I know that I've done a short review on the Thompson Metallic Tote when I first bought it but I wanted to take this opportunity to do another review now that I've actually used it.
As you can see from Today's Outfit, I carried the Thompson Tote for the first time. I should start by saying... WOW! It is ever one BRIGHT piece! Don't get me wrong. I love Bright. I love Shiny.... no different than a Crow loves anything that glitters in the sun. But this bag is S-H-I-N-Y!!! And does attract quite a bit of attention. So, if you're comfortable with the attention, then this is the Bag for you!
The size is great. I was able to stick a few business folders into it for my meeting today. The lack of pockets really doesn't bother me much. But the Thompson Tote is exactly that.... A Tote. Meaning it's best carried on your arm (by the crook of your elbow) or in your hand. Due to how short the straps are, it really doesn't fit over your shoulders and under your arms. I'm fine with carrying my bags on my arm and in hands, so this doesn't bother me. But if you're one of those who only like your bags over your shoulders, then this is NOT the bag for you!
So far, we've established that I like the size, the style and the color. However, there are a couple of things that I'm not crazy about but I can live with.
Firstly, this bag does not stand up on it's own. It's kinda like a jelly-fish. It's got no back-bones or structure to it so it kinda flops over. It does not stand on it's own. Although I kind of suspected this, it didn't dawn on me how flimsy it was until I took all of the stuffing out of it - the stuffing was the stuff that made it stand up straight. Anyway, at the client meeting, I had to essentially stick this bag behind me on the chair (so that it was between me and the back of the chair). I tried standing it up against the table, but it kinda flopped all over like a big jello-mess. Since it looked really strange lying there in a metallic pool, stuck it behind me. It still flopped over - but since it was behind me, no one could really see how floppy it was.
Secondly, J Crew should really have lined this bag. You see, everywhere I go, I carry a Purse-Hook with me. The purse hook is used to hang my purse so that I do not need to put it on the floor. Anyway, the purse hook sits in a velvet pouch. When I got the office and realize that I needed to hang my tote, I pulled out my purse hook pouch to only find it covered with white leather rubbings. Yes, the inside of the bag had rubbed off onto my velvet pouch. I hadn't expected that and found it rather strange and was slightly irritated by it.
Other than these 2 items, I really love my bag. So did my mom - for she came to visit me after work today. So, if you're asking, would I buy my bag again had I known some of its flaws, the answer would be a resounding YES! Definitely! I love the color, the size and the style.
Do you own the Thompson Tote? What color do you have it in? Do you love it? What don't you love about it? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this bag. :)
Be sure to return tomorrow when I review the Claudia Crackle Metallic Pumps.