The year behind us was turbulent in terms of retrograde, bissextile, celebrities we’re still crying over, fashion going good and bad, lemonades and all else in between.
It was all about reliving the ‘90s through fashion, one of its staples being the mighty choker. A cult favored by everyone from Kardashian clan to Rihanna, the choker was (and still is) one of the favorite accessorizing items trending today.
We first despised it, then we gradually warmed up to it, consequently – we’ve all started wearing it, and what we’re now hearing is – we’re to forget it? Apparently, word around the fashion block is chokers are over and we’re supposed to bluntly accept it (now that we’ve made a stash in all colors and glitters possible). Not gonna happen!
For this to actually happen, we’ll need more proof than a simple hear-say; once we see the glitterati drop their choker tendencies and replace them for God-knows-what, we’ll hop on board. Otherwise, we’ll keep choking. Though it’s not a timeless accessory trend like say, a good watch, it’s definitely made an impact on pop culture and today’s fashion.
Chokers, Clavicles and Shoulders
With chokers making a comeback, women everywhere have remembered how much they’ve always loved showing their refined shoulders, sleek clavicles and – how gloriously they look graced with a simple piece of jewelry. All while women indulge in showing a little bit of skin in this area, chokers will have a place in their jewelry box, no dispute there.
Glitters and all the Diamonds
Plenty a celebrity has turned chokers into a statement piece by customizing them with embellishments and quotes we’d rarely ever remember to wear (or afford to wear). From Kim K’s “SEX” choker sparkling in what appears to be diamonds, to glitters, rubies, sapphires and other noble materials gracing necks of our favorite in-the-spotlight divas, it’s all elevated and glam.
Wearing a glittery choker has the tendency to immediately elevate an outfit, and we’ve been smart to understand it. What would a plain LBD do without a strappy, glittery choker to rely on for glam, really?
Shoelaces and S&M
Chokers have quickly gone from plastic barbed wire mockery of choker fashion to ultimate dominatrix designs, encouraging the S&M vision with models like belts and whips wrapped tight around a girl’s neck, suggesting suffocating and pleasurable pain. Makeup’s played a role in choker fashion, with burgundy lips adding to the dominatrix vibes and mauve/nude shades encouraging the always loved juxtaposition of hard and soft. Until we’ve seen it (and worn it), never have we believed that what we (may) love in the bedroom could look so fabulous on the streets.
Shoelaces (and chokers done so they resemble shoelace craftsmanship) have turned out to be yet another choker brilliance girls everywhere are practicing. Decorated with cute little embellishments, pendants, done in various colors and tied multiple times around a neck, these “simple” types of chokers have turned out to be the easiest to adjust to an occasion or outfit and a fabulous and cheep gift! With their seemingly sporty vibe, shoelace chokers could be worn with both hoodies and stretchy bodycons – they work either way.
Velvet for Show and Glam
Recently, all things velvet have become celebrities’ favorites, in all segments of clothing, chokers included. From velvet dresses and lace cardigans to velvet chokers in nude, mauve and purple, everyone was and is still obsessed. We’ve spotted little North West wearing chokers of this sort on multiple occasions, so are we really to believe chokers are done with? Not really. The LA royalty would never let their heiress embarrass herself like that, now would they?
Lace, Designers and What More do They Want
Designers who have launched the choker trend in the first place – Tom Ford, Prada, Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Lanvin and more – knew very well what they were doing; the idea wasn’t to stop at thin black straps around the neck but elevate this ‘90s staple to iconic neck embellishments. Lace and straps, crystal and lace, velvet and belts – it’s all there and we love it. How’s that for all of you infidels? Choke on it!
Hey, don’t worry; you can still wear your choker head high – nobody’s hit the “over” bong in the Church of Fashion just yet… we promise.