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Golden Tote $149 Clothing Tote Review – February 2018

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goldentote february 2018 box

If you aren’t familiar with Golden Tote, here’s a really quick intro: Every month, a new “collection” of seasonally appropriate, trend-conscious clothing is added to their collection. Depending on the subscription level you choose, you can pick out 1-2 pieces from those options, and Golden Tote will surprise you with the rest. The surprise items are completely different from the collections you pick from. Golden Tote also offers a Surprise Tote, where you choose your preferred size but leave all the picking up to the stylists at Golden Tote.

unboxing goldentote february 2018

After ONLY offering mystery totes in January, Golden Tote is back to offering all of its tote options! Hooray!

goldentote february 2018 tote

This is a review of the 5-item Golden Tote, which is $149.00.

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And for those of you asking, yes, everything does arrive in a literal tote!

This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

goldentote february 2018 review all items

About Golden Tote Clothing Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Golden Tote 5-Item Tote

The Cost: Typically, Golden Tote offers a $149.00 Golden Tote (5 clothing items), or $59.00 Mini Tote (2 clothing items). Both allow you to pick at least one of your items. There’s also a Surprise Tote (3 clothing items all picked by Golden Tote) for $89.00. I’ll be reviewing the 5-item tote today!

The Products: The 5-item Golden Tote includes 2 clothing items that YOU choose from their catalog, plus 3 items that Golden Tote’s stylists choose for you based on your preferences. The 3 additional items don’t typically come from the catalog, so they’re complete surprises. Golden Tote releases a new “collection” of items to add to its catalog. The items are a mix of trendy and timeless looks, including dresses, casual tops, blouses, bottoms, denim, and third pieces like cardigans and jackets.

Ships to: The US for $5.95 or free on orders $149.00 and over. International for $30.00.

Delivered via: UPS or USPS

Golden Tote February 2018 Review

goldentote thank you note

reverse side of goldentote thank you

I’ve had some really awesome experiences with Golden Tote so far. The January Mystery Tote wasn’t my favorite, but I’ve been so excited for this month to roll around when regular totes would be back in action. Friends, I was not disappointed. The new options for the February tote were right up my alley—think H&M-ish pieces that are both trend-conscious and easy to mix and match for work or the weekend. Better yet, there were new jean styles! If you’ve read my previous Golden Tote reviews, you’ll know that I’ve had a lot of success with their denim options. They’re cute, they fit my body shape, and they’ve been washing and wearing really nicely. In short, it wasn’t hard making my two picks for the tote.

goldentote invoice

Everything else in the order is up to Golden Tote. I like that this box is a little bit planned and a little bit of a surprise, too!

ruffle trim dress

ruffle trim knit dress

ruffle trimmed arm hole

Fits the Bill Sweater Dress, Size Large – Retail Value $40.00

Here’s pick number one! This 100% cotton dress feels like a comfy, breathable sweater that’s not too tight, not too thick, and not scratchy in the least. While the silhouette isn’t crisp (no matter how I tried, I couldn’t get all of the fabric to lay perfectly flat), I love this dress for being totally different from other pieces I have in my closet. Okay, I have a bunch of black dresses, but nothing like this ruffle-accented look. And I can’t tell you how easy it is to wear. Most things I own that are this cuddly are couch/laundry-day clothes. This piece, on the other hand, I can get away with in the office or at a special event! I might try looping a slender metallic belt around the middle to help define the shape a bit more. Overall, though, I’m really thrilled with this pick!

retro raw hem jeans

seam detail on jeans

raw cut hem on jeans

Front Seam Skinnies, Size 9/29 – Retail Value $50.00

And now for the jeans! I noticed that all of the jeans I’ve been getting and loving are by a brand called JBD (for Just Black Denim) if you’re interested. I typically wear a size 10-ish on the bottom, and my bigger hips and thighs demand a higher waist and a decent bit of stretch. These jeans check all the boxes for me. The waist sits right where I want it, and the hips/butt area is so roomy (without being slouchy). I think the seams running down the middle of each leg are pretty flattering. I was worried they’d end up looking warped on my curvier body, but they’re pretty cute, actually. I’m only 5′ 3″, so the raw-cut hems aren’t super noticeable. I’m not all about the raw hems, but I’m not turned off by them either. I liked these (73% cotton, 14% rayon, 11% polyester, 2% spandex) jeans soooo much. I tried them on and didn’t want to take ’em off!

gray fruit printed top

fruit printed top

fruit printed gray tee with cuff sleeves

slit on side of fruit printed top

Ellison Fruit Top – Listed Value $40.00

Onto what they picked for me! I’ve gotta say, I wasn’t a huge fan of the fruit print on this top at first, but weirdly enough, it’s… growing on me…! I love the cut—it’s kind of boxy, so it floats away from my body in a way that’s casual and cool. The cuffed short sleeves and cut sides feel fresh. It’s outside my typical box, sure, but I can’t deny how fun it is!

