Lace, leather or metal: What’s your choker style? 

  • Lavina Mulchandani, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Aug 06, 2016 13:04 IST
Chokers are the one fashion trend you can get for cheap. (

Stick your neck out for this season’s fashion trend, chokers. The versatile and popular ’90s accessory can be found around everyone’s necks. They’re the one fashion trend you can get for cheap.

Now, they come with a modern update. These days, besides metal you can find chokers made of fabric, leather, crochet with quirky elephant, star and sphere pendants and life-sized flowers.

“The chokers that in 90s are now a statement piece of jewellery that work well with every look, be it Indian, western and contemporary,” says Shillpa Purii, jewellery designer.

Chokers are versatile and can be paired with any clothing style. To start out, says fashion designer Sanjana Bubber, wear a minimal choker to keep your look simple. “Make sure the neckline of the garment is low to show off a choker accessory,” she adds.

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Leather chokers, either embossed or plain, look best when paired with leather pants and a long jacket. (

Plain leather chokers get an upgrade with pearls or crystals attachments.

“Leather chokers, either embossed, plain or with vertical metal stripes look the best when paired with high-waist leather pants and a long jacket. They can also be paired with the full-length dresses,” says Salonee Kothari, stylist.

Another option is black leather tattoo chokers with pearl tassels or a hand-shaped pendant.


Cost: Starts at Rs 285

Metal chokers

Metal chokers can be styled with colour-block outfits or with printed sarees. (

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Give plain metal a miss and opt for chokers with pendants in the shape of stars or skulls, or a witch-craft themed tattoo choker - a pendant of a star enclosed in a circle.

These can be styled with colour-block and printed sarees. “You can also team a metal choker with a solid-colour plunge neckline top for a gothic glam look,” says Priyanka Desai, the owner of Praia Couture, a fashion startup. “You can layer the choker with different necklaces of varying lengths for a stacked look.”

Rashi Rochwani, designer and owner of Colorbox jewellery studio in Bandra pairs up her Jaipur couture metal choker - a silver wide chain with a pendant of an elephant head. “I wear it with a little black dress. It gives the look an extra oomph and turns many heads,” she says.


Cost: Starts at Rs 250

Lace chokers

A pretty lace choker goes well with an off-shoulder top or a dress. (Pipa Bella)

Think of pastel-coloured lace embellished with plastic red roses, pearls and diamonds.

Kothari suggests teaming a pink, pearl studded lace choker with an off-shoulder top. “The big flower on the choker can add style to the most basic tee,” she says.

Or a black lace choker with a red rose can work as a layering piece paired with other necklaces. “You can pair a black choker with a long gold chain and wear it with gowns or plain sarees,” says Kothari.


Cost: Starts at Rs 100

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