When it comes to Vera Bradley bags and accessories I have to admit that I have quite the collection. However, I wasn’t always a big fan of the brand as a whole. When I first saw some of the patterns around seventh grade I didn’t think they were very cute, but going into eighth grade I began to see more and more Vera totes being used as dance bags at my studio and I became intrigued. Shortly after, I went onto their website to take a peek and I realized that there were actually a lot of cute patterns…. and I ended up wanting my own!
I got my very first Vera item from my church rummage sale for $3. It was a round pencil case with four of the current patterns combined on it, after that I was in love!
I bought my first Vera Bradley bag as my “backpack” for summer school between my freshman and sophmore year. I was taking chemistry early to get ahead and so I could take biology, which at my school is a junior class, as a sophomore. I purchased a villager bag in Blue Rhapsody and since then I have accumulated quite a few more.
These are just a few of my favorite patterns
Blue Rhapsody (Retired)
Imperial Toile (Retired)
One of the wonderful things about Vera Bradley is that they make tote bags, duffel bags, and purses in almost any shape or size in all of their current patterns. Out of the countless designs and sillouettes they have, these are just a few of my personal favorite styles.
The XL Duffel: I use this constantly! It’s perfect for traveling or if you’re going somewhere for a sleepover. It’s gigantic which is perfect for me because I am a serial over-packer. I can even fit a pillow plus some clothes for a night over at a friend’s house.
The Villager: This was the first Vera Bradley bag I ever got. I spent hours choosing exactly which bag I wanted to get. I looked very critically at size, the number of pockets, and if the main compartment had a zippered closure. In my opinion the Villager is the best of both worlds of a purse and a tote because it has lots of little pockets and a zipper closeure like a purse, but it also can fit so much stuff. I can fit my planner, a sweater, my sunglasses case, my makeup bag, my wallet, and a waterbottle inside without it looking like the bag is going to burst.
Saddle Up: This is one of the more purse-like styles they make. I love the pleating on this bag and the extra bit of shine you get fromt the o ring closure on the front flap (it also weights the flap down so it stays closed.) There are a wonderful number of pockets in this bag, but if you put in too much or shove it into the bag in awkward angles the bag can easily look overstuffed.
The Tote: This is one of the most classic VB bags in my opinion and also my most recently purchased item from them. There are a decent number of pockets on the inside and the sillouette is very nice and slim. My only issue with this bag is that it doesn’t have any real type of closure on the top, save the small tortiseshell button and loop. It’s a very nice step down in size from the Villager.
What is your current favorite Vera Bradley bag and pattern?