Friday, August 12, 2011

Quick Review - Darlington Disappointment

My fall orders have been slowly rolling in (everything seems to be on backorder this time around!) and I recently got my hands on the Darlington Satchel in Indigo.



AudreyBella did a great review of the bag over at Life is Short...Buy the Shoes and she really loved it. Me? Not so much.

And here's why - it's not big enough!!!! I like my bags BIG (ask Rosa, Dina, and Drewablank) and this bag really isn't much bigger than an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper. The online measurements are listed as 9"H x 14"W x 4 1/2"D, but the pictures made it seem big enough for my needs. Well, I should have paid more attention to those measurements because there is no way you can get more than a few files, a wallet, and an ipad/kindle in here. My laptop barely fit, and it's small and very slim. And for a girl that has been trained by many years in grad school that bags must hold EVERYTHING, that just doesn't cut it!

So although the bag is a beautiful color (it's a little darker with a more navy cast IRL than in the online pictures) and well constructed (see AudreyBella's great pics), it just wasn't for me. If you don't carry lots with you on a daily basis though, it might be worth tracking down - the indigo and light camel color are currently sold out online, while the black is still available.

35 comments:

  1. That purse is amazing! I love it

    xo Ashleigh

    www.thedaileigh.blogspot.com

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  2. I have the same problem looking for bags! Such a pretty color though :)
    La Petite Marmoset

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  3. I love big bags as well. However, the color is gorgeous!

    xx

    Erin @ http://www.trufflesnruffles.com/

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  4. I'm with ya! Unless I'm toting a clutch, I like my bags large and in charge!

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  5. so cute! i love the color

    love from San Francisco,
    Britt+Whit

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  6. too bad it wasn't big enough, it's so cute!

    GTBB,
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  7. indigo is such a great colour: perfect with a lot of outfits. very cute bag
    Have a nice day
    Sara C.

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  8. The color looks so great in this photo- I would have been disappointed to discover that it was really closer to Navy. That's the risk of online shopping, for apparel, I much rather touch and interact with my purchases- plus its my major form of cardio!

    Liv @ bklynlifestyle.blogspot.com

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  9. The bag looks great & I love the color!!! Size is very important when it comes to handbags & if it's not large enough for your daily lifestyle- it has to be returned....
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  11. Hey there, would you then recommend a better bag for a fellow grad school student? I won't be toting my lap top every day but definitely need space. I live in NYC and will be out of my house all day and walking/subwaying a lot. Any advice you have is greatly appreciated!

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  13. Give me this bag. Seriously. It's so gorgeous. Just look at the color and the structure! Perfection.

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  14. Oooo if that bag can barely fit a laptop then it is time for it to go... I like something that is sleek and compact, that can fit everything that I need and you are right, it looks like it'd hold it but it is deceivingly small. So sorry!

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  15. Love this bag! very cute!

    xoxo Denise

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  16. cute bag
    love the color

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  17. OH,the bag looks great though.
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  18. Nice colour!

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  19. im with you - i carry around WAY too much

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  20. BEAUTIFUL!!! so Proenza Schouler like!

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  21. I like big bags too! But the colour is gorgeous

    -Laura xox
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  22. I need a big bag too, so I totally feel your pain. It's cute for weekends though when there isn't as much stuff to truck around.

    I hope to meet you at the next meetup, this was my first one and it was so much fun.

    Miranda
    www.indcfashion.com

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  23. I ordered a very similar one from Asos...I hope it's big enough!

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  24. Yeah I love it too, but I get your point. Girls need big bags. Well said and good decision I guess!
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  26. I hate it when a bag won't fit everything :(
    But maybe you can use it as your going out to a casual place bag? Like a casual lunch or dinner, when you don't need EVERYTHING with yout... because the color is beautiful and the shape is a favorite of mine :D

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  27. I agree color is beautiful, thanks for your review!
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  30. I'm not sure how tall you are, but was the strap long enough to do across the body?

    thanks!
    dea

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