For a certain set of ’80s-born, ’90s-bred ladies, a choker is made of a thin loop of thread or ribbon and sometimes looks like a henna tattoo. It’s a stretchy band of velvet that Sarah Michelle Geller, highlighted bangs held back with rainbow butterfly clips, wraps around her throat before fighting vampires. Some styles include a single dangling charm (perhaps a smiley face or peace sign?) or FIMO beads woven in. The last one they bought was from Claire’s Accessories, and that was 15 years ago.
That said, super-short necklaces these days—and the rules for wearing one—are nothing like those of a Gen Y-er’s youth. In the slideshow above, I’ve included seven simple ways to wear chokers post-millennium, none of which will remind people of a grunged-out Rayanne Graff or Ever After-era Drew Barrymore (not that either or those are necessarily bad things!). Click through to see and shop each look now.