Choker necklaces are back and better than ever. But our feelings about the fashion trend are so fickle — sometimes they're too much and sometimes they're just enough. Here's why we love them...but here's also why we hate them.
There were some questionable fashion trends in the '90s. And while the choker necklace isn't anywhere near as bad as a halter top paired with flare pants, just the mere presence of one can give us fashion-PTSD back to a time when people thought Jincos actually looked good.
Chokers can literally be a pain in the neck. Sometimes they have a tenancy to tie too tight to the throat. They're called chokers for a reason! It's almost as if the designer took the phrase "fashion is pain" to heart.
A choker can give you so many different looks. Even just a basic black band can be paired with nearly any outfit. The same necklace can be paired with overalls or a ball gown. What other piece of jewelry can do that?
Not all chokers are created equal. Some are simple, while others are complex. And when the designer is trying to do too much, it can look like you're making a fashion declaration instead of a fashion statement. You don't need feathers and bows and studs and lace and glitter. Less is more.
Chokers are a great way to put a little va-va-voom into an everyday outfit. Drawing attention to your neck with a thin cord can send a fun, flirty hint to a hot date. A good choker can drive your man wild more than a push-up bra!
Chokers walk the line between sexy and S&M...and not in a fun, Rihanna way. A choker that's too studded can make you look like you just wandered out of a dungeon. It's better to go for simple and clean when trying to rock this look.
Chokers can give you a vintage look that your great-great grandma rocked back in her day. Less painful than a corset, more practical than a bustle, chokers are a great way to capture the feminine elegance of days of yore.
Studs, buckles and even charms can make it look like you've taken fashion tips from Fido. Don't emulate your dog's look, because when your dog wears something around his neck, it's called a collar, not a choker.
Chokers are an easy look to layer. Can't decide on which necklace to wear? Why not wear them all! You don't have to stick to one choker, because it's easy to effortlessly pull off three. The more the merrier!
There can be too much of a good thing. And when you can't move your head because your entire neck is covered in jewelry, you know you've overdone it. Choker necklaces, just like anything else, should be done in moderation.