All choked up

Chokers are really having a moment and I’m all choked up about it! From your basic black ribbon, velvet, leather, lace, chain or gems, the variety is vast. There’s something for every occasion & style. Check out these beauty’s.

Satin Ribbon { $8.50}

Velvet { BP $14.00 }

Suede  {Arrow $30.00}

Lace { Ettika Lace tied $60.00}

Gems { Cristabelle }

Chain { Wah London }

Curious to know more about the history of the Choker? The following was adapted from WhoWhatWear – “We bet you don’t know the origin of the choker”

According to expert curators from the Jewelry Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, chokers have been around for thousands of years, first gracing the world’s earliest civilizations: the Sumer Empire in Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. Often done up in gold or lapis, the necklaces were thought to be protective and imbued with special powers.

Chokers emerged again throughout the Renaissance as purely stylistic choices and were especially popular with royals towards the end of the 19th century. During this latter period, women in Germany and Austria also used the necklaces to hide lumps on their necks caused by goiter, a disease common across the Alps at the time. In other corners of the world, simpler ribbon-chokers were symbols of prostitution, as depicted in Manet’s famous 1863 painting “Olympia,” though the look lost some of its sordid associations when adopted by ballerinas soon after.

Though they were never entirely out of fashion, chokers reigned supreme once more in the 1920s and into the ’30s, lending themselves to the beloved Art Deco style of the time. Whether rendered in pearls or velvet ribbon with a central decal, they were often referred to as “dog collars” during this time. Their prevalence faded once the 1940s began, but they were adopted once again, in more colorful iterations, by free-spirited ’70s hippies.

In the ’90s, of course, chokers reemerged with a bang, though they were not the finer versions of yore. Instead, the era’s rocker chicks and It girls donned the infamous plastic tattoo chokers or opted for the minimal yet stark look of a black ribbon. Pop stars like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera carried the accessories into the early aughts, preferring flashier options in silver and gold.

Their recent return—popular across the board, it seems—sees the most diverse offering yet, with everything from gem-encrusted collars to simple leather neckties on the market. Brands as dissimilar as Givenchy and Chloé have sprinkled recent runways with the necklaces, while top jewelry designers like Jennifer Fisher and Pamela Love continue to send out new and inspired renditions. Given its continued appeal throughout history, you might even say the choker has become a staple—a modern-day investment piece with ancient roots.