Keep or return?

River Island gave me a £100 voucher at their press day months ago and the expiry date is fast approaching. As I’m zooming off to New York on Thursday I thought I’d better hurry up and spend the voucher or knowing me I’d miss my chance altogether. Boy, did I have trouble finding anything decent. River Island has a habit of throwing all sorts of excessive embellishment on everything. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with a bit of Swarovski (Lord knows there was enough of it at the shows), but everything in ‘River’ is just covered in stuff. The shoes were actually really good if you’re brave enough to try the uber-precarious 6-inch cone heels (I’m not) but the clothes were just way too budget-looking for me (hey, I’m way over 25 and I’m a snob). In the end I plumped for a belt, some jeans, a bangle, some sweets and this bag. It feels like it’s made out of satin-covered cardboard and the blinged-up logo is obviously way OTT. Yet, something tells me it could look OK if I roughed it up a bit rather than actually pretending it’s anything like a real 2.55. I love the colour and the size is bigger than a real Chanel thus actually usuable (my candy-pink Chanel is beautiful but hopelessly impractical). Chances are though, it will all end up going back (minus the sweets) and I’ll give the credit note to my sister. What would you do – keep or return?

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16 Responses to Keep or return?

  1. pretty face says:

    They do some nice coats don’t they?
    The bag could be reallly cute but I don’t know that I’d be brave enough to wear it!

  2. Make Do and Mend says:

    Mm – I’m becoming such a snob too about certain high street stores, well most actually – not heartin’ the bag but understand your reasoning. Use it for NY

  3. Sal says:

    Hm, I’d return it. There’s GOTTA be some more jewelry at River Island that’ll read better … right?

  4. Becky says:

    I love River Island but that’s because I’m an unabashed tack merchant. However, I’d advise removing the R. I. initials and gluing/sewing a motif of your own on it. Though that might, um, destroy the bag a little. Either that or take it back back back. There are some nice long leather gloves and, woolly hats, scarves and whatnot.


  5. WendyB says:

    I vote for return.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Return….sorry but I think it’s too garish…

  7. Queen Michelle says:

    You will NEVER carry this bag. That logo will always put you off from taking out of the house. Return it.

  8. Rollergirl says:

    These comments are hilarious, clearly some of you know me better than myself. Back it goes then I guess!

  9. etoilee8 says:

    I’m late to the party but if you could just rip those Rs right off the bag, it might be alright. I could NEVER find anything for myself at River Island. The pickings were always really slim and somehow they had a knack for ruining a good item by making it a tad bit tacky. Okay, I’m gonna shut my bitchy mouth, now.

  10. Sarah Edwina Rose says:

    Know exactly what you mean about River Island; often I have picked up a nice looking top, only to find a grotesque diamante creation on the back!

    As for the bag, I can see how it would work..everyone needs a little bling somewhere in life

  11. Zow says:

    “Vulgarity is a very important
    ingredient in life.”

    I hate river island clothes, they do indeed ruin something perfectly nice with innappropriate sparkle or writing. But this bag should be kept! Its trashy and GREAT

  12. Sharron says:

    Take it back or give to your teenage cousin (if you have one) for Xmas! This is from someone who was on the Chanel website last night! Anyway, my teenage daughter went to Bluewater yesterday and picked up a basic long sleeve navy t-shirt in R.I. – god knows why, but it will be fine for layering in winter or weekends lounging around in jeans when everything is covered by a coatwhen you go out anyway, so maybe some basic t-shirts for you?

  13. Super Kawaii Mama says:

    Return. I’m seeing visions of J Lo, Beyonce and co with that number. Return and spread the love I say.

  14. Glowing Doll says:

    They do indeed throw silly enbellishments on everything.

    I did manage to get a half-way decent pencil skirt there but I don’t think I’d ever go back.

    Can’t honestly say that I’d know what to do with that £100 voucher either. Maybe I would buy 20 pairs of tights (in various colours) and two pairs of glittery wellies?

  15. FabSugarUk says:

    I actually saw this bag the other day and couldn’t decide if I loved or hated it. I do agree with Becky and suggest removing the R. They sometimes have surprisingly nice shoes.

  16. Anonymous says:

    It’s dreadful and I don’t think that this has any place in our nice little home!

    What happened? Please just give it to someone…

    D x

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