Golden Tote $59 Mini Tote Review – September 2019


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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 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 2-item Mini Golden Tote, which is $59.00 + $6.95 shipping.

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. We usually review an additional add-on item, but since I am very pregnant, and Golden Tote does not carry maternity wear, we just stuck to the basics this month.

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

The Box: Golden Tote – The Mini Tote

The Cost: $59 + $6.95 US shipping

The Products: 1 clothing item that you choose from their catalog, plus 1 additional item Golden Tote’s stylists choose for you based on your preferences. The surprise item will also come from the catalog, so you will know what items you could possibly receive. 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 September 2019 Review

Every shipment includes an itemized invoice with all your order information.

Now on to my prego-friendly September picks!

close-up sweater knit view

functional shot showing the interior of the draped cardigan

cardigan styled with a cozy fall outfit

back view of the cardigan

Layer Cake Cardigan, Medium – Retail Value $40, Special Tote Purchase Price $35

It is the perfect time of year for a cozy cardigan! The open weave of this cardigan manages to keep you nice and toasty while still managing to be breathable, and I love that the sleeves are 3/4 length, since I’ve been running hot lately. I chose this as my tote item this month, since I have a big belly and knew it would fit me regardless. I also can’t resist long cardigans during fall and winter. This piece would look especially nice paired with a tunic, black leggings and booties; unfortunately, I have 3 weeks left until my due date and this girl’s swollen feet will only fit into a pair of Crocs–yikes! This oversized sweater will keep me warm well after I have my baby, and I am sure it will be a go-to piece for winter as well!

close-up of the sweater texture

orange draped sweater styled with a beanie and jeans

side view of the styled orange sweater

back view of the styled orange sweater

Chris and Carol Rusty Ribbed Dolman, Large – Listed Price $40

My stylist chose a very soft, buttery shirt for me this month! It is not a maternity top, but I quite like how it fits my bump, and I really think it will work with my postpartum body, too! I could have probably used a size medium, but I am thankful for the extra length and fabric through the sleeves and in the back for when I want to pair this with leggings or skinny jeans and boots. The color is another detail that I am taken with; I wear pink sparingly, but this salmon/coral color with the black speckled detail adds a little life back into my pasty pale complexion. Two thumbs up this month for my stylist!

The Verdict: September’s Golden Tote is perfect for this 9 months along prego! I was impressed by how well my stylist accommodated my bump and I’m thankful to have another comfortable shirt to fit this body before baby arrives! I love how soft the cardigan I chose is, and I am sure both picks will fit post-partum, too. Golden Tote’s choices are always on-trend, and my tote this month proves that Golden Tote pays close attention to any style profile updates you make. Love it! 

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: The retail cost of this box is $80, based on the prices listed on my invoice. This box costs a total of $65.95, including shipping. That’s a savings of about 18%. Alternatively, each item has an average cost of $32.98

Check out all of our Golden Tote reviews, more of our personal styling boxes, and some of our favorite women’s clothing boxes!

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Written by Abby Holsinger

Abby Holsinger

Abby has been a box enthusiast since July 2011, finding her calling with Birchbox. That was the start of a new era for Abby, because she is now hooked on the subscription box life; she loves the idea of receiving (several) thoughtful treats from genius curators such as Lisa Sugar and Rachel Zoe. A few other loves of hers would be her dog named Bill Murray, Bill Murray and chocolate babka.

Posted in Clothing Subscription Boxes, Golden Tote Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: golden tote | 13 comments

13 Comments

  1. I’m with you on the Crocs, but the kids at my high school LOVE them. So you’re trendy!

    • I know!! All the younger girls I work with wear them every day! Still wondering how they came back, lol, and I guess I am thankful to find one shoe that accommodates my troll feet 😂

  2. ugh – I feel for you at the Crocs. Ick.

    You are just adorable and radiant though! Good luck for an easy delivery and healthy baby!

    • Haha, thank you! It is a low point for me right now as far as the Crocs go, but other than that, everything else is great! Gotta laugh at these things 🙂

  3. You look so cute! I love the halloween shirt!

    • Haha, thank you! It came with a pair of orange and black striped leggings, which were tempting but ultimately over the top for this shoot, lol.

  4. Thanks for the review. Hope you feel as good as you look!
    Bump ❤

    • Thank you, Ashley! 🙂

    • Thank you — feeling pretty good so far! 2.5 weeks to go, woo-hoo!!

  5. You look positively radiant, Abby! And, the pieces are perfectly fall! :))

    • Thank you! 🙂

  6. Those are both great pieces! And you look and the bump look adorable!

    • Thank you, Brandi! 🙂

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