Golden Tote $149 Clothing Tote Review – August 2018

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Golden Tote 149 Tote Shipping bag

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 149 Tote

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.)

Golden Tote 149 Tote all items

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 August 2018 Review

Golden Tote 149 Tote packing slip

Here’s my invoice. Now onto the items!

Golden Tote 149 Tote striped top

Les Amis Striped Tie Waist Top – Estimated Value: $35

I really like this top! I have no light blue in my wardrobe, and I really like the tie in front to draw attention to my waist and add some visual interest. The fabric is super soft and very stretchy, so this top is a winner!

Golden Tote 149 Tote polka dot top

Les Amis Polka Dot Peplum Top – Estimated value: $35

I’ve never found a peplum that works for me, and they’re often too short on me, too, so I’m really happy with this! It’s so easy to wear, and I’m excited that the hemline is nice and long for me.

Golden Tote 149 Tote striped maxi dress

Isidora Striped Jersey Maxi Dress – Estimated Value: $55

Story of my life: Maxi dress is actually a midi dress on me. I’m so glad midi length dresses are back in. This dress is simple, versatile, and comfortable! Easy to throw on, and I’ve worn it recently layered with my jean jacket in the evening. This is the first of the two items I chose.

belted dress 2
Maxine Belted Dress – Estimated Value: $40

This is the second item I chose myself. I picked this dress because I like the length; many of Golden Tote’s dresses are shorter than I personally prefer to wear. This dress is a simple shift dress with a tie belt at the waist and tie accents on the shoulders. I had a maternity top in a similar print that I loved, so this caught my eye when I was choosing my items.

Golden Tote 149 Tote floral maxi dress 1

Golden Tote 149 Tote floral maxi dress 2

Chris & Carol Floral Maxi Dress – Estimated Value: $65

This is the one item this month I’m just not sure about. I really like the length (a maxi that’s actually a maxi on me! yes!), but I don’t think I love the color scheme of this floral print. Also, the top is too small on me, making the seam for the waist hit directly under my bust like an empire waist rather than my natural waist, which is just a personal preference of mine.

The Verdict: Golden Tote is one of my favorite subscriptions. Many of my favorite clothes over the years have come from Golden Tote! This month, I only have one item I don’t really love but the rest are winners.

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 $230. 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.

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  1. If you don’t like something and send it back, is shipping free, and do you get a refund or opportunity to exchange?

    • Hi, ZJ! Here’s what their website says:

      “Please Note: Initial Shipping charges won’t be refunded and you have 2 return shipping options:

      CustomerShip – You provide your own shipping packaging and postage and then send your unwanted item(s) back to us within 14 days.

      GoldenShip ($5.95) – For a $5.95 flat fee, we provide you with shipping postage. Applies to domestic US customers only. For any international customers, please email [email protected] to discuss possible rates on a case by case basis.

      How it works: Initiate your return though your dashboard (account history). If you wish to use the GoldenShip method, please send an email to [email protected] We will charge the credit card on file for $5.95 or send a PayPal request if you’ve paid with PayPal. Once the funds are received, we’ll email you a return label.”

  2. It is funny because in the review, the dress you are unsure of looks to be the same color scheme as the one directly above it that you chose :o) I think it looks lovely on you, but if you are uncomfortable, will they let you size up? As a tall girl myself, I know how great it is to get something in the length you need!

    • Yes, they let you exchange sizes if they have them in stock!

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