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It’s getting to be more fun, with neck pieces going the skirt way this season — short and tight. The 90s chokers have been making a comeback and the recent fall runways were full of contemporary interpretations—from Ralph Lauren’s multi-tiered, bejewelled ones to Balmain’s sleek black, white and gold interpretations. Great for dressing up a casual outfit or commanding attention at an evening do, we look at some interesting options to invest in.

Text: Surya Praphulla Kumar

Feather light

Now this one takes us back to our school days. With a faux leather finish, we feel the simplicity of the Ditsy Charm choker is its biggest advantage—because it can travel easily from a teenager’s wardrobe to something you can slip on for a day at work. The silver-tone feather and stone pendant gives it an added dash of fun. `962 approx. Details: asos.com

Monkey in the detail

Ever thought you’d opt for monkeys at your throat? We love this quirky, gold-plated pentagon choker by Mrinalini Chandra for a few reasons: it is playful, hand-crafted and inspired by Jharkhand’s Dhokra Art. But its biggest draw has to be its shape, which gives it a break from the commonplace. `21,000. Details: perniaspopupshop.com

Say it with flowers

All things floral and flirty come together in this double-banded brass and enamel choker. With pink flowers and a convenient yet striking black bow at the back, the 18k gold-plated design by Pretty Stoned is great for the everyday. Team with a simple dress or a jumpsuit, and you attract more than your fair share of second glances.
`7,500. Details: 044 42103242

Silver lining
Loosening its tight hold, but not its style, is Suhani Pittie’s silver-plated choker. Moving away from anything overtly bling, the sleek circle—with roses and leaves as its only embellishment—is minimalist and can work with both a deep neck and a high one. A great addition to your jewellery box, pull this one out for a coffee date with the girls. `8,000.
Details: 040 32212495

Go gold

Did anyone say bow ties are only for men? Flying in the face of such misconceptions, and satisfying our love for all things bright and shiny, is Valliyan by Nitya’s 18k gold-plated bow tie choker. With a gold crystal in the centre, it will liven up even the dullest outfit and make sure the spotlight never leaves you. `10,500. Details: 022 22876276

Tight embrace

Slim and chic, Givenchy’s Obsedia black patent leather choker gives a modern twist to punk fashion. The label’s signature ‘Obsedia’ hardware—in contrasting gold, silver and rose gold-tone brass—gives it a statement touch. And keeping comfort in mind, the ‘collar’ comes thoughtfully lined with soft brown leather. Make sure you sweep back your hair before stepping out in it, to ensure all eyes find their focus. `39,495 approx. Details: net-a-porter.com

Stand out

Ensuring the wow factor is this Outhouse 18k rose gold-plated adjustable choker. With a lapis lazuli in the centre, it adds some bling with a Swarovski stone and South Sea pearl-encrusted leaves. While the long chain tassel lends it a flirty touch, we say reserve this one for when
you need to add some
drama to your day. `15,500. Details: 09833245502