It is undeniable that chokers have been the “it” accessory as of late. I know it, you know it, your mom knows it, which is why she’s finally stopped telling you you look like a dog on a leash whenever you leave the house. However, as much i try to disregard ridiculous fashion rules, i have to say that my love for chokers have been an unrequited one as they do nothing for my chubby jawline. I hate to be that person who says that certain trends are only for certain people with the appropriate body type, face shape, skin tone etc,. But at the same time, i can’t wear a choker and look at my selfies, mirrors and other reflective surfaces and lie to myself that my neck is still there when it’s clearly done a vanishing act! On a normal person, they’d probably cut your neck length in half. On me, chokers just cut off my neck. Period.
But first, let’s talk about the choker trend as a whole. Personally, i’m really embracing it because i sincerely feel like chokers can really transform a look. And i know that is the most cliched phrase that a fashion writer can use but think about it:
- Basic chiffon button-up blouse: boring, bland, matronly, unimaginative, so-wholesome-i-can’t-even.
- Basic button-up blouse with a thick, silk choker: edgy and retro-esque af.
But recently, i’ve started to notice that the trend has moved into daintier regions which happen to be a little more merciful to neck lengths than its precursors. I’m talking about tie chokers, the bolo tie’s chic cousin from the city. It’s basically just a long piece of thin string, preferably made out of suede-ish material that you can get at the craft store, that you loop around your neck a few times before tying it into a knot or a bow. Like legit, that’s all there is to it.
But I’ve always personally really liked the idea of tying silk ribbons, string, a skinny scarf around the neck as a makeshift choker. In fact, i never even thought of it as a DIY because it just made complete sense to me. But then i saw a friend the other day wearing a ribbon choker which looked something like this. But when she turned around i realized that it was an actual choker that she’d bought from a store with a clasp and everything. I’m not being a cheapskate or anything but you can literally buy an entire roll of it from the craft store for four dollars. Amiright?
I first got the idea when i was bingeing on Fashion Citizen’s vlogs (don’t you just love those girls! Such a spearminty breath of fresh air in a sea of cunty clickbaits) and i noticed that Melissa had a different choker on almost everyday. It turns out that they were just pieces of strings and ribbons that she tied around her neck according to her outfit of the day. But what i noticed even more were her understated chokers of suede “cordage” that she took to looping around her neck. Here’s her DIY video on it (skip directly to 13:28 for the tutorial and 18:22 to see how good she looks with it):
Isn’t she adorable! I’m such a fan of the choker trend that i always have one in my bag with me at all times, just in case i need to get turnt at a moment’s notice. Shut up.
And sure, there’s always the fear that someone is going to get itchy fingers and think of your ribbon/tie choker as an invitation to choke the shit out of you via the ready made noose around your neck. But all in the name of fashion, amiright? …
That’s all for now! xx
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