If there’s one predominant colour in my wardrobe, it’s black. It’s mostly for a very simple reason – black goes with everything. I also find that black is the easiest colour to style, allowing any colour against it to pop, and it’s also easy to get away with wearing black for any occasion – well, almost any occasion.
But in my bag wardrobe, it’s a whole different story altogether.
Black accessories, or bags in particular, are in the minority. When it comes to my accessories, I tend to gravitate towards brighter shades – red, blue, green… any colour is game. In fact, I recently realised that black and brown is highly under-represented in my bag wardrobe.
Naturally, I got to wondering if I’m in the majority or minority here. Do you wear more black or neutral coloured bags or do you go for brighter colours?
Quite many years ago, I remember walking into a Cole Haan boutique to enquire about one of their bag designs that I had my eye on. I’d seen a design online that I liked, in a beautiful shade of hunter green. So, I walked into the store and asked if they had it.
I was shown the same design in black, tan and brown. Not a sign of hunter green or blue, the 2 shades I was keen on. When I asked the SA if they might have it, I was told that in the main, they don’t bring in many colours because most people don’t like colourful bags, and prefer something dark or neutral.
I’ve noticed this to be quite true, although I’m not sure if it’s because we don’t have the colour choices available here, or if it’s because there is no demand, so brands don’t bring in the pretty colours. Chicken and egg story, I guess.
I’ve also noticed that even in the higher end designer brands, local stores rarely have the jewelled shades that I see online. Some of the bigger brands will have one or two in their stock, but black or brown is always popular. I was at LV browsing one day (browsing only, I swear LOL!) and I was dissuaded from a bright red Lock Me because it wasn’t very popular. Thing is, I kind of liked it. It was bright and fun. Black, which looked serious and demure also looked rather boring to me.
I did wonder if I gravitate towards colourful bags because I wear a lot of black otherwise. I’ve been told by some that colourful bags don’t project a serious image, if that’s what I want. For some reason, it seems to appear more casual and frivolous. Black has a gravitas attached to it, that grounds you and gives you the “Don’t mess with me” vibe.
As much as I want to channel that vibe, I’ve realised that I can’t and I’d rather not. My colourful bags are my way of rebelling against the staid, formality of the little corporate culture that I inhabit. I’m all for casual and fun vibes and I love colour. So, if I can’t dress in colour, I’d compensate with my bags! :)
So tell me – Do you go for colourful bags or do you prefer sticking to classic black or neutral brown?
Let me share a a not-so-secret tip. If you did not already realise, coloured bags tend to be available in the seasonal collections which often go on sale. So, if there’s a design I want in a brand that I know will go on sale (most designer brands do from my experience, except Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Hermes) I wait till the sale and pick up a colourful version, at a smaller price tag than that of a neutral, classic colour. Since I love colour anyway, it’s win-win all around! ;)