Masks, glasses, phones, keys — I'm putting a chain on everything, and I don't regret it.

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Pretty Connected Mask Chain
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Fashion trends definitely have a way of sneaking up on us. One minute, we're admiring someone's ability to pull off white, ruffled socks paired with Mary-Janes, and the next, babydoll shoes are everywhere.

In my case, that's sort of what happened with chains. After noticing Gigi Hadid's love of croakies last summer, I, too, opted to add an 'eyewear retainer' to my sunglasses (Shop Similar: $19; It was a playful, retro choice that also happened to be practical; now, I could stop misplacing my favorite pair and simply hang it around my neck.

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Gigi Hadid making a statement with her sunglasses chain.
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Soon, however, chains began to invade my life. After losing my keys one night, my parents (who were unfortunately on the receiving end of a panicked phone call) encouraged me to get an old school lanyard (Shop Similar: $35; Then, early on in quarantine, I was gifted a Myra phone case (Shop It: $29;, which comes with an interchangeable cord so you can wear your tiny lifeline crossbody. It may sound a little strange, but that thing has come in handy so many times — it's great for walking the dog, or even just chilling on your couch or in bed. (Since it's strapped to your body, you'll never have to worry about losing your phone in a sea of blankets.)

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Me, with my favorite Myra phone case (photo courtesy of my mom's phone).
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The latest thing to get a chain, of course, are protective face masks. Admittedly, there have been a handful of times where I've locked my apartment door or car, only to realize I'd forgotten 2020's must-have accessory inside. A mask chain is (almost literally) a lifesaver when it comes to remembering this safety precaution.

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My BaubleBar mask, accessorized with a Pretty Connected mask chain.
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My own silver mask chain is from Pretty Connected (Shop It: $36;, but there are actually a ton of cute beaded options on Etsy. Even BaubleBar, which sells my favorite printed masks, has its own $18 version (Shop It: $18;

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Everything has a chain! I quickly snapped this to show off my key lanyard, phone cord, and mask chain, all being worn together like a fun chain family.
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I'm not sure which item will be next to get a chain (or if my neck could even handle it), but I have seen chain belts make a resurgence and, as always, am a fan of actual chain necklaces. I also recently decided to invest in a different crossbody phone case, which will hold my ID and credit cards as well (Shop It: $95; Now, I can leave all bulky bags at home whenever I do venture out.

So yes, everything really does have a chain now, and I (and my frequently distracted and unorganized brain) am not mad about it.