Peter Minkoff is one of my regular guest bloggers and you can always expect the best advice from his blogs. Check out his last one here. He’s a beauty and fashion writer for Shlur magazine living in London and occasionally in Brisbane. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a stylist for few fashion events in UK and AUS. Beside beauty and fashion, he loves reading, making DIY cosmetics and travelling around tropical destinations. He plans to create a business for beauty and style advising. This week we’re looking at Fashion Trends, specifically Chokers!
You thought that there will be no room for the ‘90s to come back? Well joke’s on you, because they are back and they are ready to shake up the fashion world more than ever. You are wondering – how is this possible? Get ready dear, because we are proud to introduce you to an old friend of ours: the choker.
You want to know their history? Of course you do. During the French revolution, women wore ribbons around their necks when they wanted to honour those who were executed on a guillotine. Later, in the 1880s, the queen of the United Kingdom, Alexandra of Denmark, expanded this trend since she had been insecure about the scar on her neck. Native Americans also wore them to protect their necks. East Africans used brightly coloured chokers for wedding ceremonies for many religious reasons. By the end of the 1800s In Europe, black ribbon chokers were used to identify prostitutes, and in the 1940s in America they represented the feminine symbol of power, often called “the dog collars”. Crazy, right? In the 1990s they became the symbol of rebellion and they were a lot less glamorous than the ones before. From diamonds, silk and lace they went to puka shells, spiked collars and the one and only: plastic tattoo choker.
Now, they’ve made an amazing comeback and you can find all types of chokers made out of many different materials such as thin band, leather, satin, metal etc. From glamorous to punk ones. A lot of celebrities such as Cara Delevingne, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian etc, are just obsessed with this accessory. Learn how to copy their style and rock this versatile piece.
Types of chokers
You can find chokers made out of a velvet string with a pendant on it; you can find ribbon ones, metal ones and leather ones. You can find mixed metal and fabric ones, just metal ones like gold, silver or bronze and sparkle ones with all kinds of zircons, stones and even crystals. You can even make them yourself by simply tying a suede string around your neck. Thicker chokers have also become very popular lately.
How to wear chokers
This really depends on your style. First of all it is important that your shirt or your dress is a low – cut one, or that simply doesn’t cover your collar bones. They make revealing clothing combinations feel less naked. If you have a short neck, don’t wear it, it is not an accessory for you. If you like the boho look, you should combine your choker with a flowery dress and ankle boots. For retro chicks, just take your round “John–Lennons” and a crop top with some cool high waisted jeans. A wrap choker with longer end is going to look amazing with a simple combination, like a white tank top and a denim jacket. Remember, a choker can be a really good statement accessory. For example, take your simple choker and combine it with stylish statement earrings to achieve a perfect and unique look. They also look very feminine if you combine them with skirts and add that special fun spark in your work outfits like a button down shirt and pants. Pair them with a denim jacket and a t-shirt to upgrade your look. They even look good with bathing suits! Just take your long layered choker and boom, you are the most stylish girl on the beach. Basically they look good with everything. You can even play a little bit by wearing it with another necklace, like a long beaded one for example and pair it all with a simple top.
This is an accessory worth trying. It is cute, but also edgy and sexy, and it surprisingly revamps any look.
I love chokers and I really need to treat myself to one soon. Thanks Peter for a great blog and let us know in the comments below if you love chokers! Peter is also an Editor In Chief on High Style Life. So go check that out too!
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