Q: How do I wear choker necklaces?
A: The key trends of the season (bright colours, clashing patterns and python prints, for instance) take a certain amount of sartorial confidence to pull off because they’re unabashedly bold – and the key jewelry update this season is no exception. This isn’t the year of delicate trinkets. Instead, designers used can’t-miss-me adornment in the form of statement choker necklaces, placed front and centre, to echo their daring wardrobe declarations. Message received, loud and clear: a garden of oversize bronze blooms decorated necklines at Lanvin, sleek silver collars stood up and out at Michael Kors and large multi-hued jewels dazzled at Marni.
Some choker necklaces combine short clavicle-covering bands with drapey, bib-style chain link fringes which will further help draw the eye down and elongate your torso. This is how to participate in the trend without sacrificing a flattering look.
The streamlined architectural shapes in molded gold or silver look best if you have a neck that’s long or on the thin side. You can even try layering these futuristic-looking curved metal collars for a uniquely stylish look. Pair similar size shapes and different textures, like flat finishes with hammered ones. If your neck is less than swan-like, choose choker styles that rest lower on your collarbones. Or, better yet, look for ones that create a v-shape with a distinct pattern or eye-catching detail just south of your chin.
Thanks to its fashion-forward status, a statement choker necklace is a simple addition to your jewelry box that can revive your entire wardrobe, breathing new life into closet staples and old favourites. In the presence of something as simple as a t-shirt, a standout necklace becomes the focal point and makes something basic look brilliant. So you don’t necessarily need to go all out head-to-toe, you’re fine to pare down the rest of your outfit and keep it simple.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with clothing with various necklines. V-neck tops or dresses instantly put chokers on display, but high necklines can create an unobstructed view and slightly scooped ones can have a framing effect that also looks chic.
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