Fall Obsession: Vera Bradley Sling Backpack

I don’t know about you, but I have been LOVING the sling bag and belt bag trend! With so many companies releasing their own takes on the style, you know I’ve had to try a few out. Hands’ down, my favorite for everyday use is the Vera Bradley Sling Backpack and Mini Sling Backpack.

This bag comes in two different sizes: the Crossbody Sling and the Mini Crossbody Sling. Not sure which to get? Breaking it all down for you below to help you make the best decision for yourself. Keep reading to the end for a special code to save you 10% on your future Vera Bradley orders!

vera bradley sling backpack and mini sling backpack comparison

Sling Backpack | Mini Sling Backpack

Vera Bradley Sling Backpack
vs. Mini Sling Backpack

One of the first bags I ever was sent from Vera Bradley was a Sling Backpack in BonBon Medallion and this style has been a favorite ever since! Seriously, my entire family is hooked on it and it’s also my mom and sister’s go-to styles.

So why is this bag so popular? The sling backpacks have the pocket space and organization of a backpack (read: lots of pockets) but the versatility of your favorite crossbody bag. This is literally the breakout star for bags styles and I already think it will be on many holiday lists this year.

Coming in two sizes: the Sling Backpack and Mini Sling Backpack offer many similarities with some key differences. Both styles available in Recycled Cotton and ReActive (looking to learn more about the Vera Bradley bag fabrics? Check out this previous post) so depending on how you may want to use this bag, there’s a fabric for you!

vera bradley sling backpack and lunch cooler

White Zipper Polo | Maroon Corduroy Flared Pants | Sling Backpack
Expandable Lunch Cooler | White Sneakers

vera bradley sling backpack

Vera Bradley Sling Backpack

If you’re looking for an all-day bag: this is it! The larger of the two sling styles, this bag allows you to carry a pair of extra shoes, water bottle, sunscreen and still have space for your personal belongings. If you’re heading back to campus or looking for the perfect bag for a Disney vacation: make this a contender!

I’m wearing the new ReActive pattern Rose Foliage and can’t get enough of it! Not only does it perfectly pair with all of my fall looks, but I love the mixture of warm and cool tones. I’ve paired this bag with the Expandable Lunch Cooler making this the perfect back-to-school combo.

comparing the vera bradley sling backpack and mini sling backpack

Featuring a zip pocket at the back seam (perfect for anything you might want to keep close) and a compartment on the front with a zip pocket, there is plenty of space and storage in this bag. While this style wasn’t designed to also convert to a belt bag, the option exists with how the zippers are structured. There is a D hook allowing you to clip your keys or water bottle to and this bag boasts a longer adjustable strap, coming in at 37.5 inches.


The Vera Bradley Mini Sling Backpack

Real talk: this is my current favorite when it comes to the sling backpacks because of the size and fact it was designed to also convert to a belt bag (we love options!) This has been a favorite of mine for vacations and running errands because it allows me to maintain full functionality while being handsfree. If a purse is cute AND doesn’t get in the way of whatever I’m doing in the moment, I’m obsessed.

vera bradley mini sling backpack

White Athletic Dress | Mini Sunflower Sling Backpack | Sunflower Water bottle
Scrunchie | White Memory Foam Running Sneakers

This pretty sunflower pattern fills my hear with JOY! Sunflower Sky is a ReActive exclusive pattern and if you haven’t owned a bag in this fabric and love being active outside, this is the one for you! This material is machine washable but also water resistant, so if you get caught in the rain, your belongings will stay dry!

Also featuring a front outside pocket and hidden pocket like the larger bag, the main distinguishers with this style are the removable strap extender (this makes the bag feel more like a purse if that’s how you prefer to style it) and of course: the option to wear it as a belt bag.

close up on mini sling backpack from vera bradley sunflower sky mini sling backpack

Vera Bradley Discount Code

My friends at Vera Bradley have been kind enough to send me a discount code and the best part is you can use it multiple times and combine it with on-going promotions! At checkout, save 10% with the Vera Bradley discount code PREPPYANDPINK10. This code cannot be combined with special collections (Disney, Harry Potter, New Hope Girls…) but doesn’t expire.

Let me know if you prefer the Sling Backpack or Mini Sling Backpack in the comments!



Hi! I'm Emi! I love classic style, iced coffee, cupcakes and Broadway musicals. I'm a French Bulldog mom and live with my husband in North Carolina. Glad you're here!

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