Need to add a little bit of edge to your look, stat? Forget studs (too expected!) and try the surprising new accessories trend: chain embellishment. We’re not talking the prim and proper chain straps that evoke visions of pricey Chanel. Oh, no. The new spin on chain is incorporated right into the bag or shoes — sewn on around the seams of a messenger bag or fused into the straps of next-level ballet flats. And surprise, surprise, like all great trends, you can get in on this one no matter your budget. Whether you’re in the market for chained-up Givenchy or $40 kicks, your new favorite tough girl accessory is just a click ahead.
Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.