Fashion Trend Report: Gold Chain Necklaces

Once the exclusive territory of mobsters and hip hop legends, this accessory is getting a high-fashion makeover.

Art by Tanya Leigh Washington

It wasn't too long ago that seeing a thick gold chain brought back memories of things such as Scarface, Mr. T and '80s rap groups. The words "high fashion" didn't exactly come to mind. And yet, here we are reconsidering those flashy ropes in the wake of stunning runway shows from LanvinBalmain and Rodarte that featured re-imagined versions of this heavy metal accessory.


Tightly wound, choker-style, strung with mega-size pendants or layered for a downtown-chic look, these chains are less '80s and more fashion-forward. They can be worn to dress up—and toughen up—just about anything from a little black dress to a T-shirt and jeans. Sure-fire evidence that the trend is catching on is the fact that we've spotted celebs—everyone from model Miranda Kerr to singer Gwen Stefani and actress Taraji P. Henson—sporting their own chains everywhere from the street to the red carpet. 

(Source: FameFlynet Pictures)
(Source: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images North America)

(Source: Bauergriffin.Com)

Ready to pile on a few gold chains of your own? We love these from Charm & Chain, Nasty Gal, Shoptiques and BaubleBar.

<strong>Charm & Chain </strong>Sequin Interlocking Gold Chain Necklace, $83, at <a  target="_blank" href=""></a>; <strong>Nasty Gal</strong> Eliza Chain Choker, $45, at <a  target="_blank" href=""></a>; <strong>Rachel Ryen</strong> Jewelry Gold Chain Necklace, $125, at <a  target="_blank" href=""></a>; <strong>BaubleBar</strong> Vermeer Pearl Pendant Necklace, $38, at <a  target="_blank" href=""></a>
Charm & Chain Sequin Interlocking Gold Chain Necklace, $83, at charmandchain.comNasty Gal Eliza Chain Choker, $45, at nastygal.comRachel Ryen Jewelry Gold Chain Necklace, $125, at shoptiques.comBaubleBar Vermeer Pearl Pendant Necklace, $38, at
(Source: Charm & Chain, Nasty Gal, Shoptiques, BaubleBar)

I'm the former Style Editor of, I love helping women feel their best through great style. I'm a self-professed beauty addict. Follow me: Google