All Choked Up
Just days into a new year and we already have a brand new…erm… ‘trend’. Okay, perhaps I’ve jumped the gun a little but the internet has been ablaze with talk of the male choker trend (the fashion accessory, not something related to asphyxiation).
Guillotines, Prostitutes and Goths
Rather surprisingly the choker has a long (and at times noble) history, which straddles across several cultures. Originally, during the French Revolution, women wore red ribbons around their necks to pay homage to those who met their death by guillotine. In 1865, Édouard Manet’s famous painting “Olympia” depicted a prostitute wearing a black ribbon around her neck. During this era, a ribbon around the neck could mean a woman was a prostitute.
Fast forward to the 1990s and along with chipped black nail polish, ripped tights, the choker (nearly always studded) was a staple of every self-respecting goth(ette).
What is a male choker?
The reason the trend is being hotly discussed right now is because recently, Matt Lauer revealed on the Today show that he had been wearing a male choker for some time. If that wasn’t enough, the trend reared its head again at the London Fashion Week, where they gripped the necks of male models at Bobby Abley’s Men’s Fall 2017 show.
So what’s the big deal, is it really a trend? Well, as one commentator put it: ‘A male choker is a just a choker‘. If you find you can’t resist this trend, please tell your mates you are attending a work 90s-themed party, and you’re going as Justin Timberlake from the Nsync era.
Snog, Marry or Avoid aka My Verdict…
I can only think of three possible situations outside the catwalk where a choker might just be acceptable:
1) You’re massively into SM—à la Fifty Shades Grey—and you’ve chosen to go all loco,
2) You are the ‘pin-up’ in ‘the next big boy band’—as demonstrated above by Justin Timberlake, or
3) You are Deuce Bigalow because only a gigolo would adorn his neck with an accessory which was sometimes used to identify prostitutes.
Need I add more…