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’90s Chain Belts Are Back!

Want to get the Lagerfeld look? Not the low ponytail and fingerless gloves he wore every day…but the chain belts he first launched in the ‘90s, and then re-introduced in one of his last collections for Chanel. Following Lagerfeld’s lead, everyone is – chain – belting up again.

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In his SS94 ‘Original Thinkers’ show for Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld styled chain belts. Modeled over bikinis and tweed resort wear by Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni, and Claudia Schiffer, they quickly became a staple of the decade. With ‘90s trends making a comeback, Lagerfeld made sure chain belts are no exception. In his SS19 ‘Chanel by the Sea’ show, nearly 25 years later, he re-introduced them. This time, Kaia Gerber and Cristina Herrmanstrutted down a sand-filled runway complete with lapping waves and on-duty lifeguards, as Lagerfeld again paired chain belts with Riviera looks.

Not particularly fearless in fashion? Do not worry! Chain belts are not only for the beach, and you do not have to accessorize them á la the iconic supermodels to get the look. To keep it simple and add a little shine to an everyday outfit, loop one low around your hips with light wash jeans and a classic white t-shirt. Or, to define your waist, cinch one high up around a flowy dress or oversized blazer. Whether for the surf or the streets, scroll down to shop our Chanel picks.


Cover photography by: Guy Marineau/Conde Nast via Getty Images

Edited by : Marie Louise Schultz

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