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Most Versatile Purse Color

most versatile purse color
Clockwise from upper left: Mark & Graham $99 $74.99-$99, Tory Burch $228, Mark & Graham $379, Gucci $1,550, Mansur Gavriel $495, Cuyana $378

Most of my clients have no interest in multiple options for their everyday purse so they want to know what color purse goes with everything. I get it. The changing of the guard is a hassle and most women carry the same bag everyday for about a year before switching it up. With this year-round goal in mind, I also get asked, “what is the best handbag color for all seasons.”

Professionally, I am with them. I have one chic backpack I carry to all my personal styling sessions. This is my everyday bag – Monday thru Friday – that I never change, no matter the season, so I did extensive research on the most versatile purse color to ensure I look put together each day. Spoiler alert, there is no purse color that goes with everything, but there is a purse color that can go with almost everything. In my research I discovered that the most versatile purse color is a pinky beige or an off white. Scroll down if you are ready to shop, but for those who want a little more detail on the best everyday purse color, let’s get into it…

Most Versatile Purse Color For Your Everyday Bag

As I already mentioned, the #1 most versatile purse color is a pinky taupe or a blush beige — you could also call it a dusty pink or earthy pink. But keep in mind, the most versatile purse color for your wardrobe could be different. The color purse that goes with “everything” in your wardrobe may be different from someone who wears a different color palette. People often think that black is a versatile purse color, but a black purse is one of the least versatile purse colors for your everyday bag. Even if you wear black all the time, a black purse is not great. 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. With that in mind, here is the full list of the most versatile purse colors for your everyday bag with all the various color palettes in mind:

  1. Blush Beige or Pinky Taupe (If you don’t wear much black)
  2. Off-white (If you don’t wear crisp white)
  3. Mauve (If you have an earthier-colored wardrobe)
  4. Dove Grey (If you have a neutral-colored wardrobe)
  5. Tan (If you have a darker-colored wardrobe or wear a lot of navy)
  6. Light Blue (If you have a lighter-colored wardrobe)
  7. Burgundy/Merlot (If you have a darker-colored wardrobe)
  8. 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 to some of the everyday purse 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 go-to shoe tone — this is classic advice. If you are wearing lighter-colored shoes, like off-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? I am a professional personal stylist. Feel free to comment below if you still have questions about what color purse goes with everything in your particular wardrobe and I will reply to your comment within a week. This is especially helpful for those seeking an everyday designer bag. You may want some assistance before you invest. 

The Five Versatile Purse Colors You Need

In my personal life, I am happy to change up my handbag, but I don’t need to go crazy. So for my looks outside of my everyday bag for work, I have a series of the perfect-sized crossbody bags in the five essential purse colors. These five purse colors go with everything I own. If you own these five purse colors, you are set.

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

These five everyday handbags hang by my door (each on its own gold hook) to ensure an easy transition between bags. Each bag has its own hand sanitizer, tissues, and my favorite 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 near the front door 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 shelves in my closet.

What Is The Most Versatile Hardware For Your Purse?

When deciding on your everyday bag, 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.

Last Bit of Versatile Purse Color Tips

Due to the virality of this post, we update it regularly. Bookmark this page so you can revisit it every time you add a new bag to your wardrobe. But! Maybe a new bag is not the answer…

Do you have a beloved bag that still feels fresh and modern, but it has become worn or damaged? It can be fixed. Take your broken bag to a well rated bag repair specialist to have it restored. I just had my favorite, but haggard, 7-year-old blush camera bag refreshed at Gilbert’s Shoe Repair in San Diego. There are also bag restoration companies that accept clients across the country. I recently discovered Leather Surgeons based in New Jersey. Bag Repair is expensive, but it is worth it for a versatile purse you will continue to use on the daily.

Tory Burch Mercer Pebbled Zip Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Tory Burch $228

This purse is available at Nordstrom, Tory Burch, Amazon and Shopbop.

