Different Handbag Color Opportunities with the Same Outfit

Different Handbag Color Opportunities with the Same Outfit

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Handbag color in many options

Different Handbag Color Opportunities with the Same Outfit

Today we are talking about different handbag color with the same outfit. This was a suggestion by Gina asking if a purse should reflect the outfit or the season. Since this is a loaded question for a fashion blogger, we went hog wild with possibilities. So much so that we split it into 3 blog posts.
Today we will compare our outfit with 3 different handbag color options.

Quote of the day: “As I get older, I feel like I only have so many 100 yard dashes left, and I don’t want to waste them in practice.” Julia “Hurricaine” Hawkins, 103-year-old runner

This quote is powerful as I feel like too many times we think there is a “right” and “wrong” when it comes to style and fashion. I know my husband thinks I am swimming upstream to focus on having fun with our clothing options!! But that’s what makes me happy.
In the whole scheme of things, I think this different handbag color post will at least show there are a ton of options that can look great!! Granted we don’t all like the same things, and that’s a good thing.

You’ll be seeing a neutral purse, a colorful purse and a print purse with each of our outfits. You could say that each reflects a mood or feeling! And beware, it’s a long post!

Other options of purses with these same outfits
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Exploring the Advantages and Disadvantages of Hands Free Bags

Lesley’s Handbag Color Options

Lesley started with an all neutral outfit. I also like how she wore a belt with the under layer. I feel like it helps with proportions.

Woman over 70 in neutrals

Pants: Chicos ~~ Cardigan: JM Collection~~ Top: Chicos~~ Shoes: Alfani

When neutrals win for women

Neutral Handbag

Lesley added this cross body purse with a strap which can be adjusted to wear over one shoulder. She bought this purse at Marshalls years ago. I like how even though it’s neutral, it has an interesting design on it.

I would say that even though this is a neutral handbag color, it still creates a focus since it’s a lighter neutral than the vest or pants.

Light blue purse for a subtle color


This light blue Prada purse was found on one of our Goodwill trips. We aren’t 100% sure it’s real, but I always feel like it doesn’t matter. You buy it because you like it and who really knows the brand.

Again, because it’s a lighter color than the outfit, it stands out nicely. As an extra, Lesley added a scarf to the handle!!
If you are wondering how to incorporate a colored purse into your wardrobe, think about similar colors to the neutrals you like. For instance light blue can be very much like a grey.

Adding color with handbag color and scarf

Printed Fun

Lesley added in this bright and colorful print purse that she picked up online. The nice thing about purchasing purses online is you don’t have to worry about fit, LOL!!

This is the perfect way to add some brightness to a neutral outfit. Notice that Lesley also threw her pashmina over her shoulder too!! And she is print mixing with the scarf in her hair!!

Charlotte’s Choices

My mom wore a column of color with the olive green pants and top, and then threw on a leopard cardigan. Even though there is a print in the outfit, it’s still a relatively neutral base of an outfit!!

Insider news: This cardigan is one from her Fashom box, an online clothing box. I compared 3 different services in the past, and I’m convinced they can be very helpful if you are open to the idea.
And I’m of the mind we ALL should be more open to the idea, to help us stop buying the same things over and over, LOL!

Woman in her 80's with a column of color

Pants: Dana Buchman~~ Cardigan: Yemak~~ Top: Croft & Barrow~~ Boots: Journee

Keeping neutral with your accessories

Neutral Purse

For my mom’s neutral purse, she grabbed a print one at that!!! It goes to show that many prints are subtle especially from a distance. While you know that it’s a print because you see it up close, that’s not always the case in photos or from far away!!!

In fact, we discussed 3 ways to dip your toe into print mixing years ago
Elementary Print Mixing Starting with your Shoes
How Your Scarf Can be used for a Fun Print Mixing Piece
Adding in Another Print with your Purse

Charlotte described this purse as silver, and it’s a Simply Vera purse that was thrifted. Up close, you can see it’s a snakeskin print yet has a wonderful shine. This example goes with this outfit because it mirrors the lightness of the cardigan and contrasts nicely with the pants.

Adding a pop of color with a handbag color

Bright Color

For a bright handbag color, Charlotte grabbed this gold one. We have discussed many times how yellow shoes and a yellow purse can brighten almost any outfit. In fact, my good friend bought a yellow purse because of me, and wore it when she modeled with us once.

With a bright color purse, you allow it to be the focal point. And notice you don’t have to match your purse to your shoes. It can be a statement all by itself.

Mixing prints with a purse


This is a gifted purse from a company we worked with many years ago. It’s not a name brand purse, yet it has been a wonderful addition to my mom’s collection because it’s so colorful.

I like how just like with the gold purse, it adds a pop of color to the overall look AND gives a nod to print mixing!!

Insider tip: If your purse has a chain strap like this, you can “shorten” it by wrapping it around the top flap when it’s open, and then when you close the flap, it will be shorter.

Jodie’s Opportunities

Of course, I had to wear a colorful outfit. While you might think this would limit the handbag color options, I hope to prove that wrong.

Colorful outfit for women over 50

Pants:Kancan (I won these last month) ~~ Sweater: Belong Lifestyle ~~ Boots: DSW ~~ Necklace: Gifted from an Instagram friend

When the focus in on the necklace

Neutral Purse

Since metallics are considered neutrals, I grabbed this Aldo purse. You can see in the closeup shot how the rose gold material is wearing off on the straps. That goes to show how much I use this purse.
It could also show that it’s not a quality purse. But when I first bought it, I wasn’t sure if it would be a color I would wear much. Now that I know I do love it, I would consider finding a better made one.

A metallic purse is one way to add some shine even if you are trying to keep the focus on the outfit.

Handbag color to brighten a look

Big Pop of Color

I didn’t want to match my purse to my outfit so I picked my bright pink purse from Charming Charlies. Any bright colored purse would work with this including red, turquoise or green.

Granted this might be too much color for some of you, yet I think it showcases my colorful personality!!

Snakeskin is a neutral


Just like my mom (the genes are the same, right?), I am showing how snakeskin or any animal print would be a great option for your handbag. This one is from DSW, and is a warm version which goes well with the yellow sweater.

Insider info: Did you know that DSW has a philanthropy program where you can drop off gently used shoes for rewards? I do this lots and accumulate rewards which gives me a discount on anything from their store. This purse was a steal because of that.


So I’m sure you all have favorites from these handbag color options. I would love to hear your reasoning and if it made you consider anything you might not already have in your collection!

I do think that if you are on the fence with trying different colors of purses, the second hand store is a great place to start.
If you want to try thredUp, you can use my code and get $10 off your first purchase (and I get $10 too, so thank you). Or have a purse swap with friends like I described in marvelous activities with friends.

Different handbag color for an outfit

Photo credit: Rob Filogomo

My Goal

Thank you for visiting my space on the internet. I like to showcase how it’s never too late to look great for women of any age, size or working with any budget.
I feel I’m here to help move beyond the fashion rules of yesterday and evolve. Style and clothes are made to give you joy. Not cause us stress because we are worried about what other’s think.

My hope is that you get ideas and inspirations from Charlotte, Lesley and myself. It’s not about copying what we wear, but about using what you already have and updating items along the way.
Most of all it’s getting us to think differently and dare I say, have fun?


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