Though they have evolved along the way, chokers have — for the most part — been “in” since the nineties. They come in styles ranging from raw and edgy to sleek and sophisticated, so there are options to suit every aesthetic and situation. From your day job to date night, there’s no wrong time to be seen in a choker.
Designed to fit snugly around the neck above the collarbone, this unique accessory can be made of everything from rose gold chains to satin ribbon. And depending on the style, you can use a choker to tie your entire look together. If you don’t already have a few of these stylish pieces, or if you do but are unsure how to wear them, we’ve got you covered. We know a thing or two about styling jewelry, and we’re here to help you learn how to rock your choker. Keep reading to discover a few ways to style choker necklaces.
- Dress Up a Casual Outfit
Sure, chokers are great for special events and nights on the town. That doesn’t mean you can’t wear them for more casual occasions, though. Adding a choker is an excellent way to infuse even your most casual outfits with some extra style. Whether you’re grabbing coffee or brunch with friends, taking a walk or running errands, try wearing a choker to spice up your look.
To keep things casual, choose a simple choker. Snug-fitting women’s gold chains with delicate pendants work well. This look is perfect for work, casual outings and more. Go with a more ornate choker when you want to take a casual outfit to the next level. Even shorts and a t-shirt can go from drab to fab with the right choker.
- Give Yourself Boho Vibes
Source: Svitlana Sokolova/Shutterstock.com
The boho look is in style every summer, and this year is no exception. Crocheted tops, oversized sun hats and vintage-style bottoms are huge right now, and a choker is a perfect addition to complete your look.
Look for a leather choker featuring a single pearl or gemstone to master this beach-ready look. A seashell choker is great for days spent lounging on the beach, too. If your free spirit is leading you to summer music festivals rather than seaside adventures, look for an ornate choker featuring details like stones in various colors, wooden beads, etc. Pair it with a breezy sundress or a crochet halter and skirt for a festival-ready look that will turn heads for all the right reasons.
- Step Out in Urban Style
Chokers may be a more popular choice for women, but there’s no reason why guys can’t rock a snug-fitting necklace, too. When layered and paired with the right outfit, they are a must-have accessory for stepping out in an urban style. Shop for gold chains for men and find a short one to use as a choker and others that are longer. Once you’ve mixed and matched to create a dope look, throw on your favorite streetwear.
Whether you’re hitting the club or hanging with friends, the urban look is cool, comfortable and easy to achieve.
- Achieve a Soft, Romantic Look
Though they were once only worn by folks with an edgy or alternative aesthetic, today’s chokers come in styles to suit any preference. They are even a perfect addition when you are trying to achieve a soft, romantic look. The right choker will give you a sexy, seductive look without showing a lot of skin or being too provocative.
When getting ready for a romantic evening with someone special, choose a thin choker featuring delicate lace or ribbon. Pair it with a V-neck top in a soft color for a feminine look your partner is sure to love. The best part? This look works well for dinner dates, romantic strolls and nearly any other date-night activity. What’s not to love about a look that’s as versatile as it is sexy?
- Create Work-Ready Outfits
Source: Slava SelfStudio/Shutterstock.com
Dressing professionally for work doesn’t have to mean wearing boring apparel and accessories. There’s no reason you can’t wear a choker to work — you just need to choose the right one. Unless you work in a pretty relaxed environment, your best bet is to stick with simple, sophisticated chokers rather than edgier styles. A thin chain with a dainty gem or pendant is perfect for modernizing your look without detracting from your professionalism. It can also boost your confidence and make you feel more like “you” even when your job’s dress code doesn’t align with your personal style.
Work-appropriate chokers are suitable for the office, business meetings, dinners with clients and more. You may need to shop around to find the perfect piece, but it’s well worth the effort when it can transform your entire look and make you feel confident while at work.
- Get Ready for the Red Carpet
Chokers work well for everyday wear, but they are downright fabulous for creating red-carpet-ready outfits. Look for an iced-out necklace featuring glistening diamonds, and pair it with your most gorgeous dress. A thick gold herringbone choker is another style that’s sure to turn heads at red-carpet events, weddings and other formal occasions.
When wearing a choker to a formal event, make it the focal point of your look. Bold, blingy styles work best with understated dresses and suits. The rest of your outfit shouldn’t compete with your choker for attention. If it does, you run the risk of looking tacky rather than trendy.
Chokers are the perfect accessory when you need a style and self-confidence boost. Regardless of your mood, aesthetic or occasion, these necklaces are versatile enough to handle it all. Experiment with different styles to determine which ones you like best, and add a few of your favorites to your jewelry collection. Even if you’ve never thought you could pull off a choker, you’ll be rocking this trendy style in no time when you follow the suggestions above!