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.
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 recently, I've been opting for 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 personally choosing more of the products.
And yes, everything does arrive in a literal tote! This is the same design I got last month, actually.
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.)
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 Fall Dresses, Pants, & Tops Review
Here's my invoice, plus info on how to do exchanges, etc.
Wide Leg Pants in Rust, Size Large - Retail Value $46.00, Member Price $40.00
Last month, I picked up some drawstring pants from Golden Tote and fell in LOVE with them. So cozy, so stylish. That pair was olive and had a slightly coarser texture to them. When I saw this rusty brown pair in the catalog for this month's totes, I HAD to have them! They have a smooth, almost silky finish to them (the last month's pair was more linen-ish) that's incredibly comfortable and breezy to wear. (The fabric, FYI, is 58% rayon, 22% polyester, and 20% nylon.) I love how flowy and free they are, too! I think this silhouette really works for me, plus they're much easier to wear than skinny jeans if I'm being honest. I feel like I'm wearing pajamas!
Fun 2 Fun Short Sleeve Blouse in Black, Size Medium
This top is what Golden Tote picked for me as the second item in my tote. It's on the simple side, but it's just my style. The sleeves were a little hard to steam the wrinkles out of, but they're meant to be kind of textured and knotted, so that's forgivable. It's a silky kind of material (100% polyester) that's juuuust barely opaque. The invoice says it's black, but to me, it's much more of a charcoal or graphite color. I can see dressing this top up or down. It has a straight cut that falls right at my hips, so it's long enough to tuck into pants or skirts and stay put.
Feeling Floral Dress, Size Large - Retail Value $42.00, Member Price $38.00
Lastly, this is the item I picked for myself as an add-on. I'm pretty smitten with it. It's a bit busier than what I'd typically pick for myself, but something about the bright colors of the dainty floral print against the black fabric made this seem like a look for me. It's made of 100% polyester fabric with a nice heft to it, is lined on the top, and is super stretchy all around. The billowing silhouette is flattering without being too boho, and the 3/4 sleeves feel comfortable and cool. It's the kind of dress I could see wearing to Thanksgiving with family or to an afternoon party. Throw a cute moto jacket on top? Oh yeah, this dress is a keeper.
The Verdict: Golden Tote has done it again! I love the mix of styles I get to pick from each month, from classic, versatile looks to bolder, more trend-conscious pieces. What I've gotten from Golden Tote so far has held up really beautifully AND earns a fair amount of compliments. (That pair of drawstring pants I mentioned from last month's order? Every time I wear them, someone says, "Oooh, those pants are great!") I think they do a nice job picking surprise items for me, too. They seem to pay close attention to what's in my style profile!
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 the two pieces I chose are still available at the time of writing this review!
Value Breakdown: This box cost a total of $102.95 ($59.00 tote + $38.00 add-on + $5.95 shipping). That means I spent an average of $34.32 per item.
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