The Wedding Choker
Must have or Maybe not?
January 13, 2012
I've never been a fan of chokers. It seemed the realm of goths and S/M and little old 19th century ladies with cameos tied around their necks with bits of ribbon. But the chokers of 2012 are of a different breed. Some are lovely delicate pieces of metalwork that remind me of barely there princess tiaras, except they're worn around the neck instead of in your hair.
Although the name still sounds like a fetish, many of these beauties are a mixture of old and new that I imagine a modern Amazon warrior would wear: strong and simple shapes in metal. The Valentino feather chokers are a favorite of mine and Donna Karen's demure pearl chokers hold a close second in my heart.
While the choker is causing a splash on the runway, is it appropriate for a wedding dress? For many, a choker is just another glittery piece of jewelry that detracts from more traditional pieces like the tiara. This short necklace is very flattering for women who have long graceful necks, and may not be the right choice for brides who don't consider their throats their best feature.
A choker shines with simple gowns. The choker will probably work best for a boho chic wedding where the bride has a nice square neckline. The neckline cannot be too low or it creates the illusion of a disproportionate neck. So if your gown has elaborate pleating, beading, or embroidery, a large neck cuff might be a huge clash. An exception if, of course, a high necked lace wedding gown.