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A baguette bag, a boxy tote, a rectangular crossbody — these are and will remain classics for a reason. But we're seeing a trend toward the surprising and unconventional when it comes to accessories (and their shapes).  

In 2022, searches for Prada's triangle bag were up 81% YOY on ShopStyle, making it one of the platform's "closet all-stars" of the year; crescent shoulder bags were also highlighted as one of the "stand-out silhouettes" of the past 12 months. 

This was also made abundantly clear off the internet, in street style: Across fashion weeks, people couldn't get enough of these unexpected shapes, as well as other novelty accessories, from JW Anderson's mini cap clutches, to MSGM's T-shirt totes, to Thom Browne's classic Hector bag. And designers keep feeding the demand with their new collections (see: the Spring 2023 accessories carbo-load at New York Fashion Week). 

Speaking of Jonathan Anderson, the designer had the internet in a tizzy with his brand's pigeon clutch, introduced as part of the Fall 2022 menswear collection. A few months later, when Sarah Jessica Parker was photographed with it on the set of "And Just Like That...", interest in the 3-D bag increased 488% on Lyst, the platform revealed in its Year in Fashion report for 2022.

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The beauty of these novelty-shape bags is that you can go as subtle or as irreverent as you want: You could swap your go-to carry-all for a minimal triangular tote or commit to eccentricity with a heart clutch or wavy-bottomed crossbody. Have some fun with your accessorizing in 2023 and shop our favorite unconventional bag shapes in the galleries below. 

Triangle Bags

Frances Valentine
Prada
Santos by Monica Santos
Nanushka
Ree Projects

Heart-Shaped Bags 

Kate Spade New York
Marge Sherwood
Blumarine
Coach
Simone Rocha
Alaia
Liselle Kiss

Round Bags

Homage Year
Lindquist
Shekudo
JW Pei
Glad and Young
Vavvoune

3-D Pleated Bags

Brandon Blackwood
Polene
Loewe
Sabrina Zeng
The Warp

Wavy Bottom Bags

Palm Angels
little-liffner
Off-White
Simon Miller
Charles and Keith

Just for Fun Bags

MSGM
Dauphinette
ForBitches
Comme des Garçons
Mach and Mach
JW Anderson

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