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Golden Tote $149 Clothing Tote Review – September 2018

Haley Faye
ByHaley FayeSep 26, 2018 | 11 comments

Golden Tote September 2018 shipping bag

Golden Tote
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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 September 2018 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 September 2018 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 September 2018 Review

Golden Tote September 2018 packing slip

Here's my invoice. Now onto the items!

Golden Tote September 2018 floral top

Golden Tote September 2018 floral top 2

Golden Floral Wrap Top - Value: $40

This floral wrap top may very well be my favorite item from Golden Tote, possibly ever! I love the flattering and easy-to-wear wrap style, and the fit is spot on. The proportions - length, waist, sleeves -  all hit me just right, and I don't have much of this color in my wardrobe but I think it works well for me. I also have to note that I ordered this top in an XL, which is rare for Golden Tote offer an XL (though, I don't check every style on release day, only the ones I plan to order). I have no doubt that this contributes to the fit, since my #1 issue with Golden Tote fitting is usually that it's too snug in the bust.

Golden Tote September 2018 stripe top

Final Touch Knotted Striped Top - Value: $40

I like the olive color of this top. The fabric is stretchy and comfortable, and the fit isn't bad except for the length. It's just far too short. I don't own a brown camisole, so I'll have to try this with a grey one underneath, though I think this top may just not work for me.

Golden Tote September 2018 red dress 1

Golden Tote September 2018 red dress 2

Chris & Carol Floral Wrap Dress - Value: $40

Yes, yes! Another win. Again, I don't wear red much and this shade is perfect for Fall. I also love that they took my height into consideration because this dress hits me just at the knee, and it can be hard to find dresses at a length I'm comfortable with at my 5'11" height. This dress will get a lot of wear. I can totally see it styled with mustard flats and a brown leather jacket.

Golden Tote September 2018 Black and white dress 1

Golden Tote September 2018 black and white dress 2

Chris & Carol Floral Jersey Dress - Value: $40

This dress is so comfortable and is another item I know I'll be wearing often. It's just like a comfy tee, plus the length is great and it has pockets! The only thing that is a bummer is that it's a little tight across the chest, resulting in the print to be stretched and slightly distorted across the front. I'm hoping it's not particularly obvious, though, because I really like this dress and I will probably wear it anyway.

Golden Tote September 2018 black floral dress 1

Golden Tote September 2018 black floral dress 2

Golden Tote 149 September 2018 - 013

Feeling Floral Dress - Value: $42

This dress was my second chosen item this month (the first was the floral wrap top), and I love it! It's stretchy, lined on top, and the waist is elastic to make the top have a slight, flattering billow to it. It'll be great as-is or over tights as it gets more chilly! Love.

The Verdict: Golden Tote is one of my favorite subscriptions. Many of my favorite clothing items over the years have come from Golden Tote, and I think this tote adds to that list! This month's tote was a big win - I LOVE every item, with the exception of the olive top. 

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 $202. This box costs a total of $149. Averaged out, you’re paying about $29.80 per item. 

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Haley Faye
Haley Faye
Haley Faye first discovered the wonderful world of subscription boxes in 2012 and began writing for MSA in 2014. Over the years, she has found many subscriptions to love. Now a mom of three, her favorite boxes are ones that dress her kids, help her get organized, feed her family, send her snacks, and offer educational fun for her children.

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These are all very pretty on you!

I like the items fine, but here’s no way this box is worth $150. And I need to try on about 50 dresses before I find one I like!!!

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Brandi D.

I want that floral top! Looks great on you! As do all of the dresses, but the red one has to be my fave! 🙂

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Haley Faye

Thank you, Brandi! I agree with you!

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Love all the dresses and they look great on you! I love the comfort of jersey dresses. I haven’t tried GT yet but seeing this makes me want to. I have the opposite problem…I’m very short, 5’0.

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Haley Faye

Thank you, TK! Yes, Jersey dresses are the best!

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I would love to try GT but I am a true XL and they so rarely offer anything in an XL. I am so glad you got that top in an XL, everything looks great on you!

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Haley Faye

Thank you, Dawn! I definitely ride the line between L and XL, and have to pay attention to make sure the fabrics of the items I choose are stretchy. I think a lot of women would love to see GT offer more XLs!

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This is a perfect tote for you regarding colors, style, and fit. Even though the top is short, it’s a cute silhouette with the cami. I have a similar body so I especially love your reviews.

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Haley Faye

Mary, thank you! I will have to try the short top with some darker camis to see if I like it better that way. I agree about the colors – they’re all perfect for fall and my coloring. 🙂 They made great picks for me this month! Thanks for reading!

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Love that golden floral wrap top. Everything looks really nice on you.

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Haley Faye

Thanks so much, Katie!!

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