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I don't have many bags and I wanted a new one that I would wear across my body rather than on my shoulder. I wanted a smaller bag than what I already had so I could take it out with me when going out for a night out on the town. I have a few clutch bags but these are sometimes awkward as you have to hold them all the time. I decided to look on the New Look website to see what they had on there. I wanted a black bag so I choose this specific colour in the search and also selected across the body bags. This particular bag comes in black only and has a leather look to it. It's a square shaped bag but has slightly rounded edges to it. It doesn't look very wide so I'm not sure how much you would be able to fit in the bag; how-ever it looks big enough for what I need it for. The bag has a flap over the top of it which then has a nice gold buckle on the front. You don't need to undo the buckle to get into the bag as there is a gold popper which closes the flap to the bag and keeps it down. There is a zip around the edge of the flap of the front of the bag which has a tassel keychain to it for some added detail. The bag has a long strap which is adjustable so can be altered to suit you personally. The bags feel soft and it looks as though it's very well made and will last a good amount of time.
The flap on the bag is easy to open simply by undoing the popper. The zip around the flap of the bag actually prevents any items from falling out and also seals the main bag closed. The zip is easy to undo without any fabric or cotton getting stuck in the actual zip itself. The inside of the bag is lined with a black silky material and inside the bag are 2 pockets. One of the pockets which is located on the back side inside of the bag is big enough to fit a mobile phone. The small zip up pocket is on the opposite side is big enough to fit a few items in such a money, bank card or even some items of make-up such as eyeliner, mascara and a compact powder. The main part of the inside of the bag fits my camera, a small purse and my asthma inhalers in which is what I need when I go out into town. You would also be able to fit some others small items in there such as keys and other items such as a small mirror and other accessories.
I have used the bag a few times when going down to the local pub or a night out on the town. The strap to the bag is quite thin, but it's very comfortable to wear either on my shoulder or across the body which is what the bag was designed for. The bag is easy to open and close due to the popper being magnetic which means the popper stays in place keeping the flap of the bag down. In terms of getting items out of the bag this is easy, when you are in a suitable light, how-ever when it's dark you can't really see into the bag as the length of the bag includes the flap of the bag as well so you have to put your whole hand in the bag in order to get an item out. This can be a bit awkward and slightly fiddly at times. If you happen to be looking for a small item in the bag you have to feel around in the bag as when you look inside the bag you can't really see much.
As the bag is black it goes well with a number of different outfits, whether it's casual or slightly more dressed up. I can fit everything I need in the bag and even if it does look a little bulky the bag stays shut due to the magnetic popper. Even if the magnetic popper didn't hold the bag shut I know the items inside wouldn't fall out due to the zip being on the flap of the bag which sits on the front of the bag. I'll only use the bag occasionally so it will last me a good amount of time before it starts to show any wear. The bag can be wiped with a damp cloth if needed. In terms of value I think the bag was very reasonable priced at £9.99. I don't like to spend lots of money on bags or designer bags so this was the perfect price range for me. I am going to take 1 star off the bag due to how fiddly it is, but apart from that it's a good quality bag and also looks good.