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Choker Collars – Showing off your Neck

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:

Round Moissanite Circle Pendant Circle pendant with approximately 1ct t.w. (dia equiv) Charles and Colvard created round moissanite set on an 18' singapore chain. Available in 14kt white gold only.