Fantastic for Travel
I recently took a study abroad trip to England and Scotland for three weeks. I carried this purse every single day and it was absolutely fabulous. The crossbody style was perfect because I never had to worry about having to hang on to it or setting it down and leaving it somewhere. Many of my fellow classmates carried small backpacks, but worried about pickpockets. Not me, because my bag was always where I could see it.
This bag also has plenty of room. It was just large enough to fit my composition book for on-site assignments, my camera, travel hairbrush, pens, coin purse, phone, headphones, small water bottle, kindle, and makeup and still have room to spare for things such as small souvenirs. I could even fit my rain jacket in there as well on the few days we weren't sure if it would rain (otherwise, I was always wearing it), although that made the purse look stuffed. It could get heavy with all of these things in it, so I usually just carried my notebook, brush, phone, and coin purse. Just understand that it was capable of holding all of these things when I needed them.
The front slip pocket was perfect for my phone and other things I needed quick access to. Be careful with the magnetic closure, though. I accidentally demagnetized my Underground pass while sliding it into that pocket, as well as one of my hotel key cards. But that only happened because I was silly enough to slide the cards directly over the magnet. I should have known better.
I still carry this bag all the time now that I'm back home. After all this time, it still shows barely any wear. I absolutely love it and plan to carry it for a long time.
July 25, 2012
My favorite cross body bag
I have many Vera bags and love them all. Clare is one of my favorites. I own the Clare cross body in a dozen colors and use them all. The Clare is small enough to be comfortable to carry yet large enough to fit all my daily goodies. I am disappointed this style is being discontinued. Still love Vera though and own so many of their bags and accessories that I could open my own boutique! Vera Bradley bags are the only type I carry.
July 4, 2014
Have this in 4 designs. Will buy in any new colors.
June 28, 2014
I honestly can't believe they are getting rid of Clare. It is easily my favorite crossbody purse and have have at least four of them in different patterns. I'm so sad to this amazing purse go.
June 26, 2014
My Favorite Everyday Crossbody
I love this bag. Since the style is retired I bought 4 patterns!!! I was going to give one to a friend but she might just have to get her own because I don't know if I can part with any of them.
The size is just what I need. I can fit my strap wallet, which is love as well, and my 7" tablet and there's still room if I need to take a small cosmetic bag and umbrella. My galaxy phone fits nicely in the outside slip pocket, keys usually go in the inside slip pocket or under the outside pocket under the flap OMG this bag is so easy for me to organize. The small inside slip pocket is nice for lipstick. I have larger bags like the Glenna, Laura, and Emily Satchel for when I need to carry everything in the house but Clare is certainly perfect for everyday outings. And it looks super cute too. Recommend this more than the Hipster which was too flat for my taste.
June 6, 2014
Nice bag.....love it!
What a great bag. It holds all that I need without being bulky and heavy. Fits comfortably on the shoulder and I don't feel the weight of the bag. I like the outside pockets; one for cell and the other for incidentals. The inside has slip pockets to help keep organized. I have a medium sized cosmetic bag which fits nicely inside. Really like this bag so much that I went back for two more. Fortunately, a VB outlet went in across the street and I'm in Vera heaven:)
May 28, 2014
Not a good shoulder bag
Clare is a roomy, accommodating crossbody bag that will hold 3-dimensional items, unlike LIzzy or Hipster. The strap is wide and is comfortable when the bag is loaded, but is too long to use as a shoulder bag. When fully extended it is 55 " but it only shortens to about 29", and the drop length to the TOP of the bag when it is empty is at least 15". I like a shoulder bag to rest between my arm and my waist for security and comfort and this wide bag falls to my hip, which doesn't look good and bounces when I walk. I know there are many women who need or want extra-long straps, but for me, at 5'4", Clare does not work as a shoulder bag.
May 24, 2014
Best Bag Ever!
I have the Clare in three patterns because I love it so much. It's the perfect size, and I can wear it as a shoulder bag or a crossbody. I came back to get one in Flower Shower, but it isn't available. It looks like it's being discontinued since all the patterns are on sale. I hope I'm wrong. Grab this one while you can! You'll love it too!
May 24, 2014
Clare in Canyon
I got this purse recently as a smaller bag for when I am out with my kids. This purse can hold a full size wristlet/wallet and still have plenty of room. I love the canyon pattern, it can go with a lot of things and doesn't stand out. The slip pocket on the front holds an iphone or even a samsung galaxy s4, however the gs4 sticks out of the top. Usually I keep on eye on the slip pocket and if I can't keep an eye on it than I will put my phone in the main part of the bag. I have a larger bag that I take when I need to have a lot of stuff with me. For trips where I don't need a lot of things with me, this bag is awesome. It is soft, compact and simple. Great purse!
May 4, 2014
Why did I wait so long...?
This was the first bag that I wanted when I started shopping Vera Bradley, but I kept purchasing other bags instead of the Clare. I finally picked it up in Ribbons and I haven't been disappointed with it. It is easily my favorite because I need a medium-sized crossbody purse.
It holds my small VB cosmetic bag, sleek and chic wallet, pens, calculator, Zip ID case, VB coin purse, phone and hand sanitizer with room to spare.
The pleated, expandable bottom is one of my favorite features of this bag. It is not hard and rectangular like other bags.
An updated style with more zippers would be wonderful!
May 2, 2014