What Color Handbag to Wear With Plum

Use any neutral handbag with a plum dress.
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Plum is one of those rich, vibrant colors that looks fabulous on a variety of skin tones. Whether your plum dress is casual or dressy, you'll want to carry the perfect handbag. You can choose from a variety of styles from the slouchy hobo to a crisp little clutch or wristlet; pick your favorite in hues ranging from neutral to bold.

1 Neutral

If you have a limited accessories budget, choose a neutral satchel-style handbag that will go with everything in your wardrobe. The basic colors that look best with plum include black, gray and taupe. A black or silver clutch will dress up your plum dress for a special night out. If you are looking for a more casual look for a business-casual office or lunch with friends, consider a less structured hobo bag in taupe. One big advantage to opting for a neutral bag is its versatility; you can use it throughout the year with each season's color palette.

2 Contrasting

Take a look at a color wheel to find the hue directly opposite of purple, and you'll see yellow. A vibrant canary or lemon-yellow clutch pops against a sleek plum dress -- but you don't have to stop there. Other bold colors, such as turquoise or fuchsia, will stand out and draw attention. Wear a plum blouse with skinny jeans and a bright cobalt bag for an extra pop of color; finish the look with neutral heels, an amethyst cocktail ring and a stack of color-coordinating bangles.

Debby Mayne started writing professionally in 1992. Her work has appeared in regional parenting magazines and she has been managing editor of the magazine, "Coping with Cancer." She was also fashion product information writer for HSN. During college, Mayne worked as an instructor at a fitness center. She holds a Bachelor of Science in health, PE and recreation from the University of Southern Mississippi.