“ Brand: Accessorize / Type: Clutch „
WHAT IS IT?
A large clutch bag from Accessorize in a floral print with gold shoulder strap and magnetic closure.
Very Cath Kidson in style with a delicate floral print covering the clutch bag. It has a strong magnetic closure but no zipper underneath the clutch flap, the closure will hold the bag tightly closed but if you put too much into the bag this can come open unexpectedly so a zipper would be a good addition. There is one pocket inside the clutch and this zips up but it is a very small pocket so is only useful for storing little items. A slim gold chain is attached to the bag to transform it into a shoulder bag, the chain can be tucked inside the clutch when you are not using it in this way.
WHAT DO I THINK
This is a good clutch to use if you are going out to lunch because it is smart and on trend with its floral theme. My large purse does not fit inside comfortably but I have a ladies wallet in a similar floral design so use that instead, it is a flat wallet so the bag will stay closed when that is inside. I always carry my iPhone and small keyring with two keys attached, lipstick and mascara will slot it but I missed being able to carry my perfume because the bottle is too wide.
The pocket is big enough to hold your Oyster card or credit card if you're using a small purse, the zipper is good quality as is the rest of the bag. The gold chain strap is delicate so doesn't look tacky but I prefer to use the bag as a clutch because the styling is not suited to be worn against the body. This clutch was £20 and I bought it to match an outfit, that's a good price for a quality clutch but because it doesn't match many other outfits I haven't used it much so it's not value for money for me.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
I love visiting Accessorize because I feel it is full of good quality yet beautiful little bits. I visit most often to purchase jewellery, and although I do already own a couple of their bags, I do find that sometimes they can be a little overpriced, and cheaper alternatives can be found in other high street stores. However, when I popped into the store a few months ago, my eyes lit up when I saw their summer floral printed clutch bag. I wrote it on my birthday wish list, and I was lucky enough to have received this as a gift.
The price of this bag is £25.00 which is quite steep for a clutch bag, however mine was purchased in a sale meaning it was half price at only £12.50 which I think is fairly good pricing. I have checked the website just and it has gone back up to full price unfortunately, but it is still worth paying if you really love the bag.
Firstly, I must begin in saying that the picture online and on this review really does not do the bag justice. When I saw it instore I fell in love with it, however it did not stand out to me when I checked on the website. It is definitely one of those bags which is just more beautiful in real life. I am usually not a fan of clutch bags, and this is because I like to carry heaps of things around with me as I am always on the go. This however is a larger clutch bag, meaning you can fit quite a bit in for a simple clutch. I manage to squeeze in my purse, tissues, keys and other little bits and it closes up fine. Obviously if you are someone who carries quite a lot around with you then this is not recommended.
The bag itself has a lovely, floral pattern to it, which is quite striking in real life. It is a whitey cream shade all over, and then the floral hints are blues and pinks making it absolutely perfect for the summer months. I personally think it is a great day bag, however it is extremely versatile in that you can use it for the night to. Although you can not see it on the image and it is not displayed on the website, but the bag actually comes with a gorgeous, long gold chain to put it over your shoulder. I personally prefer to carry a bag on my shoulder rather than clutch on to it, therefore this has proved useful with me, and really makes it look like an expensive bag. The bag is a flap over clutch, and there is a little gold circle where it pops into place, meaning it is quite secure. Unfortunately, there is not a zip to close up the main compartment of the bag which would make it more secure, but as the bag is quite sturdy, it does mean that nothing will fall out, so long as you have clasped it shut properly. There is a small zip compartment inside the bag, but to be honest I never use it as you can't fit a great amount within it. Overall, as far as the design of the bag goes I am extremely pleased with it. The image really doesn't do it justice as it is just so beautiful, and great for a girly girl in the summer.
I have found this bag to be extremely versatile. Despite being floral, it is not so over the top that you can not combine it with other prints. I think this looks great with a day dress, perhaps a tea dress. You could also team it up with a skirt to give a summery, girly look. I also like to wear this with jeans and heels as I think it looks great, and it is also versatile enough to wear of the night. I do recommend that you use the chain and wear it over your shoulder, simply because if you hold it as a clutch bag, I feel that it is quite large and the grip on it is not great, meaning it is a little uncomfortable. Other than that though, I am really happy.
This is a beautiful summer bag from Accessorize which is still available to buy (June 2012). I was lucky enough to have received it as a gift, and also when it was in the half price sale. It is a beautiful and versatile bag, therefore I would definitely recommend it to those who are into the floral pattern which is bang on trend at the moment. It is a shame about the price being £25.00, but apart from that I am really happy with this. Thanks for reading.