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Chokers: Why and When they work

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Barring palazzo pants and stockings, chokers are arguably the biggest comeback trend of 2017. Popular in the 90s, chokers were usually a simple black band that women wore high on their necks. Apparently, something about the suggestive submissiveness of the accessory was sexy. One wonders why then in the current day and age where more people are feminists than not, everyone and their mother is wearing a choker.

A simple Bow Choker

The reason is simple: they’re cute, versatile and they go with nearly everything from high waisted shorts to plaid. Big name brands like Forever 21 and H&M are coming out with a range of designs that’ll put the simple black band of yore to shame. And they aren’t just black anymore, either. We’ve seen white, silver and even hot pink chokers with lace (lace!) flying off the shelves as fast as they can be stocked. Use a Forever 21 promo code to lower the entire cost of your order!

But don’t be fooled – just because chokers can be worn with just about anything doesn’t mean they should. Here are some tips to pick and match your clothes with your favourite accessory:

Do: Wide-necked shirts. Anything that shows off your collarbones is a definite yes. This also goes for spaghetti-straps and off-shoulder dresses/tops.

Don’t: Wear them to work. It doesn’t matter how casual your workplace is, wearing a choker to work just isn’t classy.

Do: Denim. A denim jacket or high-rise jeans are the perfect accompaniment to any choker. This is also where you can usually opt for a wider range of colours or styles if you’re bored with the traditional black.

Don’t: Patterned clothes. If your chosen article of clothing has too crowded or colourful a pattern, leave off the choker.

Do: Crop tops. Ah, the ideal combination. You didn’t hear it from me, but legend says that chokers were created for the very purpose of wearing them with crop tops.

Don’t: Large dangling charms on your chokers. K-pop idols may be able to pull it off, but the rest of us ordinary folk usually can’t. Stay away from charms unless you’re completely confident. Keep the rest of your outfit simple in comparison.

A choker necklace

Trends come and go. Who knows? By the end of the year, chokers might be obsolete, along with skinny jeans, converse and *gasp* crop tops. It’s fashion, after all. My advice is to forget about the impermanence and enjoy it while it lasts!