The beginning of August always signals the end of summer and the beginning of the new year — school-year, that is. Whether you’re heading back yourself or just love to refresh your wardrobe and desk accessories for fall, August always seems to spark the creative, organizational energy in us. When you think of school shopping, students typically come to mind — but what about the teachers? Teachers (AKA — real life superheroes) need a bag that can get them from Monday morning to the long-awaited 3:30 bell Friday afternoon. Vera Bradley wanted to know what exactly makes a great teacher bag, so they chatted with three teachers to learn what bag they carry and what features are important to get them through the school week.
Name: Caitlin | thestyledteacher.com
Subject: 8th-grade English
City: San Francisco, CA
Favorite bag: Hadley Tote
“As a teacher, I’m always looking for a bag that is durable, reliable, functional and cute! With all of the materials I’m lugging back and forth from school, it’s really important that the straps can withstand the heavy weight of a laptop, books and more. The Hadley Tote is the perfect teacher bag because it ticks all of those boxes — it’s durable, has plenty of pockets to hold pens, post-it notes and binder clips, and it’s stylish. I also love that I can wash it should I happen to spill something. It really is the quintessential teacher bag!”
Name: Jess | here & now
Subject: 6th-grade Engineering
City: Denver, CO
Favorite bag: Laptop Messenger Bag
“As a middle school teacher, my perfect workbag would resemble the one Mary Poppins carried, but in lieu of that, I look for pockets, function and of course, how it looks. If I’m going to carry it every day, it has to pop with my teacher outfits. The Laptop Messenger Bag is perfect for teachers because it has a pocket for everything, so nothing gets lost in the abyss! I love the padded laptop compartment, stylish yet durable fabric and the surprise interior print — it makes me smile every time I lift the flap! Vera Bradley truly marries form and function in this bag, so I can be a better teacher when everything is perfectly organized.”
Name: Kelly | theglamorousteacher.com
City: Dallas, TX
Favorite bag: Lighten Up Grand Backpack
“I’m constantly on-the-go, so it’s super important for me to have something to carry around that can keep everything organized. As a dance teacher, I want a bag I can always depend on, that’s versatile and can hold a lot of items from binders and choreography notes to music, shoes and layering pieces. Cramming all of this into a small tote bag can be nearly impossible, not to mention bad for my back! I love my new Lighten Up Grand Backpack since it can carry everything I need and keep it all organized. There are many small pockets where you can keep an ID, phone, charger and anything you would typically keep in your purse. I can’t wait for the new year to start so I can use this every day!”
When it comes to wearing patterns, there are two types of people — those who love to mix and those who love to match. Both camps tend to feel very strongly which styling is the right way, but we’re not here to judge. #VeraBradley believes how you choose to wear your patterns is entirely up to you, so they're making it really simple. Each pattern this season is offered in every Back to School style, so if you love everything to perfectly coordinate, you can buy a backpack, lunch bag, lanyard, zip ID and crossbody all in the same pattern. If matching isn’t your style, you can mix it up with our coordinating patterns.
So which team are you: Team Match or Team Mix? Below, Vera Bradley shares their outfit inspiration for both mixers and matchers and an easy cheat sheet to reference when selecting a coordinating pattern!
#MATCH! You feel your best when your patterns are perfectly paired and consistent from your tote to the throw blanket on your bed. This rings particularly true when selecting your back to school essentials. If you want your pattern to shine, #VeraBradley recommends wearing denim or chambray. A chambray dress serves as the perfect “blank slate” for you to decorate with your new #ModernMedley styles.
#MIX! You believe there is such thing as matching too much, which is why you like to mix it up. Playing by the rules has never been your style, so feel free to mix florals with stripes and plaids with polka dots! #VeraBradley firmly believes that stripes go with EVERYTHING, so you’ll have no trouble coordinating your #FallingFlowers bag. Switch things up with #FallingFlowersNeutral in a coordinating accessory and feel free to go crazy with this adorable polka-dot agenda.
Happy National Friendship Day! Whether you have a group of girls or a select few confidantes, and whether you’ve known them since you were young or just recently met, treasure the friendships in your life and keep them close––you never know when you might need one another–– for the bond between friends is precious. #DOFRIENDSHIP #PANDORAUNIVERSE
As we get older, our friendships become deeper, more complex. The circumstances under which they’re formed often change as we get wrapped up in our day-to-day lives, filled with marriage, children or work. But some friendships remain constants in our lives, and continue to define who we are and how we see the world. Despite challenges, true friendships are those which give without expecting in return, are there when needed, and go beyond time or place. #DOFRIENDSHIP #PANDORAUNIVERSE
Romantic love may, for some, be the ultimate relationship, but friendship plays a huge role in defining who we are. Friends aren’t family––although we sometimes wish they were––but they give our lives meaning. They stick by us, they ‘get’ us, and they are, simply, for us. A two-way street, friendship is based on mutual trust and support. And few things run deeper than the friendship between women. #DOFRIENDSHIP #PANDORAUNIVERSE
Friendship. One word with a world of meaning. From sharing sweets in the playground, to awkward teenage years spent gossiping over latest crushes, to holding hands during life’s most important and defining moments, friends share a unique bond that goes beyond chemistry. They share the same expectations, dreams and hopes, and offer one another someone to talk to, someone to rely on, and someone to have fun with through all the moments in life, no matter how big or small. Keep your BFF's close! #DOFRIENDSHIP #PANDORAUNIVERSE
It's a #GNO (Girl's Night Out) event! Add a little #SPARKLE to your life - starting this Thursday (7/20), spend $125 on #PANDORA Jewelry and receive a #FREE Glam Tote Bag! Exclusions apply. See Sales Associate for details.
Sometimes, the best things in life come with a little #SPARKLE. Shop in-store July 6 thru 16 - when you spend $100 on #PANDORA Jewelry, you'll receive a FREE ring, earring pair, or bracelet up to a $75.00 value! Additional restrictions apply, see a Sales Associate for details!
Earlier this week we gave you a sneak peak of #VeraBradley's new #PaintedMedallions collection, but that’s not the only new pattern. That’s right — floral lovers can rejoice! Arriving in stores on Thursday, July 6, #FallingFlowers is the pretty floral pattern perfect for the height of summer and early fall. Inspired by patches, embroidery and embellishments, this floral features a dark green ground with multiple shades of pop colors throughout the print. If you like to mix your florals, you’ll love #FallingFlowers Neutral, available in the Lighten Up fabrication.
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We’re nearly halfway through the year and that calls for a wardrobe refresh! Good news — #VeraBradley has new patterns and styles that will transition your wardrobe from summer to fall releasing next week! Arriving in store on Thursday, July 6, #PaintedMedallions is inspired by the modern look of patches and badges. Composed of a neutral blue ground with bright pops of color, this geometric pattern has an almost 3-D effect. If this color scheme is everything your closet has been craving, you’re in luck. #PaintedMedallions has two coordinating patterns that you will love — Geo Medallions and Mini Medallions.
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