Of all the adornments and finishes a bag can have, chain straps are one of the more controversial when it comes to our readers. Some of you love the look, but many of you complain that the straps are uncomfortable, snag your hair or leave marks on your shoulders. For the latter group, we have some bad news that you might have already picked up on: chain-strap flap bags are everywhere this season.
If you're in the first group of people, though, you're going to want to go grab your wallets before you dive in below. Perhaps motivated by Chanel's long-running success with its many, varied chain-strap flap bags, brands have started turning them out in droves, and the results are pretty good-looking. Chain straps take up less visual space than solid leather does, and they often feel a little bit like jewelry, which makes the overall design feel more delicate. On the other hand, a chunkier chain strap can telegraph toughness, and either way, they provide a good opportunity to add personality to an otherwise classic bag design.
Below, we've assembled over two dozen of the season's best options, for those of you who remain chain strap-inclined.