3 Reasons to Love This Go-Everywhere Backpack

I’ve had my eye on this Vera Bradley Gallatin Cargo backpack for months and, since it arrived on my doorstep, I think the only time I’ve taken it off is when I’ve gone to bed.

A little backstory, through college and grad school, I worked at a small boutique. A major part of my job focused on the visual merchandising of our Vera Bradley accessories, a task that I truly adored. For all of us at the store, welcoming each new season’s launch was a big deal and one that I got so excited for.  Back then, I couldn’t wait to see the new signature prints, and my Vera collection was something to see.  I knew every style, every pattern, every piece of stationary.

As times change though, so do our tastes.  While Vera Bradley’s signature cotton prints will always have a special place in my heart, my appreciation of Vera Bradley has shifted to their more classic, understated pieces. The extensive collection of leather goods is easily in line with my maturing tastes. They carry so many chic pieces, like a chain-strap clutch, on-trend hobo, and, of course, this cargo backpack.

If you recall, I attended the Blog Societies conference back in August, where I was happy to see that Vera Bradley was one of the major sponsors. In connecting with the brand through the conference, I gratefully accepted their offer to send over an item from the fall collection. Without hesitation, I chose this beautiful, rich chocolate leather backpack. You have seen me sporting it at least a half dozen times already, and that’s only what you see on the blog. IRL, I’m wearing it just as often, and today I wanted to share just a few reasons why I love this staple piece so much.


  1.  It holds everything – and more!

    The Gallatin Cargo is the perfect size for me.  In it, I can fit my camera, an extra lens and camera battery, my wallet, phone and car keys, an extra pair of shoes, and there’s still room for more!  It’s the perfect bag for events that involve a lot of walking where you don’t want to hike around with a purse draped over your shoulder. It is perfect for when I’m shooting family sessions and don’t want my camera bag sliding off my shoulder. (I imagine that a lot of moms with kids on the go would appreciate this hands-free quality as well!)

  2. It is perfect with any outfit.

    It’s rich chocolate leather allows it to pair well with a casual, sunday morning outfit, or a with a Friday night happy hour get-up.  It’s adaptability and functionality coupled with it’s chic, yet, understated style make it the perfect versatile carry-all.  Also, what you can’t see from the pictures above is the inside of the backpack, which is lined with a fun poppy pattern that is just so Vera.  So far, I have taken this bag with me: to a farm, on a nature trail, out to dinner, apple-picking, to a birthday party, and to get morning coffee.

  3. It won’t weigh you down.

    I’m a petite girl at only  5’2″ (ish).  Oftentimes leather items can feel quite heavy for me to lug around.  This bag, however, is not.  The leather is soft and light and, especially when I’m toting around a heavy DSLR, it’s important to me that the bag itself not weigh more than necessary.

Below are just a few examples of the way I’ve styled this beautiful backpack with my outfits. Which one is your favorite?

Morning Coffee

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Flower Picking

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Date Night

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