How to style a choker so you don’t look like every other girl on the planet
We’ve said it before and we’re saying it again. Chokers are having a moment and we could not be happier. As one of the hottest trends on the spring 2016 runways and the accessory at Coachella, you can’t deny the resurgence of this nineties favourite. While many of us have already been bringing back tattoo chokers, thanks to this season’s designers and celebrities, we now have plenty more designs and inspiration to choose from. #bless
If you’re just getting on board this trend and are a bit overwhelmed by what the retail stores have to offer, we suggest you sit tight and flip through this guide, courtesy of our Style Panel. Offering everything from tips on how to layer your chokers to making a DIY version, our go-to bloggers have covered the ins and outs of how to style the choker this season.
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Mo Handahu, 29
Halifax | Lion Hunter
When it comes to chokers, the chunkier the better for me. I love layering necklaces; something about it just makes me feel like a queen and who doesn’t want to feel like royalty once in a while?
Mo’s wearing: Skirt and bodysuit, Dear Curves. Shoes and necklace, Aldo. Gold choker, Value Village.
Alyssa Beltempo, 30
Ottawa | Ms. Beltempo
Trends are awesome but they are even better when you wear them in unexpected ways. I had a piece of silk ribbon leftover from a shoot and used it as a choker to add an extra touch of femininity to a monochromatic look. Easiest DIY ever!
Alyssa’s wearing: Pants, Asos. Camisole, Wilfred at Aritzia. Blazer, H&M. Shoes, Steve Madden. Bracelets, Alex&Ani. Sunglasses, Kate Spade.
Kira Paran, 29
Edmonton | Northern Style Exposure
I never thought I would jump on the choker bandwagon, but when I saw this Coach dress from their new spring collection with a built in choker I knew I had to have it. For me the added detail of ribbon made it for me.
Kira’s wearing: Dress, jacket and bag, Coach.
Liat Neuman, 39
Toronto | YomanChic
As a teenage girl in the ‘90s, who was inspired by the Spice Girls and Beverly Hills 90210, I was really pleased to hear that the choker is making its’ way back this season. Chokers can come in variety of forms: velvet, metal, leather and more, and I think that it’s a great way to give your look a fashion forward boost. I decided to rock this trend by channelling my inner 90s cool girl. I mixed between two chokers from Urban Outfitters: A cord black tier and a gold chain choker, along with a ripped denim jacket and a neon clutch, that reflect the spirit of this decade, and evoke the vibe of grunge meets rock star style, without losing the comfort level.
Liat’s wearing: Choker, Urban Outfitters. Jacket, Zara. Shirt, French Connection. Bag, Aldo.
Teresa Yoo, 25
Toronto | What T Loves
Chokers are everywhere, and they seem to do an amazing job at elevating any look. I’ve always kept it low-key and simple by just wearing black leather chokers, but something sparked me to think more creatively. I’ve wrapped everything that was long enough to go around my neck, like ribbons, strings and even thin belts. Here I am actually wearing a thin, beaded belt with tassel-ends around my neck. Ever since I discovered this, I haven’t stopped wearing the belt this way. I love how the tiny sparkles from the beads and the long tassels made a unique statement to my outfits. So, ladies and gents, always be experimental and keep the creative juices flowing in your mind. You’d be surprised what you can come up with.
Teresa’s wearing: Jacket, Joe Fresh. Top, Forever21. Skirt, Zara. Flats, Zara. Choker/belt, Zara.
Adrienne Naval, 21
Toronto | Adrienne Naval
As someone who doesn’t like wearing plain garments, I gravitate towards patterns, textures and statement pieces. So instead of accessorizing this outfit with a simple black choker necklace, I opted for a jewelled one to make more of a statement. Since this outfit leaned towards a darker palette, I made sure my outfit consisted of different textures (ie. faux leather jacket, satin top and embroidered skirt) to keep things interesting.
Adrienne’s wearing: Top, Zara. Choker, Zara. Skirt, H&M. Jacket, Zara. Sunglasses, EyeBuyDirect. Shoes, Zara.
Kayla Short, 29
Halifax | Short Presents
To say I’ve hopped on the choker necklace bandwagon would be an understatement. I’ve been wearing them non-stop since fall. Sometimes I even wear two. There’s something about them that add a cool confident vibe to any look, and as you can see this is a far cry from its grunge days. Here I needed some visual interest since my outfit was rather minimalist in nature, and of course I decided on a choker to draw the eye up.
Another one of my favourite go-to is to just tie a small black ribbon or suede string (pairs well with a leather jacket) around my neck and call it a day. A bandana also looks pretty cool too! There are definitely a lot of options to try.
Kayla’s wearing: Pants, Le Château. Top, Marshalls. Bag, Aritzia. Choker, Joe Fresh. Shoes, Nine West.