Review: Radley DNA Cross Body Bag

When I was asked if I wanted to do a review of a Radley bag, I will let you guess how many seconds it took me to agree. Not many is the answer.


I have always been a Radley fan, as one of my older sisters owns a ridiculous number of their bags and purses. Until Radley contacted me though, I owned zero Radley items. Being a stay at home parent for so many years, I haven’t treated myself to much over the years. My money has been spent on the boys and boring things like bills.


So my excitement was pretty huge when I learned that Radley would like to work with me. They sent me the most gorgeous bag. The DNA medium zip-top cross body bag.


Radley DNA cross body bag by the sea


Isn’t she beautiful?! The beauty of the DNA bag I think is that although it is Radley, it is a more relaxed style than I am used to seeing from them. With the grey and the pops of colour all over, this bag really does look summery.


It also looks casual enough to wear at one of my favourite places Land’s End. In case you wondered, yes I did get odd looks photographing a bag in public. However, I couldn’t think of a much more gorgeous back drop than the Cornish coast line.


I found a new use for the handbag on our walk as well. My camera bag is huge, which isn’t that great for walking long distances. However I discovered that the DNA bag is the perfect size for popping my Nikon D3300 in with a small cloth to protect it from the inner zip. Not only that, but the two little pockets at the back are perfect for popping my lens cap in to when I’m not using it.


Radley DNA bag - back of the bag


I really like the little pockets at the back, they are so easy to access. They are however against your body, which makes them safer to use and not worry about pickpockets.


The strap is a very soft material and long enough to wear across the body. It can also be shortened easily and worn on my shoulder. I love this versatility and it was comfortable to carry. Especially considering we had a long walk and I carried it for a lot of hours.


I think my only disappointment with the bag, was the lack of Radley dog tag on it. You can however order one of these online separately if you wish. However considering the more casual tone of the bag, I can see why they didn’t include one. I may just have to buy another Radley bag soon so that I can have a little dog…. any excuse.


Radley DNA bag pattern


I like that they still got the traditional Radley dog in the design though. There are a few in the outer bag pattern and one on the zip compartment inside the bag.


If you want to see more photos of the bag to gauge the size, you can find it on the Radley website in the Cross Body Bags section. Their site has photos of their bags being held by people, which is great as sometimes when buying a bag online, it is so hard to work out the size of them.


I can honestly say that I love my new bag and it will be getting a lot of use. I may have to hide it from my sister though, who is heavily hinting to borrow it…


Stevie x

I was sent the item in this post for the purpose of this review, but all thoughts and opinions as ever are honest and my own.
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  1. 21 August 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Ooh my! I am the biggest Radley fan. I have quite a few. You lucky thing and what a gorgeous bag x

  2. 24 August 2016 / 6:04 am

    Love it! I have one Radley bag, but I don’t get to use it much anymore as id like to. I love this more relaxed style from them. It’s a perfect mum bag X

  3. 24 August 2016 / 6:16 pm

    I’m not a fan of designer things at all, but I really love this bag. Mind you, your photos do make it look particularly amazing!

  4. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby
    26 August 2016 / 8:04 am

    What a lovely bag, looks gorgeous and the colour is beautiful. I have not owned a Radley bag either but I’m a fan of big bags or cross bag as they’re so easy to carry and can put a lot of things in it. Great Review. #PicknMix

  5. 26 August 2016 / 2:57 pm

    Its a gorgeous bag Stevie! Lucky you. When Im down you can throw some hints and I’ll help you persuade Si to get you another one :) xx #picknmix

  6. Sarahbel
    26 August 2016 / 4:29 pm

    Oooh my mum loves Radley bags and this is very much her style (we call her Glam-ma). It’s her birthday next month so I think we now know what she’ll be getting! #picknmix

  7. 26 August 2016 / 10:57 pm

    I love Radley bags, and have a few which I blame on living 20 minutes away from a Radley outlet store. This looks gorgeous but yes it needs a Radley dog tag as I think they are always my favourite part of the bag lol x

  8. 27 August 2016 / 5:58 pm

    I know a few people who adore Radley bags but I don’t use one myself. I didn’t even know they did styles like this which is lovely, I may have to go and check out the website! Thanks! #picknmix

  9. 27 August 2016 / 8:14 pm

    What a gorgeous bag, Radley’s bags look like they last along time as well X #picknmix

  10. 29 August 2016 / 10:28 am

    A really like Radley and I currently own a Radley purse however, like you, most of money is spent on Mia and so I haven’t bought anything in ages for myself! I love this bag, really good colours to suit any outfit and I like the fact you can fit a decent amount inside! :)


  11. 30 August 2016 / 12:11 pm

    To be honest they are a little bit to expensive for me at least for now but of course they doing pretty bags and maybe one day I will be able to check if they are as good as they look

  12. 30 August 2016 / 10:32 pm

    That bag is gorgeous. I love cross body bags – best for keeping hands free with the little ones – and you can’t go wrong with Radley! x

  13. 31 August 2016 / 8:14 am

    That is gorgeous! I love Radley too but also don’t own any lol! Thanks for sharing #picknmix

  14. 31 August 2016 / 1:59 pm

    Very jealous! That would have to be in my top five items I’ve been asked to review, had I been asked of course! #picknmix

  15. 1 September 2016 / 8:28 pm

    Oh wow how lovely, I’ve always wanted a Radley bag. Maybe one day! X