Newest Review: ... out of buying a new handbag (sad eh?) I cam across this handbag around a year ago whilst shopping around River Island. I love River Isl... more
A nice looking bag but only suitable for light or occasional use
River Island Oversized Cross Body Bag
Member Name: carlz2001uk
River Island Oversized Cross Body Bag
Advantages: Looks lovely, great price, zip fastening
Disadvantages: Attracts scuffs and scratches easily which cannot be wiped clean
Having a bit of 'a thing' for expensive Radley handbags, I occasionally appease my husband by opting for a much cheaper River Island alternate. They don't last long and I often find I get bored and go and buy another Radley anyway so its definitely a false economy! I liked the look of this cross body messenger style bag though and loved that it came in a few different colours. I eventually ended up buying it black and cream (on separate occasions!) so have had experience with two of the same bags. My thoughts are a little mixed and this is why.
To look at the bag, I cannot fault it in anyway. I've always preferred River Island as my favourite shop on the High Street, with just a few weird items thrown in here and there, the items for sale are often great value, well made and up to date in a fashion sense. I'm not the biggest follower of fashion, I know what I like but don't really try and conform to fashion, I just wear what I think suits me, and after years of buying handbags that don't suit my needs, I've come to realise that a cross body messenger is perfect to sling over my shoulder on the school run, or can be glammed up a little for a meal out. It fits in everything I need (purse, hairbrush, a few make up essentials and some crayons - for the girls, when an emergency tantrum is about to erupt!), and fits it in securely with zipped fastenings. My husband used to say I was a pick pocketers dream (?!) as I used to buy really big bags that would then have just a little clasp or fastening so weren't ever actually fastened.
This bag really does go with anything, it looks fab for a walk and stroll to the pub for tea with Welly's and a big coat, but it equally doesn't look out of place with my smart work clothes or skinny jeans and heels. I do prefer using some of my better (Radley!) bags for evenings but if I don't have time to swap the contents over, I know the bag will still go fine with my outfit.
At £25 you really can't go wrong, and I find they look like you have spent more than £25 on them. Quality wise they seem well made and sturdy, but my main gripe (and its a big one) is that they seem to wear really easily. The material doesn't come away at the seams or get holes in it, but it seems to attract scratches and marks. My stone /cream colour bag has just gone to the charity shop after only having it for a few months, and not many uses, as it was literally just covered in marks. I may try to spray the black one with some kind of sealant / protector as it just doesn't seem right that it should attract so much wear and tear when it feels / looks really well made.
At just over 40cm in width and length it's big enough that it can fit a fair amount of 'stuff' inside and we all know how women love to fill their bags with 'stuff'! I thought when I first bought it that it may be difficult to find things inside the bag but its really easy to find things. The pocket inside is handy for lose change, keys etc, and there is a front zipped pocket but I tend to only put things like lippy or lip balm in here as my husband has freaked me out that I'm going to get pick pocketed!
It is shower resistant and does wipe clean to some extent. I look after all of my handbags so I don't think it's my usage of the bag that is the issue. I would be interested to know if anyone else with this bag has had the same issues....
Summary: 3 stars