Let's just put it out there: In no way should your age actually influence your style. If you really love something, then by all means wear it. But like everything, there are certain looks that tend to be more popular among different generations. Alternatively, there are also specific items said to be worth investing in based on your age—especially when it comes to accessories like handbags. To help fill us in on the purse trends that are most noteworthy in various age groups, we tapped Elizabeth Jeffer, expert and owner of NYC-based boutique Roztayger, to spill on the bag styles every woman should own at 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, and beyond.
Keep scrolling to check out the handbag style you should have in your closet based on your age (note we stopped this at 70s, but the list could of course go on). Plus, shop each find as well. And if you find a trend you love more in a different group, go for it and scoop that up too.
20s: Perfect Clutch
"When you are in your 20s, you are most likely out being social after work. You need a bag to take you from office to cocktails. Clutches that double as pouches by Anne Grand-Clément, for example, suits that purpose perfectly." — Elizabeth Jeffer
The patchwork detail makes this way more distinct than a basic black clutch.
You can carry this bag like shown here or swing over your shoulder when you're ready to dance.
This color would pop so beautifully against an all-neutral ensemble.
30s: Classic Tote
"In your 30s, you are possibly climbing up the ladder and focusing on your career path or getting into your child-rearing years. A beautiful classic tote in a timeless silhouette is always useful and appreciated. This Ampersand Sideways Tote can carry work-related or life-related necessities equally easily." — Elizabeth Jeffer
You can literally fit your entire life into this bag.
Contrast-colored bags are all the rage right now.
This bag is simple but incredibly sophisticated.
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40s: Ultimate Tote
"In your 40s, you are working hard and most likely juggling like crazy. It's time to invest in the ultimate tote (to mix it up from the style you bought in your 30s), one that is classic but has a unique aspect—in this case a grand scale—that stands out quietly. Tsatsas is my current favorite designer of understated elegant design." — Elizabeth Jeffer
You can use this bag for work or travel.
This dusty-rose hue is everywhere right now.
Swap your black tote for a gorgeous navy stunner instead.
50s: Gorgeous Crossbody Bag
"So you are accomplished in your field and/or your life. Time to invest in a special bag that is distinguished and highly functional. The Olga, for example, features tons of pockets to organize all your things—for work, travel, night out, day outs, etc." — Elizabeth Jeffer
This bag may seem small, but you'd be surprised by how much you can actually fit inside.
Our editorial director adores this silhouette.
The color here is so gorgeous.
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60s: Ideal Travel Bag
"In your 60s, I'd like to think you are working less and enjoying more travel and time away from the routine. A great travel getaway bag is always useful." — Elizabeth Jeffer
This is perfect for those weekend getaways.
You can't go wrong with a Herschel bag—cool and functional.
This color is so beautiful.
70s: Fun Treat-Yourself Bag
"The golden years predicate you indulge yourself in some exotic foreign or domestic location as often as possible. An Antonello tote is the ultimately luxury vacation bag—elegant and low-key." — Elizabeth Jeffer
Come on—why not have a little fun with your bag selection?
This is a fashion-editor favorite.
This can work as a beach bag—or a fun day bag as well.
What handbag style is your go-to based on your age? Let us know in the comments below.
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