There's one thing that all fashion enthusiasts agree on—that accessories can make an outfit. That's why we're launching a monthly column, Successorise, charting the latest extras that stylish girls will want to know about. From the smart workwear add-ons that could seal the deal in the office to the most of-the-moment tweaks that can spin a basic outfit into a high-fashion trajectory, this is Who What Wear UK's regular guide to the most important accessorising rules to know now.
In 2018, we will see the return of '80s gold chain jewellery and garish prints, thanks to the Versace archive–inspired collection, which is all fashion buyers have been talking about. One of the key items to perfecting this "Jerry Hall in the '80s" look is a retro chain belt. Net-a-Porter's fashion director Lisa Aiken reveals that this is one of the key accessory trends for next spring, as a follow on from the Dynasty-tastic crystal earrings obsession that sparked this season. The key to wearing this trend, she says, however, is to keep the rest simple and pair with jeans and a white T-shirt. Unless you're from the Bella Hadid school of thought, in which case, wear it with the loudest prints you own. Keep scrolling to see how the street style set is wearing vintage chain belts, and shop our edit of the best around below.
Style Notes: The key to wearing a chain belt, as Alice Zielasko shows, is to make sure your trousers are high-waisted and pair with a cropped top or tucked in turtleneck so that the belt can really shine.
Style Notes: For a more approachable look, we love Anna Vitiello's leather-and-gold chain belt that she loops over her scarf.
Shop the Belts
Chanel vintage belts = the dream.
This is a more modern take on the chain belt train.
In spring, this will be joined by plenty more high-street options.
Vestiaire Collective is the best place to find vintage belts.
Gucci vintage belts are also up on our list.
Next up, see our guide to the biggest trends for S/S 18.