I received the items below from Golden Tote for purposes of evaluation. Thoughts are my own.
It’s getting a lot colder now but I must admit that my closet still isn’t ready for the cold weather. So when Golden Tote gave me an opportunity to try out their service, I immediately said yes.
Not only do I like the fact that I’ll receive clothes to add to my Fall wardrobe, I also like the fact that I’ll receive clothes that I probably won’t pick out myself. I mean, I tend to only get basic, neutral, and versatile clothes when I shop because I usually just go for accessories when changing my look. But since someone else will be picking out the clothes in my tote, I was really excited to see what I’ll get.
To purchase a Golden Tote, you need to fill out your style profile then choose between two totes — one is $49 with 2-3 items worth up to $200, the other is $149 with 5-7 items up to a $600 value.
Then pick one (if you chose the $49 tote) or two (if you chose the $149 tote) items from a selection. I chose the $149 tote and picked these 2 items — the Perfectly Plaid Dress and Chunky Knit Pullover.
And last week I received these 6 items — 2 dresses, 2 tops and 2 sweaters. They were all tucked neatly inside a golden tote (it’s not made of gold, but it has Golden Tote’s name in gold), and included style cards for the two items I picked upon ordering.
Naturally, I was excited to try them all on and see how I can style each. I tried on the dresses first because I wanted to check if they would look good with or without leggings. Here are sample photos. Do you prefer them with leggings?
I styled the Perfectly Plaid Dress with a red belt just so I can add a pop of color to the dark ensemble but it looks great even when worn as it is.
The second one is a Black and White Pinstripe Dress and I must say that I absolutely love it! Definitely my style! Neutral colors, very basic and thus very versatile. I can just imagine so many possibilities with this dress — just accessorize with either a statement necklace or a scarf, or maybe just leave it as it is. It’s going to be beautiful however you choose to wear it!
On to the two tops I got! I’m happy to say that I’m pleasantly surprised that I love both of them! I loved the navy blue top right away because it has that preppy appeal. In fact, I already wore it to church last week and got compliments on it.
That floral top, on the other hand, is another story. I wasn’t excited about it at first. But the moment I put it on and snapped that picture, I was surprised to see how it made me look thinner than usual. I mean, I know color-block clothes make you look less bulky but I thought that only worked if the “outside block” was darker. In the photos above, it looked like I was thinner on the right one — though those two photos were taken just a few minutes apart. So I’m really loving that top and I can’t wait to use it the next time I’m out with friends.
The two sweaters I received may look like they have similar styles but the Chunky Knit Pullover was way too chunky for my taste. It just doesn’t show too much in the photo below because my arms were on my side but I think it’s too big.
Other than the size, I’d say it’s an awesome sweater.Just order a smaller size than you usually wear. Or stick with your usual size and just pair it with skinny jeans. And again, because of the neutrality of the colors, you can style it with accessories of any color you want!
The last item on my Golden Tote is the Army Green Knit Sweater with leather accent on the elbow area. I just tried it on with some light blue skinny jeans and the fit looks okay. Though I’d probably wear it more often with my usual dark wash jeans.
Both sweaters feel good against my skin which is a huge factor for when I’m shopping for clothes because I have sensitive skin. Anytime I feel like there’s a part of my outfit that doesn’t feel comfortable, you can be sure there’d be red marks on my skin after just a few hours. But not with these sweaters. In fact, not with any of the items I received from Golden Tote.
And what’s great about Golden Tote is that they have a Facebook trading group where customers can swap and sell their unwanted items with one another! That way, you won’t get stuck with an item you don’t think is your style.
All in all, I think Golden Tote is an awesome service. I liked the pieces that were picked for me even though a couple of them aren’t exactly my style. Still I can imagine myself rocking those outfits when I’m out and about.
Be sure to visit Golden Tote to learn more about their service! You can still get a tote from their November collection, though I assume some sizes won’t be available anymore. If you’re planning to get a December tote, be sure to order at 9am PST on December 1st (a new sale launches every 1st Monday of each month) so that you can get exactly what you want! It’s not a subscription service so you don’t pay any monthly fee!