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Golden Tote $149 Clothing Review – October 2019

Golden Tote Oct 2019 box unopened

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 displayed on the tote page, 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.

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 Oct 2019 clothes laid out

About Golden Tote

The 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.

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

Golden Tote October 2019 Review

Golden Tote Oct 2019 Invoice

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

Note: the last couple of months we have been receiving our packages in gold plastic bags, but this time I received a cardboard box. I know they are looking for more environmentally friendly packaging, but without the clothing being in a plastic bag (and due to heavy rain) my invoice and clothes arrived a bit wet.

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Playful Plaid Blazer (Size Large) – Retail Value $42.00

I recently took on a new position as an Interventionist at the K-12 school I graduated from, and I am in desperate need of some business-casual wear. That being said, I just had to order this tan, plaid blazer! I absolutely love blazers, and this one is exceptional! I love the color: there is a metallic thread incorporated in the pattern that I just couldn’t capture; the length: not too short, not too long; and the overall fit: it cinched around my midsection for a tailored look, but wasn’t so tight that it made me feel uncomfortable. The material is slightly stretchy and seems sturdy and well made. The only gripe I have with this piece is the pockets are fakes….where am I to put my lunch money?! I dressed it down with jeans in these photos, but it also looked amazing with my favorite black dress slacks. I am definitely wearing this to school in the upcoming week, and suppose I will put my lunch money in my pants pocket.

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Head Over Heels Dress (Size Large) – Retail Value $42.00

This was the second item I chose for myself, and I am very happy with my choice! I love skirts and dresses, but I don’t have anything that is quite like this: the top of this dress is made out of stretchy jersey fabric, while the bottom is a silky fabric in a Victorian-inspired print. I really like how comfy and flowy this dress feels while being dressy enough to wear out. I also REALLY appreciate that this dress has POCKETS – definitely a bonus! While I wore it by itself in these photos, I also paired it with black tights and my jean jacket for a casual look to wear to school. I have to note, my 6-year-old son asked me when I’m going to wear this again because he thought it was so pretty! <3

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Double Zero Clouds for Days Sweater (Size Large) – Listed Value $40.00

This was the first item that my stylist selected for me. This sweater is extremely soft and snuggly, and I love the silver color, but I just don’t like the cut. If this sweater were 4 inches longer it would probably be a staple in my wardrobe, but it is just too short. While it wasn’t my cup of tea, my niece will be thrilled to have it!

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Skies are Blue Casual Cargo Pants (Size Large) – Listed Value $40.00

How cute are these olive green casual pants? In the description it says these are perfect for hiding any “unwanted pooch,” and I must say these deliver. I love the high cut, and how relaxed and comfortable they fit. I do feel these would have been more useful in the spring rather than the fall, but I am happy they included them in my box. I am always looking for different bottoms to pair with my jean jacket, and want to play around with some different looks. I have some cute strappy shoes for the above outfit, but does anyone have any suggestions on what kind of footwear you pair these with while wearing a sweater?

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Double Zero Fleeced Up Vest (Size Large) – Retail Value $35.00

The last item this month was this super cozy, lightweight ivory vest. It is sooo very soft and warm! The boutique suggests pairing it with a thermal top, but I just had to try it with a little lace peeking out of the bottom of my rose-colored top. I have a grey and ivory thermal that will pair equally as well, and I plan on wearing it soon! I love vests, and this one is definitely going to get a lot of use!

The Verdict: This Golden Tote was awesome! I LOVED both items I chose for myself, and 2 out of the 3 items my stylist picked out were right up my alley! I am also extremely excited that everything fits me, so no exchanges were necessary! I am really happy I received items that I will be able to wear to work and look professional, yet are comfortable. The only item I didn’t care for this month was the short sweater, which will be gifted to my niece, and I plan on tweaking my style profile to try and avoid tops like that in the future. I can’t wait to see what they send 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 $199.00 This box costs a total of $149. That’s a savings of about 25%. Averaged out, for the 5 items in the tote you’re paying about $29.80 per item.

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Written by Becca Peterson

Becca Peterson

While I am taking a time-out from being a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, I am currently staying at home with my 2 sweet boys! My first subscription was Julep thanks to happening upon the MSA website, and it all went downhill from there! I have subscribed to Ipsy, Boxycharm, Degustabox, Julep, Graze, Bluum, Walmart, and more because I love a good surprise! I truly am a subscription addict!

Posted in Clothing Subscription Boxes, Golden Tote Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: golden tote | 15 comments

Comments (15)

  1. I used to love Golden Tote but the last 2 totes I received had very low-quality clothes in them, a dress I received had a hole in it. Customer service was helpful in this instance but overall it was disappointing, I won’t be buying again, unfortunately.

  2. Has Golden Tote gone out of business? I can’t get to their web page.

    • I’ve been wondering as well. I didn’t receive any emails or special offers from them this past month.

    • Found on Facebook, dated 11/18/2019:
      Dear loyal Goldies!
      I wanted to write to let you know that GoldenTote.com is currently in the process of a re-brand…a complete overhaul, if you will. Over the years, our website has been problematic for both for the customer and for our internal operations. When we built our website six years ago, we were excited by the custom features but those came at a cost.
      In addition, a couple of months ago, we made changes to our core concept which has proven successful and has much promise; but those changes do not work effectively on our current website platform. Today, there exists wonderful platforms on which to build a robust website that has all of the features we would want moving forward.
      Given the time of the year, we think it’s best that we, as a company, take the time to re-group and completely focus our efforts on this re-brand. We have a lot of great ideas and changes that we are excited about for 2020!
      Today, we will start offering our MYSTERY TOTE, which will be the final tote sale of the year. We are letting you know first (members of our GTTG), and will announce it to everyone tomorrow…so grab a mystery tote while they last.
      If you have any questions, feel free to email us at [email protected].
      Thanks so much for all of your support and we look forward to styling you in the near future!

  3. Awesome, awesome box! Everything looks like it was made for you 🙂

    • Thank you so much Abby!! ☺️ I have to say, this was my favorite box!

  4. Love the dress!

    • Thanks Iryna! I wore it to school and got a ton of compliments. My new favorite dress!!

  5. I would suggest loafers or any closed toe flats with the cropped pants. You look great in everything! How adorable that your son told you to wear the dress as you looked pretty.

    • Thank you so much Mell! I will definitely be using those suggestions! You are so sweet! ❤️

  6. Where is the rose-colored lace top from? I love it. I think you look great in everything!

    • Thank you so much Ash! 😊 I bought the top from Herberger’s like 10 years ago!

  7. You could wear ballet shoes or other close toed flats. No socks though.

    • With the pants, I mean.

      • Great idea tpop! I will be using that suggestion! Thanks for commenting! ❤️

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