28 best chain bags accessorized with – from ultra-classics to modern remixes

Photographed by Jackie Nickerson, vogueJuly 2018

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

With this sentiment in mind, the search for the perfect chain bag will build on these qualities while checking the boxes for fabric, color, shape and size. And while chunky chains may seem too heavy for spring’s uplifted palettes, designers have risen to the challenge with solid options that run the gamut of personal style.

The highlight of the season, JW Anderson’s widened chains are both sewn into the front of leather bags and woven into the handles of brightly colored satchels. At Chanel, Virginie Viard presents a printed hobo bag for spring enhanced with a duo of silver-link straps. And other stalwarts of the chain bag category continue to contribute to the conversation, from Bottega Veneta and Stella McCartney to Chloé and Burberry. Ahead, 28 picks to prove the chain bag is an eternal staple.

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