What color handbag for winter?

  1. I have several off white & beige color handbags that I really love and carry often. I'm just so tired of carrying black all the time. Is it a fashion disaster if I carried white/beige color bags during the winter. Somehow I read about it several years ago and don't know what you gals think about the fashion rule.

    Thanks for your help.

  2. I think it's fine. Especially if it is a soft cream or beige color. Winter whites are always chic IMO.
  3. I don't think white or beige are a problem to wear in the winter.
  4. I agree that white is sometimes very chic, but a lovely chocolate or plum bag is really beautiful for fall/winter as well!!

    Good Luck!
  5. this year I am going to go with white. I am still on the hunt for a perfect all white bag.
  6. I didn't know there was a specific colour for each season. I think it should just depend on the colour of your outfit. I'm going to be using all different colour handbags for winter, same as all year round.
  7. Grey is looking good in my opinion.
  8. Thanks for all your input. I feel much better knowing that I can use my bags all year round. Several years ago, I did not own a single white/beige color bag. I thought it would get dirty and also can't wear it during the winter, so it would've been a waste.
  9. I don't think it's a fashion issue -- white (esp winter white) and beige can look fab in the winter -- but be wary of the weather!!! I tend to keep my nice light bags inside when the weather's bad :smile:
  10. ^ So true. Be careful using your light-coloured bags when the weather is nasty!

    I also like grey, burgundy, and rich blues for fall/winter.
  11. I have a dark white bag I carry almost exclusively in the winter:yes:
    This year whites, metal tones and grey are hot IMO.
  12. Swanky's bag is the perfect white for all seasons. There was just an article about when to wear white in the WSJ last week. They said it is now OK because of "Global Warming". I kid you not.
  13. I will wear a variety of colors this fall. I have white bag phobia, so I doubt that I'll wear white. I do have a silver Cotton Club tote that is light and I will use it. I'm also very into red bags for some reason. I just bought two.
  14. Warming Trend: White Jeans Year Round
    Climate-Controlled Interiors
    And Even Weather Are Taking The Seasons Out of Fashion​

    August 30, 2007; Page D12

    Labor Day is upon us, and Maury Rogoff has no intention of putting away her white jeans. It has been years since the New York marketing consultant went through the seasonal ritual of switching her closet around. "I'm in total seasonal denial," she says. "I only cave in when it really gets cold in January and February," she says. "I resist tights and hose all winter long."

    One of the most surprising effects of climate changes can be found in your closet: With the exception of heavy winter coats and flimsy sundresses, there aren't a lot of truly seasonal clothes in many people's wardrobes anymore.

    The move toward seasonless dressing is largely an effect of climate change. In most places in the Northern Hemisphere, the weather is getting warmer, and winters are shorter and less extreme, according to the Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University in New York. Radley Horton, a climatologist at the center says 11 of the Earth's 12 warmest years since 1890 occurred after 1996. But in recent years, he says, "there are less extreme differentials between seasons," he says. The result: Spring is starting earlier by a week to 10 days, and fall is starting about a week later.

    At the same time, people spend so much time indoors and in cars that their lives are essentially climate-controlled. There's less of a need for bulky sweaters and tweedy woolens. The casual movement of recent years has also helped drive the trend, as jeans, a year-round fashion item that can be dressed up or down, have emerged as the workhorses in most people's wardrobes. Turning a spring look into a fall outfit is as simple as layering on a sweater or heavier jacket.

    Yet here lies a big disconnect with fashion -- a multibillion-dollar industry designed around frequent inventory turnover, planned obsolescence, and a major seasonal change-up twice a year. While many retailers have introduced more versatile, transitional clothes into their mix, the high-fashion designers are the locomotives that push the big trends. And for the most part, they are wedded to the traditional system that began with the Paris couture houses in the early 20th century.

    Crazy weather and global warming are growing concerns to apparel makers as they must market fashions across the U.S. and abroad where climates are varied. Last month, Liz Claiborne Inc. invited Mr. Horton, the climatologist, to an informal discussion with 30 executives, where the talk ranged from fabrics to the timing of seasonal markdowns and retail deliveries.

    The thick September fashion magazines are now weighing in with fall themes centered on the return of tailored, grown-up dressing in the form of suits and knitted jackets. Touted as this fall's must-have accessory: elbow-length leather gloves -- thoroughly impractical but arresting in glossy advertising for Etienne Aigner and Anne Klein at Barneys New York. Another (literally) hot trend for fall is collars made from feathers.

    High-fashion designers and the innovative fabric mills who supply them think creatively -- and they aren't worried about the weather. High fashion, of course, is to some extent about eye candy and fantasy -- and major brands such as Gucci, Prada and Louis Vuitton can afford to be cavalier in placing creativity over comfort in their apparel lines, since they mostly make their money on accessories like handbags and shoes, not clothes.

    But even if high fashion remains wedded to the seasons, many consumers have found their way to year-round wardrobes. This month, Ms. Rogoff, the New Yorker, bought a Tory Burch navy suede dress with cap sleeves, "which is my nod to winter." She won't be buying tweeds or flannels, as she sticks with her year-round wardrobe of sleeveless knit dresses, mock turtleneck tops and cropped pants in thin woolen fabrics. She also wears tall suede boots, without hose. When it gets really cold, she shifts more into trousers and layers on leather jackets.

    A growing number of clothing designers and retailers are delivering year-round clothing that customers like Ms. Rogoff can wear. Tory Burch uses lightweight wools and knits in her January deliveries that can span through late spring. Another is Giorgio Armani, whose business is largely apparel, rather than accessories. For years, he has been in the forefront of seasonless, lightweight dressing, using microfiber and rayon and other blends. It's little wonder that many executive women have long sworn by Armani's clothes, which they can wear year-round and in the Sunbelt.

    But the real innovators of seasonless dressing are the mainstream clothing lines, including Theory, J. Crew and Eileen Fisher. The popular 10-year-old Theory label is centered on sportswear separates in stretch fabrics that are favorites of working women. "Modern customers don't need heavy flannels and wools," says Andrew Rosen, Theory's CEO and co-founder. He estimates that only 20% of Theory's clothing can be worn only in cold weather.

    For most of its line, Theory uses lighter-weight fabrics, especially one called "Taylor," a blend that comes in stretch cotton or stretch lightweight wool, which can be worn all year. In turning out seasonal looks, color comes more into play than fabrics. "The weights of the fabrics aren't as dramatically different as they used to be," Mr. Rosen says.

    One factor that could fuel the use of lighter fabrics: He notes that much of the retail growth in recent years has been in warmer climates such as Houston, Miami, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

    Companies that depend on fast fashion -- producing collections meant to be delivered and marketed quickly and worn immediately -- are particularly interested in getting the weather right. J.C. Penney Co. is shifting to 12 retail deliveries a year, from four, in order to fill its 1,048 stores with fashions that "they need month to month, instead of season to season," says a J.C. Penney spokeswoman.

    As warmer weather everywhere has become more of an issue, some companies are even using climate consultants. Target says it uses weather-related intelligence in planning its collections. One immediate change: Starting in January, Target will begin selling swimwear year-round nationwide. (J.C. Penney also carries swimwear and coats year-round on its jcpenney.com Web site.)

    Kohl's is paying so much attention to the weather that it is said to be working with a meteorological consultant on matters such as scheduling seasonal markdowns, according to people familiar with the situation. A Kohl's spokeswoman declined to comment.
  15. I am going with grey, burgundy, dark green, and purple this year