Men’s chokers are happening, it seems. That’s right: the 1990s trend (yes, we know it has a long history beyond that) had a strong resurgence in 2016 — for women, that is. Pretty much every female celebrity, including Taylor Swift, Gigi Hadid, Lily-Rose Depp, and Vanessa Hudgens, made it their style staple.
But as quickly as they arrived, chokers seem to be on their way out for women’s fashion — but the twist is that they’re reemerging in men’s fashion, of all places. Recently, ASOS announced it was offering a line of velvet chokers, as Fashionista pointed out. The ubiquitous fabric combines two of 2017’s hottest trends, though we didn’t see the “male choker” thing coming. And it ASOS’s chokers seem to be catching on, as the black versions are already sold out. (The site sells one in pink, too — because everyone knows real men wear pink.”
Have no fear though: ASOS is also offering man chokers in suede wraparound design, red paisley print, studded leather, braided leather, and silver and gold metal. There’s something for every kind of man … who wants to wear a choker.
But it doesn’t stop there. On Thursday, male Louis Vuitton models walked the designer’s spring 2017 Paris runway in chokers, according to the New York Post. The site also points out that “Just a week before, in Florence, Raf Simons dressed several looks from his men’s collection — designed in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation — with elegant-yet-fetishistic collars.” And in on the Milan runways, the designers behind Dsquared2 “showed chain-link accents in their David Bowie-indebted catwalk presentation.”
Other designers to send dudes down the runway in chokers have included Casely-Hayford, Gucci, Phillip Lim, and Canalli — and that was in 2016, so obviously this trend has been gearing up to make a splash this year. Online marketplace Etsy, of course, is providing men’s choker options too. A search of the site calls up a wide variety of the accessories for men, including versions made with beads, leather, and stainless steel.
Some people on the internet remain skeptical. The Huffington Post claimed that the ’90s fad “is really wearing itself out.” But on Twitters, guys are proudly donning their choker necklaces. “Thanks to my baby my rockstar look is complete
@agjnyc I’m rocking my wire #MensChoker #Punk…,” one user wrote along with a picture of a pencil-thin accessory.