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Chain-strap bags: Not just for the Chanel set

November 30, 2009 | 12:12 pm

Chain Chain-strap bags are having a definite moment. And not just the ones with interlocking "C"s on them. (Yes, Chanel made the chain-strap bag iconic, but dropping $2,000 on a satchel is a pipe dream for most.)

Lucky for us, designers of all stripes have created metal-strapped bags at various points this season. 

The design is uber-ladylike (the strap is akin to a piece of jewelry, after all), so chain-strapped bags look most modern when tempered with more casual duds, i.e. jeans and rugged boots. (Though for evening looks, chain-strap clutches dolook adorably retro '50s -- and they free your hands up for your 4-inch cigarette holder.)

A recent scouring of the Internet yielded a bevy of ingenious chain-strapped models, including the two pictured above: an orange chain-strapped lipstick bag from Rebecca Minkoff (on sale for $186.15 at Confederacy) and a green gold-strapped day bag from Marc Jacobs (on sale for $689 at Barneys New York.)

--Emili Vesilind

Photos: Orange bag by Rebecca Minoff, courtesy of Confederacy; Green bag by Marc Jacobs, courtesy of Barneys New York.