All in One Crossbody
Good but too much crammed into a small space
I am on the fence with this Crossbody. I like the different options for carrying it: wristlet, Crossbody, or bag style. It is divided into 3 sections, a snap pocket in front that unfortunately is not big enough to hold my phone and the only area that a phone could possibly be held. A zipper compartment loaded with credit card slots, pocket for paper bills, and 3 small slit areas to hold receipts, etc. The back zipper compartment contains a small zipper pocket to hold change and 2 slit pockets. It has A TON of wallet like storage but when the slots are filled, it does make the bag tight making it a bit difficult to get your cards or cash out. As stated, the only place for a phone or tissues or keys is in that front pocket and that is very tight as well. I have an iPhone with a bulkier case on it and it will not fit in the pocket with the case on.
My daughter has this same Crossbody and she loves it. She would give it 5 stars, where I would only give it 3, hence the 4 star rating. She has a smaller cellphone that fits perfectly and she keeps all her gift cards in the card slots.
So I guess if you like the strap wallet style bag, this would be for you. I personally prefer a wristlet or a Frannie over this.
April 12, 2014
Good idea overall, needs tweaking to be great!
I wanted to love this hybrid--a wallet with crossbody strap and wristlet loop to carry the essentials. But, for me, this is off the mark. There are plenty of storage areas, the front snap compartment holds my iPhone 5S with Defender cover. It is tight fit, but in the 2 weeks I've used this, it is has loosened up a bit. The snap fits securely on mine, I gave one as a gift which promptly had to be exchanged at the local store because it wouldn't hold tight. Many of us utilize a case for our phones so removing a circle of material at the bottom of the phone compartment to push the phone out would be perfect.
The middle zippered compartment has a clear ID spot along with 7 slots for credit cards or other IDs. There are 2 additional slip areas underneath these slots but if you put cards or even a piece of paper in them, it really starts to bulk up the wallet and make the cards very difficult to remove from the slots. I have 5 cards in there + my drivers license and really have to grip at each one to pull out. The bill compartment will just fit a US bill, nothing larger. So when the cashier is handing back your change, you'll be hard pressed to smoothly slip in in place. I think if the wallet was bigger by 1" total, this wouldn't be so tough. I store receipts here because I can't easily get to my bills.
The back zippered compartment opens similar to the accordion wallet, just far smaller. There is a zip coin area in the center with 2 dividers, making this a good spot for (folded) bills, a movie ticket or something smaller that you need to reach easily. While I love the zippered coin area, it is tiny, really tiny! Unzippered, it is about the length of my pinky finger and really hard to find coins when you need them or to put them in quickly, like (again) when a cashier is handing you change.
While I don't plan to return the wallet, I don't love it either. It is a decent size if you use it for a few credit cards, not many bills and you don't need to fuss with change or other items that need to be accessed quickly. The crossbody strap and wristlet strap would be useful if you needed to corral kids or want to be "hands free" but there are better choices that VB makes.
One quick aside, I received it in the Petal Paisley color, one bonus of this pattern is the bright pink interior of many of the pieces--makes it very easy to spot what you're looking for. Thanks for reading!
April 6, 2014
Love Love this iPhone/Purse/Wallet
When I first saw this style, I hurried to the Vera Bradley dealer to see if it was as good as it was described. It was exactly what I expected and even better. It has little hide away places and yet slim and easy to carry everything for a shopping trip. The shoulder strap and wrist strap can be tucked into the phone pocket when they aren't in uses so I always know where they are. The two zip compartments are so great to keep everything organized and easy to get to. I love this style so much I have brought one in each pattern available. I often find one missing because my daughters love them too but Mom always gets to use the new ones first. Try it you will have to get more then one too.
