Cheesy as it may sound, your 20s is all about having fun and discovering who you really are—and in that journey, you’ll also come to find your personal style. But as you enter your 30s, a woman is expected to own key pieces that represent who she is, from the shoes on her feet to the bag slung on her arm. Here, we give you the eight timeless styles every 20-something ought to invest in before she hits the big three-O.
(Madras textured leather shoulder bag, Miu Miu)
A structured purse for work
Whether it’s a classic Chanel flap bag in caviar leather or a stiff boxy style from Charles & Keith, choose a bag that withstands trends and pairs easily with anything you wear.
(Margot printed leather clutch, Clare V)
A day clutch
There will be those days when all you’ll need is your phone and some cash. Spare yourself from the hassle of lugging around a floppy tote or a heavy purse and stash your essentials in a small clutch.
(Tie leather tote, Kara)
A nondescript leather tote
While canvas might be a whole lot cheaper, nothing beats the strength of good quality leather. Choose a size that isn’t too bulky but provides just enough room for you to dump things in while running errands
(Leather bucket bag, Mansur Gavriel)
A casual weekend alternative
This could be a small to medium sized sling bag or a tiny handheld purse you can carry around for weekends at the mall. Don’t confuse this with your work purse as this should be more casual and can even be used when travelling.
(Boxy leather shoulder bag, Lanvin)
A cross-body party bag
Spare yourself from the hassle of tucking a clutch in between your armpit as you down that amaretto with your other hand. A cross-body bag not only gives you free hands, it’s also a lot safer than holding on to something you might eventually forget about after that 5th shot of tequila.
(Cloud Swarovski crystal-embellished metal clutch, Jimmy Choo)
An elegant minaudière
Nothing looks worse than a girl carrying the wrong clutch at a black tie event. Whether you choose to go for gold or keep it classy in satin, be sure to have a miniaudiere that pairs well with your gown, shoes, and jewelry.
(Boston textured-leather weekend bag, Fendi)
A stylish weekender
Still carrying that same old canvas overnight bag you used during your highschool camping trip? Well, it’s time for an upgrade. Choose a bag in a good sturdy material with clean lines perfect for that chic getaway.
(The Goring 30" leather-trimmed fiberboard travel trolley, Globe-Trotter)
A sleek suitcase
It doesn’t have to be a Goyard monogrammed with your initials, but do remember that you are a respectable adult and travelling with a tired old trolley with beat up wheels ruins the airport #OOTD we know you spent weeks planning.