Golden Tote Review – December 2014
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. 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.
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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
Delivered via: UPS
Lumberjack Flannel by Thread and Supply – Value $45
(85% Polyester, 9% Polyamide, 6% Rayon)
I’ve received Thread and Supply items from Golden Tote before, and I am always happy with the quality, so that was one of the reasons I decided to go with this flannel as one of my two picks for the $149 tote. The other reason is that I’m always cold, and looking for the coziest, warmest looking clothing! This flannel fabric is more substantial than I was expecting – it could definitely be layered over a long sleeve tee or hoodie and worn as a light-weight jacket.
It does have a lumberjack menswear look to it, so I’ll pair it with skinny jeans to balance out the look.
Everything Cardigan in Black by Roly Poly – Value $38
(60% Cotton, 40% Acrylic)
This is my other cozy item pick! It is very soft and stretchy, with an oversized fit and dolman sleeves. It’s a great piece to throw on over pretty much anything, and I’m happy with it.
(FYI – I normally pick out size large items from Golden Tote, but for this sweater I went with the Small/Medium option and it was still oversized).
Now on to the surprise items:
Le Lis Cream Blouse – Value $40?
(50% Rayon, 50% Voile)
I love this blouse! I was worried the sleeve caps looked a little too puffy on the mannequin, but it’s not an issue when on. My only fear now is how to wash it without ruining it. (Light and dark combo clothing = challenging for me).
Chris & Carol Tunic Tee – Value $35?
(62% Polyester, 33% Rayon, 5% Spandex)
This tee is cut to flare out at the bottom. I think the cut is flattering, but it flares out a little too much for me, so I’m hoping putting it through the laundry will shrink it a little bit. It also seems a bit summery for me, so I won’t get much use out of it for a quite a few months!
Catwalk Studio Striped Sweater – Value $40?
(80% Acrylic, 10% Polyester, 10% Nylon)
I’m not too crazy about this sweater. It wasn’t very flattering on, the pockets in front aren’t real, and the faux leather trim that runs up the sides of the sweater hits the armpit seam in a way that is uncomfortable to wear.
Peppermint Midi Dress – Value $45?
Sadly this item is another miss for me. I love maxi dresses, but I think midi dresses aren’t nearly as flattering with the hem at mid-calf length. This dress also has a pretty high slit on one side, so it’s just a bit too challenging for me to figure out how to wear it and feel confident in it. I think this will go to swaps and hopefully find an owner who can rock this look.
Fantastic Fawn Dress/Tunic – Value $45?
(94% Rayon, 6% Spandex)
This is a loose and flowy turtle neck dress or tunic depending on your height! It’s really comfortable and lightweight, so I think it will make a great layering piece. I’ll probably wear it under a fitted vest for a more structured look.
Verdict: Everyone who ordered their Golden Tote on Cyber Monday got an extra item, so I can assume I would have received only 6 items total if this was a regular tote. That helps make up for the fact that two items don’t work for me. And fortunately I love all the other items in the box, and find them all very wearable, so I’m happy!
What do you think of the December Golden Tote? Which items did you pick?