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A Golden Tote Review

by Meghann on December 16, 2014

Fashion blogger I am not. Someone who loves new clothes (especially new clothes that come in a cute tote) I most definitely am.

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Golden Tote recently reached out to me to review one of their adorable tote bags. What is Golden Tote? It’s a monthly clothing flash-sale site. Their “Golden Totes” include 5-7 clothing items, 2 of which are chosen by you from the clothing gallery, and the additional items are chosen by stylists based on your style profile.

You pay a flat rate at the beginning and keep everything in your tote. They have an all-or-nothing return policy, so if you really hate it you can return the whole tote. If you’re not a fan of only one or two items, they suggest trading and swapping in their Golden Totes Trading Group on Facebook.

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For my first tote, I selected the Tis the Season Dress and the Thankful Dress as my initial picks for my tote.

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When the tote arrived, I was really impressed with the quantity and quality of its contents. The initial $149 price tag seemed a little high at first, but was completely justified when the tote arrived.

I was really happy when I tried the ‘Tis the Season dress on.

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It was festive, it had pockets, and it was the perfect fit. I loved it instantly and couldn’t wait to wear it to Derek’s holiday work party the following weekend.

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The dress was extremely comfortable and I received compliments on it all night. I’m already looking for another excuse to wear it. Don’t be surprise if you see it again on New Years!

I had my doubts when I first pulled the Thankful Dress out of the bag. I originally requested it because it looked comfortable and I was in the market for a comfortable dress that was also work appropriate. However, when I tried it on, I wasn’t super impressed with the fit or bottom.

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Once I paired the dress with a loose vest and wore it to work, it suddenly became one of my favorite items from the bag. It was ridiculously comfortable and I felt fabulous in it. It’s amazing what a difference a little styling can make.

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Here’s what the stylist selected:

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I loved the blue and black tunic dress. It was cute, comfortable, and great for the office.

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I also loved the black Hourglass Lilly dress. I have a similar Hourglass Lilly dress with the same shape, but more of a summer pattern.

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I love that dress and was happy to see a winter version of it. The dress is really comfortable and fun to style.

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Another favorite was the gray chunky sweater. I’ve really been into chunky sweaters this season.

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This one earned bonus points for also having a fun back.

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I paired the sweater with jeans and sneakers for a casual day in the office.

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I was less inspired by the orange long sleeve top.

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To be fair, I haven’t had the chance style the top for work, but so far I’m not loving the fit or color palette.

Ditto for the black top (and final piece of the bag).

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I didn’t love the top with the black. Maybe I should try it was jeans? I’m not sure. How would you style the top?

Overall I ended up with five items that I really loved and can’t wait to wear again. I’d call that a win. It’s particularly impressive when you consider the fact that the style profile questionnaire only consisted of a couple of questions.

If you love trying new clothes, working with online stylists, and/or receiving boxes full of surprises, then I highly recommend giving Golden Tote a try. I really enjoyed
my experience and look forward to trying it again. At the very least, a Golden Tote would make a great Christmas gift for the clothes
lovers in your life.

Check out Golden Tote here.

This post is sponsored by Golden Tote. As always, all opinions are my own.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie December 16, 2014 at 10:29 am

I think the black top would look better with a fitted skirt, sometimes old navy has comfy ones. especially if you could get a raspberry color, or do a bright accessory or jacket, I agree the black on black is too much for this top.
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2 jenn December 16, 2014 at 10:54 am

I think these outfits are so cute! With the last top – I would actually tuck it into a skirt – either something flouncy and fun, or something with a high waist and slim-cut. Pair it with dressy flats or heels and you have another great outfit for work.

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3 Linda @ TheFitty December 16, 2014 at 11:19 am

My purse isn’t going to cut it anhmore. These days I have way too much to carry.

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4 Ash Bear December 16, 2014 at 11:38 am

That black & white holiday dress is adorable!!! So glad you kept it!
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5 Jessica December 16, 2014 at 12:37 pm

I agree with the Orange top…hard to be inspired by it…but that black top? Tuck it into a pencil skirt and some pointy high heels and you should have a nice work outfit.

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6 Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed December 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Hmmmm I like the idea of this but I wasn’t thrilled with my StitchFix experience, so I’m not sure what to think!
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7 Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate December 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm

LOVE the first dress! So cute!

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8 Courtney! December 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm

The first dress is perfect on you! So cute!
I like the idea that you know the cost up front. You aren’t tempted to splurge on pieces if you don’t think the price is right like on Stitch Fix.
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9 Bec December 17, 2014 at 6:14 am

What brand is the ‘Tis the season dress? It is no longer available on the site and I really want it!

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10 Meghann December 17, 2014 at 6:56 am

It’s Skies are Blue.

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11 Bec December 17, 2014 at 7:15 am

Thank you!

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12 Alexa December 17, 2014 at 10:33 am

I love EVERY piece you pictured, and need to do this! Perfect as I revamp my wardrobe postpartum and can finally fit in things again. I like the price point options too.

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13 meghan December 18, 2014 at 9:36 am

I went to go sign up for this and try it out; I think they must replenish monthly for their two choices. There wasn’t much selection left for my two items to pick. I will try again in January. Thanks for sharing. This is a really cool concept!

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14 Meghann December 18, 2014 at 2:54 pm

They do! I’ll post something when the January stuff is released. I know you’re back and forth with StitchFix, so this will be a good one for you to try!

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15 Katrina December 18, 2014 at 11:15 am

Why can’t I read any comments anymore?

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16 Meghann December 18, 2014 at 2:53 pm

There’s a glitch with the blog, I’m not sure how to fix it. You can still see comments in mobile view!

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17 Michelle December 20, 2014 at 8:23 pm

The black top would look really cute with skinny jeans and black heels… Or even a pair of colored skinnies!

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