A Short History of Chokers
Chokers: Trendy or Classic?
It seems like everyone is wearing chokers right now. It has been one of the hottest trends of late 2016 and 2017. Celebrities and models are seen wearing various versions of the choker, including ribbon, bejeweled, velvet, and tattooed forms.
What some may not know is that this is one of the oldest jewelry trends. It has had a resurgence about every 20 years. It is believed these necklaces were first worn in ancient cultures, such as those in Egypt and Mesopotamia. These groups thought that wearing chokers would protect them against evil and give them powers.
Chokers were worn again in the 1700s during the Renaissance, but didn't become extremely popular again until the 1800s. Queen Alexandra of Denmark, wife of the British king, Edward VII, wore chokers often. She made them popular throughout the 1800s and the early 1900s.
They were still popular through the 1920s, but fell off in the 30s. In the 1940s, they were referred to as "dog collars." Afterwards, some actors and celebrities wore them throughout the decades, but they weren't considered mainstream again until the 1990s. Velvet chokers and plastic "tattooed" chokers were popular in this decade.
Chokers didn't become trendy again until recently. Various kinds are worn, such as those made out of ribbon, suede, velvet, and leather. Some are more fancy: made with metals, beads, or jewels; while others are simply a casual black band. The "tattooed" plastic choker from the 90's is popular again with teenagers and other fashionable young women. Even faux chokers are made from high necklines and cut-outs in shirts and dresses. Will we see the choker trend come around again in 20 years? According to history, it will, but only time can tell.