DFW Style Daily’s rundown of top Spring looks continues today with a must-have accessory. Click here for more S/S 2014 Trends!
Whether worn as a political statement, a fanciful fad, or a subculture symbol, the choker necklace has been spotted ‘round necks for centuries. These close-fitting ornamental collars can be traced to ancient Egypt, India, and China, as well as early Native Americans. In the late 1790’s, just after the French Revolution, they were worn to pay homage to those who met their death at the guillotine. Red ribbons around the neck were the accessory of choice at so-called Victims’ Balls.
Moving forward, the red choker remained a symbol of the dark side of life, as favored by prostitutes in the mid-1800’s. Not until the late 19th century did the look take on a level of elitism through pearls and precious gems. Affluent families around the world commissioned wide neck bands of precious metals and jewels as a symbol of wealth. The 20th century then brought the introduction of cameos, brooches, and medallions to chokers in the Victorian era.
Fast-forward to the 1940’s, and a playful ‘dog collar’ trend had a moment in the fashion spotlight. And of course, the 1990’s brought the Grunge movement, along with a variety of choker styles, from Gothic to clubwear.
The choker trend never fully departs, instead adapting to the ever-changing whims of fashion. The look’s full range was displayed on current season runways, below, plus we’re showing two finds we believe will stand the test of time. With a mood to suit any style, the choker is a must-have for Spring.
On The Runway
Shop The Trend
Additional Research by Natalie Starnes. Runway and product images via individual designers and retailers.