Like many of my clients, I have no interest in multiple options for my perfect everyday purse. If I am going to change out my purse, it is for a clutch on 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 I need, compliment all my outfits and stay on my shoulder without destroying my posture. Particularly for me, to find a purse like this is an incredible feat. I go from red to black to shorts to shift dresses, and jewelry swings from gold to silver to bronze to gold.
Right away, a black purse is the least versatile. 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 is out too. Unless you always wear pastels and white, a dark brown will be too dark for a lot of outfits. A tan or light brown purse is great if you don't wear black, but most people wear black pants or boots at some point in the week.
It turns out the most versatile purse colors are dark turquoise, deep emerald green, a pinky blush, a light purple/mauve or a soft metallic. Let's break it down. The only color that does not go with deep turquoise and emerald green, is a solid colored turquoise or emerald green garment. Every other outfit color works from black and brown to white, yellow and red. Same goes with a pinky blush. Every color will compliment the pink, except a solid colored light pink top and some yellows. As for light purple, even red can work with it. You just don't want to wear a light purple dress. Now, for the soft metallic purse, if it is soft enough - not quite gold, not quite silver - it should be able to pair with all colors and most jewelry tones.
When deciding on your versatile purse, keep in mind the jewelry tones you prefer. If you primarily wear silver, a purse with gold hardware will clash with most of your looks. It would be best if your purse had no hardware, but that can be incredibly difficult to find. If you must have metal embellishments, choose the metal you usually wear. In my case, my most recent purse purchase has very subtle champagne silver on it. Although I am a gold girl, the metal is so subtle, I feel confident in sporting this marvelous Cole Haan find with all my golds.
Speaking of my Cole Haan bag, a moment to brag. The purse is perfect in quality, style and size. It is large enough for my client files without being confused for a carry on. Often my purses are gargantuan which make me look ridiculous and often become too heavy. It also has a wonderful outside pocket, can stand on it's own - yet is soft and flexible, and the straps not only look luxe, but grip my shoulder softly, which prevents slippage. My right shoulder used to reach for the heavens every time I carried my purse. Turns out I was trying to keep the purse from falling to the ground. With the Cole Haan, my shoulder stays down and my body remains relaxed. I'm pretty sure I can write this purse off as physical therapy.
Unfortunately this Cole Haan find really was a find. It was a rogue items at DSW. I could not track down another one for you to purchase, but I do have some other options for you.