The Body Chain Is Back For 2021 And Here’s How To Wear It

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Remember when body chains first came on the radar in the ‘00s yet disappeared as quickly as they arrived? Well in news that may very well terrify you, body jewellery is having a resurgence once more, with the trend back and stronger than ever. Luckily, this season’s designs have had a high fashion makeover, and whether you’re a lover of sleek, minimal style or conceptual layering, there’s something for everyone.

Flying the flag for homegrown fine jewellery, Aquae Jewels was one of the first to get in on the act, fashioning a glistening chain-link finished in 18K gold that wraps around your waist, and a sparkling ring set with diamonds to brighten up your midriff. Elsewhere, Loren Stewart’s body chain comes cast in polished silver with Figaro-style links that can also be worn as a belt.

Not just for the waist, chic body chains can also be layered over simple silhouettes and streamlined suiting, while body harnesses and diamante bralets are also emerging as standout buys. Case in point, Kenneth Jay Lane’s cubic zirconia body chain looks especially good with tailoring when draped under a blazer, while Kimberly McDonald’s 18-karat gold diamond body chain falls prettily over your frame, ideal for styling over a slinky slip dress or peeking out from under a cropped top.

Whatever takes your fancy, check out our handpicked edit of designs that will get you noticed.

Messika Paris body chain

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  • Words by Naomi Chadderton