Golden Tote $149 Clothing Tote Review – July 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 Tote Bag

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 Info Sheet

Here’s my invoice. Now onto the items!

Golden Tote Striped Top

Potters Pot Striped Top – Estimated Value $30

I was excited to see an easy-looking, soft tee in my tote, but unfortunately, the fabric is so thin that it takes away from the comfort and ease of wear. It fits well and the draping is nice but I just don’t know if I’ll wear it because I need a camisole underneath. I just don’t care for the way it looks and the way it feels to have to layer a camisole under a sheerer shirt.

Golden Tote Floral knot dress 1

Golden Tote Floral knot dress 2

Kayla Floral Knot Dress – Estimated Retail Value $45

I love the print of this dress, but this item is just a miss for me, as well. It’s so cute, but the bust is too small and to stretch the fabric over to fit, it pulls the neckline way down, and kind of thins the fabric out too much. I want to like this, but I just can’t wear it.

Golden Tote Black Maxi 1

Golden Tote Black Maxi

Jolie Tie Front Maxi Dress – Estimated Value $50

This dress is great! It’s a little shorter than I like for a maxi dress (typical on my 5’11” self) but ankle/crop styles are so in that it’s still just fine to wear. It’s flattering, easy-to-wear, the knit fabric is comfortable, and it’s a one-item outfit. Love!

Golden Tote Floral Asymmetrical dress
Face the Sun Dress – Retail Value $45

This dress was the first of my two chosen items. I love it! It’s a stretch knit material so it’s very comfortable, the print is pretty, and I like the modest neckline and longer short sleeves. The defined waist is flattering, too. It has an asymmetrical hemline, which isn’t always my taste but in this case, it just works. I need to get some cute yellow shoes to wear with this!

Golden Tote Striped Skirt Dress

Seas the Day Dress – Estimated Value $48

This dress was my second chosen item. Another win! No surprise to me, since the brand is Gilli (I love their dresses!). I like everything about this – the nautical vibe, the comfortable stretch fabrics, the silhouette and flattering design, the longer short sleeves… It’s definitely one I can see myself throwing on for so many different activities.

The Verdict: My July Golden Tote consisted of 3 lovely winning items and 2 not-quite-right items. I’m really, really happy with the three dresses I’m keeping, though – they’re all versatile and comfortable which I’m all about! 

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 $218. 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. Awesome dress picks!

    Even though the floral looks really good on you, it seems only practical for a date night whereas the others are much more versatile. You accessorize them up or down.

  2. I chose the same two dresses!! And love them both!

  3. I think the maxi dress and the asymmetrical hemline dress are my two favorites. I usually have the exact opposite problem as you with maxi dresses. They’re always too long for me. Except when I was pregnant, my baby belly held up the hem for me. 😉 I do have a question about returns. Do they cover return shipping or do you have to pay for that as well?

  4. I think all the dresses look great on you!

    • Thanks, Taesha!

  5. I absolutely adore that last dress, it’s so cute!

    • Thanks! Me, too – it’s so easy to throw on and feel totally put together. 🙂

  6. I love that Gilii dress but I think most all of their dresses are pretty. I have a sheer shirt like that that I wear over a sleeveless maxi dress.

    • That’s a good idea! and I love Gilli dresses too :O

  7. I think you look amazing in the floral dress!

    • Thank you, MzBev!

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