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.
This $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. This is my first Golden Tote bag, but I’ve seen reviews of this subscription before, so I couldn’t wait to see what my stylist picked out for me.
Each month’s box comes with a seasonal tote, and this month’s was totally overflowing!
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 2-Item Tote + One Add-On November 2018 Review
Every shipment includes an itemized invoice and information about returns or exchanging sizes.
Now on to my new, exciting pieces!
Collegiate Cardigan Sweater, Medium - Retail Value $42, Member Price $38
I was immediately drawn to this sweater when I saw the advertisement for the November totes, and I knew I had to have it. I was a little concerned with the length of it since I am only 5’3”, but I think I pull it off pretty well (especially with the help of these chunky wedges!). The fabric is 55% cotton and 45% acrylic, and it seems to have a lot of stretch to it; that makes me wonder if I should have ordered a small, but I am actually really loving the look of oversized sweaters this season. This piece was easy to pair with some skinny jeans and a tee, but I could also see dressing this piece up a bit with a knee-length dress and belt, too! Versatile and snuggly soft, this piece is a huge win for me!
Flowerpot Top, Medium - Retail Value $40, Member Price $35
I chose this shirt as an add-on because I am always attracted to pretty floral patterns, and the feminine bow on the neckline spoke to me. Happy to report: I am crazy about this shirt! I love the tucked in and french tuck stylings with high waisted jeans and this shirt was made for that look. This 95% polyester and 5% spandex blend is also buttery soft and surprisingly insulating, too. The sleeves almost reach my wrists on this particular shirt, but I like that they run long for this ¾ sleeve style because I’d rather push them back just a little than have them be too short. The bow is what really makes this shirt special for me, and now I must find more of this style for my wardrobe!
Be Cool Plaid Top, Medium - Estimated Value $40, Member Price $35
I couldn’t find this exact top on the Golden Tote site, so I linked a very similar styled shirt with different colors (fabric is identical as well). My Golden Tote stylist chose this piece for me, and I think it was a great pick. Plaid is such a fun pattern to bust out this time of year, and I like this navy and maroon motif. The tie in the front adds a little bit of interest and ends the shirt at just the right length for me. As you can see, I have a little bit of a gapping issue at the bust, but that is something easily solved by a sports bra.
The Verdict: Golden Tote nailed it this month; I am so happy with the items I chose and the shirt chosen for me! For someone who is picky about patterns and styles looking generic or unflattering, I really enjoy the array of clothing Golden Tote has to offer. I also love being able to go out with a piece of clothing that I know is unique that nobody else is wearing. Their styles range from modern to trendy to classic, and I always look forward to seeing all the fresh patterns and shapes they have to offer each month.
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 cardigan and top I chose are still available and linked above!
Value Breakdown: This box cost a total of $99.95 ($59.00 tote + $35.00 add-on + $5.95 shipping). That means each item has an average cost of $33.32.
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