From the streets to fashion runways, there is one current trend that is almost impossible to ignore: belly chains. This 2000s trend is back in a big way, and now is an excellent time to try this look for yourself. And unlike the first time belly chains were in, you don’t have to wear them with super low-cut jeans in 2022. They are easier to pull off than you might think, too. You don’t need to look like a fashion model to look great in one.
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Belly chains come in several different styles. From thin, understated styles to flashy gold plated chains, there’s something that’s right for virtually everyone. Whether this is your first go-round with the belly chain trend or you are old enough to remember being too afraid to try this style back in the early aughts, this summer is a good time to give this intricate accessory a try.
Wearing a belly chain is pretty simple. All you need to do is wrap it around your waist and secure it with the clasp. When it comes to really pulling this trend off, though, the right outfit is crucial. Keep reading to discover how to pull off the belly chain trend.
What Are Belly Chains?
Belly chains are bling for your abdomen. Worn around the waist, they are sassy pieces of jewelry that turn heads and elevate your look. Though they’ve only recently come into style among the general population, belly chains (also known as waist chains) have been around for centuries.
This jewelry gets its name from its use by belly dancers. However, belly dancers’ chains are usually heavier than those worn by fashionistas. They also commonly feature coins or metal discs that jingle with the music.
Modern belly chains come in many different styles, making it easy to find the right one for any look. From simple and sophisticated to bold and blingy, there’s a belly chain for every outfit.
How to Wear Them
There are several ways to wear a belly chain. From red-hot evening looks to casual beach styles, here are a few options:
With Jeans and a Crop Top
Are you looking for a simple way to elevate your casual summertime attire? Add a belly chain. Start with some basic jeans or denim shorts. The rise isn’t super important. Just make sure it doesn’t go up higher than your belly chain rests. Add a fitted crop top in white or basic black. Use a belly chain as a focal piece to tie the entire look together by choosing a glistening rope chain or one with multiple strands.
This look is a great option if you’re not sure whether this trend is right for you. It’s simple, but it makes a huge statement. And seeing the way your outfit turns heads will give you the confidence boost you need to fully embrace wearing belly chains.
With a Dress
Not ready to show off that much skin? No problem. With this outfit, you can add some sparkle to your abdominal region without baring your belly. In addition to being an easy way to experiment with belly chains before fully diving in, it’s perfect for events where bare midriffs may be inappropriate.
First, find a dress you love and feel absolutely incredible in. For an evening out or formal event, choose a fitted mini dress that hugs your curves. Wrap a thick or multi-strand belly chain around your waist over your dress like a belt.
With a Bikini
Belly chains are must-have beach accessories this summer. A dainty chain paired with an itty-bitty bikini is the perfect way to add some sparkle to your swimwear. If you are feeling self-conscious, add a breezy sarong to cover up your lower half.
You can wear a belly chain with more conservative swimsuits, too. Try wrapping one around your waist to give even the most boring one-piece swimsuit a fresh and stylish new look.
With a Jacket
For this look, you’ll need a fitted jacket or blazer that buttons most of the way up. Bold colors work great, but basic black or white is fine. You’ll also need some distressed jeans and a belly chain.
Wrap the chain around your waist and then put on your jacket. Fasten only the closure nearest to your chest, leaving the rest undone. Throw on your jeans and you should have a stylish, midriff-baring outfit that gives a nod to the fashion of the late nineties and early aughts.
With Your Festival Wear
A belly chain is essential if you’re planning on hitting the festival scene this summer. Choose a simple one to pair with your most ornate outfits and a bulkier, more detailed one for your more basic looks. Whether you are wearing a swim top and shorts, jeans and a cropped tank or any other belly-baring style, a belly chain makes an excellent addition to all types of festival attire.
With Baggy Jeans
Baggy jeans are another nineties trend that’s enjoying a huge moment right now. Combine two major trends by rocking a snug belly chain with your baggiest bottoms. Pair them with a fitted bra top and a long cardigan for an outfit that’s perfect for staying comfortable long after the sun goes down. If you want to take your look even further, add a set of gold grills.
The belly chain is one of the hottest trends this summer, and it’s easier to pull off than you might think. Try one of the outfits above, or experiment with adding a chain to your favorite looks. If you’re not ready to bare your belly to show off a chain, you can even wear one as a belt with your shorts or jeans. There are also harness-style body chains you can wear over your clothes if you want to add lots of sparkle without showing any skin. Feel free to experiment with different types of chains to find one that’s right for you.