Though chains typically have an industrial connotation and are associated with heavy-duty tasks--like lifting large loads, propelling bicycles, and improving traction in snow--the fashion world's appropriated these hardworking links and given them a very luxurious and chic update. In addition to forming some pretty spectacular baubles, we've spotted chains on everything from wallets to footwear, which is why they're one of this season's most sought-after accessory trends! Accordingly, we've rounded up some of the best chain-embellished items available on the market to ensure you're linked-in all summer long. br>
If you're not quite sure about how to incorporate said accessories into your wardrobe this season, there's no need to panic because we have two top-tier examples that will surely guide you in the right direction. First up: the Celine S/S 11 runway show, where designer Phoebe Philo turned out a number of her signature minimalist ensembles paired with anything-but-basic neutral sandals--our favorite being the Pony Hair Chain Sandals ($720, 214.559.4510) seen above. The silver chain detailing along the front strap gives the simple sandals an understated, cool-girl vibe we absolutely adore. In addition to Celine's stellar footwear, we're also inspired by the way Taylor Tomasi Hill addressed this accessory trend (main image, above). The Marie Claire Style and Accessories Director cleverly stacked two Ligia Dias chain-link bracelets with a gold Maison Martin Margiela watch-band bracelet and a silver Cartier watch, resulting in a texturally intriguing and luxurious look. However you choose to incorporate chains into your wardrobe this season, we guarantee you'll get quite a reaction from your friends--the good kind, of course!
Stella McCartney Falabella Wallet ($645, 702.798.5102) in Grey
If you're looking to try this trend without buying a new pair of shoes or piece of jewelry, we suggest going for a chain-adorned wallet instead! Our entire office happens to be mad about Stella McCartney's Falabella Wallet, thanks to its cool, heavy-metal look and perfect pewter hue. And did we mention its sleek and simple design boasts a coin pouch, credit card organizer, and central divider? Yes, we've placed this item "must own immediately" file and so should you! We're also fans of Deux Lux's Gold Chain Wallet ($50) and Tory Burch's Carson Zip Continental Wallet ($175) if you're on the hunt for a more affordable option this season.
BaubleBar Rose Links Bangle ($22)
This chunky chain-link bangle by BaubleBar instantly caught our eye, thanks to its beautiful rose gold hue and strong-yet-feminine look. We like the idea of wearing it alone to accent a minimalist outfit or stacking it with a few delicate bracelets for an intriguing layered look a la Tomasi Hill.
J. Crew Liora Mid-Heel Sandals ($250) in Belgian Chocolate
Though we believe Celine's chain-adorned sandals are worth every penny, you'll be happy to know you don't have to invest quite so much to get the look! Equally chic and just as flattering, J. Crew's Liora Mid-Heel Sandals will certainly stir up envy amongst your friends. We particularly love how the distressed metal chain detailing down the front offers the ladylike sandals some sophistication. Style them with a delicate white frock for a summer soiree or pair them with denim shorts for a casual afternoon look.
PONO Black Matte Necklace ($128)
If you're ready to embrace this trend and want to wear a statement piece, we highly recommend PONO's Black Matte Necklace. This sleek and chic piece can instantly update your casual summer wardrobe or offer a fancy evening look an incredibly cool finish that's hard to ignore. Even better: you can transition this sculpted bauble into your fall wardrobe with ease, making it a worthy investment indeed!
J. Crew Pave Link Bracelet ($118) in Crystal
While most of today's featured accessories have an edgy vibe, the Classic Pave Link Bracelet by J. Crew is pure glamour. The latest piece to join the brand's popular link bracelet series, this luminescent bauble with shimmering glass-encrusted brass links is sure to inspire a bevy of ooohs and ahhs, all while giving your after-hours ensemble a touch of elegance. And although it won't be available until July 19th, we suggest pre-ordering yours pronto before it's too late!
Tom Binns Silver Petrified Chain Earrings ($115)
Leave it to accessories guru Tom Binns to create a seriously obsession-worthy pair of chain-link earrings. Equal parts edgy and chic, consider these silver metal dangly earrings the missing link to your warm-weather ensembles this season.
BaubleBar Pave Link Ring ($105)
We found ourselves so enamored with BaubleBar's collection of chain jewelry we couldn't help but include a second piece in today's story! If you're looking for a subtle way to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe, you simply must check out the gorgeous Pave Link Ring. Featuring a slim row of gold-tone links and alternating black Swarovski Crystal detailing, this ring is bound to turn heads this season, not to mention, an excellent way to give your summer ensembles that perfect tough-luxe finish.--Jessica Baker