Golden Tote $149 Tote Review – December 2015
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). For the $149 tote, you pick 2 items and get 3-4 more surprise items based on your style profile.
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, they recently updated their return policy. Here’s their card describing it:
In summary, you can return your entire tote for a full refund. However, you can return individual items, any items you keep revert to their boutique price and you get charged the new total.
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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! Flat rate ground shipping within the US is $9.95. International is $30. Free shipping on US orders of $149 or more and International orders of $149 or more are charged $25.
Delivered via: UPS
Golden Tote also includes some styling suggestion cards for the items you pick.
(Not sure why, but I only received a styling card for the first item I chose this month.)
Shearling Sweater Coat – value: $68
(80% acrylic, 20% wool; Hand wash cold, do not bleach, dry flat, iron low if needed, do not dry clean)
This was the first item I chose. This sweater coat is enormous and amazing. It feels like I’m wearing a throw blanket! Unfortunately, the sleeves are just an inch or two too short for my arms, and that makes me really sad. Some small things aren’t deal breakers for clothes or are fixable, but there’s nothing to be done with too-short-sleeves and I’m afraid that they would bug me too much to wear. I think I have to either gift or swap this.
Not So Ugly Christmas Sweater – value: $35
(100% acrylic; Hand wash cold with like colors, do not bleach, do not twist, lay flat to dry)
This was my second choice for my tote. It’s a thicker material than I thought it’d be, but I like it. I think it’s cute and festive!
Gili Cowl Neck Dress – value: $50?
(75.5% rayon, 21.3% polyester, 3.2% spandex; hand wash cold, hang or line dry)
This is probably my favorite surprise item in my tote this month! It’s a remarkably soft material, fits really well, and the color is really pretty (it’s hard to tell in the photo, but it’s a very dark green). It’s also a thin enough material to breathe some, but not too thin to need layers underneath. Also: pockets!
Illa Illa Fuzzy Cardi – value: $40?
(50% nylon, 50% viscose; Hand wash cold, hang or line dry)
This cardigan is another great item for me. It’s fuzzy, soft, and flattering! I love the color block/ombre aspect of it, too.
Miracle Rose Sweater – value: $35?
(55% cotton, 35% nylon, 10% wool; Hand wash cold separately, do not wring or twist, reshape flat to dry, may be dry cleaned)
I adore the pattern of this sweater! I don’t have anything like it in my wardrobe. I wish the bodice were just an inch or two longer for my proportions (tall people problems) but I’ll definitely still wear it!
Lime & Chili Drape Front Tab Sleeve Jacket – value: $40?
(100% cotton; hand wash cold, hang or line dry)
This jacket is perfect for layering! I think it would even look great belted or over a dress, too. It’s a great thin cotton so I think it’ll keep me warm without overheating me.
For Cyber Monday (when the December tote launched), Golden Tote threw in a free piece of jewelry in each order of $99 or more. This is the necklace!
Here’s a closer look for details.
The Verdict: I like my second Golden Tote even more than my first! I love everything in it. I am super bummed that my chosen Shearling Sweater Coat won’t work for me, but it’s not that bad considering I love and will wear every other item I received.
What do you think of Golden Tote? Did you get a tote this month?