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 new "daily essentials" bag
I now have 3 of these bags, and would consider more! I love a nice crossbody bag, and this one looks great. It looks small, but holds a lot. In it right now I have: Kiss and Snap wallet, small cosmetic, iphone(with snap on case) VB readers in readers case, sunglasses in cloth bag, checkbook and keys. I love it for shopping and running errands.
April 17, 2013
I thought this purse would work for me but it didn't. Was disappointed in the lack of "flat area" in the bottom. I guess the rounded bottom corners are supposed to expand but there seems to be a lot of material bunched up there. Needs zippered pockets inside and a large one on the outside back. Anything put in the open interior pockets ends up slipping out. Will have to return.
April 16, 2013
Here Fishy, Fishy. . .
If you like to fish, then Clare is the purse for you! The overall lack of interior pockets makes for the ultimate fishing-through-your-purse experience. There are only two interior pockets, one is narrower than the other. The larger of the two can fit a pocket sized notepad or a Vera Bradley coin purse. The smaller is perfect for pens or eye-glasses (if they aren't in a case). There are two pockets on the front of the purse, one slip and one magnetic. The slip pocket is nice for a cell phone, and both front pockets can easily hold a Vera Bradley coin purse, but not at the same time.
Overall, I love this bag. It rides nicely as a cross-body or an over-the-shoulder bag, It is comfortable, although if it is very full, it can be a bit awkward, due to the 4in. or so depth. Clare can hold a ton of stuff, but you will be fishing for things. For instance, I can fit my journal, Kindle Fire in its case, four Vera Bradley coin purses full of various items, pens, hand sanitizer, Vera Bradley eye glass case, mini sunscreen and lotion, and a lot of other little nick-nacks. However, if my Chapstick decides to take a vacation to the inner depths of the purse, I will have to fish for it. With all that said, though, I highly recommend this purse. it's a keeper!
April 15, 2013
Great on the go
I just purchased this the other day, wanted something that was a good mommy on the go bag. I was loving the Tutti Frutti pattern and the fact this could be worn crossbody style which is just perfect for me. I love the two other pockets I keep keys, cell phone and package of kleenex in there. The inside is a large compartment I can carry my full size wallet small cosmetic purse, treats, baby wipes.
I would buy more in other colors of this bag and would recommend it hold alot and is comfortable to carry, doesn't look out of shape if packed full.
March 31, 2013
My best friend and I bought these for each other for our birthdays in early March. We both love how much of our "mess" (as we call it!) from our other purses we can fit in it! That was our main concerned but this purse is roomie without looking chunky.
The other thing, which I LOVE, is the width and softness of the strap. Being a crossbody, it sometimes pulls on the wrong spot of your shoulder and hurts, but this purse doesn't hurt.
I would definitely recommend this to absolutely anyone.
March 30, 2013
I bought this as a present for my best friend in ''Summer Cottage'' and she liked it but she liked her hipster better because it was too small to fit everything that her hipster can fit. the credit card holders are very cool to have and I guess it's an okay purse but I highly recommend the hipster more
March 29, 2013
Love this one
I was looking for a bag that would hold a lot, yet not be too heavy to carry or lose its shape. I bought the clare just to have a different type of bag and instantly fell in love. I put in a notepad, chapstick, my umbrella, sunglasses case, coin purse, lock wallet, personal things, hand sanitizer, lotion, and a few other little things. Everything fit in the clare and didn't make the purse look over stuffed. Best of all, I could still access everything inside without having to spend hours digging! I love it and plan to get more of these. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a smaller purse that holds a lot of things.
March 15, 2013
I went on a fun shopping trip with my sister and was going to buy a little hipster until I saw this beauty. I am in love with crossbody bags and when I realized this was one, I had to have it. I love how it will hold a lot of stuff and even has a small place in the front to hold a phone! They didn’t have it in midnight blues so I got it in dogwood and I don’t regret it! If you are looking for a purse that holds a lot more than a little hipster but don’t want anything big like a mailbag, then this purse is definitely for you!
March 13, 2013
love love love this bag!!!!!
I own quite a few VB bags and was looking for a new one. I bought the clare bag in "ribbons" for my sister for christmas. While it was sitting in my room waiting for me to ship it out i was looking at it everyday and thought i might pick up one for myself. I was thinking it may be a bit too big since I am used to the hipster but it ended up being perfect!!! It is now my go to bag!!! I love it soo much I am purchasing a few more in different patterns so I can have a variety!!!!
March 12, 2013