For the past several summers I have been in need of some new summer clothes. Of course I keep putting it off because I feel like if I'm not going to work, then why do I need "good" summer clothes. I usually just hang out in running clothes anyway. Anyone else feel like that? Oh, and another big obstacle is that I hate to shop for clothes. Yes, I am a Fashion Columnist that hates shopping for clothes, go figure. ( I love to online shop but physically going to a store stresses me out)
Well I've decided that little by little I need to put myself together. As luck would have it, this is where Golden Tote enters. Have they been following me? Do they too think I need to get myself together? Well in any case, they contacted me about reviewing their Totes and since I was currently wracking my brain about what to write about for my next column, I said "Sure"!
So let me explain, Golden Tote is a subscription clothing service sort of like Stitch Fix (but with more options). Their founders are Clothing Designers from LA.
First you will log on to the GoldenTote site and create a profile for yourself including your measurements and your likes and dislikes.
Then you pick the size Tote you want. Mini Tote (2 clothing items, $59), Surprise Tote ( 3 clothing items, $89), or Golden Tote (5 clothing items, $149). If you choose the Mini Tote or the Golden Tote, not everything in your tote will be a surprise. In the Mini Tote you will chose one item from the website that you want for sure and the stylist will choose a "secret" item for you based on the profile you filled out. If you choose the Golden Tote, you will pick out 2 items for yourself and the stylist will surprise you with three additional items that she has chosen for you. New items are available on the site the first Monday of every month. So I guess it pays to log on early so you have more choices because stuff does sell out.
The tote I received was the Golden Tote with 5 items. You can see my "reveal" and my honest to goodness first reactions to these items in this video below.
Watch the vlog here.If you watched the video, you can tell that I learned a few things since my horrible vlog about Stitch Fix. O my how I wish I could change that one. I should have never stood in front of an open window and that bedspread (which came from Disney's Grand Floridia by the way) was just WAY too loud. What was I thinking?????
As I mentioned in the video, I was really leery about the sizing. I even took my own measurements and still wasn't sure. One thing that helped was that each item that was shown on the Golden Tote site included the measurements of that item and even included the measurements of the model who was wearing it. Seeing a model who is 5, 10" and wearing everything in an X-small doesn't really put things in perspective though. I did a lot of Google searching for other Golden Tote reviews from bloggers who were more my size.
Now that you saw my reaction to the clothing. Here is what the 5 items look like on. Items are in the order that I opened them up in the box. I am including sizes as well for anyone who maybe doing a search like I did. You may notice that some of my thoughts after trying the items on may have changed since seeing it right out of the box. I love that all of these items (except for the shorts) I can wear to work.
Les Amis Floral Top with Chiffon Back- Small. Love it and fits perfectly. (shorts from Banana Republic)
|I spy a wet lab. Miss Baylee was just getting out of the pool as this picture was being taken. I hadn't even known she snuck in for a quick swim.|
Potters Pot Mini Skirt with Neon Detail - Small. I probably would have never picked this but I am so glad the stylist picked it for me. It is SO comfy and could be dressed up or down. I have it paired with a black top from Banana Republic.
Skies Are Blue Dress with Embroidered Neckline- Small. I love this dress! They first sent it to me in a smaller size but we easily made an exchange! It is light weight but completely lined.
Puella Splice Swing Dress- X-Small. This is the first item that I chose from the website so this was no surprise. Like I mentioned in the video, the dress did look more teal online and this dress is clearly green. I am not one bit upset though because I love it anyway. I don't have anything green and now I do! Now, normally I would not have ordered a dress in X-Small but I went over the measurements of this dress with a fine tooth comb with width and length and realized that it being a swing dress that it would be more flowy and therefore an X-Small would work. This one that can be dressed up or down. I am pleased. (White flower belt from New York and Company)
Cuffed Denim Shorts - Small. This was the item that I had my doubts about. Turns out, they fit just fine. And I don't think they are way too short, do you? They are also available in a blue denim too, which I think I would like a lot!
Technically, each item comes to about $29.80 each which really isn't a bad deal. But like any subscription service (whether it be food or clothing), it is often a gamble as you don't know what all you are going to get for your money. Just know that you need to be open for surprises. -M
Click HERE for more info and to sign up for the Golden Tote Newsletter!
*Golden Tote recently updated their return policy which allows you to keep the individual items you want and return the ones you don't.
We will be linking up with the gals from the Friday 5.