This Accessory Will Make Every Outfit You Wear Feel More Current

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After years of forgoing statement necklaces in favour of delicate, layered pendants, fashion has spoken: Heavy-duty neck candy is very much back on the sartorial agenda for 2021, with one particular necklace style leading the It accessory charge.

Tracing all the way back to the '80s, chain necklaces have enjoyed peaks in popularity over the best part of four decades. And now, thanks to the likes of Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta, which have each served up their own chunky-chain offerings this season, they're once again in demand.

Last summer, Net-a-Porter invested in more than 840 units of chain necklaces, and just one look at its new-in jewellery section is all the proof we need that the designer hotspot is backing them just as prevalently for summer 2021. That said, you needn't have a designer budget to be able to channel the trend. The high street has an abundance of chain-link necklaces to choose from, too.

With the power to breathe a new lease of life into roll-necks and T-shirts and bestow more fanciful items with a cool edge, a chain necklace will serve you well for the next 12 months and beyond.

Without further ado, keep scrolling to see and shop the best chain necklaces for every budget.

Like we said, nothing has the power to update your basic jersey tops quite like a chain necklace.

Nnenna layers her chain necklace with finer pendants and chokers.

Marissa gives her cream cardigan a refresh with a chain necklace.

It might be a statement, but that doesn't mean you can't pair your chunky chain necklace with equally large earrings.

Tine uses her necklace to dress up a T-shirt–and-blazer combination.

There's only one way a chain necklace can be improved upon—with the addition of a pearl necklace sitting with it.

Bettina gives her chain necklace a fancy overhaul with a sequinned dress.


Loren Stewart Gold Chain Necklace (£535)

Susan Caplan 1990s Vintage Gold-Plated Long Chain Necklace (£65)

Bottega Veneta Silver Chain Necklace (£2655)

Missoma x Lucy Williams Chunky Chain Necklace (£325)

& Other Stories Duo Chunky Chain Necklace (£23)

Annie Haak Designs NU & MII Stella Silver Necklace (£265)

H&M Short Chain Necklace (£10)

Laura Lombardi Luisa Gold-Plated Necklace (£240)

Uterqüe Gold and Tortoiseshell Chain Necklace (£60)

Saint Laurent Chain Choker Necklace (£755)

Lauren Rubinski 14-Karat Gold Necklace (£8650)

Zara Chain-Link Necklace (£18)

Marks and Spencer Gold and Silver Tone Link Chain Necklace (£15)

Monki Chunky Twist Chain Necklace (£5)

Monica Vinader Alta Capture Charm Necklace (£475)

Olivia & Pearl Link Chain Charm Necklace (£425)

Weekday Rico Necklace (£10)

Susan Caplan 1990s Vintage Gold-Plated Chunky Chain Necklace (£125)

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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