This Time Around: ’90s Chokers Are Here Again

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In fashion, what once was will resurrect itself, time and time again. The 90s resurgence is still hangin’ on, and a multitude of next-gen chokers have come back into favour. I can remember my first round of choker necklaces; I have fond memories of stretchy elastic necklaces which matched anklets and rings. This time around, I’m smitten with a sophisticated and cheeky update. Hard metals with shiny finishes and a nod to kink, the new statement necklaces are cropped closely. If you’d like something more delicate, there’s a plethora of pearled and gemmed options, as well as recreations of grunge-era necklaces. This statement necklace is an easy way to make that tee and jeans combo look fresh!

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I’ve been sporting a lot of thick metal necklaces lately; will you be wearing chokers this time around?

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Lydia O

Lydia Okello is a feminist, body positive, queer personal style blogger. On her website Style is Style, she showcases her panache for bright colors and power clashing. When she isn't pawing over Samantha Pleet collections on Tumblr, she's dreaming about havin' a kitten of her own one day. You can find her on Twitter, Tumblr and on her personal blog.

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  1. Whenever I see someone wearing chokers or something stereotypically nineties like that, I like to imagine that the just time traveled from the nineties to present day. And then I wonder how that transition is going for them. How do they feel about smart phones? Are they frustrated that the subway hasn’t updated in twenty years? Is it weird that all of their friends are 20 years older? I have so many questions!

    • I have a few chokers that I enjoy wearing- one I made while in college in 2002 and another that was from my great-grandmother. And Bessie, your question about smart phone spoke to me. I do not like smart phones. I am a hold out and do not have any type of a cell phone. For work I finally needed texting and my wife set it up so I can text on my computer with google voice. So maybe it is because of the time travel. That might make sense. Your question also makes me think about one of my good friends who was in prison for several years. When she got out she knew nothing about Facebook and current social media. Interesting questions!

    • I get the same feeling when I see people wearing 90s stuff! But I hate when they unknowingly mix fashion pieces from different years – like something from 1992 with 1998. That really messes with my head!

  2. I want to be able to pull off necklaces but then I put one on and always feel like it looks weird.

  3. I still own and occasionally wear my old elastic choker that has a little plastic star attached.

  4. I love your posts and sense of style Lydia. I miss the 90s and a lot of things about the 90s. I think I wanna get a plastic choker like I used to have as a kid

  5. I’ve been wearing big flat-ish statement necklaces under the collar of a buttoned shirt and really liking the tomboy femme look it gives me!

  6. 90’s style chokers on middle schoolers is one of the few fashion trends that make me feel so, so old. But, I can dig these other chokers!

  7. I saw one of these numbers on a pre-teen walking down the street the other day and felt transported…

    • I’ve seen my newly 13 year old cousins who I held when they were infants with them. Combined with the fact they’re both about 5’8″ last time I saw them, it was like being transported into some sort of Twilight Zone. I knew when them and their brother were four years old they’d out grow and tower me, but those web chokers just brought things to another level I never considered.

      I feel you, probably over feel you ta be honest.

  8. My internal Hermione wants to point out that a torc is not a choker or collar and maybe start something about lunlae, but jewelry doesn’t have a strict taxonomy and language isn’t static.

    But but but I really like the idea of a femme torc and Lydia your necklace that is what it is to me and if I had one like I’d paint the “pearls” up like eye balls.
    It’s such a fun looking necklace.

      • Plaid, leather, blue make up, solid metal statement piece jewelry and ‘alternative’ hair that is very doable aesthetic Shaed, one that could word for any of the genders.

  9. Yeah these fancy metal chokers are nice and everything but NOTHING beats a classic stretchy tattoo-look choker.


    -still wearing black plastic choker right now-

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