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ALL IN THE DETAILS: The Neck’s Big Thing

Too much black in the closet? I know I know, there is no such thing. However, I think it goes for the most of us when I say that we all have more than just a couple black ensembles in our closets—each black top only slightly different from the other in actuality but vastly different in our heads. You know that you can never really go wrong with black unless you really have an inborn horrible sense of style, but how do you make that plain or lightly crafted black top look more striking? Add a choker.

The necklace now is all about the tight embrace, with chokers taking chic hold in heavy metals, gems and beyond. The ‘Chokehold’ has been a massive trend in the Spring 2015 runways in Paris, New York, London and Milan and was showcased tremendously at shows by Chanel, Christian Dior, Coach, DKNY, Givenchy, J.W. Anderson, Lanvin, Versace and Balmain to name a few. Also, one of the biggest fall trends in 2015 might just have been the Black Turtleneck Choker Dickie as seen on the runways and, of course, also continuously being worn by supermodel best friends Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, so duh, we already love it. These statement pieces really help bring an outfit together in converting a look from plain and monotonous to bold and classy.

This Fashionista exemplifies the choker with black coordinates—an off-the-shoulder top and wide-leg pants paired with metallic pointed toe pumps. The bare shoulders help elevate the presence of the neck piece and the silver crystal bracelet and studs, of course, add to the entire look; making a statement.

How To: Since the choker is to be the focal point of the whole look, make sure to keep the rest of the outfit on the minimal side and even better if you have a constant color or pattern in the ensemble throughout. Also, lower necks for such pieces is always a good idea. Chokers are self-dictating. Tighter, higher chokers, such as Givenchy’s, will suit slimmer, longer necks. And if you have a broader neck, choose one that sits lower, towards the collarbone, such as Pamela Love’s. Now go on, find your kind and indulge yourself in the trend of the Chokehold!