Commandress Fall 2012 Color Report – Purple Handbags, Shoes, Jewelry & Accessories

A work-appropriate look you can get excited about.

Inspiration: Tod’s D-Styling – Lavoro Leather Tote in Lampone/ Raspberry

Commandress Color Week Fall 2012 was so much fun, but there is a very important topic that did not get enough coverage: purple accessories. There were so many pretty and professional purple dresses to include in my purple post that purple accessories were set aside – but certainly not forgotten! (Shown here: Tod’s D-Styling – Lavoro Leather Tote in Lampone/ Raspberry – $1665 from Nordstrom.)

As I said before, this fall is a bonanza for fans of dark purple – including violet and dark plum. Dark purple is a fantastic color for professional accessories (and clothes) because it is dark, deep and rich. These gorgeous purple accessories will make any outfit look more up-to-date – and they are too classic to go out of style!

Botkier Lucy Shoulder Bag in Berry – $395 from Amazon. Botkier handbags are beautiful and practical. I love this new design and color for fall!

Lilac Pave Posts – $24 from Anthropologie. Versatile earrings featuring different shades of purple. Sparkly – but small enough for the office. (Also available in Clear and Pearl)

Fancy That Amethyst Pendant NecklaceMade in the USA – $100 from Arhaus Jewels. Pretty and feminine. (Also available in Carnelian and Turquoise)

Kate Spade New York Thelma Pump in African Violet Patent – $328 from Endless. So chic! Beautiful design – and the dark purple patent leather looks amazing. (Also available in Black Patent and Linen Patent, which are currently on sale for $191.29)

Purple Amethyst Double-Link Adjustable Skinny Belt – $38 from White House Black Market. This dark color is very versatile. The slide-adjustment keeps the belt streamlined over dresses and blouses.

MICHAEL Michael Kors Hamilton Large North/South Tote in Purple Saffiano Leather – $348 from Zappos. This polished and professional tote is made from rich purple saffiano leather (which is water repellent and resists scratches). (Also available in Black, Luggage, Pearl Grey Saffiano, Charcoal Croco Lux and Dark Sand Python)

Trotters Paulina Kitten-Heel Pump in Wine Suede – $98.95 from Nordstrom. Here’s a stylish “comfort” shoe! The pointy toe, streamlined design, and rich color are very chic. I love that Nordstrom carries the Paulina in Narrow, Regular, and Wide for a better fit!

Here are some additional purple accessories that have been previously featured on Commandress:

Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for Amazon, Anthropologie, Arhaus Jewels, Nordstrom, Shopbop, White House Black Market and Zappos.

9/27/12: This post was updated to replace Endless affiliate links with links to other retailers. (You’ll be missed, Endless!)


  1. Julia says

    That belt sounds so smart – I never know what to do with a belt when I want to wear it over a dress.

  2. Victoria says

    All so cute! Thanks for including a range of prices – those Anthro earrings may have my name on them!

  3. NotAnotherKristen says

    So here’s a question – how does the matching game work? This might be a more general “Dear Commandress” question, but I’m always a little confused about what I can get away with (or what I should be striving for) in terms of matching my accessories. For example, I have a beautiful sleeveless silk top that I wear a lot during the holidays to dress up jeans and casual skirts for holiday parties. When I saw those kitten-heel pumps, my first thought was “Those would match my top perfectly!” but then I didn’t know if that was a good thing or not. The other day I noticed that completely by chance, my purse matched my shoes exactly, and I was actually worried that people would think I had done it on purpose – because that’s an outdated concept, right? Nutshell: I’m so confused about when I should and shouldn’t try to match accessories, clothes, etc.