The 90s choker is back and (luckily) it looks better than ever

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    Remember when you wore a stretchy plastic choker around your neck growing up in the 90s? Remember how cool you thought it looked, how classy and grown up this jewellery option seemed – especially when all dressed up with All Saints crop top on and your hair in sparkly butterfly clips?

    Well the trend is back, but luckily it’s looking even better than it did the first time around.

    The choker began its resurgence along with slip dresses, grunge and all of the other 90s throwback trends that emerged on last autumn’s catwalks. But unlike some of the others, it’s carried on through to spring, with brands from Saint Laurent to H&M proposing fierce new options both at the high end of the industry and on the high street.

    On the red carpet, Taylor Swift, Kate Hudson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and more are using the choker to add edge to full length gowns and simple bandeau tops alike. But supermodel Kendall Jenner has got to be the revival’s biggest celebrity fan. She seems to rarely leave the house without one on at the moment, working the accessory into both her red carpet and off duty style repertoires.

    A step on from last summer’s accessory du jour, the Seventies scarf, fashion editors and bloggers were also giving the trend a whirl on the street style circuit during the latest round of fashion week shows. Evidence; Chiara Ferragni and co. mastering the art in the gallery above.

    The styling trick, it seems, lies in what you team your choker with. An off shoulder top, a slip dress, or just something to expose the rest of your décolletage seems to balance out the skin to fabric ratio and prevent anyone from looking like they’re actually just wearing a turtleneck. The best bit? If you’re strapped for cash then (carefully) tying a raw ribbon around your neck has got to be the cheapest, most instant DIY trend update we’ve ever seen.

    Shop our edit of the best chokers to buy right now, below.

    1. Maze choker by Rein, £45
    Rein‘s laser cut leather choker is giving you a lot for your money. Quality materials, intricate craftsmanship and the satisfaction of being in-the-know about a new young British designer before anyone esle.
    2. Gold plated cubic zirconia necklace by Maison Margiela, £270
    Margiela’s stone studded hoop is a solid, sophisticated choice. Wear tucked under the collar of a classic white shirt for work.
    3. Gloria velvet corset choker by Regal Rose, £34
    Up the drama with this velvet choker, complete with ornate corset clasp.
    4. Gold plate choker by Marni, £200
    Marni’s wavy gold neck plate is the stuff of dreams for minimalists. Is it a sculpture, is it a piece of jewellery? We say both.

    See our favourite stars wearing the trend this spring in the gallery above.

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