(Source: PacificCoastNews.com; FameFlynet Pictures)
Beaches are a good time to go au naturale: ditch clothes, let your hair flow freely and abandon makeup. Even so, celebrities have found a way to add embellishment even when they're nearly naked. Enter the body chain—jewelry that wraps around your neck and waist for subtle pizzazz on otherwise simple looks.
These accessories draw attention to your middle, which can either give a slimming effect or highlight those already toned abs you've been working on all summer. Even when worn off the beach, however, they're sexy and understated, playing peek-a-boo under midriff-bearing outfits.
Rihanna dressed up a simple blue bikini with a thin chain, layered beneath a nameplate necklace.
Rihanna shows off her bikini body as she hits the beach with a female pal in Sopot, Poland. The stunning Barbadian singer showed off her curves in a baby blue bikini before putting on a see through netted skirt and strolling in the sand. (Pacific Coast News)more pics »
Candice Swanepoel matched a gold suit with even more gold. Her chain sits at the hips, which works for low-rise bikini bottoms.
South African model Candice Swanepoel dances in the rain while filming a Victoria's Secret video in a tiny gold bikini. (Pacific Coast News)more pics »Blink and you'd miss Whitney Port's very delicate jewelry, but details like this are memorable.
Reality star Whitney Port showing off her bikini body while on the beach with friends in Miami, Florida (FameFlynet Pictures)more pics »Irina Shayk proved this accessory works even when summer is over. Last December, she added glimmer to her all-black outfit with a simple chain.
Supermodel Irina Shayk visits ASPCA Adoption Center on December 10, 2013 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »The great thing about body chains is that they are very affordable. The stars may pick thousand-dollar designs from Jacquie Aiche and Manon Von Gurken, but you can easily replicate the look for less than $50. Try loose-fitting designs from Nasty Gal ($28) and Nectar Clothing ($13), or waist-huggers from Lulu's ($14) and Vanessa Mooney ($120).
(Source: Nasty Gal Body and Soul Chain, $28; Lulu's Break the Chain Gold Chain Body Harness, $14)
(Source: Nectar Clothing Celestial Body Chain, $13; Vanessa Mooney Rockstead Body Chain, $120)