When to Wear a Cream Purse?

Sometimes a little touch of cream is all you need.

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When can you wear a cream purse? Well, it depends on the purse. Long ago are the days when style mavens proclaimed wearing shades of white were inappropriate during cold months. High fashion designers like Stella McCartney send cream outfits and purses down the runway for their fall and winter collections. And when high fashion adopts a new rule, the masses should listen. Get some tips on cream purses to make sure every time you wear one is a right step in the style direction.


Cream bags abound in stores for daytime. It isn't a matter of whether it's fashionable -- it is. But, think about your lifestyle before you drop a pretty penny on a light-colored bag you plan to lug around during the day. The thing with cream is that it shows dirt and grime like no other. What could be a crisp, clean element to your personal style ends up looking dingy -- and not in a cool, downtown kind of way. When it comes to cream day bags, keep the shape simple and try not to wear it every day. Choose something small in a casual material, like rafia or straw. Wear it out to brunch dates.


A night out is the perfect time to pull out your little cream clutch. It's a neutral accent to balance out an outfit that's amped up with blinged-out jewelry or lots of color. You won't go wrong if your bag is in patent material or made of satin. You can go with sequins, too, for an upscale event. Look for a cream bag in delicate ostrich feathers for something off the beaten path.

Tis the Season

Ditch those old rules of style that forbid light colors in winter, but do keep in mind that a dark brown or black bag is going to match your winter day outfits better than one in cream. If you're wearing light gray, white or beige, however, a cream day bag could be just the thing. Cream purses at night are OK no matter what the season is.

Another Consideration

There's rarely a situation where you can't sport a cream purse, provided the purse is right for the occasion and time. But, what you can do to mess up your look is to buy a faux leather bag in cream. Fake leather can look natural in brown and black but very rarely in cream, though retailers keep selling it and the uninitiated keep buying it. To avoid a cheap-looking bag, stick to real cream leather. If you have to go faux, choose patent.

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