Chain patterns can be subtle or bold. They have been around for decades. Way before the ‘90s, but since the House of Versace put them back on the map during the Seattle grunge era, I think of them as an extremely ‘90s look.
Versace hasn’t stopped selling the pattern, because it’s a signature look for the brand across a range of wardrobe items. As a nod to the ‘90s, other designers are also bringing back chain patterns. Right now they are a fringe trend, but maybe they will stick around and go mainstream. We’re seeing chain patterns on tops, dresses, jackets, scarves and bottoms pop up at retail. You’ll probably find vintage chain patterned items in thrift and consignment stores too.
I like chain patterns and think of them as a glitzy and seasonless classic that my Mum wore. I wore a chain patterned scarf in the ‘90s, but no chain patterned clothing. That part I left to my Mother. 25 years later and I’m ready to wear a chain patterned top, dress or bottom, but not the scarf. That item I’m leaving back in 1994.
I continue to enjoy it when classics get their trendy moment. Add chain patterned items to the growing list of fairly timeless items that can be worn with just about anything and at any time. Dress them up or down, and wear them YOUR way. With jeans or formal wear. With track pants and sneakers. With leggings or utility pants. With solids or patterns. With cowboy boots or sporty sandals. Whatever combination you choose, it’s going to be fashionably fab when you wear it with conviction, intention, verve and confidence.
Over to you. What’s your take on the ‘90s chain pattern? Will you wear it?