Golden Tote $59 + Add-Ons Clothing Tote Review – May 2018

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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.

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This is a review of the 2-item Golden Tote, which is $59.00 + an add-on item.

I’ve gotten the $149.00 5-item tote so far, but I wanted to try out the $59.00 version. The $59.00 tote comes with two pieces—one I pick, plus one they pick for me. You can also pick member-priced add-on items to toss in with your order. That allows for a bit more customization and control. I could have added on a bunch of items, spending as much as I would’ve with the $149.00 tote, but picking more than I would’ve with that tote. I decided to stick to just one add-on for now. So far, I’m loving this strategy of shopping with Golden Tote!

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And 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.)

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About Golden Tote Clothing Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Golden Tote 2-Item Tote plus Add-Ons

The Cost: 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 the items you get and choose member-priced add-on items that you’d like to receive as well. The other items are all a surprise! There’s also a Surprise Tote (3 clothing items all picked by Golden Tote) for $89.00. I’ll be reviewing the 2-item tote today, plus the one add-on item I chose!

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 May 2018 Review

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Here’s my invoice, plus info on how to do exchanges, etc.

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Cotton on Top Blouse in Large – Listed Value $35.00

This was one of the two items I knew I was getting from Golden Tote. It’s technically an add-on item that I got for a reduced price. (It’s no longer on the Golden Tote site, so I listed the price from my invoice.) I picked this basic white top because I liked the slightly belled sleeves, the demure ruffles, and the boxier shape. It’s proven to be a flattering pick to pair with jeans or a skirt. I can tuck it into high-waisted bottoms or leave it out, depending on how casual I want to go. I love the lightweight knit, too! It’s nice and breezy for summer.

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Femme Fatale Jacket, Size Medium/Large – Retail Value $48.00, Member Price $42.00

This is the only item I got that’s still available on Golden Tote’s boutique, so I linked to the price above! I run cold, even in the summer, so I like having light layers to swing on in a pinch. This lined jacket is made from a polyester fabric that I can only describe as a kind of crinkly velvet. It crinkles a bit as you move around in it. There are no front closures but for the belt, but I like that about it. I might remove the ties from around the wrists, cuff up the sleeves, and wear this in place of a cardigan in the office. It looks sharp with simple tees, tanks, and jeans, or with more polished outfits like oxfords and pencil skirts.

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Dreamers Dress in Black, Size Large 

This last item was a total surprise. It’s technically the second item in my Mini Tote—the one that the GT stylists pick based on my style profile. I love it! It’s made from a jersey-like knit that’s ultra comfy to just pull on and go. The waist has a corset-like lace-up detail that cinches in the silhouette. I have more of an hourglass shape that looks fab with silhouettes like this one, so I’m delighted by this fun, flirty look.

The Verdict: I loved this month’s box! The jacket wasn’t as awesome quality-wise as I might’ve wanted, but the fit and the versatility of it is impressing me. Both of the other knits are going to be summer staples in my wardrobe, I’m certain. I’m always impressed by my luck with this subscription. The Mini Tote gives me just enough control over what I get and still allows for a little element of surprise (which I think is half the fun of subscription boxes). I feel like their aesthetic toes the line between trendy and classic really nicely. There’s never too much of one style or the other that I feel stuck. All in all, I love it! I’m excited to start wearing these pieces around!

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 a total of $99.95 ($59.00 tote + $35.00 add-on + $5.95 shipping).

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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!

Posted in Clothing Subscription Boxes, Golden Tote Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women, UK Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: golden tote | 2 comments


  1. Love that Dreamers Dress-looks great on you!

  2. I like all of the pieces. I still think GT is expensive but I could see myself purchasing all of those items.

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