The lovely ladies of Botkier call this particular shade of the Botkier Kasper Hobo “light grey,” but I think it can be just as accurately described as that elusive color, winter white. And that’s a very, very good thing.

Dressing for the fall can be a simultaneously luxurious and dour experience – the rich knits, leather and suedes of fall clothes and accessories tend to come in darker shades, and adding a bit of color without looking season-inappropriate can be difficult. If you prefer to stick with neutrals in your accessories but still want to lighten up your sartorial mood, a bag in a shade of very light grey or cream is the perfect option.

The rule about not wearing white after Labor Day is as old as the people who still espouse it vociferously, and although I’d advise against taking your graphic-white linen trousers for a stroll in mid-February, the color is a great way to lighten up the feel of cold-weather dressing. Sticking to a heavily undertoned white is the key to the look, and this useful, functional hobo is exactly that. A note of caution, though – I wouldn’t wear a white (or otherwise light-colored) bag with dark denim unless you don’t mind color transference on the back of your hobo. Buy through ShopBop for $595.

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