Updated September 2020

most versatile purse color
Coach $350

Like many of my clients, I have no interest in multiple options for my perfect everyday purse. When I change out my purse, it is for an evening out not my day-to-day schedule. I don’t have the time or desire to mess around with different hobo bags on a Tuesday morning. I need one fabulous sac that will hold everything, complement all my outfits, and stay on my shoulder without destroying my posture.

Least Versatile Purse Color

Right away, a black purse is the least versatile color. Even if you wear black all the time, a black purse is no good. It is too much black in one outfit. A chocolate brown purse is out too. It only works with a fully earth tone wardrobe of tan, forest green, and cream.

Most Versatile Purse Color

The answer to your question: the #1 versatile purse color is a pinky taupe, but here is the full list of the most versatile purse colors:

  1. Blush, or Pinky Taupe
  2. Light Grey (If you have a lighter colored wardrobe)
  3. Tan (If you don’t wear pastels)
  4. Soft Metallic
  5. Deep Emerald Green (If you have a bright or dark-colored wardrobe)
  6. Mauve
  7. Light Blue (If you have a lighter colored wardrobe)
  8. Merlot (If you have a darker colored wardrobe)

What Is The Most Versatile Purse Color For You?

As I mentioned, I use the same bag every single day for work, so I have to carry that #1 pinky taupe color to ensure my bag goes with the entire range of my work wardrobe’s color palette. Your wardrobe may not be as diverse as mine, so you can explore the other versatile purse colors. Here are the exceptions (the no-nos) to each color listed above . . .

  1. A mostly black and tan wardrobe does not go with a light grey or mauve purse.
  2. A mostly pastel wardrobe won’t go with a muted tan purse.
  3. A bright colored wardrobe does not compliment a muted colored bag. It makes the bag look dirty.
  4. A muted colored wardrobe does not compliment a bright colored bag. It makes the clothing look dirty.
  5. The most versatile purse colors tend to go with all wardrobe colors, until you mix a lot of black into it.
  6. If you wear a little bit of black every day (ie: black shoes or black is in all the prints you wear), then a black purse CAN be the most versatile purse color for you.
  7. If your wardrobe is based around navy keep in mind that navy is rarely the same color. Pairing a navy dress with a navy purse can often fail because the colors are close, but no cigar. Instead, go for one of the colors suggested above.

When in doubt, get a purse color that matches your shoes. If you are wearing lighter colored shoes, like white and nude, go with a blush or baby blue purse. If you are wearing mostly darker colored shoes, like black or navy, go with a merlot or tan purse.

What Is The Most Versatile Hardware For Your Purse?

When deciding on your versatile purse color, keep in mind which jewelry tones you prefer. If you primarily wear silver, a purse with gold hardware will clash with most of your looks. It’s best if your purse has no hardware, but that can be difficult to find. If you must have metal embellishments, choose the metal you usually wear. If you’re wearing both gold and silver, like myself, a champagne or muted metal is the best choice. It is subtle so it can pair with rose gold, silver, and gold without issue.

What Is The Most Versatile Shape For Your Purse?

If you wear a lot of structured garments, a structured purse will suit you best. If you’re wearing more slouchy, bohemian looks, a structured purse will look stiff, or stolen. I tend to go for structured bags for my everyday work purse, and leave the softer bags for my days off.

Need a little more help? Let me know what your wardrobe colors are, and I will recommend the most versatile purse color for you.

Tory Burch Robinson Leather Tote

most versatile purse color
Tory Burch $348

This purse is available at Nordstrom, Tory Burch, Bloomingdale’s, and Zappos.

Coach Shay Shoulder Bag

most versatile purse color
Coach $350

This purse is available at Nordstrom, Zappos, Macy’s, and Amazon.

Tory Burch Kira Pebbled Leather Wallet Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Tory Burch $198

Calpak Kaya Faux Leather Laptop Backpack

most versatile purse color
Calpak $105

This bag is available at Nordstrom and Calpak.

Saint Laurent Toy North/South Leather Tote

most versatile purse color
Saint Laurent $995

AllSaints Small Kita Convertible Leather Backpack

most versatile purse color
AllSaints $378

This backpack is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Zappos.

Kurt Geiger London Violet Leather Tote

most versatile purse color
Kurt Geiger London $229

This purse is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Zappos, and Amazon.

Nordstrom Reah Leather Backpack

most versatile purse color
Nordstrom $189

GiGi New York Virginia Hobo

most versatile purse color
GiGi New York $195 $117

This purse is available at GiGi New York and Saks 5th Avenue.

