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.
Accessory Report: The Chain Gang
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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)