“ Manufacturer: Asos / Type: Clutch „
Like most girls I love clothes, and I just can't seem to stop myself from placing regular orders with online super-retailer www.ASOS.com. I came across this bag through one of ASOS's style guide emails and decided to wait a little for it to go in the sales before I made my purchase! This Squiggle Toggle Clutch is part of the ASOS Collection and had the original RRP of £25.00. I bought it at a reduced price of £17.50 (which I thought was good at the time!) and now it's been even further reduced to just £7.50.
Product description: "Featuring a half-moon main, with zip top closure, contrast pocket to the front with toggle fastening, and silver-tone detailing, in a sports style."
Thanks to the huge buzz around the Olympics in London this year, a lot of the summer fashions have been taking inspiration from this event and adding a modern, sporty edge to daywear and evening outfits. As well as being a big fan of the "sports luxe" look, I like some of the colour combinations that are popular within this style, my favourite being monochrome shades like black, white or grey, teamed with a bright pop of neon colour. I really like the overall style of this bag as it does have a sporty look to it and the design is quite clean and simple looking. It has a white coloured main section with a bright yellow front pocket, and details are picked out in black such as the zip across the top of the bag, and the toggle across the front pocket.
The bag is a clutch, and it has no handle or strap to carry it with. It's somewhat larger than most clutch bags, and is very roomy inside. I've used this during the day and there is plenty of room to fit all my bits and pieces for going to town during the day, including my purse, sunglasses, keys, make-up and even a mini umbrella. The main problem is that even though the bag is nice and spacious inside, there is no structure to the shape of the bag and it does not hold its form properly. Because there is no handle, there are two ways that I might carry this bag. If I haven't crammed too much stuff inside the bag and it's still considerably light to carry, I'll pinch the top section by the zip between my fingers and thumb and let it dangle down beside me. If there's more inside for me to carry and it's getting a bit heavy, I will scoop it up into the palm of my hand and rest it against my hip to balance it and give a better hold. Neither of these methods look particularly dainty! The shape of the bag is a bit too bulky to be neatly tucked underneath my arm as I might do with an evening clutch bag. It would be much easier to carry if the shape was slightly different, or if the body of the bag had a proper structure to it so that there was a proper section to grip onto and get a good secure hold of the bag. As it is, I juggle the bag around a lot when I'm out and about carrying it, and it can become awkward if I'm holding other things and then trying to balance the bag while I open it to get my purse out or something similar.
On the outside, the yellow front section is a wide pocket which is secured by a toggle closure. This really does not seem safe enough for my liking, and there is not very much room to put anything inside. I have never actually used this pocket as I was too worried about having things drop out of it and losing them, so I just enjoy the coloured pocket as a decorative feature. On the inside, there are two open pocket sections at the front which are big enough to hold my mobile phone and my travel cards neatly, which makes them easily accessible. The main section of the bag is spacious, and the full length zip allows for the mouth of the bag to open up fully so that you can put things in without having to manoeuvre it into the right position.
The bag is made of a faux leather material, and considering that it is a bright white colour it has done the incredible job of not getting marked of scuffed while I've been using it! I was a bit dubious about the white material as I thought it would easily show up any little marks or damage through general usage, but it is still in good condition now, over 4 months since I first bought it. On the negative side, I have found that because the bag is a clutch design, holding this faux leather fabric directly in my hand for long(ish) periods of time can cause my hand to get really clammy - eww! This is especially true during the spells of hot, sunny weather we've been having on and off. This is not a nice feeling but can't really be avoided. It's a little annoying as I think it's a summery looking bag that suits being used during the day, and I can find it quite uncomfortable to be holding the clutch in my sweaty icky hand when I'm out and about.
Overall, I'm not 100% sure about the Squiggle Toggle Clutch bag. I think it looks great and I love the style and the colours. It's also good for holding a decent amount of stuff and it's a nice, neat alternative to having to carry around an oversized handbag when something more compact like this suits the occasion. However, the flexible shape of the bag and the lack of handle makes it difficult to hold onto securely and it is often quite impractical and difficult to use. I would say it's worth the current heavily reduced price, but it's not something that I can use frequently and I have to really consider where I'm going and exactly what I'm doing before I decide to use this bag.
WHAT IS IT?
A sport style polyurethane clutch bag.
The bag is very plastic looking and a funny size so that it is hard to find an occasion to carry it. It looks very much like a wash bag because of the material used and the shape. My Squiggle Toggle bag is white with a bright yellow panel pocket at the front, the pocket fastens in a scrunch motion with a plastic toggle and the main bag has a zipper running along the top.
WHEN WOULD YOU USE THIS BAG?
I don't know, I have only used mine one time and didn't like it. I didn't feel comfortable holding it in my hand and there is no shoulder strap so if you used it for an evening out you would have to hold it in your hands. It is very casual so wouldn't suit any kind of smart clothing or occasion but it is too casual for my style of dress so I carried it to a gym function when I had deliberately wore sport style clothes including trainers.
It would be good as a holiday bag if you're going to spend a lot of the at the pool or beach because of it being so shiny and the colour is a good holiday colour. You wouldn't feel out of place carrying it while wearing your swimsuit or a sarong over a bikini top, it's not waterproof but will keep splashes off your things and is big enough to hold your book, ipod, purse and other things that you'll need to take to the beach with you. I don't think many people would want to use it or work or nights out.
WHAT I THINK
There is a lot of room inside this clutch but it is not structured so things get very messy inside. I use a small coin purse and it gets lost in the bag, I miss there being a pocket for my phone because that too drops to the bottom of the clutch and I can't find it quickly enough when it rings. The zipper is smooth and never sticks or catches on the loose lining, the toggle closes the front pocket quite tightly but not enough that I would ever place my phone or valuable items in there.
I keep my Squiggle Toggle clutch as a make up bag now because it wipes clean and the polyester lining can be cleaned with a wet cloth and doesn't take long to dry. It's on sale on ASOS for £7.50 and that is very cheap if you like the design, I paid £14 on impulse and it wasn't until I got home I saw it was too skater style for my age and personality. There is no structure to is so after I had used it just the first time I saw how saggy the clutch had gone and can't think how any woman would be comfortable carrying it unless they usually wear sporty or very on trend clothing.
3 Dooyoo Stars.