’m not sure I want to return it for the black dress. It’s loose like I was expecting (and I ordered a medium), I really like the color for summer, and it is such a easy and comfortable piece to wear.
(FYI the weave on this dress makes it the slightest bit see-through, so I recommend layering!)
Now for my surprise items:
Le Sample Blouse – Value $40?
(100% Polyester, Contrast 100% Cotton)
I wasn’t overly excited when I first saw this top, but it’s a good basic to pair with skinny jeans. And I like the zipper detail in the back:
Skies Are Blue Dress – Value $70
(Shell 100% Cotton, Contrast 100% Rayon)
Skies Are Blue is one of my favorite brands to get from Golden Tote, so I was very happy when I saw the tag on this dress! The dress itself is pretty loose and will need belted (the unofficial slogan of Golden Tote 🙂 ), but that’s fine with me, I love the colors and the embroidery.
Le Sample Top – Value $30?
(100% Rayon; Contrast Stripe 100% Cotton)
This top is somewhat sheer, so I’ll have to layer it, but I think it’s a nice update on a basic white shirt for summer. Here is a look at the back:
Grifflin Paris Blouse/Sweatshirt Hybrid – Value $40?
This is an interesting top! It has the cut and elastic waistband of a sweatshirt, but the main material is a blouse fabric. I like the print and I think this top might be fun under a blazer to add a little touch of athletic styling to a workwear outfit.
Verdict: This was a good Golden Tote for me – I really like the fit of both of the items I picked out, and everything else in the tote will work for me too. (Though I may have to wait a few months to wear some of the pieces!)
What do you think of the February 2015 Golden Tote? Did you buy one this month? (FYI – if you are interested in either of the items I picked out in this tote, I just checked and they are still available in the $149 tote).