Are Phone Charms Making a Comeback?

The dangly phone charms that dominated Y2K era accessories are making a subtle comeback. Often

The dangly phone charms that dominated Y2K era accessories are making a subtle comeback. Often tied to flip phones and the handheld game Tamagotchi in the prior decade, beaded and colorful phone charms evoked a sense of playfulness while retaining the vibrant aesthetic synonymous with that era.

2000s Era Cell Phone with Hello Kitty Charm 

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Tamagotchi, the handheld digital game popular in the early 2000s 

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Started mostly on Gen Z platforms like TikTok, today’s phone charms evoke a sense of style and nostalgia that is undeniably kitsch. Though most phone charms during the 2000s were usually shorter and cool-toned, today’s iterations are a tad more chunky and emotive. Easy to make—you just need chunky craft store beads and string—and even easier to slip on your phone, the accessory instantly spruces up any mirror selfie and makes for a cute personalized touch.

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Apart of Gen Z’s quarantine agenda, phone charms are another DIY in a long list of nostalgic favorites that have been uncovered—rug tufting, beading, macrame, and countless others. Much of the trend’s appeal is its easily reproducible nature, and with many still stuck at home, there is no better time to break out those crafting beads that are taking up space in your closet.

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Gigi Hadid sports a cool-toned phone charm 

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Dua Lipa with her kitschy phone charm

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As the trend gains steam on social media platforms, luxury brands have churned out their own iterations. Balenciaga’s $650 “Multicolor Toy Choker” clearly takes inspiration from Y2K phone charms and accessories. Another high-fashion piece that looks eerily similar to the ones seen across TikTok is Bottega Veneta’s $3,390 “Floral Beaded Necklace”. Luckily for those unwilling to float the hefty price tags, there are dozens of DIY videos across Instagram and YouTube that achieve a similar aesthetic.

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Bottega Veneta “Floral Beaded Necklace”

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Though today’s social media users are undoubtedly inspired by Y2K iterations, there is a sense of authenticity that shines through. TikTok’s community-focused algorithm has united DIY lovers and crafters alike, looking to share tips and tricks for making the newest accessories. And with everything these days, Gen Z seems to be calling the stylistic shots.

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