Fashion Meets Fitness: Product Review of Vera Bradley Lighten Up Slim Crossbody Bag

I’ve been a huge fan of Vera Bradley for years!  I have so many of their handbag styles and colorful patterns.  My favorite Vera Bradley handbag styles are the Mandy, Hipster, and Little Hipster.  Recently, Vera Bradley introduced a new line of gym bags.  Here’s a preview of a few of the new styles (more colors available in each style):

 

I recently purchased the Lighten Up Slim Crossbody in the pink tonal stripe color.  I intend for this bag to be my new gym bag (I previously used a Vera Bradley Hipster as my gym bag).  The exact dimensions are available on the Vera Bradley website, and below are my thoughts on how practical this bag works as a gym bag.


Material:

The Vera Bradley website does not list what the material is, but it is definitely NOT the standard quilted fabric that you find on most Vera Bradley bags.  It feels like polyester to me.   It looks easy to wipe down, which would be helpful for a gym bag.  It’s nice and lightweight.

Front Pocket:

The Lighten Up Slim Crossbody has three main pockets.  The front of the bag has a Vera Bradley logo made from a rubber-like material.  The front pocket has a magnetic button closure.  It would be great for storing your keys, hair ties, or water bottle.  I like to use it for my water bottle so the rest of my stuff doesn’t get wet if the bottle leaks a bit.

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Back Pocket:

The back pocket has a zipper closure, and it has pockets for a smartphone and 3 pen slots.  I can fit my iPhone 6s+ (in its case), pens, lotion, and some lip balms in the back pocket, with room to spare.

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Main Compartment:

The main compartment of the bag has a zipper closure. It has a zipper pocket on one side, and 2 open pockets on the other side.  I can fit my wallet, iPad mini, and 5″x8″ planner in the main compartment, with room to spare.

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My iPhone (again in its case) fits in the inside pocket, as well as a 4 oz. bottle of lotion.  Fashion Meets Fitness: Product Review of Vera Bradley Lighten Up Slim Crossbody Bag - themangobungalow.comThe zippered pocket is deep enough to fit my iPad mini, and I can still close the zipper.Fashion Meets Fitness: Product Review of Vera Bradley Lighten Up Slim Crossbody Bag - themangobungalow.com

Strap:

I love the adjustable strap!  You can use it as a shoulder bag or a crossbody bag!

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Plus, you can use the metal ring connecting the strap to the bag for hanging your water bottle with a carabiner.

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In a nutshell, the Lighten Up Slim Crossbody would be great for someone going to the gym from home, because it fits the essentials like keys, wallet, phone, water bottle, etc.  However, this bag is not large enough for someone who may need to store their gym shoes and gym clothes in the bag, like someone bringing their gym gear to the office to exercise after work.  For that, I would recommend the Yoga Sport Bag.

Would I recommend this to a friend?  Absolutely!  I am so happy with this bag.  It’s stylish yet practical for the gym, and it’s a nice change from the standard intricate Vera Bradley patterns, although I know I can count on Vera Bradley quality (their bags last forever).  My only regret is not buying the matching water bottle!

New gear is a great way to motivate yourself to keep fit!  I hope this product review was helpful to you!

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