Golden Tote $149 Clothing Tote Review – June 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.

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.

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

golden tote totebag

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.)

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About Golden Tote Clothing Subscription Box

The Subscription Box: Golden Tote 5-Item Tote

The Cost: $149 + free shipping

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 June 2018 Review

golden tote green top

Sweet Claire Striped Faux Wrap Top – Retail Value $40, Member Price $35

This top was the first of the two items I selected. I don’t have much green in my wardrobe and I like the shade of this one. It’s also very flattering. I wish there were a little more material at the bust but I know that’s mostly just my own body type and not a poor design of the top. It still works though! I actually really like it and it’s very comfortable to wear!

goldlen tote black tie top 1

golden tote black tie top 2

Les Amis Tie Waist Top – Estimated Value $40

The tie-waist design of this top is flattering and I love the floral waist sash to add something to the solid black bodice – but I just don’t understand the random pinstripe panel? I would adore this top if the bodice were all black. Instead, I’m still on the fence. It’s comfortable, though! And just about right for my style. The length of the body and sleeves works great for me, too. I really like it, all in all. I just would have preferred it to be a solid black base.

golden tote red top 1

golden tote red top 2

Summer Lovin’ Top – Retail Value $42, Member Price $38

This top is the second one I selected. I thought it looked like such a sexy and flattering top! And, I still agree with that, but the top doesn’t come down low enough over my bust to have the shoulder straps actually function (my bust causing fit problems again; surprise surprise…). Instead, the shoulder straps just keep sliding down. At first, I was heartbroken but then I realized that it’s staying put all its own without the straps needing to be functional! Therefore, I can just tuck the shoulder straps under (or cut them) and just wear it as a true strapless top. Or, what I’ll most likely do, is cut and re-sew the straps to be just a little shorter because I like the look of them and that’s pretty easy to do.

I have nothing this shade of red in my wardrobe and I’m excited to venture into a color I really don’t wear. Also, aside from the straps, the fit is great – it’s flowy and flattering, and I love the cut of the back!

golden tote blue dress
Final Touch Striped Dress – Estimated Value $45

I’m thrilled with this dress! It’s a super comfortable knit, I love the way they laid out the stripes, and the length is PERFECT for me, which is tough to find as tall as I am. And, of course, there are pockets. I have already worn this dress a couple times since opening my tote! It’s so easy to wear and is just perfect for Summer. The color is lovely as well.

golden tote floral maxi dress 1

golden tote floral maxi dress 2

Sweet Claire Floral Maxi Dress – Estimated Value $60

I hit the jackpot with two amazing dresses this month! I love a beautiful floral print and this one is just lovely (Sweet Claire tends to have great floral prints). And even though the dress is white, it’s lined, which means I don’t need to wear a slip with it or worry about undergarments showing. It’s long enough for me (praise hands) and I just adore the gathered/ruffled layer at the bottom. This is one of my most favorite dresses I’ve ever received from Golden Tote!

The Verdict: I feel like my June Golden Tote hit the Jackpot! I’m so happy with everything I got and really, really excited about the dresses. I know all of these items will get a lot of wear. Is there a better feeling than when an entire clothing box wins??

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 each month’s new collection is launched at 12 EST the first Monday of every month.

Value Breakdown: My estimated retail values (based on similar items from Golden Tote’s boutique) add up to an estimated total retail value of $227. This box costs a total of $149. Averaged out, you’re paying about $29.80 per item. 

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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.

Posted in Australian Subscription Box Reviews, Canadian Subscription Box Reviews, Clothing Subscription Boxes, Golden Tote Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women, UK Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: golden tote | 17 comments


  1. I got the same black top with the weirdish side stripe and floral front tie. I was with you that something was just off. I am not as large busted as you, but still sizable 🙂
    I tried tying it in the back, and I liked it much better that way. Jealous of your dresses. My surprise items were mostly a miss for me.

  2. Love the dresses! So glad you are keeping the red top as it looks great, once you tighten the straps it will be perfect!!

  3. I Love every single piece you got and except for red top’s fit, shoulder straps a easy fix everything is perfect and looks Great.You really got lucky with what you and stylist chose.

  4. Everything really looks nice on you. I love the look of that striped dress. Every time that I have ordered a tote the pieces were cheap feeling and on the smaller size (think Forever 21), one shirt was even sewn wrong. I returned it and they sent a cover up. A see through cover up. I read your reviews and want to order again but don’t know if I should. I’ve actually only worn one piece out of 8. Gave the rest to Goodwill. Guess I answered my own question.

  5. They only got to a size large?

  6. I love the dresses and the red top on you. The prices of the clothes seem lower that most of the other clothes subscriptions that I have seen reviewed.

  7. The red shirt looks fabulous on you! Great idea about cutting and re-sewing the straps!

  8. Do clothes in this sub run true to size?

    • Yes, I’d say so. Their stylists are also very good about knowing when an item runs big or small and adjusting accordingly. The main fit issue I’ve ever found with them is my chest, but that’s really individual, and also basically only an issue with non-stretch tops. My style profile requests knits and stretch fabrics, and the red top that I chose here did have details during my selection that said it has non-stretch fabric, so that risk was my call.

  9. For anyone who has done this sub before, what is the quality of these clothes? Comparable to Forever 21? Gap? J. Crew?

    • I purchased this tote recently and was surprised at how thin most of the items were. I would not consider most items top quality.

    • I grew. Most of the items I received did not hold up well to multiple wears/washes. Very thin, pill easily. This is more of a disposable fashion subscription, IMO.

    • Michelle, honestly I have to say it depends on the item. There have been some items in the past that I’ve received that are thinner or more “forever 21,” but I have received many, many items that are surprisingly nice quality over my years with them. The maxi dress here, for example, feels like a nice quality knit fabric, is lined, and has a nice weight to it. If you ever receive and item and aren’t satisfied with the quality once you feel it in person, you can always return it, as well. Also, you can request to avoid certain fabrics in your style profile. Hope that helps some!

  10. What a wonderful tote!! Love both the dresses especially.

  11. I love the red top. Definitely vote for shortening straps. The dresses are so gorgeous on you as well!

    Black top is getting a side eye from me. I don’t get it either.

  12. The dresses are very flattering.

  13. The striped dress looks great on you!

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