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Let’s All Wear Choker Necklaces Again


There was an outfit change made by Amy Poehler during last Sunday’s Golden Globes that really got me thinking about chokers.

“Why is she wearing a black ribbon on her neck? She looks ridiculous,” said my husband, Mr. Fashion Critic himself. I was inclined to disagree—in fact, I had been thinking she looked fantastic, beautiful, radiant. The outfit may have been a bit schoolgirl-era Britney Spears twee, but that’s never stopped me from liking something before. It’s actually precisely that ode to ’90s fashion that will always envelop me—an era of style often ridiculed but in fact the best one, for nostalgic purposes (for this ’90s kid, at least) and for its ability to keep cropping up again. (If you look to the fashion choices of Gen Z and younger, you’d think maybe they were purveyors of ’90s styles themselves, though they tend to see themselves as pioneers.)

Colette Enchanted choker
Enchanted choker in 18k white gold with akoya pearls, 3.3 cts. t.w. black diamonds, and 2.13 cts. t.w. white diamonds, $19,866; Colette
Dinh Van mother of pearl necklace
Necklace in 18k yellow gold with mother-of-pearl, $1,800; Dinh Van

Poehler’s midshow ensemble wouldn’t have been complete without that velvet choker, the detail that tied it all together. So simple yet effective, like the days we used to just tie a ribbon around our necks.

Michelle Fantaci Narcissus choker
Narcissus choker in 14k yellow gold, $3,980; Michelle Fantaci
Jemma Wynne diamond choker
Choker, price on request; Jemma Wynne

But chokers have come so far in range and style, and so far from an exclusive-to-youth status, that there really is something for everyone. No matter the age of the wearer, donning such a piece tends to evoke a youthful vibe, brightening the face and adding sparkle to the eyes.

Walters Faith two tone necklace
Necklace in sterling silver and 18k rose gold, $3,250; Walters Faith
Deborah Pagani Flex choker
Flex rubber choker in 18k yellow gold, $5,795; Deborah Pagani

The short style won’t ever fall off the map, but it has definitely had periods of bigger, more in-your-face popularity—the last time I wrote about chokers frequently for JCK was in 2016 and 2017. It was that mere few years ago when everyone was making chokers, flooding the market with an impossible array of options. Those options still exist, thankfully, and surely there are more to come.

Alison Nagasue spinel necklaces
Choker necklace in 14k yellow gold with 0.28 ct. spinel raw crystal, $500 with silver chain, $850 with 14k yellow gold chain (each necklace sold separately); Alison Nagasue
Mateo turquoise beaded choker
Beaded choker in 14k yellow gold with turquoise, $595; Mateo

There’s something so free-spirited and summery about a shimmering chain worn close to the neck, and plenty of other styles cooperate well in other seasons. We won’t all choose to string our necks with a velvet ribbon, but from the subtle to the extravagant, we have our choices.

Ania Haie Gold Ripple ribbon choker
Gold Ripple ribbon choker in 14k gold–plated sterling silver, $39; Ania Haie
Nicole Rose cuban link chain
Cuban link chain necklace in 14k yellow gold with 0.25 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,895; Nicole Rose

My current hankering: a single charm dangling from a barely there gold choker-length chain, where the chain glimmers ever so but the charm appears to almost float. I picture a heart-shape diamond or something in colorful enamel, if I’m to imagine my perfect piece (which I’m almost always doing).

Faraone Mennelle black peacock choker
Black Peacock choker in 18k gold and titanium with 9.25 ct. Colombian emerald, 1.71 cts. t.w. black diamonds, and 0.19 ct. t.w. white diamonds, $34,600; Faraone Mennella
Amulet by D Rainbow Connection choker
Rainbow Connection choker in sterling silver with ruby, hessonite garnet, amber, emerald, apatite, tanzanite, and Ethiopian opal, $425 (25% of proceeds donated to Casa Ruby); Amulet by D

This summer, it’s time to welcome back the choker necklace in a big way, with playful color, style, and fun.

Top: Pop choker with lucky flower pendant in 9k yellow gold with hot pink enamel, $1,250; Bea Bongiasca

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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