Choker collars don’t have the best reputation. If you’re like me, you harken back to the punk rock era, when they were worn with spikes jutting out of them – not really quite dinner attire! But choker collars offer a striking touch to a dramatic outfit. So what do today’s choker collar necklaces offer? According to a recent New York Times article:
These are not Victorian-style velvet ribbons adorned with cameos or hearts, but clean metal bands, tougher and more graphic. At Lanvin and Rag & Bone, many spring 2012 looks were accessorized with severe bands, tight to the neck. And just as with those buttoned-up collars, chokers confer a naughty/nice suggestiveness. Early proponents include anything-but-uptight dressers like Lauren Santo Domingo, Margherita Missoni and Taylor Tomasi Hill.
Zanna Roberts Rassi, the senior fashion editor of Marie Claire, has been wearing a minimalist metal choker — a half-inch silver band by Robert Lee Morris — day and night. By day, she wears it with a long skinny chain, a T-shirt and leather pants; by night, with off-the-shoulder sequins, her hair scruffily pinned up. “Earrings drag my face down, but a choker seems to frame it,” Ms. Rassi explained. “There is something elegant and a little sexy at the same time. It make you hold your head up high!”
If the look sounds too extreme for you, remember a short necklace can give you the effect of a choker collar necklace without the drama (or possible discomfort). This necklace, for instance, works nicely with a shorter chain: