8 Handbags Every Woman Should Own Before She's 40

You have it together when it comes to style, but now it’s time to claim what you deserve: a handbag repertoire that is just as sophisticated and grown-up as you are. Here are eight purses to add to your lineup this instant.

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Work-appropriate Satchel

The true testament of an office-ready handbag: Something that can fit the essentials (keys, phone, etc.), but also looks like it belongs at happy hour (aka nothing that needs its own bar stool).

Get the look: Urban Originals ($88); Kate Spade ($298); Rebecca Minkoff ($345)

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Fancy Evening Bag

If black-tie weddings and anniversary dinners don’t deserve something a little extra, we don’t know what does.

Get the look: Nordstrom ($69); Steve Madden ($108); Whiting and Davis ($370)

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Structured Everyday Tote

For those days when your to-do list takes you from Pilates to soccer practice to Trader Joe's, a structured tote can hold it all (without looking sloppy).

Get the look: Street Level ($49); Rebecca Minkoff ($198); Staud ($295)

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Timeless Investment Piece

Chanel, Hermès, Gucci—they’re all total heirloom material. A classic bag gets better with age, never loses value and is the perfect hand-me-down to one very deserving grandchild. Opt for neutral hues to ensure it’s always in style.

Get the look: Gucci ($1,400); Prada ($2,850); Chanel ($4,500)

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Sophisticated Weekender

We love a good printed duffel bag. But by 40, you need a weekend bag you actually want to be seen with.

Get the look: Sole Society ($85); Frye ($598); Longchamp ($810)

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Top-handle Bag

The most ladylike handbag just happens to be trending big-time at the moment. Whether one handle or two, these guys simply exude elegance.

Get the look: Ted Baker London ($195); Rebecca Minkoff ($245); Mansur Gavriel ($825)

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Classic Crossbody

Quite possibly the most convenient silhouette of all time, it’s perfect for the lady who occasionally requires use of her hands.

Get the look: Rebecca Minkoff ($245); Isabel Marant ($795); Gucci ($1,190)

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Chic Luggage

If you’re still rolling around that carry-on from your 20s, it’s time to treat yo’self to an upgrade. Good luggage can cost a pretty penny, but consider it an excuse to take that vacation.

Get the look: Nordstrom ($199); Tumi ($525); Rimowa ($625)

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