Chokers are everywhere right now, on all the celebs, in all the shops, on all the runways, but how much do you really know about them? Read all about them, here on Fashion Espresso to discover more about the trendy accessory that everyone is in love with.

You’ve probably already heard but chokers are so in right now! Necklaces, move over because the fuss free, totally cool choker look has taken over the jewellery industry quicker than you could clap your hands. All the celebrities and fashion icons, including Kim Kardashian, Kylie & Kendall Jenner, Lily-Rose Depp, Rihanna, Gigi Hadid, Ariana Grande, Cara Delevingne and even little North West, have been featuring the trendy accessory in all their latest looks. What’s not to love?

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What is the choker? Just in case you were behind, a choker is a tight fitting, what could be called, necklace worn around the neck. There are lots of different kinds of choker; a few of the common types include Victorian, Vintage, Open Collar, Gothic, Pendant, Gemstone and Tattoo. Chokers are made from lots of different materials, including plastic, beads, various fabrics and metals. Some more expensive chokers may be made of velvet, leather, silver, gold or even platinum. They can be decorated in a variety of ways with things like sequins, studs or pendants.

Chokers may seem quite new into fashion but, historically, they were always associated with high fashion. They were commonly worn by ballerinas and the upper class in the latter half of the 19th Century. In the 1900s, Chokers had become particularly trendy. This was partly caused by Queen Alexandra of Denmark who used to wear one to cover a little scar on her neck. Chokers were popular in the 1920s and made a comeback in the 1940s, especially in France where they were known as colliers de chien. Talking a little bit closer to the present day, chokers were also the talk of the 70s and late 90s and now have finally resurfaced into the modern day fashion industry. Who knew that the trendy little accessory found in your favourite fashion shops had so much history?

So now we know all about the choker and its history, but that still doesn’t explain why it has resurfaced, now in the mid 2010s. Chokers used to be the thing I only ever wore on Halloween and now all the designer brands like Chanel and Dior have been featuring chokers in their latest collections and all the best high street shops like River Island and Topshop are full of them. But what makes the choker different from your average necklace? Chokers are the perfect way to pull an outfit together without being too limited to jewellery. The other reason being that you can work any look with them; from gothic to 90s glam to sparkling sophistication, chokers can do it all. They’re the perfect way to switch it up a bit, take a break from that one necklace that you wear to everything whilst looking totally effortlessly cool.