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I tried the controversial belly chain trend that I was really scared of

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If you’ve checked out the latest runways or outfits to unfold in the fashion set, there is one literally quite small trend that you can’t really ignore: belly chains. I know, probably not what you expected – but the 2000s trend is back and stronger than ever. I have to admit that the accessory scared me the first time and never got into my closet, but I was suddenly convinced to give it a second chance.

I think the change of heart depends on the styling. When belly chains first hit my radar in the ’00s, they were worn with other trends I avoided like low pants and velor sweats, but now we’re seeing them paired with a more polished look. At Chanel, skirt suits, bikinis and jeans were given belly chains. At Jacquemus with a short cardigan and a suit. At Dior with a knitted sweater and logo trousers. And fashion fans have their own chic ways of styling them.

When I finally warmed myself to the belly chain trend, I decided to give it a try. See how I wear it ahead of time, where I’ve found inspiration, and lots of great shopping when you’re ready to add the fun part to your wardrobe. I call it the 2021 It Accessory.

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Melinda Martin