Considering that all her Golden Globes outfit entailed was a black jacket and maxi skirt, you might be surprised to learn that actor Kerry Washington was one of the big fashion hits of the night.

But this was no regular skirt. Slit to the thigh, the Altuzarra number was embellished with a thick diamante body chain that peeked from beneath the actor’s blazer, with three sparkling knots resting on her bare midriff.

Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington

Teamed with glittering Jimmy Choo sandals, a matte red lip and, presumably, several inches of ‘boob tape’, it was a daring ensemble but the 42-year-old pulled it off.

The next day, over in London, fashion icon Alexa Chung was spotted at a GQ dinner wearing a long, sparkly necklace looped around her white Basic Rights shirt and it was official: body chains are having a celebrity style moment.

Feeling inspired by these stylish stars? Well, there’s no shortage of body jewellery to choose from at the moment.

On the one hand, you’ve got delicate chains with tiny charms and beads for adding a hint of glamour to your outfits.

On the other, you’ve got body harnesses, diamante bralets and even crystal leg garters, if you’re so inclined.

What’s great about this trend is that you can make it as sexy or as subtle as you like.

Take the Washington route and layer your blingy body necklace under a fitted blazer with high-waisted trousers or a skirt. Or follow Chung’s lead and wear a loose chain over a mannish shirt. 

Plus, with so many bargain buys you can try the trend with costume jewellery before deciding whether to invest in a statement piece.

Here are five of our favourite body chains on the high street…

ASOS DESIGN mini jewel body chain, €8.30

ASOS

Missguided silver look diamante body chain, €15.99

Misguided

ASOS DESIGN body chain with statement crystal centre piece in silver tone, €6.22 (was €16.59) 

Etsy  Kismet Body Jewellery, €10.38 (plus €4.27 delivery to Ireland)