7 Handbags Every Woman Over 40 Should Own

As a woman who has gracefully entered her 40th year, it’s time you reassess the arm candy piled up in your closet. In order to revamp your collection, we suggest turning to StockX, an online marketplace where you can shop more than 10,000 preowned designer handbags, most of which aren’t currently sold in stores. They’re 100 percent authentic, in excellent condition and totally deserved for a woman of your stature. (Psst: Sign up and receive $50 off your first purchase of $750 or more with code PW100.) Below, seven of our personal favorites that we recommend adding to your bag rotation.

chanel single flap quilted bag

Transitional Classic

We don’t know about you, but we hate having to switch bags based on what we’re doing. Thankfully, the Chanel Quilted Single-Flap Vintage Bag makes that unnecessary. This little guy will take you from a day of nonstop hustle to a night of relaxing over dinner and drinks. You can finally empty your backseat of all those other bags you keep on hand.

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lous vuitton bloomsbury damier bag

Practical Everyday Hobo

Every woman needs a go-to bag, and this Louis Vuitton Bloomsbury Damier Ebene is a no-brainer. The adjustable shoulder strap allows you to go hands-free when you’re juggling an oat milk latte and urgent emails or shuttling the kids from school to sports practice. But don’t let the slim profile fool you—it has enough inside pockets to hold all of your essentials.

givenchy antigona tote

Professional Structured Tote

Sure, you regularly grab your coworkers’ attention by delivering spot-on presentations. Now grab their attention with something that supplements your public-speaking skills. Just like you, this structured Givenchy Antigona Tote makes a strong statement. Plus, the gray tone is a nice departure from typical black.

goyard st louis tote

Reliable Carryall

Your vacation with your girlfriends is all set, but you’re missing one thing: a spacious bag that won’t let you down. That’s where the Goyard St. Louis Tote comes in. A must-have for travel, this roomy bag will be your best companion from the airplane to the beach. You’ll wonder how you ever traveled (or lived) without it.

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chanel timeless quilted clutch

Timeless Evening Clutch

Whether it’s a wedding or a charity gala, special events call for a classic. Enter the Chanel Timeless Quilted Clutch. It’s compact enough that you won’t mind holding it the entire night, but roomy enough to stash your keys, concealer and maybe even a backup phone charger.

louis vuitton favorite monogram bag

On-the-go Crossbody

Six out of the seven days of the week, we want a bag that’s able to hold our entire life. For the one day we don’t, we’re looking to the Louis Vuitton Favorite Monogram. Perfect for a laid-back afternoon of sightseeing, brunching or taking the kiddos to the park, it’s so light you’ll practically forget it’s even draped around your shoulder. Now get back to enjoying your Sunday.

hermes birkin bag1

Ultimate Head-turner

Every woman needs a heavy-hitting, envy-inducing handbag in her repertoire, and that would be the Hermès Birkin. Considered to be one of the most coveted bags ever, this is an item that has “treat yo’self” written all over it. Granted, it might set you back a pretty penny, but a bag like this never loses its value.


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