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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 

History of the Choker

Jamie Hughes

We like chokers. A lot. So much that we've made an entire company based around chokers. Although us 90s babies would like to assume the choker came to life in our decade, it [unfortunately] did not. In fact, choker necklaces were worn thousands of years ago, by women in some of the oldest civilizations as a form of protection and power. And what has turned into one of our grunge fashion staples transcended history from that point on.

 

A brief history of our beloved choker necklace:

 

1507-1536: Anne Boleyn

The Other Boleyn Girl might not have been the most culturally accurate depiction of the 16th century aristocrats. But, the movie had our girls Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson in it, so you better believe we watched. And if you look at any of the movie’s promo images, you’ll see Mrs. Portman herself wearing a choker. That’s because Anne Boleyn rocked our fav trend back in the day. Hers, made of a string of pearls with the letter “B” pendant. WHAT A BABE.

 

 

1789-1799: French Revolution

And on a more morbid note, women during the French Revolution used to wear red ribbons around their necks to represent those who were killed via guillotine. Our guess is-- they didn’t know this trend would catch on and be donned centuries later.

 

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1860’s: Prostitution

Manet’s famous painting “Olympia” (1863) depicts a prostitute with a ribbon around her neck. During this era, prostitutes were often seen wearing a red ribbon around their neck. And that didn’t stop the trend from catching on amongst the elite in later years.

 

Late 1800’s: Royalty

Alexandra, Princess of Wales, established the choker as a sort of royal trend. Many point to her as the main influencer of the choker necklace as she was rarely seen without her thick velvet and pearl strings covering her neck. A nod to you, Alexandra. We dig your style.

Many other rich women during this period were inspired by Indian garb as well. Their huge, decorative chokers coined the term colliers de chien (the dog collar).

 

Mid-1900’s: The Trend Lives On

A spread in “Life” magazine revealed a revival of the dog collar. Here, you see a picture of fashionable women rocking the trend. Can you say, obsessed?

 

The 90’s:

And finally, a nod to the 90’s. It’s obvious how much we love this decade, but no one can deny how influential the 90’s were at bringing the choker back to life today. Much of this can be credited to the gothic takeover, tattoo chokers, celebrities endorsing the trend (sup Olsen Twins and Britney Spears) + the fashion industry making them cool again.

 

The 90s brought us a lot of things, but the one we’re thrilled to keep around is the choker necklace.



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Written by Tess Halpren