Thank you for the replies.
Followup question: is this best carried with beige/brown casual clothing? I don't see it being carried with navy, gray and black, conservative, and that is what I wear a lot.
I love the bag, but I am hesitating pulling the trigger because I don't want it to sit in my closet unused.
I actually love my VN with greys and blacks. It's a completely neutral tone that compliments those dark tones beautifully. Plus, it adds a bit of lightness into what would otherwise be a pretty somber outfit.
I wear my VN with all colors. However, my entire wardrobe is black, navy and grey! OK, OK, so once in a great while there is a pop of color, but honestly I am a somber color person and I think the VN is a fantastic neutral that, as Piaffe said, lightens everything up.
One thing I will add is that I find it too light for the winter months, but I would consider it a three season bag.