This time of year is a tricky one when it comes to deciding what to wear. The end of summer brings with it some chillier days but it’s not officially fall yet, so we’re not quite ready for jumpers and coats. In the fashion industry, September is all about ‘transitional’ dressing – and this year there’s one piece of jewelry that’s the perfect addition to any wardrobe, whatever the weather, and that’s a chunky chain.
As seen in both the Spring/Summer 2020 and Fall/Winter 2020 designer collections, oversize jewelry is big news (literally) this year. But this is no one-size-fits-all trend – there was lots of variety on the runways. At Paco Rabanne and Ports 1961, chain necklaces were gold and shiny and came with matching earrings, while at Zimmerman, huge ivory-colored links circled models’ necks. Brandon Maxwell went big on bling, with long, sparkling chains formed from the letter ‘B’, and Marni made the case for vintage-style tortoiseshell chain necklaces.
The beauty of these statement pieces is that they can work well on either bare skin or layered over clothing. Try adding a gold chain over a shirt or blouse, for example – just make sure it’s a chain that sits flat against the body so that it fits neatly under your collar.
Is bigger always better when it comes to chunky chains? Not necessarily. If you’re used to delicate accessories and you’re not ready to go large, why not layer a few smaller gold chains to create a multi-strand necklace? If you are making a beeline for supersized pieces, try the tone-on-tone look, teaming an off-white necklace with a cream shirt, or a tortoiseshell chain with a camel knit.
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