Mixed Bags: The Shapes of Summer 2018 Hit the Streets

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Come summer, even as we peel away layers to increase vitamin D absorption, we want to add a few new pieces as well. For a quick update that won’t block the sunshine, pick up one of these new handbag styles we spotted on the streets of NYC. Whether it’s a jaunty straw circle or a cool isosceles, these new bag shapes are the perfect place to store your sunscreen and sunnies.

Fine Fibers 

Straw bags

Lightweight and lovely, straw bags are no longer just relegated to the beach or park picnics. Elevated styles feature rhinestones and leatherwork, and are completely appropriate for evening events. Designers are playing with all sorts of shapes from pineapples to piggies too, upping the fun with this malleable material.

Shop our picks:

Miu Miu woven raffia & leather shoulder bag | Eric Javits Brigitte Squishee straw bag | Clare V. Alice woven sisal straw bag 

Three Cheers

Balenciaga bags

Break out of the box with the summer’s hottest shape. Balenciaga’s soft duffel got the fashion ladies trying triangles, and now other designers are calculating hypotenuses. The style definitely stands out and gives an outfit an edge—or three—over the common quadrangle handbag.

Shop our picks:

Balenciaga small triangle duffel bag | Tory Burch triangle bag | Topshop triangle zip shoulder bag

Delicate Metallics 

M2Malletier

Skip the bangles and slip on one of these pretty leather bags with dainty hardware that doubles as delicate jewelry. Metal handles come in all shapes this summer—bar, circle, squiggle—so find something that feels amazing pressed in your pretty digits. Most styles also have crossbody or chain straps that you can swing over your shoulder, if you’re inclined to let go of that gilt hilt.

Shop our picks:

M2Malletier Indre leather shoulder bag | Chloé Nano Pixie leather crossbody bag | Danse Lente Lilou leather tote

Luscious Buckets

Handbags, Danse Lente

These cylindrical bags will make you want to swing them like a kid with a pail on a sandy beach—and that’s a true summer feeling. But the styles we love are the posh buckets constructed from luxurious leather and fitted with fashion details like metallic whipstitching and one-of-a-kind closures.

Shop our picks:

Danse Lente Mini Johnny leather bucket bag | Creatures of Comfort small bucket bicolor bag | Proenza Schouler Medium Hex metallic whipstitch bucket bag

Petite Crossbodys  

Diane von Furstenberg bag

Summer is the season to lighten up, so start by lessening your handbag load. Crossbody bags are pretty conventional by now, but the new shapes are smaller, camera-case styles, perfect for a pair of sunglasses and your bank cards. Many permit you to accessorize with add-ons like funky colored and bejeweled straps. Mixing and matching will keep your look fresh through any heat wave.

Shop our picks:

Diane von Furstenberg Soirée satin crossbody bag | MARC JACOBS Snapshot crossbody bag | Anya Hindmarch Mini Circles leather crossbody bag

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