28 Chain Bags to Accessorize With—From Ultra-Classics to Modern Remixes

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Photographed by Jackie Nickerson, Vogue, July 2018

Hardware can make or break a handbag. Overly shiny or the wrong shade of gold or silver metals can steer the accessory in a cheap-looking direction. On the other hand, the best chain bags that excel in quality metals and uniquely integrated zippers and chains can elevate the overall accessory.

With this sentiment in mind, the pursuit for the perfect chain bag will rely on these qualities while also checking off the boxes for fabric, color, shape, and size. And though chunky chains might sound too heavy for spring’s lifted palettes, designers have risen to the occasion with strong options that run the gamut of personal style. 

A highlight of the season, JW Anderson’s enlarged chains are both stitched onto the front of leather totes and woven into the handles of brightly-hued satchels. At Chanel, Virginie Viard introduces a printed hobo bag for spring accented by a duet of silver chain link straps. And other mainstays in the chain bags category continue to contribute to the conversation, from Bottega Veneta and Stella McCartney to Chloe and Burberry. Ahead, 28 picks to prove the chain bag is a perennial staple.

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    JW Anderson chain tote bag

    The contrast between this tiny tote and its large chain detail makes for a strong statement bag.

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    Kate Spade Smile crossbody bag

    Half-moon shapes already feel exciting—especially with a chain strap in the mix.

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    Chloé small Juana day bag

    An example of the style synergy between silver chain links and soft, elegant leather.

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