Black and brown are conservative yet classic colours for leather bags, but which colour should you go for on an investment piece you’re looking to buy? We’ve compiled the pointers to keep in mind while selecting the bag colour and what does each of them signify.

Deciding on a perfect leather handbag is never easy: you have to think of quality, style, design and also look at a variety of colour options that are available. But choosing the colour of your leather accessories is down to taste and preference.

Black and chocolate are very classic colours and are the most versatile, so they will both be very good investment colours. Investing in the rich tan colours and hand finished colours is also a great way to put your personality into your accessories.

That being said, tan and black are being mixed more freely and adventurously these days. So, what’s the rule of thumb for what accessories you can successfully pull off in brown/black combinations or conversely?

For a vintage style, if you want to go for a classic and conservative look, matching your belt to your shoes is one of the most straightforward ways to do this.

However, the modern woman shouldn’t be afraid to be a little more adventurous with how she uses accessories.

Shades of the same colour family always work, for example, dark tans and light browns, or dark browns and blacks. It is a good idea to use black, brown and tan as your foundations and then build tasteful levels of colours from there.


Black is the all-time favorite classic choice of color that will go with anything. You can choose a black bag style that can be used for causal or business attire. This is one bag you must have in your wardrobe. You can select black for a versatile handbag that can be worn on the shoulder, cross body, or carried as a clutch to get the most out of your dollar for dollar value.


A white handbag can be casual, business, or formal depending on the style of the purse. This color can be pure white, or it can fall into a wide range of off-white colors. White for a purse color will go with everything if you want to create a sharp contrast. Common matchups are white and navy for a nautical ambiance. If you're wearing a print dress or blouse and the background is white, choosing to carry a white handbag will highlight the colors.

What Is the Most Versatile Handbag Color?

After black and white, gray is one of the most versatile handbag colors. You can choose a deep charcoal gray or go to the opposite end of the gray spectrum and select a light gray purse. You want to match your gray purse with the color value of the outfit you wish to wear.


The charcoal color is like black when it comes to going with almost any color. This is a value lighter than black but darker than a light gray. The best colors to use with charcoal range from pairing it with blue, red, pink, yellow, and white. If you want a neutral color other than black, then you may find this a good color choice.


Browns are an earthy color that can go with almost any color. You want to consider the color of your outfit and whether it is a warm or cool color. This will help you select the right brown color.


In nature, browns vary in values and hues. Ecru is like unbleached linen or a cream color. It can take on undertones of warm colors. You want to have at least one ecru colored purse in your wardrobe when crisp bright white it just too much for your outfit. Beige is a few color values darker than cream. You can mix these colors with almost any color for a stunning contrast.

Saddle Tan

Saddle tan can range from light to dark. The brown in a saddle tan is rich and creamy. This color is often associated with casual wear, but you can use a saddle tan purse with a business outfit, such as chestnut colored. If you want to create contrast, blue jean blue is a good match for a saddle tan purse.

Espresso Brown

The warm dark brown of espresso is a rich and sultry color for a purse. You can use an espresso brown purse with any warm colored clothing. You can pair it with burgundy, russet, warm tans, gold, and medium blue.


The metallic colors of gold, silver, copper, pewter, and brass can be used as accent colors for your wardrobe. Pair a metallic color with black for a stunning contrast. Burgundy, purple, and dark green are enriched when you carry a metallic colored purse.

Most of these colors will go with everything. To make a good match between the colors of your outfit and your purse, make sure you consider the hue intensity and if the color(s) are warm or cool.