Chokers are necklaces that sit tightly around the neck. They are often made of fabric since they are so close-fitting, but there are many other styles and materials. Their constructions range from simple to ornate, and they frequently feature detailing like sequins, rhinestones, pearls or pendants. Choker necklaces can be a great fashion accessory when chosen and worn correctly. However, there are definitely some key points to keep in mind when choosing a choker that will look flattering.
Measure your neck. It’s important to measure your neck before investing in a choker, since they are meant to fit relatively tightly. Take a soft measuring tape and loop it around your neck once. Be sure to hold the tape close to your neck – chokers should fit tightly, but they should be loose enough for you to breathe easily. A good rule of thumb is to add 2 inches (50.8 mm) onto whatever your neck measurement is. This will be a comfortable choker length for you.
Assess the length and width of your neck. Chokers look best on those who have long, slender necks. If you have a very short neck, a choker won’t look very flattering unless it’s very thin and simple. If you have a wide neck, a choker is still an okay option as long as you choose a slim one; otherwise, you run the risk of making your neck appear even wider. The longer and more slender your neck, the wider the choker you can wear while still looking appealing.
· A longer, more slender neck can wear chokers with more detail and gems.
· If you have a wider neck, it is best to go for something a bit simpler.
· If you have a short neck, it’s best to avoid wearing most chokers at all, unless it’s a very thin one.
Choose colors that look best with your skin tone. Hold different colored fabrics up to your neck and take note of which hues look best with your coloring. Some colors can cause your skin to appear washed-out or blotchy, depending on your particular skin tone. Once you’ve determined what these colors are, avoid them. Always choose the most flattering color(s) for you.
· Black tends to look great on everyone, as well as most neutral colors.
· Match the color of the choker’s embellishments, like stones or cameos, to your eye color for a mesmerizing and unusual look.
Consider the neckline. The more bare skin is exposed around your choker, the more it will stand out, so definitely consider the necklines of your tops and dresses. Chokers are the most flattering with sweetheart, scoop, V-neck, strapless, off-the-shoulder and square necklines. For an alternative look, wear chokers with a top that leaves your chest and shoulders bare, like a corset. When possible, try selecting a choker design that coordinates with the neckline.
· For example, you could pair a gothic choker with a point in the middle with a V-neck top.
· Another example would be wearing a round-shaped choker with a scoop neck top.
· Avoid wearing chokers when you’re wearing clothes with high necklines, since they might snag your clothing and cause your neckline to look bulky.
Match the choker style to your clothing style. If you are into goth, alternative or punk fashions, choose chokers that reflect those styles. Velvet, lace and leather chokers all fall under that umbrella. Chokers also look fantastic with corsets and dramatic evening attire. Pair gowns with elegant pieces.
Choose based on whether you’re wearing casual or formal attire. Elegant evening wear works best with glamorous pieces that feature pearls, diamonds and ivory beads. Bridal wear is also similarly suited to those kinds of pieces. Fabric and crocheted chokers work best with casual Bohemian styles.
· Chokers that are simple strands, featuring beadwork or other embellishments, can look great with both casual and formal wear.
· A strapless formal gown can be made even more elegant with a delicate choker featuring translucent glass beads, crystals and gems.