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20
Dec
2017

Chainmail is back - party like it's 1999!

If you're going out this New Year's Eve, then you might want to expect to see a lot of chainmail - and to perhaps feel as though you've travelled back in time.

The fashion trend for slinky, silvery dresses and tops is well and truly back, after enjoying a huge moment in the sun back in around 2001 to 2002. And before that, it was worn by supermodels Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell in 1999, spawning millions of copycat looks.

Clearly, this is one party theme that just keeps coming back because it's ideal for the evening, doesn't take a lot of dressing up (it's already super-glam) and will have you turning heads all over the room.

It's also very sultry thanks to those independently moving layers of material, which is surely something everyone seeks in going-out attire, whether it's for date night or girls' night.

The most recent star we've spotted in chainmail was Margot Robbie, who headed to the premiere of I, Tonya in a dazzling gold chainmail-effect gown, which she cinched in at the waist with a black belt.

A little earlier in the year was Kendall Jenner at her 21st birthday party in a really short chainmail minidress. It certainly ensured she was the centre of attention and didn't get overshadowed as the birthday girl.

We wonder if she was aware that it was also a nod to Paris Hilton's very similar dress, worn to the socialite's own 21st birthday bash more than 15 years ago? It certainly proves that fashion is extremely cyclical and that almost everything comes back again!

It isn't just the one returning minidress look that is being splashed all over Instagram, either. We've seen halterneck chainmail tops with jeans on Chiara Ferrangni, which we remember fondly from Atomic Kitten videos back in the day.

There are even chainmail tops being combined with low-slung leather trousers, which is just so very Coyote Ugly that it gives us nostalgia pangs.

Clearly, chainmail is quite racy and often worn backless, so it's up to you whether you want to embrace this trend or leave it for the more daring fashionistas (particularly if you were rocking it for club nights in 2002!).

However, that's not to say that you have to let it pass by completely even if you don't want to wear chainmail as a dress or top. As ever, you can always allow for a quick nod to it in your accessories.

If you do want to get Kendall Jenner's look, try adding a layered diamond-look necklace like this one and diamond studs similar to the ones she wore.

You can also find great examples of jewellery with chainmail incorporated - we've got necklaces here and here, plus a wonderful pair of dangly earrings here.