These 26 phone straps are actually so stylish

Roxanne Assoulin

The year 2000 rang and it said so Y2K style is back. (Old news, but whatever.) It’s time to dig up all yours parachute pants, maxi skirtsand temporary tattoos. While there’s a nostalgic appeal to the Sidekicks, Nokias and Razr phones of the past, we’ll happily stick with our iPhones and Google Pixels instead. On the other hand, the little charms that we used to loop on phones? They are back, and they have taken on a more pragmatic form. Introducing: the phone strap, a whimsical pearl-shaped concoction that offers lanyard functionality and stylish personalization.

You might be familiar with the phone’s charm-centric Instagram account Hold onto the Bling, which rose to enormous popularity during the pandemic. Founder Alex Bass has since gone inactive on the account, but she told ELLE what makes these funky little accessories so great, saying the appeal lies in how it combines self-expression and practicality. She also echoes the insurmountable wave of nostalgia, citing her love of early things as core to her brand: “The ethos behind the brand really brings back the Y2K nostalgia we all know and love across generations, and accessories to our most used accessories – our phones! Each lanyard has its own background and was created with lots of love and inspiration from the depths of my brain, where all my Y2K obsessions are stored.”

You may have already noted the trend and its stamp of approval from people like Kendall Jenner, Dua Lipa and Addison Rae, so why not make your mirror selfies that much sweeter with your own strap (or several to coordinate with different outfits, as Bass suggests)? Ahead, the 26 coolest phone straps on the market.

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Pearl, thank you

Pearl beaded phone wrist strap

Rainbow Brite

Roxanne Assoulin

Bauble Brite Phone Charm

Crazy Eights

BonBonLyner

Fortune Teller Phone Strap

Lots of love

Heart-beaded phone charm strap

Possibilities galore

Set of 6 beaded phone straps

Happy Days

Little words project

Happy phone charm

Juicy fruits

lulabeadsByLena

Fruity Tooty Phone Lanyard

Pretty in pink

Petit moments

Smiley-beaded phone strap

Star pastels

Lauren Rubinski

Love Beaded Phone Strap

Sweet hearts

BonBonLyner

Heart of the Ocean phone strap

High vibrations

Grigri

Chill Out phone strap

Beaded beauty

Set of 3 phone straps with pearls

Lots of gems

Petit moments

Candy Phone Charm

Evil eye

Bqmte

Beaded Phone Charm

Customize it

BonBonLyner

Custom Mega Initial Phone Strap

Do you have avocado?

StringThing

Breakfast Club bracelet for phone strap

Classic cool

Cotton on

Text me phone charm bracelet

Written in the stars

Lele Sadoughi

Cosmos Moon and Star Phone Chain Charm

Sharp style

Cordee matters

Curby Phone Chain Tortoise

A+ accessories

THE SPEC

Millefiori gold bracelet for phone strap

Good 2 Gold

GrigriChicBijoux

Gold carabiner chain

Dazzling crystals

Rosantica

Amy Favilla Gold-Tone Crystal Phone Charm

Candy hearts

April and Cloud

Mobile phone chain Heart attack Handy strap

Dannijo

Milly Phone Charm

Stick on

Sonic

Adhesive bracelet

Practically perfect

ZWZY

Strap holder for mobile phone

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