Past and Present: Choker

From the lifestyle of the early 19th century to the streets, runway, red carpet, events, music festivals of 2015 and 2016, the close fitting necklace are round our necks in different colors, designs and sizes.

Chokers can be made of a variety of materials,  including ribbons,  velvet, plastic, beads, metal such as silver, gold or platinum, leather, etc. They can be adorned in a variety of ways, including with sequins, studs, or a pendant.

ASOS statement necklace 
Ali McGraw 
Dorothy Perkins choker
A model wearing an intricately carved gold choker 
Joan Smalls

The common type of chokers include Victorian, vintage, open collar, Gothic, pendant, gemstones, or tattoo. 

What was a choker in does days, has it always been a fashion accessory?

Historically, it was associated with high fashion, but could take on different meanings under different circumstances.

Since the French Revolution (1789-1799), choker necklaces were seen amongst the royals—in many countries, Spain and England included.

Commoners of the 1700s wore ribbon chokers around their necks to pay homage to those who lost their lives to the guillotine. Also during this period, longer ribbons were tied in a choker-style around the neck and made into a fashion “X” for dresses with lower backs.

Black ribbons worn around the necks were often used to identify prostitutes of the time. It was also during this time that Alexandra the Princess of Wales wore many choker necklaces which contained many rows of pearls and velvet to hide a scar on her neck.

 From royals to commoners, choker necklaces were made from many gems including diamonds, pearls, rubies and sapphires —complemented by lace and velvet—the more expensive from gold. Many of these were custom-made to ensure they fit the neck of the wearer perfectly. By the late 1800s, American women of means wore choker necklaces—often more than one.

In 1944, Life Magazine showed actresses of the time wearing chokers or what they called “dog collars.” Rows of pearls, gold, silver and other gemstones were again fashionable and worn tightly around the neck.


This piece of accessory has seen a major comeback and it’s one fashion statement that has stood the test of time.

Eddie Borgo choker
Kim Kardashian West 

Selena Gomez 
Queen Bey wearing a silver choker
Gigi Hadid,sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner wearing chokers 


A choker made from beads
Ribbon Choker with pendant 
Leslie Mann at the Oscars 




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