Choose a choker necklace
Next time you go out, dressed all fancy, wear a choker to make sure all eyes are drawn to you. A choker is a timeless piece of jewellery – it is a necklace which sits high up on the neck, wrapped snugly around it. It is called a choker because if this necklace is slightly tightened, it could choke the wearer. This is why is found a place in many macabre films where the heroine or vamp wore a choker necklace to her advantage or disadvantage, as the role called for. Women of ill repute frequently wore a blood red satin ribbon choker necklace around their necks in novels and movies, Goths and other evil characters wore black.
The choker has another bit of history attached to it, it is said that after the French revolution, young women in England and elsewhere took to wearing a red satin ribbon around their necks as a tribute and show of solidarity to those who were executed by the dreaded guillotine. However, macabre aside, the choker necklace is also a favourite with royalty – both Indian and international and many beautiful princesses and queens have worn choker necklaces with style, élan and elegance. They have now regained prominence because designers like Ralph Lauren brought them back to the international fashion scene and Indian models wore them dressed as royalty on the ramp.
Chokers are a very pretty necklace choice for women who have slender necks and the best part is that they can be handmade at home, or bought for exorbitant prices, studded with precious stones and pearls. You can simply take a length of velvet cloth; embroider it with pretty rhinestones or velvet thread, or stick on little buttons and bows to make your own collared piece.
An elegant party can be attended, wearing a flowing gown with a scooped neckline to leave your neck bare and a pearl studded choker. Alternatively, wear a very plain dress and a double tiered choker for a more glamorous effect. If you are getting married, a choker in several layers can look regal and extremely bridal and befitting. However, more the strands, the more fuss the necklace will involve so make sure you are buying your necklace from a reputed jeweller. You want all the pearls to be of the same colour and size else the choker will look mismatched. Also, it is wise to sport an up-do hairstyle because with that many layers around your neck, it would surely be a trap for any wisps of hair which would be painful.
Other choker necklaces can be a delicate linking of precious stones and gems which sit prettily along the neck, not as tight as a regular choker but a more loose fit. If you have a problem with wearing something that sits too tightly around the neck then you can opt for one of these. Many choker necklaces come with lengths of cord which can be adjusted to the wearer’s preference. So whatever be your choice, wear this piece of jewellery with pride and your head held high – that is the best way to wear a choker!