Face-Mask Chains Are the Essential Jewelry You'll Actually Wear Everywhere — Here's How to Style Them

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You know how we describe some of our more delicate jewelry as everyday pieces we never take off? Well, make some more room in that category, because face-mask chains are here to stay. At first, we saw plenty of people expertly utilizing their sunglasses chains by clipping the ends onto the ear straps of their face masks so that their coverings are always in reach instead of tucked away in a waist bag. But now, some of our favorite fashion brands, and countless Etsy sellers, are rolling out functional chains specifically meant to hang down from your mask — and also coordinate with the rest of your outfit.

You can either go the kitschy, camp route and opt for one with beads — I jazzed mine up with my name — or you can keep things chic with gold-chainlink, pearls, or marble designs. Influencers are even incorporating these into their stylish #OOTDs, populating our feed with what we'll call maskspo.

If you like the layered jewelry look, these definitely bring something to the table, encouraging you to accessorize, which is something you've probably been doing less of while social distancing from home. I know one thing for sure — my mask chain certainly makes staying safe a lot more fun, and it inspires me to pull together an outfit that actually feels like me. If I'm wearing my name close to my heart, I might as well show off my personal style while I'm at it.

Coordinate a Gold-Chain Mask With a Crystal-Embellished Headband

Play "Crisscross" With Your Accessories and Strap on a Crossbody Bag

Layer on More Delicate Gold Chains to Complete Your Set

Go For a Preppy Style, Teaming Up Pearls and Stripes

Stick to Neutrals With All-Natural Materials and Beads

Slip on a Plain White Dress With Your Printed Mask, Then Double-Loop Some Gold Chains

Let Your Kitschy Side Show and Play Up Your Chain With Friendship Bracelets