Your twenties isn’t the decade for serious, budget-busting investment pieces – save those for your thirties! Rather, it’s a time to build a strong foundation, ensuring you have a bag to suit every purpose and occasion. Polish and simplicity will take a girl far, especially as you pave the way for your future, but don’t be too serious. This is the time to have some fun. You learn as you get older: it’s all about balance. Whether as a gift guide or as reference, use this to build your bag wardrobe.
Alexander Wang Prisma Tote: Real croc can wait until you hit the next decade. Alexander Wang, still in his 20s himself, has created an instant urban classic with the Prisma, in un-basic black. At Barneys New York for $795.
See by Chloé Harriet 24-Hour Bag: A young girl needs to be discreet about her overnighter bag (who knows where she’ll end up!). This 24-hour bag was designed with this in mind. Light and easy, it also makes for a perfect carry on. On Shopbop for $675.
Diane von Furstenberg New Harper Connect Embossed Bag: The treasure for the twenty-something is another breed entirely. DVF’s versatile shoulder bag has a chunky chain for a dressy feel, but the stealthy iPad pocket is the real treasure for a girl who is always connected. On Shopbop for $725.
Derek Lam Newton Camera Bag: A bag like this, named after one of the raciest photographers of all time, is meant for young girls. She will rock this camera-inspired look, while her older counterparts will tend to look like tourists. On sale at Barneys New York for $829 (from $1,390).
Proenza Schouler PS1 Leather Pochette: A clutch is a style worth splurging on, and Proenza Schouler is not going anywhere anytime soon. This PS1 (which is less than the tote version) is a classic she will love for years. At Barneys New York for $895.