How to Wear a Chain Wallet

Understanding the Unique Style of the Chain Wallet

A Chain Wallet is a unique wallet that allows you to connect a metal chain to your wallet and securely attach it to the wearer’s body. Along with being a fashion choice and accessory, Chains also have added features helping prevent your wallet from being lost or stolen. Chain Wallets themselves are usually made from leather and have a rich history in many subcultures dating back to the early 20th century. 

Having lost popularity in the early 2000s Chain Wallets are currently having a reassurance thanks to its increased prevalence in TV, Film with many famous celebrities being seen wearing them. In this article we’re going to discuss chain wallets in detail, look into their history, celebrity culture and the different ways in which you can wear them. Without further wait, let’s dig into the interesting world of chain wallets. If you’re looking to purchase a chain wallet check out our article on the Best Chain Wallets. 


    The History of Chain Wallets

    Surprisingly Wallet Chains have a long and fruitful history dating back as far as the early 20th century. They were originally invented and used by Bikers who wore them as a way of keeping their wallets secure when on the roads. It originally served as a purely functional choice, but overtime, The biker culture’s unique fashion became synonymous with the wallet chains, and till this day, chain wallets are still thought as an integral part of their look. 

    From here, Wallet Chains grew in popularity over the decades and were adopted by many different subcultures including punks and heavy metal fans who wore them as a symbol of independence and rebellion.  Today, Chain Wallets are not as popular as they once were but still remain a popular fashion accessory among certain subcultures. They continue to evolve in style due to the unlimited styles and designs chain can come in. 


    Famous Chain Wallet Wearers

    One of the many reasons why Wallet Chains grew in popularity was due to it being adopted and worn by big named celebrities. Whether TV, Film or Music, over the decades many people have worn chains as a symbol of their unique style leading to a surge in sales and popularity. 

    The 1980s was probably the decade where Chain Wallets were most popular. The likes of Axl Rose, lead singer of Guns N’ Roses, and James Hetfield, singer and guitarist for Metallica, are just a few big names who are rarely seen within their chain wallet. Chain Wallets were also popular among the Hip-hop world including rappers Tupac Shakur and LL Cool J. Today, the likes of Justin Bieber and Harry Styles have also been seen wearing chains bringing their popularity back to a whole new generation. This has led to a spike in sales over the past 5 years. 


    How to Wear a Chain Wallet?

    Chain wallets are very versatile fashion accessories and can be worn in a variety of different ways, some to increase security others for a unique look. Below are just a few of the ways in which a chain wallet can be worn.

    • Around the Waist: This is the most common way to wear a chain wallet attached at your waist (usually though a D-ring) attaching at the other end through a belt loop. This provides you with an easy and accessible way to store your wallet in your pocket.
    • Across the Body: This unique way allows you to wear a chain that hangs from one shoulder to the opposite hip. 
    • As a Neck Chain: One of the more popular looks. This is basically using a chain as a necklace hanging around the neck. This is a bold fashion statement, and the most visual look. Very popular among the heavy metal crowd. 


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