How to Wear a Choker

The choker necklace was oh-so hot in the 90’s, in fact I had a velvet one that I wore quite often. The choker sprung back onto the scene this past Fall with the it-girl fashion crowd. Today, you can find a choker just about anywhere; H&M, TopShop, etc … but the question is how do you wear them? Its a question I have been asking myself lately because I recently purchased a beautiful Lanvin choker and I’ve yet to wear it but refuse to return it.

Chokers are actually a great little accessory and should be worn while the trend is still kickin’. A choker is a statement making necklace that can change the look of the simplest outfit. A choker can be evening appropriate or you can make it really stand out for day.

So, since chokers are here to stay (for a minute) lets learn how to wear them, shall we?

For Day … Lets face it, we aren’t the 90’s anymore so wearing your thin little choker with your baby-doll tee circa the ‘My So Called Life’ era isn’t going to cut it. Today’s chokers are more structured, big, and bold. So for a day-time look you are going to need a little more neck real estate to pull it off. What I am really digging is the button-down shirt/ choker combination. The look is super-chic and sophisticated. All it takes is a simple button down shirt, jeans, and your choker. Unbutton to top few buttons to successfully wear this look.

For Evening … You can play off of your day look but wearing a silk button down shirt and a chic suit but dropping those buttons way down low. It’s sexy, it’s evening without being all fussy in a dress, and it plays on the menswear trend that is still holding strong.

Another option is to wear a dress with your choker – there are a few options for this look too. The obvious choice is go with a nice strapless dress to really show off your choker, however I am really enjoying the high neck dress paired withe the choker. Its unexpected and really cool/modern.

I’m also the fan of the jumpsuit. In fact, I have the perfect one from Givenchy that will look awesome with my Lanvin choker. Hey, my problems are solved! Lanvin had a lovely jumpsuit on the runway with a choker-esque necklace that I thought looked really nice.

There are a couple of ideas to you started on this trend, if you haven’t already. Let me leave you with a couple of my favorite chokers.


Top row

Vince Camuto gold and black chain choker ($125)

Dannijo choker ($811)

Anndra Neen cage choker ($650)

Middle row

Yves Saint Laurent resin choker ($775)

Fenton black feather choker ($750)

Bottom row

Paula Rosen pearl choker ($325)

Natasha Couture ($48)

ASOS Love Rocks choker ($53)

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