Want to get a head start on your holiday shopping? It might help to zero in on a single jewelry style that will work for all the fashion girls on your list. This year I’m concentrating on a hot runway and Instagram trend: big chain link jewelry. Care to join me?
Chain links are a classic jewelry motif, and since the reemergence of “everything ‘80s” they’re bigger and bolder than ever. After years of delicate, layered micro-chains, it’s refreshing to see styles with a little extra gravitas.
Big chain link jewelry—the chunkier the better—will stand up to winter’s eclectic prints and heavier textures. Here are a few pieces at the very top of my list.
A Gold Chain Link Necklace
One of the season’s must-haves, a bold gold chain link necklace will work with everything you and your giftees own. I’m loving my gold-plated version on a ribbed-knit sweater, or layered with a locket under a crisp white shirt.
A gold chain link choker can also light up an LBD or a velvet pantsuit for holiday parties. But just because it makes a big statement, don’t think of it as only a dress-up piece. Consider wearing chain links with casual looks and athletic wear, as Hailey Baldwin does in the photo above.
Resin Chains for a Change
Resin chain link necklaces in tortoise shell were all over the fall and winter runways, but the best ones tend to be rather pricey. I prefer BaubleBar’s Marbelized Resin Chain in bone color. For only $38, it will work right through the spring and summer months too.
The Catalina Gold Link Bracelet by Julie Vos
My hands-down favorite holiday gift this year is the 24K gold-plated Catalina Link Bracelet by New York-based designer Julie Vos. To my eye, this quintessential chain link bracelet has the unmistakable patina of a real gold legacy piece.
I wear Vos’s beautiful bracelet solo, or sometimes stacked with my 14K gold bangles (I’ve even clipped on a charm or two). It’s a bit of a splurge at $295, but to me it’s worth every penny. Available at julievos.com.
Gold Chain Link Earrings
Earrings are the perfect Secret Santa gift, so start a chain reaction among your BFFs. This year I’m giving long, multi-link drops in gold-tone metal. Forever 21 has a stocking stuffer pair for just under $5 (that’s not a typo). At this price, we can all spread the holiday ear cheer far and wide!