Casual Chic Outfit Basics | A Neutral Purse

Casual Chic Outfit Basics | A Neutral Purse

Before we get to today’s post, I just want to tell you how THRILLED I am by all of the sign-ups for the Style Me Spring Challenge!  As of this morning, there are already over 100 women signed up!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to be your personal shopper and virtual stylist for spring.

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Now onto today’s Casual Chic Outfit Basic – The Neutral Purse.

What’s your purse personality?  Are you a girl that needs to have the latest “it” bag?  Or do you carry the same one every year?  Do you invest in purses for the long haul or opt to buy something trendy that can be switched every season?

I’m not a girl that needs to have the latest “it” bag nor am I someone willing to pay thousands of dollars for a purse.  But I do like a good quality bag and I will pay for quality any day.  I also don’t switch out my purse with my outfits.  That’s just too fussy for my day to day.  So it’s really important for me to choose a well-made bag of a decent size, that will hold up well and go with virtually everything.

Thankfully there’s a bag that fits the bill really well for all of my criteria – a neutral purse.  It goes with absolutely everything and looks great season after season.  Plus, if it’s a well-made quality piece, it can last for many years.

Just check out how chic it looks with everything.

 A Handbag for All Seasons – The Neutral Purse


I understand that many of you may not be in a position to invest in bags though and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.  There are so many affordable cute options out there that it may not be necessary.  Here are some great options under $100.

[Jessica Simpson Hadley]

[ALDO Reiten in Bone]

[Mossimo Satchel Bag in Ivory]

[Merona Interweave Hobo]

Here are some nice options in the $150-$200 range.

[Ava Dome Satchel]

[Coach Bleecker]

[Cole Haan Convertible Cross Body Bag]

[Rebecca Minkoff Amourous Satchel]

For the past three years, I’ve carried this Dooney & Bourke bag more than any other.  It’s probably the most well-made bag I’ve ever owned.  The natural color also gets prettier the longer you carry it.  The color looks orange in this photo, it’s actually more of a light brown.

Dooney Florentine Satchel Natural[Dooney & Bourke Florentine Vachetta Satchel in Natural]

The smaller version is beautiful in this bone color.

[Dooney & Bourke Florentine Small Satchel]

Here are some other well-made neutral bags in the investment category.

[DKNY Gansevoort Quilted Nappa Satchel]

[Cole Haan Berkley Satchel]

[Tory Burch Color Block Bucket Bag]


My new favorite bag, the one I designed with Wink & Winn is also neutral but with a fun twist.

wink-and-winn-purse[c/o Wink & Winn]

I’ve been promising you guys a review of this company and the process of ordering this bag since I debuted it on the blog last week.  Even if you don’t order a bag with them, I’d highly recommend playing around with creating different combos just for fun.  My girls and I entertained ourselves for hours doing this!

Step 1 – You get to determine the shape of your bag.  There are nine different styles to choose from.  I selected the large duffle bag.

Step 2 – This is the fun part, designing your bag. You get to create your bag from a choice of 49 colors and 6 horsehair options.  Literally every aspect of your bag is customizable.  The possibilities are endless!  You also get to choose the lining color and if you want gold, gunmetal or silver hardware.

Step 3 – After designing your bag (BTW – it took me days to make my final decision), you have the option of adding customization like  s personalized tag.

Because each bag is custom made it takes up to 8 weeks for delivery.  The cool part is they send you a photo of your bag during the process so you can get an idea of what it’s going to look like.

Sneak peek

It turned out even prettier than I imagined it would.  It’s great quality all around and such a perfect reflection of my personality.  Every time I carry it, I’ve gotten compliments.  It’s really unique and I love that about it.  It is an investment but I’d highly recommend subscribing to Wink & Winn’s newsletter as they do have great sales and run specials periodically.  They recently did a 50% off sale on all styles!

It’s Your Turn:  So what is your purse personality?  Tell me in the comments!

Check out all of the Casual Chic Outfit Basics in this series.

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