Cuyana Concertina Phone Bag

most versatile purse color
Cuyana $248

Mark & Graham The Essential Crossbody Everyday Bag

most versatile purse color
Mark & Graham $99 $74.99-$99

Everyone is loving this versatile crossbody purse!

Cuyana 13-inch Messenger Everyday Bag

most versatile purse color
Cuyana $378

Saint Laurent Lou Matelassé Leather Camera Bag

most versatile purse color
Saint Laurent $1,690

This bag is available at Bergdorf Goodman and pre-owned at Fashionphile.

Tom Ford Small East/West Grained Leather Tote

most versatile purse color
Tom Ford $1,590 $636

This versatile purse color is available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Mark & Graham Elisabetta Slouch Everyday Purse

most versatile purse color
Mark & Graham $379

This purse is available at Mark & Graham.

Saint Laurent Shopping Leather Tote Bag

most versatile purse color
Saint Laurent $1,358

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 $228

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

Cuyana Leather Backpack

most-versatile-handbags
Cuyana $478

Kate Spade Knott Large Shoulder Bag

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade $398

This purse is available at Neiman Marcus and Kate Spade.

Mansur Gavriel Mini Cloud Leather Clutch

most versatile bag color
Mansur Gavriel $545

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

Calpak Kaya Faux Leather Laptop Backpack

most versatile purse color
Calpak $138 $103.50

J. Crew Bembien® Carmen bag

most versatile purse color J. crew
J. Crew $280

This purse is available at J. Crew.

Tory Burch Kira Pebbled Leather Wallet Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Tory Burch $228

Bottega Veneta The Pouch Small Gathered Versatile Leather Clutch

most versatile purse color
Bottega Veneta $2,300

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

Calpak Haven Laptop Tote Bag for Everyday

most versatile purse color
Calpak $180

This tote bag is available at Calpak.

Métier London Perriand Medium Cabas Handbag

most versatile purse color
Métier London $2,650

This handbag is available at Métier London.

Chloé ’Medium Marcie’ Leather Satchel – Everyday Designer Bag

most versatile purse color
Chloé $2,490

This purse is available at Nordstrom and preowned at Fashionphile.

Parisa Wang Baguette Belt Bag

most versatile purse color parisa wang
Parisa Wang $288

This belt bag, or fancy fanny pack as I like to say, is available at Parisa Wang.

Longchamp Roseau Leather Shoulder Tote Bag

most versatile purse color
Longchamp $610

This shoulder bag is available at Longchamp.

Longchamp Medium Roseau Leather Everyday Bag

most versatile purse color
Longchamp $585

This purse is available at Longchamp.

Saint Laurent Toy North/South Leather Tote Bag

most versatile purse color
Saint Laurent $1,290

This purse is available at YSL.  

Rebecca Minkoff Darren Top Zip Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Rebecca Minkoff $328

This purse is available at Bloomingdale’s and Zappos.

Bottega Veneta Loop Intrecciato Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Bottega Veneta $3,100

This purse is available at Bergdorf Goodman.

Coach Jamie Camera Bag

Coach $278 $99

This purse is available at Coach.

Kate Spade Knott Large Tote Bag

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade $328

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

Tory Burch McGraw Leather Camera Bag

most versatile purse color
Tory Burch $298

This purse is available at Tory Burch, and Nordstrom.

Saint Laurent Lou Camera Leather Crossbody Everyday Designer Bag

most versatile purse color
Saint Laurent $1,690

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

Chloé Mini Marcie Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Chloé $1,450

This crossbody purse is available at Nordstrom.

Most Versatile Purse Colors From Years Past

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

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. Some colors I don’t feel are as versatile. Others are simply sold out now.

Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Bucket Bag

most versatile purse color
Mansur Gavriel $495

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

Coach Bucket Bag

most versatile purse color
Coach $398 $149

This bucket bad is available at Coach.

