Golden Tote $149 Clothing Review – November 2018

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Golden Tote 149 Tote Review November 2018 box

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. This month, I selected 2 items for my 5-item tote and they add 3 surprise items.

Golden Tote 149 Tote Review November 2018 tote design

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 Review November 2018 all items

About This 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

My Review

Here’s my invoice. Now onto the items!

Golden Tote 149 Tote Review November 2018 blue long sleeve top

Golden Tote 149 Tote Review long sleeve shirt back

Doubled Up Top – Retail Value $35

This top is made of a blue knit fabric and has a split in the back to show a layer of black chiffon with a ruffle along the bottom. It’s cute and would be comfortable, except on me the sleeves are a bit too snug to wear.

Golden Tote 149 Tote Review button down

Be Cool Plaid Top with Tied Waist – Retail Value $40

This top, unfortunately, also has potential but doesn’t quite fit right. My chest makes this plaid button-down gap badly. Other than that, this was a good stylist pick – I like the colors and the style! (I find my chest is an issue with Golden Tote pretty often, and usually specifically request only items with knit or stretch materials for that reason.)

Golden Tote 149 Tote Review grey bell sleeve dress

Golden Tote 149 Tote Review grey bell sleeve dress sleeve

Casual Weekend Slub Jersey Dress – Retail Value $42

This dress was shorter than I expected it to be. Fortunately, it works just fine with leggings! It’s made of a very stretchy, heathered knit fabric and has 3/4 length bell sleeves.

Golden Tote 149 Tote Review grey tie front dress

Paper Crane Front Tie Brushed Dress – Retail Value $40

This dress is definitely comfy! The fabric is soft and very stretchy and the sleeves are nice and long. It’s also shorter than I’d like to wear without leggings, but I think it will get a lot of wear anyway because it feels like I’m wearing pajamas.

Golden Tote 149 Tote Review red long sleeve dress

Knit Pocket Long Sleeve Dress – Estimated Value $40

This dress isn’t on my packing sheet. The sheet actually lists a “Be Cool Striped Sweater” instead. I’m not sure if I was supposed to get a sweater or if that was a misprint. Either way, this dress is actually my favorite item in the box. The silhouette and color are both more flattering than the rest of my tote. The sleeves are long enough and it looks perfect with leggings, so this will get some good rotation in my wardrobe this season!

The Verdict: Golden Tote is one of my favorite subscriptions, but this month’s tote wasn’t one of my best. My main fit issues with Golden Tote are items that are when they are too short, or don’t allow enough for room in the chest. I don’t think 6′ curvy girls are particularly a part of their target demographic, but I’ve subscribed long enough to know to consistently look at the hem length, inseam measurements, and material of the items I choose, and normally I also have a note to my stylist about these issues but this month I changed it. So, this month was a miss, but I have had several totes that knocked it out of the park, so I’m looking forward to future totes after adjusting my style profile again.

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 $197. This box costs a total of $149. Averaged out, for the 5 items in the tote 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 | 2 comments


  1. The first two tops are definite misses. But the other three tunics (dresses) are winners and look awesome!

  2. What is with GT sending such short dresses in the winter?! I mean, come on…

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