For fun fashion, there’s now no greater starting point than with the Chain Print trend. Exemplified by pop star Rita Ora, with her statement blend of high designer and high-street fashion, these prints bring together the trash and the couture for a striking look. Made covetable in the 1980s by Gianni Versace, these designs have experienced something of a revival recently, likely as a result of the Versace for HM collections of the year. Featured on bomber jackets, skater dresses and bodycon skirts, as well as more subtle accessories such as silk scarves, they became the go to pattern for style gurus hunting for something luxe and baroque, with a hip hop reference.
Chain print pieces now incorporate a large spread of pictures and colors. Classic Black and Gold can easily be found, but there are now reds, blues, greens, even fuschias. Floral and tropical patterns sit next to the eponymous chains, and even cherubs in the more normal Baroque style can be found sitting amongst the prints for those appealing to their inner art history fanatic.
There are several ways to wear the chain print trend depending on the effect you wish to achieve. For all out fashion fierceness, be brave by clashing more than one print and rocking it with confidence. This trend is all about fun! If you’d like to be a bit more classic stick to one piece but bring out the colours with the other attire you wear with it. Pair a tiger and chain print sweater with gold jeans for a bling look, or go for the red and blue patterns with a pencil skirt in one of the shades. Frequently found on bodycon dresses, wear one print with a statement pair of heels for a look which will stick out from the crowd without looking too wacky.
If you want to play up the 1980s reference then choose a crop top or a pair of leggings in your favourite chain print, wearing with your usual jeans of oversized sweater, respectively. Don’t forget to pile on the gold jewellery for an over the top retro look. Add a classic pair of platform sneakers for a nod to the sportswear trend that is taking over in Olympic fever.
However you choose to wear the chain print trend, you are going to look great. You simply can’t go wrong because it’s all about being ott – so the more you pile on, the more fashion-forward tacky and glamorous you look! It is a semi-ironic homage to the excess of the 1980s, as well as a revived appreciation for standard patterns and distinctive design. If you’re stuck for inspiration, check out Rita Ora, as well as vintage Versace girls like Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista. These girls rocked it decades back, and yet still look awesome today.