most versatile purse color
From top left: crossbody: Gucci, crossbody: Mark & Graham, handbag: Mark & Graham, bucket bag: Mansur Gavriel,  shoulder bag: Botkier, crossbody: Tory Burch

Most of my clients have no interest in multiple options for their perfect everyday purse so they want to know what color purse goes with everything. I totally get it. The changing of the guard is a hassle and most women carry the same purse for about a year before switching it up. Professionally, I am with them. I have one chic backpack I carry to all my client sessions. To ensure it goes with 90% of my outfits, I selected a backpack in the most versatile color possible. I call it pinky beige or an earthy blush.

For my looks outside of work, I have a series of the perfect-sized crossbody camera bags in my five essential purse colors that go with everything I own:

  1. Pink beige/blush
  2. Off-white/cream
  3. Black
  4. Tan
  5. Navy

I have these five handbags hung by my door (each on its own gold hook) to ensure an easy transition between bags. In each bag, I have hand sanitizer, tissues, and lip balm. This way the only thing I need to switch between the bags is my small wallet and cell phone. I keep all my various sunglasses in a drawer nearby to deposit into whichever bag has been chosen for the day. For those wondering, I store my collection of formal clutches and less versatile handbags on a shelf in my closet.

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

As I already mentioned,  the #1 versatile purse color is a pinky taupe or a blush beige — you could also call it a dusty pink or earthy pink. Here is the full list of the most versatile purse colors:

  1. Blush Beige or Pinky Taupe
  2. Mauve (if you have an earthier-colored wardrobe)
  3. Light Grey (If you have a lighter-colored wardrobe)
  4. Dark Grey (If you have a darker-colored wardrobe)
  5. Tan (If you have a darker-colored wardrobe or wear a lot of navy)
  6. Soft Metallic
  7. Light Blue (If you have a lighter-colored wardrobe)
  8. Off-white (if you don’t wear a lot of white clothing)
  9. Merlot (If you have a darker-colored wardrobe)
  10. Deep Emerald Green (If you have a bright or dark-colored wardrobe)

What Is The Most Versatile Purse Color For You?

I gave you a few quick tips above for which wardrobes work best with each of the most versatile purse colors, but let’s elaborate further. Here are the exceptions (the no-nos) to some of the colors listed above . . .

  1. A bright-colored or pastel wardrobe does not complement an earthy, muted-colored bag. It makes the bag look dirty.
  2. A muted-colored wardrobe does not complement a bright-colored bag. It makes the clothing look dirty.
  3. 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 is definitely the most versatile purse color for you.
  4. 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 a tan or grey bag.

When in doubt, get a purse color that matches your shoes – this is classic advice. If you are wearing lighter-colored shoes, like white and nude, go with a blush or off-white purse. If you are wearing mostly darker-colored shoes, like black go with a merlot or burgundy purse.

Need a little more help? Feel free to email me if you still have questions about what color purse goes with everything in your particular wardrobe.

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. A happy medium is a crossbody camera bag as it is both structured and casual — these bags truly go with everything.

Note: Due to the virality of this post, we update it every season.

Mark & Graham The Essential Crossbody – Blush

most versatile purse color
Mark & Graham $119

Mansur Gavriel Mini Cloud Leather Clutch

most versatile bag color
Mansur Gavriel $545

This purse is available at Nordstrom, Mansur Gavriel, Bloomingdale’s and Shopbop.

Kate Spade Zeezee Large Work Tote

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade $358 $215

This purse is available at Kate Spade and Amazon.

Bottega Veneta Cassette Intrecciato Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Bottega Veneta $3,200

This purse is available at Nordstrom and Fashionphile.

Mark & Graham Elisabetta Slouch Handbag

most versatile purse color
Mark & Graham $398

Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Bucket Bag

most versatile purse color
Mansur Gavriel $465 $325.50

This purse is available at Shopbop, Saks 5th Avenue, and Mansur Gavriel.

Bottega Veneta Loop Intrecciato Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Bottega Veneta $2,600

This purse is available at Bergdorf Goodman and Fashionphile.

Botkier Hudson Pebbled Leather Hobo

most versatile purse color
Botkier $298 $238

This bag is available at Bloomingdale’s and Botkier NY.

Kurt Geiger London Violet Leather Tote

most versatile purse color
Kurt Geiger London $240 $192

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

Kate Spade Knott Large Shoulder Bag

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade $398

Saint Laurent Lou Matelassé Leather Camera Bag

most versatile purse color
Saint Laurent $1,690

This bag is available at Nordstrom and pre-owned at Fashionphile.

Rebecca Minkoff Darren Top Zip Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Rebecca Minkoff $198

This purse is available at Saks 5th Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, and Rebecca Minkoff.

