You can not throw a stone without hitting a choker necklace nowadays. From buckled and spiked leather collars into the synthetic, tattoo-inspired variant of the 1990s, the choker necklace has wrapped itself round the necks of everyone from British kinksters to middle schoolers.
If lucky, an attachment's trendiness undulates, changing between being trendy in 1 decade and coming back a few afterwards, worn as a classic ode to an era bygone. For the choker, this up-and-down popularity has lasted for centuries, and now, it is back in full swing.
A lot of the choker's recent comeback could be connected to the resurgence of 90s trends. As the choker trend appears to be most popular among 20- and 30-somethings nowadays, the vast majority of its followers probably wore them in the 90s, too.
As with the majority of fashion trends, the necklace's growth in popularity began on the runways, which it is dominated for the last couple of seasons: Dior's Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear collection gave chokers a romantic twist by pairing them with fragile, jump scarves, and Alexander Wang's Fall 2016 Ready-to-Wear collection featured buckled leather variations. However, it was not until this past spring which Emma Grady, a NYC-based fashion expert, began seeing the regular plebe wrapping fabrics and closely cinching chains around their neck. She joins the rise in popularity to cherished style inspirations: actors.
"I began noticing chokers earlier this season on Kim Kardashian, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner," she says, "and, shortly after, on people in the streets of new york. I believe that the choker trend grew so fast as it is a simple way to add a 90s twist to any outfit."
But what may keep chokers alive and well is really their detachment in the 90s. Tse says that while they jumped in popularity last year with "it-girl" models and celebrities, the accessory is gradually shedding its affiliation with the "90s cool girl" look. "The choker is now a central, key thing," she says. "It's not simply a 90s trend anymore."
"The choker has taken on numerous shapes since there are a lot of ways to recreate it," she adds, noting that when you find a lady wearing a delicate ribbon choker, you would probably think of Victorian-era style. Consequently, Tse considers chokers will stick around if they continue to disassociate themselves the decade and rather become a different piece of jewelry. And it is gaining popularity by the nanosecond.
There's a great reason your favourite '90s staple has somehow gotten huge again. See how you favourite celebrities, bloggers, and style houses have been carrying on this not-so-new necklace, and then shop one for yourself to give your style a fashion-forward boost.