Longchamp Le Foulonne Leather Backpack

most versatile purse color
Longchamp $575

Chloé Mini Marcie Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Chloé $990

AllSaints ‘Kita’ Leather Shoulder/Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
AllSaints $298

This purse is available at Nordstrom, AllSaints, Bloomingdale’s, and Zappos.

Tumi Jane Convertible Nylon Backpack

most versatile purse color
Tumi $325

This backpack is available at Nordstrom, Amazon, Macy’s, Zappos, and Bloomingdale’s.

Kate Spade New York Medium Margaux Leather Tote

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade $278

This purse is available at Amazon and Kate Spade.

Sole Society Fayth Faux Leather Backpack

most versatile purse color
Sole Society $65

Ted Baker London Mini Holiiee Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Ted Baker London $195

Tumi Voyageur Dori Nylon Backpack

most versatile purse color
Tumi $325

Salvatore Ferragamo Small The Studio Leather Tote – In Black

most versatile purse color
Salvatore Ferragamo $1,390

Ted Baker London Helgesoft Leather Hobo Bag

most versatile purse color
Ted Baker London $289

Longchamp Roseau Leather Shoulder Tote

most versatile purse color
Longchamp $550

Herschel Supply Co. Classic Clear Mid Volume Backpack

most versatile purse color
Herschel Supply Co. $60

This backpack is available at Nordstrom and Herschel Supply Co.

Boss Taylor Small Leather Shopper

most versatile purse color
Boss $445

Chloé ’Medium Marcie’ Leather Satchel

most versatile purse color
Chloé $1,990

This purse is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Saks 5th Avenue.

Freshly Picked Convertible Diaper Backpack

most versatile purse color
Freshly Picked $175

This bag is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Amazon.

Saint Laurent Lou Camera leather crossbody bag

most versatile purse color
Saint Laurent $1,150

Kate Spade New York Large Margaux Leather Satchel

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade $358

Matt & Nat ‘Fabi’ Faux Leather Laptop Backpack

most versatile purse color
Matt & Nat $185

Fawn Design The Original Convertible Water Resistant Faux Leather Diaper Bag

most versatile purse color
Fawn Design $169.99

Cole Haan Payson Tote

most versatile purse color
Cole Haan $270 $134.95

Tumi Voyageur Hilden Backpack

most versatile purse color
Tumi $345

Kate Spade New York Polly Shoulder Bag

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade $298

Kate Spade New York Margaux Large Satchel – In Light Fawn

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade $378 $227

AllSaints ‘Kita’ Leather Shoulder/Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
AllSaints $298 $149

Nordstrom Emma Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Nordstrom $129 $58.05

Kate Spade New York Large Polly Leather Tote

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade $298 $137

Salvatore Ferragamo Small The Studio Leather Tote – In Tan

most versatile purse color
Salvatore Ferragamo $1,390

Coach Charlie Carryall 40

most versatile purse color
Coach $425

Skagen Anesa Leather Shoulder Bag

most versatile purse color
Skagen $255

Furla Ariana Medium Leather Zip Tote Bag

most versatile colored handbag
Furla $350 $210

Kate Spade New York ‘Cameron Street – Lucie’ Tote

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade New York $298

Gucci GG Marmont Matelassé Leather Shoulder Bag

most versatile purse color
Gucci $2,450

Anya Hindmarch Small Build a Bag Leather Base Bag

most versatile purse color
Anya Hindmarch $995

Sole Society Tracy Quilted Faux Leather Satchel

most versatile purse color
Sole Society $69.95

Kate Spade New York Kingston Drive – Bartlett Leather Satchel

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade New York $440 $300.16

Ted Baker London Proter Leather Shoulder Bag

most versatile purse color
Ted Baker $319

Kate Spade New York Cameron Street – Candace Leather Satchel

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade New York $378

Skagen Karalie Shoulder Bag

most versatile purse color
Skagen $325

Treasure & Bond Tyler Metallic Leather Satchel

most versatile purse color
Treasure & Bond $269

Miu Miu Matelassé Leather Shopper

most versatile purse color
Miu Miu $1,970

Chloé ’Medium Marcie’ Leather Satchel

Emerald-green-handbag
Chloé $1,990

Bottega Veneta

Mauve-purse
Bottega Veneta

Elliott Lucca ‘Cordoba – Medium’ Tote

Deep-green-handbag
Elliot Lucca

B. Makowsky

Metallic-purse
B. Makowsky

most versatile purse color