most versatile purse color
Rebecca Minkoff $298

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.

Note: Due to the virality of this post, we update it almost every month. Please feel free to email me if you still have questions about the most versatile purse color for your personal wardrobe.

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:

  1. Blush Beige or Pinky Taupe
  2. Mauve
  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)
  6. Soft Metallic
  7. Light Blue (If you have a lighter colored wardrobe)
  8. Merlot (If you have a darker colored wardrobe)
  9. 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 . . .

  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 complement a muted-colored bag. It makes the bag look dirty.
  4. A muted-colored wardrobe does not complement 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.

Mark & Graham Elisabetta Slouch Handbag

most versatile purse color
Mark & Graham $398

Coach Small Town Bucket Bag

most versatile purse color
Coach $350 $159

Rebecca Minkoff Darren Top-Zip Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Rebecca Minkoff $198

This purse is available at Saks 5th Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

Botkier Hudson Pebbled Leather Hobo

most versatile purse color
Botkier $298 $138.77

This purse is available at Nordstrom and Dillard’s.

Tory Burch McGraw Leather Camera Bag

most versatile purse color
Tory Burch $298

This purse is available at Tory Burch and Zappos.

Tory Burch McGraw Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Tory Burch $378

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

Lauren Ralph Lauren Debby leather bucket bag

most versatile purse color
Ralph Lauren $348

Kate Spade New York Polly Shoulder Bag

most versatile purse color
Kate Spade $298

This purse is available at Saks 5th Avenue and Amazon.

AllSaints Captain Lea Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
AllSaints $229

Tory Burch Robinson Leather Tote

most versatile purse color
Tory Burch $348

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

Frame Les Second Leather Wallet Shoulder Bag

most versatile purse color
Frame $198

Saint Laurent Toy Loulou Quilted Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Saint Laurent $1,450

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, Rebecca Minkoff, and Nordstrom.

Cuyana Leather Backpack

most versatile purse color
Cuyana $395

Saint Laurent Shopping Leather Tote

most versatile purse color
Saint Laurent $1,150

This bag is available at Saks 5th Avenue, Farfetch, and YSL.

Boss Katlin Small Leather Tote

most versatile purse color
Boss $545

Mali + Lili Ashley Vegan Leather Everyday Tote

most versatile purse color
Mali + Lili $72

Rebecca Minkoff Large Edie Leather Top Handle Satchel

most versatile purse color
Rebecca Minkoff $298

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

M.Gemi The Colette

most versatile purse color
M. Gemi $328

Tory Burch Kira Small Pebbled Leather Top-Zip Crossbody

most versatile purse color
Tory Burch $198

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

Calpak Kaya Faux Leather Laptop Backpack

most versatile purse color
Calpak $105

Mansur Gavriel Mini Mini Bucket Bag

most versatile purse color
Mansur Gavriel $465

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

Longchamp Medium Roseau Leather Tote

most versatile purse color
Longchamp $495

Zac Posen Belay Mini Leather Saddle Crossbody

most versatile purse color
Zac Posen $295

This purse is available at Bloomingdale’s, Amazon, Macy’s, and Saks Off 5th.

AllSaints Small Kita Convertible Leather Backpack

most versatile purse color
AllSaints $378

Kurt Geiger London Violet Leather Tote

most versatile purse color
Kurt Geiger London $229

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

Valentino Garavani Rockstud textured-leather tote

most versatile purse color
Valentino Garavani $1,345

This purse is available at Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, and My Theresa.

GiGi New York Virginia Hobo

most versatile purse color
GiGi New York $195 $136.50

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.

Ted Baker London Mini Holiiee Leather Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Ted Baker London $195

Bottega Veneta The Pouch small gathered leather clutch

most versatile purse color
Bottega Veneta $1,550

This clutch is available at Net-A-Porter, Bergdorf Goodman, and Farfetch.

Salvatore Ferragamo Small The Studio Leather Tote – In Black

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

Chloé ’Medium Marcie’ Leather Satchel

most versatile purse color
Chloé $2,090

This purse is available at Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s.

Gucci GG Marmont matelassé mini bag

most versatile purse color
Gucci $1,200

Freshly Picked Convertible Diaper Backpack

most versatile purse color
Freshly Picked $175

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

Brunello Cucinelli Deconstructed Small Lambskin Drawstring Tote Bag

most versatile purse color
Brunello Cucinelli $2,495

Saint Laurent Lou Camera leather crossbody bag

most versatile purse color
Saint Laurent $1,150

Coach Cassie Crossbody

most versatile purse color
Coach $350

Coach Shay Shoulder Bag

most versatile purse color
Coach $350

Tory Burch Kira Pebbled Leather Wallet Crossbody Bag

most versatile purse color
Tory Burch $198

Saint Laurent Toy North/South Leather Tote

most versatile purse color
Saint Laurent $1,150

Nordstrom Reah Leather Backpack

most versatile purse color
Nordstrom $189

Longchamp Le Foulonne Leather Backpack

most versatile purse color
Longchamp $575

Tumi Jane Convertible Nylon Backpack

most versatile purse color
Tumi $325

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

Sole Society Fayth Faux Leather Backpack

most versatile purse color
Sole Society $65

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.

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

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

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

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

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 $2,190

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