Metallic accents on your handbag is one way to add a little edge to any outfit.
There hasn’t been a single year for decades now where fashion week runways haven’t included a chain bag. Delicate chain straps and handles are a timeless bag design, although every now and then they get a colourful or chunky update.
Coco Chanel have always been credited with creating the first handbag with a shoulder strap, which single-handedly made it possible for women to have their hands free like Bluetooth. Created in 1955, the 2.55 had the infamous chain straps that went on to become the classic element of shoulder bags.
Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, and Hermès were some of the earliest fashion houses to also introduce a chain shoulder bag to their line. These days every respectable fashion label should have at least a couple of different chain strap bags available.
Chains are a suitable handbag accessory for all styles, adding hints of luxury with a gold chain, showcasing elegance with a silver chain, showing off an edgy and avant-garde vibe with a gunmetal grey chain, and a hint of pop art irony with a brightly coloured plastic chain.
Styling a Chain Bag
For evenings, a black chain handbag will always look incredible with any dark evening dress. You should also ensure that your jewellery is the same colour as the chain metal as well as the bag’s hardware.
Professional office environments can be restrictive when it comes to fashion, but chain handbags generally cause absolutely no controversy. Any colour chain strap bag works well with casual business outfits, as long as the bag colour matches the rest of your outfit, by the colour of your bag also showing up in your outfit or by following the usual colour blocking principles.
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