As I was getting ready to write this post, I remembered Adrian Grenier in The Devil Wears Prada when he questioned a woman’s obsession with having multiple handbags and that, really, all women need one bag to put all their stuff inside to be done.  Clearly, Adrian Grenier, just like most men, don’t get it.  However, I do think the average woman falls somewhere between the handbag obsessed, change-everyday type and the woman who just needs one purse.  As much as most women enjoy ogling beautiful handbags, few have the desire, energy and/or interest to change theirs daily.

What most women are looking for is one beautiful handbag that they can carry pretty much exclusively.  While this goal may seem as impossible as finding the perfect man, trust me, you have a better chance of finding a stylish and versatile handbag than you do the perfect specimen of a human being.

The goal is to look beyond the idea that a functional handbag has to be a boring one.  I have talked about this many times before, but today I wanted to throw a new color into the “bags that are tremendously versatile” category:  Olive Green Handbags.  It today’s post I am showing you how versatile they can be.  Check out the looks and all the ways you an carry one.

Olive Handbags: What to Wear with Them

Outfit #1

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When I started with this casual nylon handbag from Coach, I thought of a pair of red, suede driving loafers, like this pair from Donald J Pliner.  I happen to love olive and red together.  It manages to work as a combination without looking like Christmas.  After choosing the shoes, I kept the rest of the look elegantly simple with a pair of skinny jeans from Lucky Brand, a relaxed white button down from Madewell, a layered necklace from Bauble Bar, bangles from Nordstrom and leather wrap watch from Tory Burch.

Outfit #2

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Women who don’t like the way they look in warm, autumnal shades tend to avoid olive like the plague.  However, olive handbags can work no matter what your coloring is for a few reasons.  First, handbags aren’t worn anywhere near your face and, second, olive is actually a gorgeous color with many cool based colors and jewel tones.  Olive and just about every shade of pink is beautiful.  Olive and colors like violet and lavender?  Stunning.  I can go on.  Think about it, all colorful flowers have green stems. So don’t avoid olive as a versatile handbag shade simply because your personal coloring doesn’t work.

In the outfit above, for example, I styled this olive handbag from Furla with these magenta pumps from Charles David.  These accessories add a stunning pop against the basic navy dress from J. Crew that I finished with a statement necklace from Stella & Dot and chain link bracelet from Bauble Bar.

Outfit #3

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In the last look, you saw how olive can play well with colors.  Furthering the versatility of this shade, it also plays well with neutrals because olive is technically a neutral color.  In this outfit, I added this olive handbag from Sanctuary to the taupe pants from Reiss and a basic crew neck sweater in ivory.  I finished the look with a pop of burgundy (burgundy and olive are gorgeous together) through these flats and scarf from Nordstrom and these decorative hoop earrings from Max & Chloe.

Outfit #4

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Olive handbags don’t have to packed away once the weather gets warmer.  You might be surprised how well they work with your summer prints, bright colors and even when wearing white.

Take this look above.  I styled this yellow dress from Boden with an olive crossbody from Tommy Hilfiger, tan wedges from Seychelles and chandelier earrings from Karen Kane.

Outfit #5

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If you are someone who prefers that your bag matches your shoes (more on this), the good news is that olive makes an excellent shoe color.  Here, for example, this olive Sole Society handbag and olive stacked heel pumps from the same company work together to give this grey pencil skirt from Theory and burgundy button down from Hugo Boss a lovely finish.  The rest of the outfit is styled with the same scarf I used in a previous look and statement hoop earrings from Nest.

While on the hunt for purses you can carry regularly, don’t discount olive handbags.  You’ll be surprised by how versatile they are.