How to wear the sea­son’s bold­est ac­ces­sory: the choker.

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Big­ger is def­i­nitely bet­ter. That was seem­ingly the man­date when it came to jew­ellery for spring. Take the shoul­der­graz­ing ear­ring: min­i­mal and metal at Cé­line, bright and beaded at Gucci, feather-es­que and fan­ci­ful at Proenza Schouler. Or the over­sized pen­dant neck­laces, seen at both Ba­len­ci­aga and Givenchy, where Ric­cardo Tisci lay­ered charms in the shapes of hearts and keys over a gauzy black lace dress. Or the twinkly tiaras atop the mod­els’ heads at Saint Lau­rent, and the chunky an­klets at Calvin Klein.

Then, there were the chok­ers. Spring’s styles in­cluded sculp­tural gold pieces at J.W.An­der­son, brightly coloured ny­lon rope at Isabel Marant, and crys­tal-em­bel­lished chains at Chanel, mak­ing this the most choker-sat­u­rated sea­son since the neck­lace’s hey­day in the 1990s. Th­ese new ver­sions brought struc­ture to the fore­front, as de­sign­ers got play­ful with the blank can­vas of a woman’s neck. In turn, the cen­turies-old ac­ces­sory was re­born once again, as a show­stop­ping out­fit com­pleter, evok­ing a fierce no­tion of moder­nity. One of the most mem­o­rable op­tions came at Dior, where a pa­rade of mod­els hit the del­phinium-lined run­way wear­ing chok­ers crafted from a dis­tinct com­bi­na­tion of pal­la­dium-fin­ished metal and resin. Some napes were wrapped up that much more with tight scarves in vary­ing prints lay­ered un­der­neath, which was at once provoca­tive and dar­ling. Charms dan­gled from sev­eral styles, a metal tag with ei­ther the nu­meral 8 – Chris­tian Dior’s lucky num­ber – or 1947, the year in which the de­signer pre­sented his iconic New Look col­lec­tion.

Chok­ers were fash­ion­able cen­turies be­fore M. Dior’s de­but, in an­cient Egypt, and even be­came some­thing of a political sym­bol dur­ing the French Rev­o­lu­tion, when women took to wear­ing red rib­bons around their necks in trib­ute to those who met their fate at the guil­lo­tine. The jew­ellery made a wide­spread re­turn in the mid-1800s, as the neck­wear of choice for bal­leri­nas – Edgar De­gas of­ten in­cluded the de­tail in his paint­ings – and roy­alty, par­tic­u­larly Eng­land’s Princess Alexandra, who pop­u­larised the trend of stack­ing mul­ti­ple strands of di­a­monds and pearls. Fast for­ward to the 1990s, when chok­ers made a come­back again, but this time with a ca­sual, street­influ­enced twist, fash­ioned out of plas­tic made to re­sem­ble a faux tat­too, which quickly caught on with im­pres­sion­able teenage girls.

To­day, the neck­lace looks best – and au courant in­stead of like a #TBT mo­ment – with the right ac­cou­trements. Wear a thin pavé-di­a­mond or a 14-karat-gold choker with an offthe-shoul­der dress for an easy evening en­sem­ble, or top off a ca­sual T-shirt and jeans with a thicker style in sturdy metal, such as ster­ling sil­ver, for an all-day out­fit.

And don’t stop there. Play with the ri­otous na­ture of the choker by pil­ing on a pair of equally bois­ter­ous earrings. Sil­ver hoops give length above the shoul­ders with­out los­ing any of the neck­lace’s edge. Go matchy-matchy in co­or­di­nat­ing me­tals, or mix it up with dif­fer­ent stones and ma­te­ri­als.

All that at­ten­tion to the face calls for a full ’ 70s glam mo­ment. Glossy skin sets the scene, giv­ing an all-over glow. Ruby-red lips punc­tu­ate the bold ac­ces­sories, while brushe­d­out waves of­fer the per­fect back­drop.

Al­to­gether, it’s a lit­tle Stu­dio 54, with a dash of Vic­to­rian roy­alty, and to­tally 2016. As peren­nial choker wearer Iris Apfel says, “More is more and less is a bore.”

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