Make Your Outfit Pop With a Blue Purse

blue purse furla

This adds a pop of color to my black outfits.

I don’t know about you but I own a lot of black purses, so a couple of years back when I spotted this cobalt blue Furla tote,  I was instantly hooked. To this day, it’s still one of my favorite bags.

I like to pull it out every year about now when it’s dark and cold outside because it gives me a lift. It’s a great way to perk  up during the dreary months and make my wardrobe come alive.

It looks especially good when I wear it with black. Black can really drain you but any bright blue like this such as Monaco Blue, sapphire blue etc, (or any other jewel tone) adds so much life.

If you like the idea of a blue purse, here are a couple of ideas for what to wear one with to look really wow.


Look # 1

 sexy suede ankle booties and a gorgeous cuff

sexy suede ankle booties and a gorgeous cuff


I love this striking combination inspired by this Kate Winslett Vogue Cover.  Black and gold paired with this deep blue give this casual outfit a regal feel.

To get the look pair black leggings with a long, flowing animal print tunic ( it should cover your bottom). Add sexy suede ankle booties and a gorgeous cuff.

You could add a black bag if you wanted a quieter look but a this blue Valentino studded tote makes the outfit totally modern and chic. Here’s another option from Kate Spade.


Look # 2 

blue Valentino studded tote

blue Valentino studded tote

If you like a more casual bag to carry to work almost like a briefcase then you will love this hip satchel. Again we’ve started with lots of black and some grey too and thrown in a few touches of blue to perk it up. Black with blue has been a popular trend. This saturated blue is an easy color to wear and looks very classy too, so no wonder fashionistas have been loving it.

Neutral jeans, in grey, plus a classic black blazer , flats and this blue purse  make this look a winner. Notice how the flats are black and not blue. It would look would too matchy-matchy if they were the same color, making this outfit look  dated.

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  1. Teresa Erickson says:

    I love the first look! I don’t usally think to pair black and blue, but the animal print and gold accesories really pull it all together. Who makes the animal print tunic? It would make a nice addition to my wardrobe as I approach my 50th birthday!

  2. Deborah,

    I totally agree with the blue purse thing. I bought a cute, royal blue purse from Marc by Marc Jacobs and I ended up giving it to my twenty-something daughter because I though it looked better on her and I didn’t think I’d wear it. However, when I tried it on again, I ended up buying the exact same purse for myself the next week. And, I wear that gorgeous blue purse with EVERYTHING! My daughter is sporty/classic and I’m boho/hippie… so that color looks good with just about every style. Tina

  3. When it comes to bags, I think It’s tough to convince a woman to stick with a particular look. There are many choices, colors, sizes, etc. and taking the time to choose a bag is SO much fun (for me anyway) that I have to go with what makes me love it, not what anyone else thinks. In fact, I have bought bags with some of the “don’t go there” components as shown above, yet received many compliments from women over 30 (I am in my late 40’s).

    • Hi Carolyn,
      The last thing I want to do is to take away any one’s fun. I’m here to give a suggestion and you can take it or leave it. It’s a tricky transition moving into the second half of life. We need to keep you thinking about we are appearing to others and make sure that you are projecting the class and authority we want. It’s important to have a reality check so we don’t end up dressing like our teenage daughters.

  4. Anne Bobyk says:

    I have a fabulous turquoise purse from a few years back that’s identical in style as to what’s new…..I will be wearing it soon!

  5. Hi Kat,
    Yes, it can be hard to have to look in the mirror and say, It is time to grow up. But growing up can still be fun. We love getting compliments but do it by wearing beautiful colors and having good taste. I agree with you that we can dress in a creative, youthful way… without having “Juicy” written on our bottoms or purses!

    • Deborah,

      Personally, I’ve always thought fashion companies should pay us to wear their names on our buttocks and our breasts (T-shirts). If you think about it, we are advertising their brands. Tina

  6. I agree with you totally on the “DON’T” handbags.It’s not a matter of taking away anyone’s fun, it’s suggesting what’s classy and right for a woman over 40. When I see a woman of a certain age w/ a lot of zippers, logos and junk hanging off her bag I immediately think “What the ?!?!?! What’s she trying to prove, or who’s she think she’s impressing??” A handbag can totally make or break the impression you leave with others.