When, How, and What to Wear With a Choker

A woman with low cut top and brunette hair wearing a choker

Last Updated on April 1, 2021

The choker is the comeback kid of jewellery.

Back in the day, no school disco was complete without an abundance of chokers, butterfly clips, and blue eyeshadow – good times – but we don’t need to flip through the photo album to get in on the choker action. (And we went to school before good hair days, so the less we talk about the photo album, the better.)

Let’s take a look at some of the different types of choker that are available, as well as how, when, and where to wear them. (Our 12-year-old selves are telling us that they go with absolutely everything, all day and every day. It’s up to you who you want to believe…)

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For Date Night

Your date might be wondering why you’re not wearing the very expensive necklace he bought you last Christmas, so good luck explaining this one. We always go with, “fashion, darling” and that’s usually enough.

  • Only the Isadora yellow diamond necklace in How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days would trump a choker. But until it becomes available to us, a choker wins every time.
  • Black chokers are still the most popular, so wearing one with the other style-saver, i.e. the LBD, is a match made in heaven.
  • Experiment with other colours for an edgy look. A red dress with a black choker? A gold dress with a silver choker? It’s been done- and it’s left quite a lasting impression!
  • Sparkle! A sparkly necklace never fails to impress, and a crystal-encrusted choker has just the same jaw-dropping effect.

Black Chokers

At The Beach

Forget prom flashbacks, because the choker goes a whole lot further than formalwear. Chokers on the beach couldn’t be more nineties if they tried, and we want to make sure this trend never dies.

  • Chokers come in all shapes, sizes, and most importantly – colours. Choose a light coloured choker for a classic boho beach chic look.
  • A top tip to pulling off the choker on the beach is to make yourself look like you’ve just filmed a music video, and the key to achieving that is to coordinate. Match the colour of your choker to your bikini and sarong for a seamless top to toe look.

Colour Chokers

Toughen Up An Outfit

What’s the best way to toughen up an overly feminine outfit? We think you already know the answer…

  • Add some edge to a romantic lace dress by wearing biker boots, stackable rings, and a choker. Extra points if you want to add a leather jacket for twice as much attitude.
  • A long maxi skirt paired with a slogan tee and a metallic choker is another great way to detract from the femininity of the skirt. A great daytime look. And if you happen to be going out for the evening, opting for a sleeker choker and changing your T-shirt to a delicate blouse is all you need to take you from day to night.

Lace Chokers

Add Femininity

In the same way the choker can be used to add edge (as above) it can also be used to soften a look too. What a versatile piece of jewellery! 

  • Choose a pearl, beaded or lace choker to soften up your otherwise grunge-like outfit.
  • Coordinate the colour and texture of your choker to other accessories such as bags, shoes and hair clips (if we are going full 90s!) so there is an even distribution of both soft and edgy

Gothic Beads Pendant Choker