Statement neck huggers hinting to the grungy ’90s but reimagined to bear a modern edge, the black chokers are currently signing on a glorious comeback, and instead of them falling off the grid as we are verging on spring, you can only expect them to be building up even more steam in 2016.

Runway to the streets, the it accessory of the moment is what every cool girl loves sporting on a day-to-day basis, hence the choker gaining versatility and becoming this highly accessible look everyone aims to master.

Ornate to studded, leather to velvet, Gothic to Victorian inspired, trust a great black choker to add the perfect edge to any outfit.

After the break, a look at the black chokers on trend for 2016.

Victorian-style black chokers.

They’re minimal in feel, all black and all edge, and they pay tribute to the dark romance describing the Victorian-style inspiration of the season. On the runway, they even doubled up as unconventional hair accessories, and they sure make for the effortless way to ease into the trend.

Pair these simple black chokers to button-down dresses and shirts during the day, and strapless dresses or ones with deep, plunging necklines during the night.

black choker accessory trend
Victorian-inspired black chokers at Maison Margiela F/W ’15 & Mary Katrantzou S/S ’16

Wide turtleneck chokers.

Following along the same minimal lines but extending the statement, the wide turtleneck chokers in black make for one of the coolest accessories a woman can rock in 2016. Bearing the appeal of the cold-weather staples, but allowing the decolletage to shine, seek these choker versions in black velvet or shiny fabrics.

Wear them with dainty white lace dresses, embellished velvet pieces, wide-leg jumpsuits and menswear-inspired tailoring.

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Wide chokers at Altuzarra & Emilio Pucci F/W ’15

Grungy/Gothic black leather chokers.

Right at the intersection where the romantic Gothic and the ’90s grunge meet, you are likely to find these black leather chokers featuring both studded detailing and dainty bow closures. Use them to compliment a dark, vampy lip and an edgy up-do.

Rock them with V-neck sweaters and statement wool coats during the day, and juxtapose them to a little black dress or a strapless top during the night.

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Gothic black chokers at Marc Jacobs, F/W ’15

Ornate black chokers.

Minimalist incarnations aside, the black chokers circled their way back on to the fashion scene in plenty of gorgeous ornate styles as well. Doubling on the statement, these renditions can feature everything in between pearl, cross, disc, metal flower or crystal pendants.

Wear them with plunging necklines, off-shoulder dresses and tops, or with a crop top and high-waisted trousers/ skirts.

black choker accessory trend
Ornate chokers at Paul & Joe, F/W ’15

Black chokers on the street.

On the street is where all of the best style inspiration is likely to gather, and in the case of the black chokers, it couldn’t provide more reasons for us to jump on the accessory trend right now. If you’re still undecided about how you’re going to sport the look, know that you can:

  • use a black leather choker to add a hint of fetish to your basic, everyday looks – think baggy tops and relaxed pants kind of outfits;
  • play with a ’90s tattoo choker necklace to redefine the off-duty cool – think slick hair, all black pieces and statement bag;

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  • pair a wide black choker to a sexier look, keeping things chic with a white blouse, a black skirt featuring a thigh-high slit, and a black leather jacket;
  • juxtapose a lace choker to a prairie-chic dress, allowing the floral motifs and ruffles to infuse the sea of black with a fresh sensuality;

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  • take the glam Gothic approach by pairing a black velvet choker with a black tweed jacket, ankle-strap kitten heels and deep purple lips;
  • use a cool black choker to tie in the various themes and elements building a look, like in a ’70s-meets-sporty-meets-laid-back chic outfit.

black choker accessory trend
Images via Kayture & Natalie Off Duty.

Shop the look.

If you plan on giving the trend a go this season but haven’t stumbled upon the perfect little black choker yet, here are 9 cool picks to shop now:

accessory trend the black choker

1. More or Lace Layered Choker • 2. Regal Rose Empire Lace Choker • 3. Regal Rose Valeska Tassel Choker Necklace • 4. Free People Loretta Choker • 5. ASOS Sleek Bar Cord Choker Necklace • 6. Urban Renewal Vintage Surplus Tattoo Necklace • 7. Jacquie Aiche Flower Choker • 8. ASOS Stud Choker Necklace • 9. ‘Round the Way Girl Choker Necklace.

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