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Favorite 90's Choker Trends

Jamie Hughes

Everyone carries a certain nostalgia about their childhood, it’s only natural. And it’s no secret how we feel about our decade, the 90s. We might be biased, but we feel pretty strongly that the 90s kicked some major ass.

It’s hard not to feel proud of a decade that brought us Harry Potter. A decade where Jerry Seinfeld + George Costanza invaded our TV screens. A time where we relied more on newspapers than Facebook for current events. Where Wes Anderson spearheaded an indie film epidemic. Where Nirvana’s Nevermind made everyone feel like a rockstar. And of course, where chokers solidified their stature in the fashion world.

What the 70s did for disco, the 90s did for chokers. And sure, trends come and go. The choker’s had a long go at history, making its way in and out of the fashion world-- no doubt peaking in the 90s. But it’s back with a vengeance, and Study Hall is making sure the choker is here to stay.

Everyone who was anyone in the 90s wore a choker, with celebrities taking the lead on popularizing the resurgence of the trend. Let’s take a walk down memory lane, and highlight some of our favorite choker trends from our favorite decade of all.


  • Dog Collar: 90s chokers were presumably less glamorous than their historical counterparts. But one of our favs, the dog collar, graced the necks of goth queens + high school rebels. The thick, spiked dog collars made a serious statement, and we can’t help but nod our heads to the confident queens who still rock them.


  • Velvet: The image that pops into our head when we think velvet chokers: Natalie Portman in Leon the Professional. It’s pure perfection. Minimal, yet stark, velvet chokers work with just about everything. 

  • Pearl: Channelling 90s Drew Barrymore here. We can confidently say, pearl necklaces of every type will (should) never go out of style. And we’re happy the trend has transcended into the choker realm too. 

  • Simple Leather: The simple leather choker adorned the necks of tons of celebs in the 90s. It’s probably the most versatile, and some of our best-sellers. That’s because it goes with just about anything, small but packs a big punch. Even Jared Leto seemed to agree. 


  • Faux-Henna: Perhaps the most influential choker of this decade, we can’t talk about the 90s influence on chokers without mentioning that of the tattoo. If ever you wanted to be cool, you marched on in to Claire’s and got yourself a tattoo choker. We see fashionistas + celebs bringing this trend back, and we’re not mad about it.


  • Bling: No 90s choker list is complete without a shout out to the bedazzled kind. Credit to our girl Brit Spears who really truly actualized the bling choker. We’ve drawn influences from these decorative pieces + toned them down a bit with, none other than the Brittany


  • Lace: We can’t help but swoon over the Victorian-inspired lace chokers we saw their statement in the 90s. The juxtaposition of the delicate lace with the Victorian-inspired detailing screams sexy vamp, and we dig it.


So, thanks to movies like Clueless, teen dreams like Britney + Cristina, and our grunge fav Courtney Love, the 90s did a thing or two for chokers. They were so popular during this decade, you could even find them sold in quarter machines. All in favor of bringing that back say EYE.

Browse through the Study Hall chokers + see how we’ve drawn upon some of our favorite 90s inspiration to create modern versions of the bests!

Written by Tess Halpren