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Chokers are a style of necklace that sits high on the neck, encircling it like a collar. Because they are made to fit close to the skin, a choker is often made from satin or silk, rather than a metal chain. During the French Revolution, young ladies would wear a red ribbon around their necks to symbolize those who perished on the guillotine. Ruffled collars and other neck adornments were commonly worn for three centuries before the Revolution, and the choker emerged as a combination of these trends.
During the Victorian and Edwardian eras, chokers often featured cameos – a medallion carved in ivory or porcelain and usually depicting the face of a monarch or family member.
Chokers are extremely popular in gothic and alternative fashion. They look great paired with a corset or dramatic evening outfit and are often worn by burlesque or belly dancers as part of their stage outfits. When choosing a gothic choker for yourself, follow these three steps;
1. Before you Order;
- Measure your neck so as to make sure you get a gothic choker that will fit you correctly. You want to make sure the measuring tape is tight enough to give a good look, but loose enough so you can breathe.
- When choosing between different chokers, look for a style that comes in your size. Most sellers should list the length/size of their chokers – if not, just contact the shop and ask!
- Think carefully about the outfits you're going to wear with the choker. Try to choose a choker with a design and embellishment that matches your wardrobe. For example, if you wear a lot of gothic clothing, then a gothic choker will suit more than a fetish or punk-inspired gothic choker.
2. Choosing a Choker
One of the primary considerations when choosing a gothic choker is the color. You want to be certain you choose a color that both matches your outfit (usually pretty easy if you're a goth, as it's bound to be black) but also a color that works with your skin tone. Since the choker is worn so close to the face, matching the color of embellishments such as cameos or stones to your eyes will give a startling look.
Try different colors close to your skin and choose the most flattering. Some colors will make your skin appear sallow or blotchy and these are to be avoided at all costs!
3. Wearing Your Choker
With the right outfit, chokers look elegant and sophisticated, and can even lengthen the appearance of your neck. The more bare skin there is around your choker, the more it will stand out. You can look for clothing that leaves your chest and shoulders bare – an overbust corset is great for this.
Sweetheart, V-neck, and scoop neck tops also look great with a choker. Try to choose a choker design that matches the neckline – so wear a gothic choker with a point in the middle with a v-neck and a round-shaped choker with a scoop neck.
So make sure to get the right requirements you need when getting this classic Gothic jewelry and you will definitely stand out for sure.
How do you style your gothic choker? What are your favorite gothic choker designs on Rebels Market? Comment below.