The Different Types of Silver Chains and How to Style Them

Last Updated on July 18, 2022 by Janie Wilson

Are you looking for a silver chain but feel overwhelmed with all the options? There are plenty of options, and while there isn’t a rule book for how to style them, there are a few things you may want to know before making your purchases. 

Silver Chain

Read on to discover the different types of silver chains and how to style them. 

Categories of Clothing Purposes 

Three main categories of clothing purposes will be referenced throughout this article. They are everyday use, streetwear, and nice events. Here is a little more about each category, along with some examples of outfits that may be included. 

Everyday Use 

Everyday use refers to the clothing you will wear on any given day. Imagine you are going to a coffee shop or restaurant to meet up with a friend around lunchtime. You would typically put on clothes that are nicer than sweats, but not nice enough to go on a date in. Here are a few examples:

  • A graphic tee and jeans 
  • Shorts and an oversized tee
  • A crew neck sweater and khakis 
  • A hoodie and black pants 
  • Other casual outfits


Streetwear is a step up from casual, but not considered nice enough to go to a nice restaurant. This often consists of expensive shoes, sunglasses, t-shirts, and other articles of trendy clothing. 

Nice Events 

Lastly, nice events are dates, weddings, anniversaries, and other classy events that require your nicest clothes. 

Connell Chain 

The Connell chain is typically thinner and flies under the radar on most guys. This makes it the perfect option for those who want to wear jewelry without being too flashy or overstated. 

Everyday Use

Because of the small nature of the Connell chain, it is perfect for everyday use. It can go with virtually anything, including t-shirts, collared shirts, hoodies, turtle necks, you name it. 

Cuban Chain 

The Cuban chain is one of the most popular choices. It is classic, comes in multiple thicknesses, and is perfect for everyday use or streetwear. It doesn’t matter if you are a silver or a gold guy. Either one will look great. 


For those who like streetwear and have expensive taste, it’s a thick Cuban chain every time. You can’t go wrong with an oversized graphic tee, Cuban chain, jeans, and a pair of nice sneakers. 

Everyday Use 

It’s pretty straightforward. If you want to pair a Cuban chain with nicer clothing, you can. But if you’d rather pair it with a simple t-shirt and some khakis, that will work just as well. 


This type of silver chain is on the thinner side of chains. With two interwoven strands of silver, this chain gives off a classy look that is perfect for those going for an understated look. 

Everyday Use 

The thin nature of a rope chain makes it a great accent piece for any ordinary outfit. It won’t look too fancy or out of place with a t-shirt and shorts. 

Nice Events 

While the rope chain can be perfect for casual use, it’s also a nice accent for any fancy occasion. With it being thin and shiny, it would not be out of place on a dress shirt or turtleneck/blazer combo. 

Pendant Chains 

Pendant Chain

Pendant chains seem to always be in fashion. Whether it is a cross, compass, rose, or anything else, you will often find someone with a pendant chain. This is because they are perfect for everyday use and streetwear. 

Everyday Use 

The reason to wear a chain with your casual clothes is to show some personality. A pendant chain is a perfect thing for this. Not only does it show that you care about how you look, but it also gives insight into who you are as a person. 


The same reasoning as everyday use applies here as well. Pendant chains, much like streetwear, are forms of expression used by many people to display who they are. A great addition to any jewelry collection. 

Tennis Chain 

Maybe you are the kind of person who likes to be flashy. If this is you, the rope chain probably won’t appeal to you too much. If you want to make a statement, the tennis chain is the one for you. These chains are often blinged out with stones, making it hard not to notice. 


If you want a flashy chain to go along with flashy and expensive streetwear, the tennis chain is perfect for you. 

Nice Events 

Maybe you want to stand out on a nice date or at an expensive wedding. Putting on a tennis chain may be just what you need. 

Multiple Chains at Once 

You can always mix and match chains to create your own style. Maybe you really like the look of a Cuban chain but want the expression of a pendant chain, then wear both simultaneously. There are no rules. Just express yourself!

The Bottom Line 

There are many different types of chains for many occasions. Whether you want a chain for everyday use, streetwear, or nice events, there are plenty of options available to you. All you have to do is find the ones that express who you are the best!

Janie Wilson
Janie Wilson

Janie Wilson, a former fashion model and photographer, dedicated beauty expert and prolific writer on all topics related to fashion, beauty, hair and skin care. I started this website a few years ago when I felt that I have had enough of a hectic lifestyle and need to settle down. Presently, I live with my loving-and-caring husband in New York, but I travel around the world pretty often to derive inspiration for my fashion blog. Yes, let me admit that I am fairly obsessed with anything related to fashion and style. All things from fashion to grooming are things I study all the time whenever I get an opportunity, and my biggest joy in life is to help men and women look their best!