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Golden Tote $149 Clothing Review – August 2019

Becca Peterson
ByBecca PetersonAug 21, 2019 | 6 comments

Golden Tote August 2019 - Package Unopened Top

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 catalog. Depending on the plan level you choose, you can pick out 1-2 pieces from those options, and Golden Tote will surprise you with the rest.

There are three options to choose from:

  • The Mini Tote, 2 items: For $59, choose one item and the stylists select the other
  • The Surprise Tote, 3 items: For $89, the stylists select all three items based on your style profile
  • The Golden Tote, 5 items: For $149, choose 2 pieces you love and the stylists will surprise you with the rest

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 added 3 surprise items.

Recently, they have updated how their tote works: instead of having entirely separate items for your “surprise items,” all items are combined and displayed on the tote page. Another update that we see this month is the discontinuation of the cotton, canvas tote bag. Golden Tote explained that moving forward, every shipment will contain only one piece of packaging: a reusable poly mailer. This is to become more environmentally friendly as they say it would take a canvas bag 7,100 times of use to have the same cumulative environmental impact as a classic plastic bag.

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.)

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About Golden Tote

The Subscription Box: Golden Tote 5-Item Tote

The Cost: $149 + free shipping

The Products: 2 clothing items that YOU choose from their catalog, plus 3 items Golden Tote’s stylists choose for you based on your preferences. The 3 additional items will also come from the catalog, so you will know what items you could possibly receive, but still will be surprised. Golden Tote releases a new “collection” of items to add to its catalog, which 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 free on orders $149.00 and over. International for $30.00.

Delivered via: UPS or USPS

Good to Know: You can choose to buy a tote whenever you wish. Orders are not auto-billed or auto-shipped.

Golden Tote August 2019 Review

Golden Tote August 2019 - Invoice Top

Here is a copy of my invoice, now let’s check out these items!!

Golden Tote August 2019 - Cotton Shorts Closeup Top Golden Tote August 2019 - Cotton Shorts Front Front Golden Tote August 2019 - Cotton Shorts Back Front

Love These Cotton Shorts (Size Large) - Retail Value $40.00

I saw these shorts in the Golden Tote Boutique and immediately fell in love. I received a striped linen pair of shorts in the May tote and LOVE them, so I felt a second pair would be appropriate, and I gotta say I LOVE these too! They are extremely comfortable, cute, and the silky printed tie adds a fun pop of color. I was a bit hesitant ordering shorts in August since summer is almost over in Minnesota, but with the beloved jean jacket, I can make it work into September!

Golden Tote August 2019 - Floral Maxi CloseupTop Golden Tote August 2019 - Model Wearing Floral Maxi Front Front Golden Tote August 2019 - Model Wearing Floral Maxi Back Front Golden Tote August 2019 - Model Wearing Floral Maxi With Cardigan Front Front

Pretty Floral Maxi with Pockets (Size Large) - Retail Value $45.00

My second pick was this dress, but in turquoise. On my invoice was a handwritten note from my stylist apologizing for having to send the dress in a different color, but noted that the brand sent the incorrect color and was otherwise sold out. I was disappointed only for a second- because I actually like the incorrect color better! This dress is soooo comfortable! It is long and flowy with POCKETS! It seriously feels like a nightgown while looking super chic! I also just happened to have a deep purple cardigan that matched the floral print perfectly for more of an autumn look.

Golden Tote August 2019 - Stripey Summer Cardi Closeup Top Golden Tote August 2019 - Model Wearing Stripey Summer Cardi Front Front Golden Tote August 2019 - Model Wearing Stripey Summer Cardi Back Front

Stripey Summer Cardi (Size Large) - Retail Value $40.00

This is the first item my stylist chose for me. I was a little apprehensive about this item at first because it looked so short and wide, but I was pleasantly surprised when I put it on. I do feel a medium may have fit slightly better, but I like the oversized, comfy look especially when paired with a pair of jeggings. I can definitely see myself wearing this in the coming month when the weather starts cooling down.

Golden Tote August 2019 - Ribbed Midi Skirt Closeup Top Golden Tote August 2019 - Model Wearing Ribbed Midi Skirt Front Front Golden Tote August 2019 - Model Wearing Ribbed Midi Skirt Back Front

Chris & Carol Ribbed Midi Skirt (Size Large) - Retail Value $40.00

The next item that was chosen for me based on my style profile is this olive green ribbed skirt, and I am a fan! Skirts are definitely on my favorites list, and this one pairs so well with my jean jacket! It is stretchy, soft, and extremely comfortable. I also like that it overlaps in the front for added detail. I can’t wait to wear this out!

Golden Tote August 2019 - Barely Boho Tunic Closeup Top Golden Tote August 2019 - Model Wearing Barely Boho Tunic Front Front Golden Tote August 2019 - Model Wearing Barely Boho Tunic Back Front

Barely Boho Tunic (Size Large) - Retail Value: $40.00

The last item chosen for me is this ivory embroidered tunic. While it’s not something I would normally pick out myself, I like it. Because it was 85 here today I paired it with black linen shorts. And just because I hardly ever get to wear them (and my husband hates them) I had to try out these strappy sandals with the ensemble. I’m not sure if I love this particular look, but I think the tunic would pair very well with black jeggings (something I don’t own... yet...)

The Verdict: This is definitely my favorite Golden Tote I have ever received! I will be wearing every item they sent this time! I was also very impressed with the customer service and handwritten apology note about the varying dress color. I also want to point out that before the changes were incorporated, I used to receive my tote at the beginning of the next month- this time I received it in the middle of the same month, so it is much faster now! I am loving the new changes they have incorporated, and I can’t wait to see what they pick out for me next 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 each month’s new collection is launched at 12pm 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 $205. 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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Becca Peterson
Becca Peterson

I am a wild and crazy mom of 2 boys and work in the public education system as an Indigenous Support Advocate. I love all things outdoors, beauty, crafts, and food. Living the simple life in the country, we spend a lot of time hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting. Oh, and I absolutely adore my high school sweetheart aka my husband of almost 17 years!

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For fall shorts can actually pair quite nicely with tights especially dark tights with light colored shorts and a cute ankle bootie. Fleece lined tights are especially nice when the fall and winter weather hits to keep the warmth in.

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That’s a great idea Cyrina! I’m going to have to try that look out! Thanks for commenting! ❤️

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I liked the idea of the 89 dollar option, but not if I can’t pick out a single thing. They should offer that one with being able to choose as well.
Everything looked great on you, I especially liked the dress!

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Thanks for weighing in Nikkim! And thank you for the sweet compliments! ❤️

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cheryl s zaccone

Nice items!I found GT to be a hit or miss, and when it’s a miss you loose money as you pay for shipping and returns. That said I was buying quite a few totes years ago and have timeless pieces that always get me compliments, but I found taking that $40 or less I can get some nice dresses on sale at Macys. GT is not budget friendly.

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Thank you for commenting! I truly enjoyed this months tote! I am really liking how they re-structured their tote! I can’t wait to see what I get next month! Fall clothing is my favorite!

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