Chokers are a women’s necklace that is worn tightly or closely to a neck.
Choker-like necklaces could first be seen during the French Revolution, when women would wear red ribbons around their neck to pay tribute to those who dies at the hands of the guillotine.
The necklace really began to take shape when the royal and elite began wearing them. Alexandria, the Princess of Wales, popularized the trend by wearing one made of thick layers of pearls and velvet. From there, the necklace became a fashion accessory for the upperclass as the necklaces were made custom to fit one’s neck.
However the trend really took off in the 90’s when celebrities like Jennifer Love Hewitt and Britney Spears began to wear them. Store such Claire’s and Afterthoughts would also help push the necklace as their stores were often stocked in various styles and colors.
Chokers also became quite popular as a goth accessory as women would wear spiked and studded ones. They are also popular within the wiccan culture.
Today chokers can be seen everywhere from the fashion runways to celebrities to teenagers at the mall.
Types of chokers