Nineties resurgence is in full swing and we are not mad. Bring on the ruffles, slip-ons, backpacks, logos and of course, the chokers! Anyone that was a teenybopper (like myself in the (late) 90s) owned a velvet ribbon or tattoo-style plastic band choker at some point in their lives.
Now begins my eternal debate of ‘trend vs classic, temporary vs necessary’ : I'll begin by stating that I’m not very fond of trends. Trends are like a one hit wonder, or a fleeting moment. They’re here, and suddenly they’re gone. However, some trends evolve. The choker as a trend may have only had a comeback for a few years, but before its gothic takeover in the 90s, this look dates back to the French Revolution and has gone through many different interpretations through the years.
Runways have always had their eye on the neck. This spring, runways are favoring chokers in metal textures. In my attempt to give the classic fabric choker a cool-over, I tied this vintage gold Chanel chain around my neck and created my own version of the metal choker. Forego any other jewelry when wearing a chunky piece and make it the sole statement. This DIY styling trick of tying can be applied to any number of items you might already own, such as fabric, scarves and ribbons to create your very own version of a choker to match any outfit.
The choker has come a long way since the French Revolution and continues to evolve. Is it safe to stop calling it a trend and has the time come make it an essential piece?
I WAS WEARING:
Jumpsuit: Nasty Gal
Necklace: Vintage Chanel belt
PHOTOS by ADAM BRAVIN