Thursday, January 10, 2013

Vera Bradley Convertible Crossbody Review

I am completely in LOVE with the Convertible Crossbody in Plum Crazy. The versatile shape/size , plethora of storage, and slim silhouette are features that blew me away.

The dimesions are 13 ½" x 15" x 3 ¼" with 5" handle drop and 52" removable, adjustable strap. It's large enough to hold papers, folders, magazines, etc. comfortably. There are slip pockets and 2 pen/pencil holders (super handy) on one side and a zip pocket on the other. The top part of the bag folds down on both sides, rather than a flap on one side, when converted to a crossbody or over the shoulder.

There are two very different styles that you can get of out of this one bag. The first is the north/south handheld style. The other being the east/west crossbody or shoulder bag style. I've seen many bags with the fold over function and it doesn't impress me much because they either don't look polished or too much like an envelope. Clearly, not the case with the convertible crossbody. From the pictures, you can see the bag holds its lines and shape regardless of what form it's in. I think it's because the folded sides are secured down with magnets, which also function as the closure to the main compartment. Other bags I've seen have the sides fold over to only one side, closing the bag like an envelope, Additionally, the silhoutte of the bag stays slim even with many items in it. I'm a short person so it's important to have a bag that doesn't overpower me, still carries a lot, and doesn't look chunky when stuffed.
This is definitely my new daily bag and go-to bag for errands and everything else for that matter!

Convertible Crossbody Plum Crazy: Interior
Convertible Crossbody Plum Crazy: Exterior.
Flaps down in crossbody/over the shoulder style
Convertible Crossbody Plum Crazy: Exterior
Flaps up in handheld/tote style
Convertible Crossbody Plum Crazy: Profile


  1. I saw this bag at the VB store on 1/9 and immediately loved it :) Great review - I am going to exchange something today and think I will get this one - just debating on the print . . .

  2. I love this bag. I have one in jazzy blooms and plan on getting one more, may be Dogwood.
    I am obsessed with VB!

  3. I really need to give this bag an in depth review because after carrying it around I believe there are some major flaws.

  4. I've been searching for a video review of this bag but there isn't one out there. I'd wont buy it unless I see that, or see it in person in the store. I have certain particulars that I like in my bags ;o)

  5. I really have a love/hate relationship with this bag. I've seriously had it loaded up twice ready to return to the store. But for some reason, I always keep it. It's so much smaller than you think if you wear it with the flaps folded down. It recently accompanied me on a trip and I have to say it was the perfect bag to walk around town in because it was so light and matched everything I wore. (I took the midnight blues one with me) I would say give this bag a chance, and just keep it mind you can always return it if it doesn't work out.