CHAIN NECKLACES—like those actress and model Marisa Berenson layered so effusively in 1969—have never exactly been out of style. Dating back to at least the Roman era, simple links have been the basis for trends from the Belle Époque to the early 2000s, when they resurfaced as Carrie Bradshaw-style nameplate necklaces. Most recently, fashionable sorts are embracing distinctly chunky gold versions.
In the 21st century the style trends of the fashion industry dominate the world more than they ever did, and control not only the way people dress but also trends in home ware design, makeup fashion and people’s overall attitudes. In the 60s flower power did not only mean flares and tunics, it summed up the whole attitude of a generation, and this is even more prominent today.
Nowadays, fashion is bold and daring, and this reflects a noughties generation that is not afraid to say what they think, or wear what they want. Fashion is not just a means of clothing your body, it is the essence of your personality and beliefs, and designers are well aware of the power they hold. Designers’ predictions and designs for the coming season are more hotly anticipated than any other revelation in the world.
Slowly but surely, and without you knowing it, chunky chain necklaces have come back in fashion and taken over your Instagram feed. It used to be about delicate, stackable thin chains, but the maximalist version is back and it looks pretty cool.
You may remember this style from the ’80s and ’90s, when thick, juicy gold pieces reigned.