We all remember the ever-popular choker from the ’90s. The cool kids wore versions in velvet or plastic, fastened tightly around the neck. Along with all the other grunge-era trends - crop tops, pleated skirts, backpacks and boyfriend jeans - chokers have made a major return to fashion, and judging from the recent Spring 2015 shows, it looks like they’ll be around for a while. With style inspiration from celebrities, bloggers and high-fashion designers, scroll down to see how to wear the statement necklace, and shop our 15 favorite chokers now.
Bloggers & Celebs
Look to bloggers like Danielle of We Wore What and A-list celebs such as Nicole Richie, to see how to wear chokers like a modern-day style pro.
Danielle of We Wore What in a Paula Mendoza choker.
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Nicole Richie at AOL’s Fall Premiere Party in a two-toned choker.
Chic choker designs were a hit on the Spring 2015 runways. At Balmain, models in thick metal neck cuffs poured down the catwalk, while at Versace, sleek versions in gold made a subtle, modern statement.
Balmain Spring 2015
Versace Spring 2015
Shop Our Favorite Chokers
Give the trend a try for the first time or circle back to one of your past go-tos with some of the best neck jewels from across the web.
We love Solange Knowles’ shoot with Harper’s Bazaar.
After the breakup she relocated to L.A. with Julez, and recorded a more adventurous second album, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams. Filled with eclectic R&B, Motown, and blues influences and an equally diverse crew of collaborators including Cee-Lo Green, Pharrell Williams, and Mark Ronson, the record earned nearly unanimous critical praise, and even broke the Top 10 on the Billboard 200. Its success signaled the arrival of a new, liberated Knowles. She also revamped her wardrobe. Gone were the gaudy pink ruffles and awkward fedoras of her Solo Stardays, and in came a playful mix of bold prints and saturated colors, always accessorized with killer shoes and her now signature red lip. “You can pull images of me from seven to 14 years ago and I was absolutely nuts,” she says. “I have always been drawn to interesting pieces and colors, but I didn’t quite know how to limit myself and make those statement pieces work.” That epiphany took one simple thing: having a closet of her own, which she got when Julez started school in L.A. “I had to stabilize our lives and stay in one place,” she says. “It sounds silly, I know, but having space for my clothes made a huge difference. I was able to get organized, free myself of clutter, and develop a style that felt like me.”
Five male celebs that rocked it on the red carpet this year
This year’s gone by faster than ever and before we head into the New Year, we’ve taken a moment to roundup some of the best style spotted on the red carpet. Scroll down to see our top five best dressed men of 2014, plus how to get their look below.
1. Pharrell Williams
Everything Pharrell does is top of the charts, even his style. When it comes to fashion, he’s not afraid of taking risks, wearing bright color or playing with patterns.
GQ Men of the Year Awards 2014
2014 Elle Style Awards in London
Get His Style
Be daring and risqué like Pharrell and try to mimic his style with some of his go-to pieces below.
If you ever want to play with patterns and prints, look to Gwen Stefani's funky style for inspiration. While out in Los Angeles, she wore a head-to-to-black and white outfit (even in her accessories!), but didn't stick to simple solids. She mixed her polka dot top with Chloé checked crepe trousers and finished off her look with her matching Quay sunglasses, black Christian Louboutin studded boots and white Chanel leather bag. To give her monochrome look a pop of color, she put on her signature red lip.