April 2, 2014
mighty wristlet & mighty price
I love this wristlet. It has the most function out of all the wristlets. The crossbody strap is nothing more than an extra long lanyard. That skinny, that flimsy. It also has a short strap drop. Besides that, the wristlet holds so much. You can easily carry your phone, cards, cash, change, chapstick, coupons, and still have the luxury of a compact wristlet, The space for this style was planned out well. I wish it wasn't so expensive for what it is. If the cost is higher for the crossbody strap, then the strap should be higher quality.
March 30, 2014
Not what I expected
I was excited about getting a new bag, but had to return it. The inside pockets were too small for my credit cards, I had difficulty sliding them in and out. There was no room for my car key and the phone fit was too tight. I just wanted a little bit more wiggle room, otherwise it would have been perfect. I loved the Pink Elephant color, I hope there will be more products available in this design.
March 28, 2014
Best VB wristlet I've ever owned!!!!
I got the All in One Crossbody in Heather for my 21st birthday, and I absolutely love it!! As a college student, I have owned the All in One Wristlet, the Carry it All Wristlet, and the Super Smart Wristlet, but none of them compare to the All in One Crossbody. I can use it as a wristlet, or attach the strap and make it a cute mini purse! The front pocket fits my LG Lucid 2. The first section holds money, 7 cards, my I.D. card, and has 3 extra pockets. The second section has a change purse and 2 extra pockets. I would recommend this wallet to any woman!! Amazing job once again, Vera Bradley!!
March 28, 2014
Perfect Smartphone wristlet/Crossbody on the go!
I ordered it in flower shower which is really pretty with the chocolate brown with teal yellow and neon pinkish orange. The item itself has great features, with plenty of card slots, a coin section dollar bill section, area to store receipts etc, and phone compartment. I have a samsung galaxy s3 with an otter box commuter series case/cover and it fits in the phone slot. However it is a tight fit, and the button barely reached to snap at first. But I pulled and tried to stretch the fabric a little and now it fits nice and secure and does close good. I don't think a phone with any larger of a case would fit, I.e. Cases or covers that are slim and don't add a lot of bulk to the phones should be fine... Like gel covers, single outer shells, etc. but if you have a full two sided otterbox it likely won't fit. Don't let that dissuade you though. Vera takes returns and it's possible the material will stretch. I just don't have that type of cover for my phone so I can't test it. I am ver happy with the purchase bc I feel it is an upgrade to the smartphone wristlet I've been carrying, with added compartments and a crossbody strap.... It got annoying carrying the smartphone wristlet sometimes bc if I was carrying items or trying something on, it was always in the way on my wrist. Now I can carry comfortably and securely on my hip if I'm not carrying my new cargo sling!
March 27, 2014
Better than expected
I have been on the fence about this little bag for a long long time. But I finally broke down and got one. This is so versatile, perfect for travel, great small wallet...it really is "all in one". Since I have a iphone, I don't carry a separate camera when I am out and about, and I find I can fit many cards, cash, stamps, coins and so on in here. I also have a wet wipe towelette in there!
I carry this in my regular handbag and I slip it out with appropriate strap when I don't need my full sized bag...I LOVE IT. I like this way better than the mini hipster I have for travel. I am pretty minimal in what I carry in a handbag anyhow so for someone who likes to carry anything beyond the bare necessities than this may be harder to adjust to, but I would encourage you to try....you're shoulder and back will thank you!
March 27, 2014
I got mine in Plum Crazy and I love it! This product is versatile and easy to carry. The removable wristlet strap and crossbody strap allow you to carry it however you would like. It is a 3-in-1 that has enough space for gum, chapstick, hair pins, hair bands, cash, coins, and keys. There is a good amount of space without the purse bulging. I definitely recommend this product to anyone who wants a compact and cute purse that can carry many things.
March 25, 2014
Got for a Cruise
Can't wait! I was looking for, basically, a cross body cell phone holder to throw over my head while on a cruise ship, and there it was! Bonus -- can also hold my cards and some cash. I WAS able to fit my iPhone 4 in its Otter Box right in the side. I think it will be just what I have been looking for!
March 22, 2014