AllSaints ‘Kita’ Leather Shoulder/Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
AllSaints $319

This purse is available at Zappos.

Bottega Veneta Cassette Intrecciato Everyday Designer Bag

most versatile purse color
Bottega Veneta $3,200

This purse is available at Nordstrom and Fashionphile.

Rebecca Minkoff Large Edie Leather Top Handle Satchel

most versatile purse color
Rebecca Minkoff $328

This purse is available at Rebecca Minkoff.

Tory Burch McGraw Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Tory Burch $398 $278.60

This crossbody is available at Nordstrom.

Kurt Geiger London Violet Leather Tote Bag

most versatile purse color
Kurt Geiger London $265

This purse is available at Amazon.

Botkier Hudson Pebbled Leather Hobo

most versatile purse color
Botkier $298 $238

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

Gucci GG Marmont Matelassé Mini Everyday Designer Bag

most versatile purse color
Gucci $1,550

This purse is available at Farfetch and Gucci.

Saint Laurent Mini Lou Quilted Everyday Designer Bag

most versatile purse color
Saint Laurent $1,550

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

AllSaints Captain Lea Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
AllSaints $199

This versatile crossbody is available at Nordstrom and AllSaints.

AllSaints Small Kita Convertible Leather Backpack

most versatile purse color
AllSaints $379

Coach Shay Everyday Purse

most versatile purse color
Coach $294.95 $276.31

Tory Burch Robinson Leather Tote Bag

most versatile purse color
Tory Burch $348

Kate Spade New York Large Margaux Leather Satchel

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade $358

Kate Spade New York Large Polly Leather Tote Bag

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade $298 $137

Furla Ariana Medium Leather Zip Tote Bag

most versatile colored handbag
Furla $350 $210

Kate Spade New York ‘Cameron Street Lucie’ Tote Bag

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade New York $298

Kate Spade New York Polly Shoulder Bag

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade $298

AllSaints ‘Kita’ Leather Shoulder/Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
AllSaints $298 $149

Bottega Veneta Everyday Purse

Mauve-purse
Bottega Veneta

B. Makowsky Everyday Purse

 

 

Metallic-purse
B. Makowsky

Emerald Green Everyday Purse

most versatile purse color

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8 Responses

  1. Happy Thanksgiving!
    These color tips are so helpful for those of us who chose to let our silvers shine during isolation!

    Building a new, lighter, wardrobe is not an easy task, especially during winter months. Any tips along these lines, in future posts, would be appreciated.

    Thanks, Vanessa, a faithful fan,
    Trish

    1. Happy Thanksgiving to you! I will add this to my editorial calendar, perhaps in spring! Thanks Trish! xoxo

  2. What an awesome post! Can you please tell me the name of the teal wallet in the last photo? ❤️

    1. Hi Coni! I am so glad you enjoyed it! The wallet is from Elliot Luca, the brand no longer exists from what I understand, but you can find some piece on ebay: https://bit.ly/40UQIZB or Poshmark! To get $10 off your first order on Poshmark, use code THESILVERTON

  3. Lisa Spiars says:

    Great information! What clothes/shoes go with brown or caramel-colored bags? I love that color bag. I have a black Gucci Jackie bag that I love, and I wear it with outfits that have black in them, but it seems too much for summer, with white tennies and sandals. What color and style would you get to wear with white tennies, nude heels, and white and pastel tops? I normally wear these tops and shoes with black joggers or denim, or my light-colored J Crew chino shorts in white, khaki, navy, etc. Essentially, given it’s summer and my wardrobe colors and lifestyle (very casual), what color and style bag would you recommend?

    1. Hi Lisa! Sounds like you are in need of a medium blush bag. A caramel bag (lighter tan) goes with earth tones like browns, sage green and earthy reds. A rich tan bag goes with navy, black, dark green, and deep reds. Note: pastel colored tops don’t usually pair well with black pants 🙂

      Hope this helps!

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