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 sack that will hold what I need, complement all my outfits, and stay on my shoulder without destroying my posture.
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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 or a blush beige — you could also call it a dusty pink. But here is the full list of the most versatile purse colors:
- Blush Beige or Pinky Taupe
- Light Grey (If you have a lighter colored wardrobe)
- Dark Grey (If you have a darker colored wardrobe)
- Tan (If you have a darker colored wardrobe)
- Soft Metallic
- Light Blue (If you have a lighter colored wardrobe)
- Merlot (If you have a darker colored wardrobe)
- Deep Emerald Green (If you have a bright or dark-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 some colors listed above . . .
- A mostly black and tan wardrobe does not go with a light grey or mauve purse.
- A mostly pastel wardrobe won’t go with a muted tan purse.
- A bright-colored wardrobe does not complement a muted-colored bag. It makes the bag look dirty.
- A muted-colored wardrobe does not complement a bright-colored bag. It makes the clothing look dirty.
- The most versatile purse colors tend to go with all wardrobe colors, until you mix a lot of black into it.
- 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.
- 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.
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