These Under-$20 Granny Chains Instantly Upgrade Any Quarantine 'Fit

Chalk one up for nonna! Yes, it's true: Elder matriarchs around the world have inspired the latest in quarantine fashion with the granny-chain mask hack.

But we'd be remiss not to tip our hat to wardrobe expert Allison Freer, who came up with this clever solution for having your mask on hand at all times. Freer told The Strategist that after seeing the classic retro granny chain repurposed in an Instagram post by jewelry brand Éliou, she had to have one. "It's turned out to be the single best purchase I've made in months." We spotted a similar post by our friends at Donni and began to take note. 

So admittedly, while grandma herself didn't exactly start this new trend, she's certainly perfected the style over the years with an assortment of decorative eyeglasses chains.

Taking inspiration from the previously mentioned sources, we thought we'd put this hack to the test. No matter what type of mask you're wearing, it's possible to find a chain that not only compliments your style but also is effective at keeping your mask easily accessible. Freer notes, "It's a nice alternative to storing your mask under your chin, which many people seem to be doing; I can't say for sure that wearing it on a chain keeps it cleaner, but it does keep the elastic from getting stretched out." 

Ready to add a granny chain to your rotation of quarantine ensembles? Keep scrolling for our favorite finds under $20—and don't forget to wash your hands


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Drew Elovitz
Director of Content Strategy

Drew Elovitz is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but has spent the last decade living and working in New York City. She earned a master's degree in media and popular culture from New York University, then began her career on the internet as the Twitter voice of Barbie. She worked previously at Who What Wear as the director of content strategy and also spent several years leading the social media teams at Teen Vogue and Entertainment Weekly. You'll find her byline on the site around topics such as celebrity fashion, must-have basics, beauty favorites (particularly nail polish), and wellness tips and tricks. Her personal style tends to favor the classics: She loves crisp white button-downs, sneakers, and skinny jeans—and no look is complete without a great pair of oversize sunglasses and a trusty leather jacket. After she finishes reading the entire internet every day, she can be found dining out at her favorite restaurants, trying new beauty treatments, or indulging her historical-fiction habit.