Thinking of getting yourself a new handbag? If you're a practical shopper, it's highly likely that you gravitate towards buying black totes simply because you'll get the most wears out of it. But that being said, it's also quite easy to get bored with the same old black purse. Before you go and buy yourself another tote in a similar color, why not explore other hues? Start with these versatile shades that are just as easy to wear as black below: 

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1. Mustard yellow

Think yellow is too flashy? Get a tote in this warm, toned-down shade of yellow—it's close to a neutral color, so you won't have problems matching it with your day-to-day outfits.

TRY: Costal Bags The Brooklyn Tote in Mustard, price available upon request, available online

If you've got a closet full of neutral bags, going for a mustard yellow tote is also a great way to introduce color to your wardrobe without completely ditching your comfort zone. 


TRY: Charles and Keith Printed Bow Trapeze Bag, P2,879.40, available online

2. Light blue

Like a pair of blue jeans, a light blue handbag is versatile and easy-to-style. It looks fresh when paired with light colors (think: pastels!), and it pops against darker hues. A little light blue bag, for example, will beautifully stand out against an all-black outfit. 

TRY: Katre City Tote Petit in Cerulean, price available upon request, available online

TRY: Fino Leatherware Envoy Bag with Interlock Braid Strap, Sunday Bag, and Ladies Passage Hand Bag, price available upon request, available online

3. Olive or forest green 

A subdued shade of green is another chic alternative to black, as it can also pass off as a neutral color.

TRY: Shiq Bags Chariz in Moss Green, P950, available online


TRY: Katre Mount Convertible Petit in Fossil, P13,999, available online

4. Deep plum or burgundy

Meet the less intimidating alternatives to red bags. These rich jewel tones make an outfit look expensive, and like black and brown, they don't clash as much with other hues, making them an ideal shade for an everyday bag. 

TRY: Costal Bags Harper in Wine and Harper Mini in Ostrich-Stamped Olive, price available upon request, available online


TRY: Charles and Keith Quilted Short Strap Tote Bag, P4,799, available online

TRY: Mango Croc-effect Tote Bag, P3,995, available online

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