Get It Now: 90s Redux – Chokers And Y Necklaces Are Back

You might remember the days of velvet chokers or even those wire wrap styles that were popular in the nineties and hung on for a while into the next decade – while those days are thankfully behind us, choker length necklaces are most definitely coming back around, along with that other nineties staple, the Y necklace.
Chances are you had one back then, but even if you still have it sitting around somewhere, you might want to update and upgrade the look – the new styles are undeniably different (give them to your favorite teenager or twenty-something and let them call it vintage). Here are some of our favorites…
Make A New Statement. We don’t mean those tired “bubble necklace” styles that it seemed like everyone and their mother was wearing a few years ago, but rather necklaces that anchor an outfit and showcase your personality, like this gold option from Kendra Scott via Cusp by Neiman Marcus. (Added bonus: the v-shape is very flattering).
Choose Structure. Pick out a choker that holds its shape – literally. A piece that’s solid metal like this Michael Kors necklace is a great addition to basic ensembles, and it draws the eye up to your face. Plus, you don’t need to worry about your necklace(s) getting all tangled up.
Get Beaded. Channel your inner Cleopatra with a layered collar-style piece like this one by Doloris Petunia or this Alice Hollywood from Open Sky, paired with a simple top or dress. You hardly need anything else, but a fabulous cocktail ring wouldn’t be out of place either.
Add Some Dimension. Chokers and Y-necklaces can be combined for a beautiful and flattering silhouette, like this Cara Couture choker that comes in both silver and gold. It can be sexy paired with a plunging neckline, or add interest to a turtleneck or crewneck – this style can be surprisingly versatile.
Go Delicate. Skip the hardcore nineties look of many y-necklaces and chokers and go with a graceful layering piece like this one by Dogeared, which will look good for years to come. Plus, the long chain can be elongating and therefore very flattering. After all, who doesn’t want to look taller and thinner?
Invest If You Love It. Fine jewelry is forever, so once you determine a style you love, get the best possible version you can find. This David Yurman necklace will look good for years to come, no matter what the current trends are. And it is simply gorgeous – pair it with everything from an evening gown to a t-shirt, and you’ve got the kind of glamour that inspires envy.
So what do you think of the return of these 90s trends? Did you miss these popular looks, or do you wish they stayed in the past?
1. Kendra Scott Tanay Statement Necklace, Gold Plate, $195
2. Michael Kors Gold-Tone Choker Necklace, $275
3. Doloris Petunia Marrakech Statement Choker, $265
4. Alice Hollywood Jewelry Black & Gold Statement Choker/Necklace, now $26.60
5. Cara Couture Statement Choker Necklace, now $12.99
6. Dogeared Beaded Disc Y Necklace, now $49.50
7. David Yurman Starburst Y Necklace With Diamonds, $1,500
–Jacqueline Zenn
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