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
I LOVE Clare! The best bag ever!
I have purchased three different patterns in this bag. Two for myself. One in Plum Crazy and one in Lime's Up. Couldn't be happier with them. I bought one in Venetian Paisley as a birthday gift for a friend and she LOVES it and uses it all the time. I even bought wallets to match each one. Like others have mentioned it would be great to have a zippered pocket inside but since it doesn't I use other small Vera bags (ie, tech case and small makeup bags# to keep things in and organized and I am finding that it actually works better than a zippered inside pocket. When I use the inside zipper pocket on other bags it seems like everything sticks out and this way I reach in and get the right little pouch for what I need. I love that it can be used as a shoulder bag (even though I'm short, 5' 1'' it works great) and even better as a cross body. Great for travel, too!! Perfect size... It holds everything I need, including my IPad Minnie and keyboard case. I use the slip-in outside pocket for my phone and since my car is keyless I put my key fob in the flap-side of the pocket. That way I never forget my other keys and they are readily accessible when I do need them. Will buy it again. Sure hope this bag is NOT being discontinued!!!
August 18, 2014
Attached at the hip
Wow, this bag is so great! I've had the Clare for about a year and a half now and I still get great use value out of it. I have it in Indigo Pop (Fall 2012), and while the color has faded slightly and you can see some wear and tear on the straps when you look up close, it's not very noticeable, and other than that, the purse has held up extremely well. The strap is very easy to adjust, but I personally only wear it as a crossbody, which is very comfortable.
The Clare is perfect because it's not too big, but it fits so much! And it does so without looking bulky. This is perfect because I am 17 years old and carry this purse around school with me all the time, so I can pretty much shove anything in there if I'm rushing to class, just not a textbook. I can even fit my iPad 2 in here (which is a little bit snug when I carry my other essentials but hey, it fits!). Even when it's stuffed, it's still very comfortable crossbody.
I love the magnetic snap pocket in front, it keeps everything secure while being very easy to access in a rush. The outside slip pocket is a convenient place to slide my phone into temporarily when I don't have any pockets. I also put change in there when I'm at the cash register for example, and I don't have time to take out my change purse. There are also two slip pockets on the inside. I don't really use them, but yes, one of them is a bit of an awkward size. But if I remember I usually put a pen or two in there, which fits just fine. The other one can fit gum or anything similarly sized to that.
All in all, great product, great versatility, and I definitely recommend it!
August 17, 2014
I ordered four different styles and this is by far my favorite style. It is perfect and fits all my needs.
August 10, 2014
Perfect Bag for Traveling!
A great bag for on the go! I bought this bag in lime's up about 4 weeks ago to match my kisslock wallet in the same pattern. I use it almost every day
now and absolutely love it! My only complaint is that it can easily overwhelm a small person, since it is a bigger crossbody.
August 10, 2014
A great crossbody
I love my purse it is awesome and has held up with my hectic life! I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants a stylish durable purse that you don't have to hassle with. I will definitely buy again!
July 11, 2014
Just bought 3 more
I've tried several VB bags over the last 6 months and have returned all but the On The Go and the Clare. On The Go was my favorite until I found the Clare(in English Rose). It's the perfect everyday bag for me. It's small but can hold a lot...a turn lock wallet, small cosmetic, tech case, small planner, large smartphone, and my keys with room to spare. We took it to the movies and I was able to fit 3 bottles of water and a couple of snacks in there on top of what I usually keep inside. I Love it so much, I just bought 3 more before they're all gone so I have on for every season
July 9, 2014
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