I love crossbody styles and have tried just about every style that Vera Bradley makes (from very small Shoot from the Hip to Messenger). The Carryall does not disappoint! It is a lot larger than Clare (my all-time favorite for traveling -- so sad it's being discontinued!) but not as large and cumbersome as a traditional messenger bag. The Carryall has similar dimensions as Mom's Day Out but has the pretty interior I expect. Mom's Day Out's taffeta interior put me off (part of the fun is the coordinating interior of my Vera's!) It has a zippered closure, two concealed slip-in exterior pockets and a large interior compartment with two slip in pockets. Sure, a zippered interior pocket would be great, but there is a large exterior zippered pocket so it kind of makes up for it. I will primarily use this bag for traveling or long days out when I need a large, lightweight crossbody that can hold a lot. I carried it recently for a college tour for my son and was able to carry all my everyday necessities (large wallet, small cosmetic, coin purse, etc) plus a full size water bottle and a bunch of brochures. This bag could easily carry a tablet. I always appreciate a lightweight crossbody and this one fits the bill perfectly!
April 12, 2014
Almost as good as the Mom's Day Out
The Mom's Day Out is my perfect crossbody bag, though I don't have young children. I bought the Carryall to compare. While I like the carryall, it needs a thicker strap. It doesn't fit as comfortably as the Mom's Day Out and it puts more pressure on the shoulders than the MDO/thicker strap. At first, I was disappointed that the outside pockets were no longer pleated (as they are with the MDO), but the Carryall outside pockets are a bit deeper and I like that more than the pleats.
The bottom also isn't as hard as the MDO, but I haven't found that to be an issue.
The end result is that I'm very pleased with the Carryall and feel that it's a close substitute to the Mother's Day out bag. The only negative is the thinner strap.
Now if only the original Accordian wallet and the original Saddle Up crossbody would be returned!
June 25, 2014
A wonderful new addition to my collection!
I'm a huge Vera Bradley fan. I have handbags, wallets, totes and luggage items. This is a wonderful size, especially for summertime and travel. It's very well balanced on the shoulder or as a crossbody bag. I highly recommend it.
August 1, 2014