Love it or loathe it, sometimes a trend comes along (or comes back) that is so overwhelmingly popular, you may as well make the most of it before it disappears off the fashion radar. Blame it on the resurgence of all things ‘90s, but it cannot be denied or ignored. This season’s must-have accessory is the choker. Of course, longtime lovers of the choker are good to go. For those with preconceived negative notions about chokers, the news is actually much better than you might think. The choker, of the velvet, metal, rhinestone or leather variety, has been seen on the necks of models-off-duty, everyday cool girls and everyone else in between. Chokers were THE fashion accessory at Coachella – on stage and off. If muddy, music festivals are the last place you’d ever want to be, you should know that chokers were also prominent at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner. They’re simple, versatile and they transform every look into the perfect flirty ensemble spring calls for. Depending on your outfit, this necklace can either be a delicate add-on or an edgy statement piece. The fitted necklace was a favorite with European royalty in the 18th and 19th centuries. Rich fabrics would be dusted with diamonds or pearls in fanciful settings. Those European royals from days of yore would undoubtedly be shocked by the Instead, look to the most lascivious neck accessory of all: the BDSM choker. Made from thick leather in colors like black, red and bubble-gum pink, these sado-sexy chokers are adorned with silver O’s or heart ring–dolloped middles. Classic black seems to be the most popular non-50 Shades of Gray chokers, in materials like suede and precious metals. Try layering them together for a more opulent look. Other options include hearts on velvet strings, scarves wound round your neck with a brooch accent, chunky chain links, sculptural metal, crystal collars – the options are endless. Paired with party frocks for evening, or worn with jeans and a T for day, chokers may just become your favorite new accessory.

“What I love about jewelry is you can change it for something else without surgery.” ~ Joan Rivers

Photography by: Elodie Durand

Make-up: Karl Sanchez