13 Ways to Wear a Rope, Stylishly

Designers are finding innovative ways to incorporate everyday materials—specifically rope and climbing cord—into of-the-minute jewelry creations.

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Jaclyn Mayer
This bold cobalt blue utility rope necklace with gunmetal-plated chain from Orly Genger by Jaclyn Mayer is the only accessory you’ll need. Wear it to add zip to jeans, a white tee and flats. ($260 at Jaclyn Mayer)
Always on the cusp of jewelry trends, Marni’s Silver-tone brass chain-link and neon-yellow necklace can be worn doubled-up or super long, paired with other chains. ($590 at Net-a-Porter)
Kirna Zabete
Leave it to Proenza Schouler to create a haute fashion statement out of utiliatarian, but yes, so colorfully chic, climbing rope. The best part? The mini carabiner clasp, hung with silver zipper logo charm. ($150 at Kirna Zabete)
Ann Taylor Loft
Ten milky chunky-cut stones are strung on braided gold rope ties with fringe ends for a look that can be earthy casual for weekend wear or a little more dressed up for the work day. ($34.50 at Ann Taylor Loft)
Need Supply Co.
Weighty gold nuts strung on a no-nonsense braided rope is a welcome reprieve to rhinestone embellished chains of yesteryear. And the price point of this particular style is as down to earth as its materials. ($38 at Need Supply Co.)n($38 at Need Supply Co.)
Aurélie Bidermann’s cheerful and chunky Do Brazil bracelet is made from an 18-karat gold-plated chain woven with pink and watermelon cotton thread, and finished with a tassel. ($395 at nNet-a-Porter)
Creatures of Comfort
Michelle Lane’s Bar Necklace is pure elegance in it’s simplicity. A plastic bar sits on a plain, soft cotton rope. Just slip on and go. ($207 at Creatures of Comfort )
Blogger and designer Mimi Jung’s debut “Surrounded” collection was inspired by the one-of-a-kind Brazilian agate stones she found in Hong Kong. Each is enclosed with hand-crocheted microfiber rope. ($215 at Brook&Lyn)
Proenza Schouler‘s pitch-perfect Stone One-Row Rope Necklace combines sporty multi-color climbing rope wrapped sliced and chunked stone charms. ($450 at Ssense)
Tanya Aguiniga
Los Angeles-based accessories and furniture designer Tanya Aguiniga uses unraveled and dip-dyed cotton rope to hand-make these necklaces, which have an honest, true to materials vibe. ($175 at Tanya Aguiniga)
Giels & Brother
Here's one for the guys (though, we say it's unisex): Giles & Brother Rope S-Hook Bracelet in red, white, and blue. An ode to summer celebrations. ($85 at Giles & Brother)
Boutique 1
The Missoni Large Tube Circle Necklace is comprised of six pattern fabric covered flexible tubes resembling climbing rope, in graduating lengths, some with silver metal detailing. It’s a statement piece a decidedly sportier than past season’s more feminine bib necklaces. ($575 at Boutique 1)
Fashion is having a MacGyver moment. In an emergency, the Paracord Survival Bracelet can be taken apart so you can actually use the cord, of which there’s approximately 10 to 13 feet. ($12 at Etsy)
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