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Golden Tote $149 Clothing Review – December 2018

Haley Faye
ByHaley FayeJan 1, 2019 | 10 comments

Golden Tote December 2018 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. This month, I selected 2 of the items for my 5-item tote and they add 3 surprise items.

Golden Tote December 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 December 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

Golden Tote Packing Slip

Here's my invoice. Now onto the items!

Golden Tote December 2018 heart sweater

From the Heart Pullover - Listed Value: $42

This sweater was my first chosen item. I love it! The hearts are adorable and the material is quite warm. There's even Angora listed as part of the material components. It's comfortable and just my style. Win!

Golden Tote December 2018 leopard pants

Wild Leopard Top - Retail Value $40

So, it's obvious these leopard pants aren't a top - that's because Golden Tote actually sent the wrong item. I ordered the matching top, though now that I've tried on the pants I wish I had ordered them together as a set! I reached out to their customer service and they said they'd send the correct top to swap these out for me at no cost. (Turns out someone else was missing their leopard pants, or I would have asked to just pay for them to be an add-on.)

Golden Tote December 2018 plaid dress

Les Amis Plaid Dress with Tie - Listed Value $40

This dress is my first surprise item. It's short, especially for winter, so I'd absolutely wear leggings with this! Unfortunately, it's also snug. While I really like the style, I'm just not sure it fits me well enough.

Golden Tote December 2018 striped top

Ginger G Striped V-Neck Top - Listed Value $40

I like this top! The pattern and colors are great and it's easy to wear. I actually like 3/4 sleeves a lot, and I'm glad the torso is a good length on me since I'm tall.

Golden Tote December 2018 striped dress

Sweet Claire Striped Dress with Pockets - Listed Value $40

I like the Sweet Claire brand a lot, and I like the idea of this dress, but honestly, I feel like it's just a little hard to look at! I love the length of the dress and the sleeves, but I just wish this were a solid!

The Verdict: My December Golden Tote was just okay. I love half my items, but there are one or two misses, which are very close to being perfect for me. I'm not too bothered by the item mix-up with the leopard pants, because Golden Tote handled it so quickly and fixed it at no cost for me.  Golden Tote has been a favorite subscription of mine for years. One of my top tips is to read the clothing descriptions and know the measurements of how long you like your dresses and inseams, and note if the fabrics are stretch or not and which you prefer. 

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 the prices listed when viewing this tote in my order history) add up to $202. 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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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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I’m curious what your take on the mystery tote concept this year is.

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I love the plaid short dress on you and agree it would look great with leggings or tights. The leopard pants are so cute. Too bad you have to return them. That last dress pattern is overwhelming. It almost gave me a migraine looking at it.

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Haley Faye

Those pants were so comfy – I hope they restock them. And yes, I agree about the dress print!

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I really love both dresses on you!

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So are you stuck with items that don’t fit/don’t like?

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Basically yes.

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You can exchange one item per tote I believe. You can also return but the returns aren’t really worth it IMO because they change the price of the items when you return something.

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Brittany N Bolton

hi always love seeing you try these clothes on cause your just too Cute! you pull off some of the cutest styles! That short dress was super suoer cute and sometimes I think you doubt yourself too much when trying some of these clothes on cause i have really liked some outfits on you when you thought they didn’t work for ya. I think your beautiful and can pull off just about every style!

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Haley Faye

Brittany, you are so sweet. This made my day; thank you! 😀 <3

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All cute items! I do think the last dress would benefit from a solid black shrug/ cropped cardigan, to breakup the pattern on the dress a bit.
Great review- Golden Tote definitely is on my list of boxes to try in the future.

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