Boss Katlin Small Leather Tote

most versatile purse color
Boss $545

Bottega Veneta The Pouch small gathered leather clutch

most versatile purse color
Bottega Veneta $2,300

This clutch is available at Net-A-Porter and gently used at Fashionphile.

Chloé ’Medium Marcie’ Leather Satchel

most versatile purse color
Chloé $2,490

This purse is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and preowned at Fashionphile.

Gucci GG Marmont matelassé mini bag

most versatile purse color
Gucci $1,550

This purse is available at Farfetch and Gucci.

Freshly Picked Convertible Diaper Backpack

most versatile purse color
Freshly Picked $189

This bag is available at Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.

Cuyana Leather Backpack

most-versatile-handbags
Cuyana $478

Saint Laurent Shopping Leather Tote

most versatile purse color
Saint Laurent $1,450

This bag is available at Farfetch and preowned at Fashionphile.

Tory Burch Kira Small Pebbled Leather Top-Zip Crossbody

most versatile purse color
Tory Burch $198

This purse is available at Zappos, Nordstrom, and Neiman Marcus.

Calpak Kaya Faux Leather Laptop Backpack

most versatile purse color
Calpak $105

Saint Laurent Lou Camera leather crossbody bag

most versatile purse color
Saint Laurent $1,690

This purse is available at Bloomingdale’s, YSL, Bergdorf Goodman, and gently used at Fashionphile.

Tory Burch Kira Pebbled Leather Wallet Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Tory Burch $228

Kate Spade Knott Large Tote

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade $328 depending on color

This tote bag is available at Dillard’s and Kate Spade.

Saint Laurent Mini Lou Quilted Leather Camera Bag

most versatile purse color
Saint Laurent $1,550

This purse is available at Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Fashionphile.

Longchamp Medium Roseau Leather Tote in Poudre

most versatile purse color
Longchamp $495

This purse is available at Nordstrom and Longchamp.

AllSaints ‘Kita’ Leather Shoulder/Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
AllSaints $299

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

AllSaints Captain Lea Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
AllSaints $229

AllSaints Small Kita Convertible Leather Backpack

most versatile purse color
AllSaints $378

Rebecca Minkoff Large Edie Leather Top Handle Satchel

most versatile purse color
Rebecca Minkoff $328

This purse is available at Amazon and Rebecca Minkoff.

Zac Posen Belay Mini Leather Saddle Crossbody

most versatile purse color
Zac Posen $295

This purse is available at Bloomingdale’s and Amazon.

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

Chloé Mini Marcie Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Chloé $1,350

Coach Small Town Bucket Bag

most versatile purse color
Coach $350 $159

Tory Burch McGraw Leather Camera Bag

most versatile purse color
Tory Burch $328

This purse is available at Tory Burch and Nordstrom.

Kate Spade Roulette Medium Messenger Bag

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade $298

Saint Laurent Toy North/South Leather Tote

most versatile purse color
Saint Laurent $1,290

This purse is available at Nordstrom and YSL.

Longchamp Roseau Leather Shoulder Tote

most versatile purse color
Longchamp $550

M.Gemi The Colette

most versatile purse color
M. Gemi $298 $225

Most Versatile Purses From Years Past

I originally wrote this post years ago and update it regularly due to its popularity. I’ve left these photos below for nostalgic purposes. Whenever I update older posts, I love to hold on to a collection of images as a bit of a time capsule so we can watch how our style evolves.

Coach Shay Shoulder Bag

most versatile purse color
Coach $294.95 $276.31

Tory Burch McGraw Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Tory Burch $378

Tory Burch Robinson Leather Tote

most versatile purse color
Tory Burch $348

Salvatore Ferragamo Small The Studio Leather Tote

most versatile purse color
Salvatore Ferragamo $1,650 $1,155

Kate Spade New York Large Margaux Leather Satchel

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade $358

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

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

Kate Spade Bloom Large Flap Shoulder Bag

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade $398 $208.80

J.Crew Oslo soft leather crossbody bag

most versatile purse color
J.Crew $138 $109.99

Ted Baker London Mini Holiiee Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Ted Baker London $195

Kate Spade New York Polly Shoulder Bag

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade $298

Brunello Cucinelli Deconstructed Small Lambskin Drawstring Tote Bag

most versatile purse color
Brunello Cucinelli $2,495

AllSaints ‘Kita’ Leather Shoulder/Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
AllSaints $298 $149

Skagen Anesa Leather Shoulder Bag

most versatile purse color
Skagen $255

Nordstrom Emma Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Nordstrom $129 $58.05

Bottega Veneta

Mauve-purse
Bottega Veneta

B. Makowsky

 

 

Metallic-purse
B. Makowsky

most versatile purse color