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Today's timeless bags

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Purse perfection

You don't have to buy vintage to find a timeless bag. SheKnows dug deep to unearth some of the most fashion-forward bags on the market that are guaranteed to last season after season.

The key to buying a timeless bag that fits today's modern sensibilities is to opt for a classic style with a more masculine shape. Sarah McManus, a stylist and fashion blogger from Boston, puts it this way, "Today's timeless bags are more modern and boxy. They are more severe, yet feminine." Brands like Celine or Tod's offer the perfect mix of sex appeal and tough-girl attitude, making them a great place to start your search.

Purse perfection

Sleek clutches

"Clutches are back in a big way and can really make your outfit pop," says McManus, "Sleek and dark colors will not only really stand out for fall, but will carry you well into winter." We love the idea of updating a classic by picking up an oversized envelope clutch. Diane von Furstenberg's 'Harper' python embossed clutch is the perfect mix of classic and contemporary, sexy and tough (Nordstrom, $595).

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Solid, oversized construction

Today's women need bags that can stand up to just about anything. A timeless bag will be able to carry work files and kids' snacks, makeup and a second pair of shoes... just to name a few! Look for oversized bags in classic whites, grays, blacks and browns that will last you for years to come. The Marni Leather Panel Tote (, $1,298) seen above and the Tod's Large Leather Tote Bag (Tod's, $1,665) are perfect examples of classic, contemporary options for everyday use.

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Extra hardware

One of the fastest ways to modernize a timeless bag is to look for versions with eye-catching hardware. Oversized buckles, chain straps, grommets, studs and spikes are all popular options. For the perfect date-night purse, try the Hammitt Los Angeles Gower satchel (Hammitt Los Angeles, $485). Its construction is simple and understated, but you can't miss the gold hardware that makes it a little more rock and roll... and what could be more classic than that?

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Pops of color

When you hear "timeless bags," it's easy to get caught up in neutral color schemes that never go out of style, but done the right way, you can pick up fun bags with bright pops of color that will stay on-trend for years. The key is to avoid overly-trendy color schemes, neons and busy patterns. Take a quick glance in your wardrobe to get a feel for which neutral colors you wear most, and choose a pop of color that will balance well with your wardrobe. We love the burgundy Alexander McQueen Suede tote (, $964) and the Coach Leather Legacy Candace (Coach, $458) because they easily fit into most wardrobes.

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