bell sleeved black dress

black ruffle sleeve dress

bell sleeve dress

Moci Ruffle Sleeve Dress, Size Large – Listed Value $40.00

I really like the concept of this dress. It’s really a perfect pick for me and my preferences. But I’m not sold on the fit. The dress is 100% polyester, so it’s super stretchy and just a little on the thin side. I tend to like a little more structure. Still, I do like the ease of this look—it’s so simple to throw on and dress up with jewelry/a belt. And those sleeves are so groovy, aren’t they? It’s also giving off low-key judicial vibes, which make me feel very powerful.

ruffled sheer pink blouse

ruffled sheer pink blouse with fluttery sleeves

pale pink blouse detail

ruffled sleeve on pink top

Fun 2 Fun Ruffle Sleeve Blouse, Size Medium – Listed Value $40.00

Is this the right bra for this top? Eh… no. But ignore that! How nice is this semi-sheer top? I love the petal pink color (blush is the one color that’s snuck into my mostly neutral wardrobe), and the way it drapes over my torso is super flattering. And those ruffles!!! I’ve been dabbling in ruffles over the past few months, but mostly as accents on sweaters and sweatshirts. Sporty ruffles, if you will. This top is a bit more romantic than I usually go, but I really love it! It’s just so flowy and delicate. I feel like Anna the fashion princess! It’s 100% polyester and obviously super sheer, but I can’t wait to wear this over a cream-colored cami to welcome spring!

The Verdict: Well done, Golden Tote! This month’s crop of dresses and separates were 1.) very much my style and 2.) felt comfortable and effortless to wear. Some of the pieces could’ve been a smidge more flattering, but I’m happy to work with that (adding a belt here or some shapewear there…). I loved a bunch of things from this box, but I think my favorite piece was the pink top. If I’d seen it in a store, I probably would have been like, “Oh, I don’t know if that’s me.” But it fits so nicely and feels right, surprisingly enough. $150.00 is a lot to put down on a box, especially when you’re not sure of exactly what you’re getting. That’s, what… $30.00 per piece? I feel like that’s pretty fair, being that I could see myself paying twice that for a similar pair of jeans at the mall. But I also know that I feel like the price is reasonable because I was so happy with the items I received. In other words, I feel like the curation and the items themselves gave me my money’s worth this time.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Sign up now to start shopping regular totes! There’s no telling what pieces Golden Tote will pick for you, but as of writing this review, the two items I picked from their catalog are still available!

Value Breakdown: This box cost $149.00 (which hits the threshold for free shipping). According to the invoice, the items had a total value of $210.00. That means that, via the box, each item cost approximately:

  • Sweater dress: $28.38
  • Jeans: $35.48
  • Fruit top: $28.38
  • Ruffle dress: $28.38
  • Ruffle top: $28.38

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Written by Anna Reilly

Anna Reilly

Anna loves collecting little treasures, be they pop-culture finds, handmade mementos, or new potions to put in her makeup bag. Beauty boxes got her interested in the subscription world, but now she’s swooning for all things kawaii!

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16 Comments

  1. That second black dress looks amazing on you!

  2. That banana/orange top is soooo cute! It’s also not my usual style but I like it a lot on you 🙂

  3. Love the fruit top!!!!

  4. You look SO FAB in that second black dress!!! I hope you keep it!

  5. Your hair and makeup game is really on point!

    • Thank you so much, Ashlea!

  6. Hi there! I’ve been thinking about this one for really long time.
    I usually don’t spend that much on clothes but still wanted to try this one.
    I was wondering if the quality is good? I buy clothes from gap outlet, h&m.
    Compare to those brand, is the quality a lot better?

    • I would say it is on par with Gap as far as quality and H & M as far as style. In my experience, the sizes tend to be all over the place but I think that may be because they use different brands in their totes. But I definitely think Golden tote is worth it if you like a flirty feminine style!

    • Just be aware that the loundry fot these items is a huge ordeal. I’ve always been sarisfied with the style, but a lot of items requiere delicate cycle and dry flat on the floor.

  7. I could tell you looked different, but wasn’t sure what it is! Styled longer hair it is. You look so pretty in all of these clothes!

  8. You could also try to throw on a long not chunky Y looking necklace to give the dress a but more sleek look.

    And between the makeup and the hair you look phenomenal! Hope you rocked the look out in one of those black dresses after the photo shoot!

  9. Everything you received looks great on you.

  10. Love everything you got! All looks great on you. I loved my tote this month too 🙂

  11. Wow! I love that Moci ruffle dress!!! It looks great on you! 😊

  12. I love your new hairstyle! That blush color looks amazing on you. I wonder if you could tuck the fruit top into a pencil skirt for a fun work look. I know it has a lot of fabric at the bottom that could potentially cause lumps, but it’s worth a shot IMO.

    • Thanks Jordan! I can’t tell you how nice it is to feel my pixie cut all grown out and long enough to actually do something with at the salon!!!

      I’m curious to try tucking in that top now! The boxier cut and the side slits make it a little stubborn – I’m less worried about it being lumpy and more worried that it might not want to stay tucked for long – but I LOVE tucking tops into high-waisted, well, anything, so I’ll give it a shot!!! Thanks for the great styling suggestion 🙂

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