Whenever Vera Bradley releases new patterns, I head over to my favorite Vera Bradley retailer, my source for the last seventeen years. This season, I looked at (the unfortunately named) Twirly Birds Blue and Twirly Birds Pink.
Twirly Birds Blue and Twirly Birds Pink, with the Blue reversed
I liked the pallet more than the pattern on each. And surprisingly, the linings, with their smaller repeating motifs, looks better than the outer fabric. This means that they work best in one one of two ways:
- First, the two new patterns will work for smaller items, like a cell phone case.
- Second, they can be used in the " Vera" tote when reversed.
Twirly Birds Blue's Outer Fabric (A good navy)It is interesting to compare this season's offerings against what I would consider to be Vera Bradley's apex, 2004. You can see here how much easier it was to find the right combination of palette and pattern. (And of course shown in the discontinued "Mimi Backpack".)
From my old catalog
I still prefer my older Vera Bradley patterns, like this "Vera" tote in Apple Green.