Accessory Report: The Chain Gang

While we’ll never dispute the appeal of dainty chains, at the moment we’re quite captivated with a necklace that wields a little more weight—both literally and sartorially speaking. The chunky chain choker is making a strong return for fall, and although it’s a clear throwback to ‘90s hip-hop style, you don’t have to possess Rihanna’s swagger to pull it off.

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    Indeed, everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Reese Witherspoon has been spotted in their own version of the high-impact accessory, making a case for the true versatility of the trend. There’s a piece for every preference, whether you choose to adorn yourself with a bold stack of the chunky chains as seen on the Lanvin runway or opt for a slightly subtler version. Click through now to see how some of your favorite style setters are wearing the essential and shop for your own statement-making bauble.

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    PHOTO: Courtesy of Chanel

    ​Chanel

    Heavy metal was a major theme at Karl Lagerfeld’s F/W 13 show, as chain adorned all manner of accessories from over-the-knee boots to purses and our personal favorite: chunky chokers.

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    PHOTO: Patrick McMullan

    Natalie Joos

    We can all take note on how the Tales of Endearment blogger selected a dress (in this case a Rachel Gilbert stunner) with a neckline that just meets her vintage choker. 

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    PHOTO: VPA/AKM-GSI

    Nicole Richie

    The hard-working accessory seamlessly transitions from dressier ensembles to more casual looks, like Richie’s Dries Van Noten blouse, Saint Laurent oxfords, and Ray-Ban sunglasses.

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    PHOTO: NCP/Star Max/FilmMagic

    Rita Ora

    The Jay-Z protégé always opts for high-octane ensembles, so it’s no surprise she chose diamond-encrusted links to complement her red PVC Versace F/W 13 sheath.

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    PHOTO: Spot-Poersch/AKM-GSI

    Reese Witherspoon

    We can thank Witherspoon for demonstrating our favorite chunky chain styling tip: layer the accessory over collared shirt buttoned to the top.

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    PHOTO: Imax Tree

    Lanvin

    Just in case you need it spelled out for you, Alber Elbaz adorned his layers of chains with a very befitting adjective.

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    PHOTO: Jochen Zick/startraksphoto.com

    Lily Collins

    At the Mortal Instruments: City of Bones premiere, Lily Collins' streamlined Paper London crop top acted as the ideal backdrop for displaying her Pluma Italia Gold Chain Link Necklace ($350).

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    PHOTO: Splash News

    Rihanna

    An oversized silver chain is all the Barbados-born bombshell needed to accessorize her sporty Rihanna for River Island t-shirt.

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    PHOTO: Spiller/WENN.com

    Gwyneth Paltrow

    Paltrow relied on her trusty combination of the Pomellato 67 Necklace In Silver And Marcasite ($4640) and oversized locket to add visual interest to her minimalist ensemble.

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    Adia Kibur Chain Link Necklace ($70) in Gold

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    ASOS Pack of Four Chain Necklaces ($34) in Rhodium

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    Balenciaga Palladium Large S-Chain Necklace ($665) in Silver

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    BaubleBar Chunky Ice Chain Strand ($34) in Grey

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    Ben Amun Gold Chain Link Necklace ($345) in Gold

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    Gogo Philip Classic Chunky Chain Necklace ($34) in Gold

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    Nasty Gal Remix Chain Necklace ($38) in Gold

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    Topshop Rectangle Chain Link Necklace ($20) in Mixed Metal

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    Eddie Borgo Supra Link Necklace ($650) in Gold

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    Urban Outfitters Two Chains Necklace ($24)

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Chain Link Necklace

Chain Link Necklace

Adia Kibur, $70
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Pack of Four Chain Necklaces

Pack of Four Chain Necklaces

ASOS, $34
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Palladium Large S-Chain Necklace

Palladium Large S-Chain Necklace

Balenciaga, $665
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Chunky Ice Chain Strand

Chunky Ice Chain Strand

Baublebar, $34
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Gold Chain Link Necklace

Gold Chain Link Necklace

Ben Amun, $345
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Classic Chunky Chain Necklace

Classic Chunky Chain Necklace

Gogo Philip, $34
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Remix Chain Necklace

Remix Chain Necklace

Nasty Gal, $38
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Rectangle Chain Link Necklace

Rectangle Chain Link Necklace

Topshop, $20
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Supra Link Necklace

Supra Link Necklace

Eddie Borgo, $650
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Two Chains Necklace

Two Chains Necklace

Urban Outfitters, $24
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