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 Absolute Favorite!
This is my absolute favorite of all Vera Bradley crossbodies! Just perfect size, not too small and not too big. It holds enough with all my necessities inluding my 350 ml water bottle. I got mine in Midnight blues pattern and so inlove. The outside magnetic flap pocket is just perfect for my smartphone. This is one of my best purchased!
April 12, 2014
I have a hard time finding a purse I like mostly because I have very slumpy shoulders and it's difficult finding something comfortable. And cute. I came to the site - on a whim - and found tons I liked, but really liked the look of this one. I bought it and just absolutely love it. I get a lot of compliments on it! Thanks!
April 5, 2014
I will miss you, Clare.
I see it hasn't been made in recent colors so that's means it's getting chopped. Well, that breaks my heart. I love this style! It holds so much and looks SO cute on on the hip. I would cross my fingers for a minor restyle. All it needs is a back zip pocket.
March 30, 2014
Bigger on the Inside
I have this bag in the Suzani pattern. When I first received the bag I was going to give it to my mother because it didn't look like it could hold all of the items that I needed. I decided to test it out before I gave it away and found that it can hold almost all of the things that I currently have in my frame bag! I wasn't expecting a cross body design to be able to hold that much! The only suggestion would be to add a smaller zippered compartment on the inside just to help with organization.
March 26, 2014
Love the Clare, by far my favorite Vera purse!
The Clare is a great purse! It is the perfect size and I can fit everything that I need in it. With a few of the other cute Vera accessories like the small cosmetic, coin purse and Euro wallet it always stays organized. I also love the front flap pocket; it is the perfect place to keep your cell phone always accessible. My only disappointment has nothing to do with the purse itself, but that it has not come out in any of the new colors. I think it would look so cute in the new Flower Shower pattern.
March 23, 2014
this bag is a perfect size it fits you wellet and keys there have a pocket on the outside for you cel phone
March 18, 2014
Perfect for me!!
I'm in my mid teens and I despise ourses but this Clare in Va Va Bloom is perfect for me! It's a perfect size to hold all my necessities I use it on an almost everyday basis because I'm so happy when I use it! good job Vera Bradley! (:(:(:(:(:
March 17, 2014
Smaller than I expected, but still nice.
I don't have any Vera Bradley stores near me so my only option is to shop online. As my first purchase I chose the Clare cross body purse in Plum Crazy. I LOVE the print (I'm already looking for other items in this color) but the purse was a tad bit smaller than I expected. I could only fit my wallet and very small cosmetics bag (also from Vera - the Mirror Cosmetic) in there and there wasn't room for anything else... maybe a pen but thats its. The cosmetic bag, by the way, barely fit anything in it. It should be more like an eyeglass case.
I slide my phone in the front pocket but the pocket with a flap really can't fit anything in it if you use the pocket behind that one (the one i put my phone in).
While i do need something a bit larger, i love the shape, style, and print of the Clare bag i chose. I just wish they had something in a similar shape that was larger.
March 15, 2014
Great - but it has pro's and con's to it
I love this purse- I have had it for about 2 years and am still using it often with nothing teared, ripped or broken. I also like the shape of the pockets and I also like it because it has an adjustable strap.
I got it in Monta Rouge! The only thing I don't like this purse is that it is kinda floppy...... but when you really use it and put a lot of stuff in it, you will find it sturdy enough.
February 9, 2014