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Golden Tote $149 Tote Review – May 2016

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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.

IMPORTANT to know – Golden Tote just made some changes May 1st. This specific tote offering (the “Golden Tote,” which costs $149) goes from 2 choices and 4 surprises to 2 choices and only 3 surprises. Read our post about all their changes here.

GOLDEN TOTE 149 TOTE MAY 2016 - packaging 1

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.

You get a different tote each month, too! How cute is this cactus design?

My Subscription Addiction pays for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes).

GOLDEN TOTE 149 TOTE MAY 2016 - all items

The Subscription Box: Golden Tote

The Cost: $59 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 or USPS

Check out all of our Golden Tote reviews and the Women’s Clothing Subscription Box Directory!

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Golden Tote has also UPDATED their return policy! It used to be an all-or-nothing deal, but they just made it so it is easy and streamlined to return individual items!

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Here’s what the new return system looks like. First, you go to your order history and click the “Return tote” link. It’ll look like this at first.

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Click “return” on a specific item and it’ll automatically default to this, indicating you’d like to return everything – but you can also see what each item would cost to keep here.

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Then select “keep” on the items you want to keep! Submit, and send back the rest.

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Golden Tote also includes some styling suggestion cards for the items you pick.

GOLDEN TOTE 149 TOTE MAY 2016 - items 1

In Full Swing Tee – value: $40

(95% rayon, 5% spandex; dry clean only)

I like this tee; it’s comfortable and easy to wear. I just don’t know how flattering it is on me. I think it would probably be better on someone with a smaller bust?

GOLDEN TOTE 149 TOTE MAY 2016 - items 2

Wrap It Up Maxi Dress – value: $60

(95% polyester, 5% spandex; hand wash cold, hang or line dry)

This dress is amazing! It’s a maxi version of one of my choice items last month that I loved so much. The fabric is a little silky – which makes it hang well and not clingy – and this floral pattern is to die for.

GOLDEN TOTE 149 TOTE MAY 2016 - items 3

Lumiere Blue Printed Tank – value: $30?

(100% polyester; hand wash, dry flat)

This is my first surprise item. I love it! It’s a light, flowy tank. The fabric is breezy without being sheer, and the neckline has hook-and-eye closures to “button” it up.

GOLDEN TOTE 149 TOTE MAY 2016 - items 4

Chris & Carol Floral Maxi Dress – value: $45?

(95% rayon, 5% spandex; hand wash, lay flat to dry)

I love this maxi – it really feels just like a full-body tee shirt. Very comfortable, but the waist hits me at a weird place.

GOLDEN TOTE 149 TOTE MAY 2016 - items 5

Gili Abstract Print Dress – value: $40?

(100% rayon; hand wash cold, hang dry)

I actually really love this dress. The color works well with my complexion and I think the style is flattering.

Verdict: This isn’t my best Golden Tote ever (last month was), but it was still a good one! I think the only slight issues I had were fit issues – my stylist got my style really well. I have found that adding a “style board” collage photo to my style profile helped her pick my surprises, too. If you buy Golden Tote, I really recommend doing so, too! Also, I’m loving the adorable cactus tote this month!

What do you think about my Golden Tote? Did you get any great surprise items you love?

Written by Haley Faye

Haley Faye

Haley Faye first discovered Beauty Army and Birchbox in 2012 and instantly fell hard and fast for the world of subscription boxes. Over the years of writing for MSA she has found many subscriptions to fuel her addiction, but her favorites include fashion, geeky, beauty, and mom/baby boxes to share with her son.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.


  1. You should try modeling with a different backdrop. The brick clashes with your nice outfits.

  2. So is it 149 to keep everything?

    • Jessica, yes it is. The way GT works is that their 5-item tote costs $149 and everything is yours to keep. Their return policy used to be an all-or-nothing deal but they recently updated it to allow for easier returns of individual items. That’s why I went into detail about their updated return ppolicy. 🙂 sorry if that was confusing at all.

  3. I love the last dress! Also, for the black floral maxi, I think it would look great with a cropped denim jacket to really take the eye off of the waist details. I love your GT reviews, Haley, but I’m wondering if any of the other reviewers also get GT each month, and if it would be possible to get multiple GT reviewers. I’m always curious to see people’s surprise items and how the different totes vary. I think GT reviews are my favorite to read (and live vicariously through!)

    • Jordan you need to join the Golden Tote trading group on Facebook. Tons of people do reveals and also sell and trade.

      • Shelly, I agree! Jordan, the Golden Tote Buy/Sell/Trade group has hundreds of reveals every month! =]

    • It’s so awesome that it can be addictive! I did ALL of my summer shopping through Golden Tote this Season! All I need is new shorts and I am done!
      Just fill out the questions about your likes and dislikes. I added about I live in a hot, humid climate… And ask “don’t send ____”
      I have had only 1 or 2 items that I have not liked. I have just swapped 1 out on MSA swap for a shirt from another place. And there’s the swap on Facebook! There’s lots of thing’s to do if you don’t like what you get! But, I bet you will love it! They have great customer service, too!!

  4. The first Maxi dress looks amazing on you! Love it!

    • I thought the same thing. I’m usually not a huge fan of the maxi dress look but love this one!

  5. Loving the cactus bag since I chose the cactus dress. I’m so excited they updated their return policy! It makes me more likely to sign up each month

    That last dress looks great on you!

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