Although designers regularly feature brightly colored and patterned purses in their collections, it’s wise to invest in a classic handbag in a goes-with-everything hue. Choose a purse in a timeless neutral tone that can be worn easily with just about anything else you have in your wardrobe.
If you’d like a dark-colored purse, look for one in black, navy or dark brown. Black is the ultimate versatile color, and the right black purse can take you from work to cocktail hour in a snap. Navy and brown are perfect alternatives to black, and each color can be worn effortlessly year-round. If you’d prefer a lighter color, choose a purse in white, cream, tan or camel. With the exception of white, which is more warm-weather appropriate, each of these lighter hues is appropriate for all four seasons and pair wonderfully with an extensive range of colors and patterns.
Katherine Mitt has been contributing to online publications since 2009, focusing primarily on fashion and style topics. She holds a B.A. in English from a small liberal arts school.
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