When we were younger we tended to make arts and crafts out of ordinary objects. The paperclip necklace was just one of those many childhood-reminiscent DIYs. Now, the paperclip necklace has expanded from the grade school scene and into the necks of quirky, fashionable grown-ups.
The paperclip itself has made its way into the designs of actual jewelry pieces. This Fashionista is wearing a white button-down shirt with a leopard print cardigan. Paired with shorts and combat boots, her outfit was accessorized with her own version of the necklace. Its design of bronzed paperclip-like shapes with rods and double metal rings give her outfit an extra edge.
Not only has the design “clipped” on to the appeal of young girls, but even onto the likes of designer brands such as Chanel. Chanel created her own style of the paperclip necklace, which was worn by ‘60s fashion icon Jacqueline Kennedy, with gold chains and diamond centers. Lanvin introduced their crystal necklace made out of gunmetal paperclips forming an openwork chain. Anthropolgie also made the trend more accessible for the masses with their own version of a tiered, color-hued necklace.
Who knew a simple object found on a worktable could become a fashionable trend?
Spotted: British accessory designer Katie Hillier is most known for her charming and simple yet elegant animal paperclips. Her pendants are shaped into figures such as butterflies, turtles, birds, owls, and her most famous: the bunny. Hillier has done creative consulting for Luella, Victoria Beckham, and Marc by Marc Jacobs.