There are a lot of subscription boxes/services out there— from clothes, makeup, jewelry, skincare and fitness/nutrition.
I’ve only tried a few out myself, but I was intrigued whenGoldenTote contacted me because you actually get to choose two of the items in your tote which appealed to me right away. It meant that I would be sure to love the two items I was sent and I would still get the surprise factor of a bunch of other items that were mine to keep (the surprise is part of the fun!)
I filled out my style profile online and of course in addition to things like my sizes and general style preferences, I mentioned that I was nearly in my third trimester of pregnancy.
I was pretty impressed with the fact that everything I was sent actually fit me! They definitely sent me pieces that work with a growing belly.
First I’ll share the two dresses I picked out myself— a beautiful white tunic with crochet/lace detail (also comes in a beautiful bright coral color) and a striped tunic with a high neckline.
The white tunic is a beautiful, well-made piece that’s perfect for summer. It’s a nice cotton material and it’s lined too, which is essential if you’re going to wear it as a dress. On my 5’10 frame with a pregnant belly, I can’t get away with wearing it as a dress other than to the beach or pool, but if you’re shorter than me and not hugely pregnant, it would be a perfect little boho-chic dress for spring and summer.
I also styled it with black skinny maternity pants so y’all could see how it looks as a tunic. I also think it would pair well with denim boyfriend shorts and distressed skinny jeans!
The second dress I picked out as part of my tote is a black and white striped swingy tunic. It’s actually a dress, but again, it’s pretty short on me so I also styled it with pants so you could see how it works as a top.
I was very happy with this piece as well! It’s simple, versatile and can be worn as both a dress in the summer and as a top if you’re tall or expecting.
The other pieces I was sent include a few tops and one dress. These are the surprise pieces that come as part of your tote and are based on your style profile and sizes, so no worries about inconsistencies there. All of the items I was sent are a size medium.
This blue top is cute, though I wish it were a bit longer. I will have to save this one for post-baby as it’s getting quite snug on my bump. But I like the color and style of the shirt!
This flutter-sleeve tunic was made for pregnancy. Plenty of room in the bust and belly area and it has a little bit of an open back which is a nice touch. The top is also lined, aside from the sleeves and has a fun paisley print.
This bicycle print dress gave me some pause when I first saw it. I didn’t initially have a positive reaction to it, but when I tried it on, I thought it was pretty cute and whimsical. Not something I can wear to work, but nice on a hot summer day with some flat sandals and a big hat.
Lastly, I was sent this loose top (which again, could totally be a dress if you’re about 5’2-5’5) and I wore it to a birthday party last Saturday. It’s super comfy, has a little stretch to it and the print is fun and bold. It’s not normally something I would pick out for myself in terms of the pattern, but I actually really liked it once I put it on. I would also LOVE this top in some solid colors to get me through the rest of my pregnancy.
Overall, this was a really fun service to try out and I especially like that it’s a mix of pick-your-own and surprise items. I think the surprise element of subscription services is what’s so fun about that box showing up at your door, but since I’m picky, I also enjoy getting to pick out a few items myself that I know I’ll love right off the bat.
GoldenTote has three pricing options— a $49 tote where you pick one item and get one item as a surprise (comes out to about $26 per item and you can add more items as a reduced cost if there’s something you really must have); a $99 surprise tote, where you get four items but don’t pick any out yourself and a $149 tote where you pick two items you love (the option I chose) and the rest are a surprise (5-6 items total). At about $26 per piece, you’re looking at about 50% off of retail prices.
Here are some of my current favorites from their offerings:
FTC disclaimer: I was gifted a tote from GoldenTote. I was not additionally compensated and these are my honest thoughts after experiencing the brand.