Compared to the mesh hampers that you see around the laundry rooms on campus, my fabric one is positively stylish. I spent a few days without it and I quickly realized the indispensable role that it plays in my dorm decor. It prevented the pile of dirty clothes on the bottom of my closet, and it does it in a pretty decent looking way! My Mum threw it in my suitcase before I left for freshman year, and I was skeptical, but it proved to be a godsend.