From cameo pieces to rock candy bijoux, fanciful and ornate jewelry has been getting quite a bit of WWW love lately, so it only makes sense that the next accessory obsession on our radar falls under that category too: chunky chokers! An obvious statement accent, these sturdy, dazzling baubles--think: heavily embellished with gems or thickset chains--are the perfect accompaniment to the season's more dramatic looks. And with so many of fashion's finest, including Rihanna, Karolina Kurkova, and Taylor Tomasi Hill, already wearing these architectural and ornamented chokers, it's safe to assume they're a wardrobe essential you need now. Our Accessory Report not only breaks down all the details of today's brilliant looks, but also includes an assortment of lust-worthy necklaces you don't want to miss!
On The Runway
Though the chunky choker turned up on quite a few fall runways, the way this show-stopping accent was worn at the Ralph Lauren Collection show is worth noting. Here, the iconic designer created a sleek after-hours look inspired by the aristocratic ladies of Downton Abbey via the Black Acetate and Viscose Evening Dress ($3998) and High Polish Gold and Crystal Necklace ($1250). The simplicity of the column gown, along with pulled-back hair, leads your eye straight to the colorful choker, putting the lavish piece in the spotlight where it belongs.
On the Red Carpet
WHO: Lucy Liu
WHAT: Arriving at the Lucille Lortel Awards in New York two months ago.
WEAR: Etro Black Silk Puff Sleeve Blouse ($823, 212.317.9096); Dolce & Gabbana skirt; Etro Gold and Gunmetal Rose Collar Necklace ($1054, 212.317.9096); Honor clutch.
WHY: An ornate, gold-plated choker combined with exaggerated shoulders offers a bold take on power dressing.
WHO: Karolina Kurkova
WHAT: Posing for photos at the 20th annual Life Ball and AIDS charity event in Vienna last month.
WEAR: Roberto Cavalli dress from S/S 09 collection; Kornmesser Fine Jewelry diamond and ruby choker.
WHY: Opting for a strapless silhouette ensures a sparkly accent piece will remain the focus of your look.
WHO: Margherita Missoni
WHAT: Attending a screening of Farewell, My Queen in New York earlier this month.
WEAR: Missoni knit top; portrait necklace.
WHY: When working with a more forgiving choker that sits lower on your neck, a scoop neckline makes a pitch-perfect pairing.
On The Streets
WHAT: Heading to dinner in New York last month.
WEAR: T by Alexander Wang Black Long Sleeve Silk Blouse ($182); J Brand Aiden Distressed Boyfriend-Fit Jeans ($220); chain choker; Henry Holland for Le Specs sunglasses.
WHY: A neutral blouse, buttoned all the way to the top, is great for showcasing a chain-link choker.
WHO: Taylor Tomasi Hill
WHAT: Spotted in between shows at Milan Fashion Week earlier this year.
WEAR: Libertine jacket; Madewell tank top; Burberry pants; Fenton necklace; Pierre Hardy shoes.
WHY: A gem-embellished choker lends a downtown look a touch of uptown elegance.
Get the Look/Chains
If the missing link in your wardrobe is a chain choker, chances are you will revel in our fantastic selections. At the top of our favorites list is Blair Lauren Brown's Pyrite Short Vintage Chain Necklace; it's luxe, with a subtly edgy vibe we love. We're also coveting the chic designs of Kenneth Jay Lane's Polished Lobster Claw Necklace ($220) and Anthropologie's Burnished Chain Necklace ($178)--just be sure to take some style cues from Rihanna and wear either option with your favorite button-up!
Get the Look/Modern or Embellished
If you prefer your choker to really pack a punch, perhaps an adorned style will suit your fancy. Forever 21's Sparkling Collar Necklace ($13) features a glamorous medley of faux diamonds, making it a thrifty thrill you don't want to miss. Ladylike dressers will certainly adore Tuleste Market's Gold Rosette Choker ($125), but if you err on the edgier side, we suggest Juicy Couture's Punk Royals Stud Necklace ($248). Of course, if you want to try something with an ultra-modern look, Claire's Art Gallery Necklace ($15) is your best bet, and would make for the perfect accent piece with a strapless, floor-grazing dress.
Get the Look/Splurge-Worthy
Finally, what would our roundup of chunky chokers be without a few investment-worthy pieces? While we're currently saving up for Fallon's Paulina Enamel Necklace ($300), which has a cool, tribal-inspired look, we think Oscar de la Renta's Crystal Necklace ($517) is the epitome of luxury. Additionally, we have our eye on Forzieri 's glitzy AZ Collection Three-Tone Choker ($633)--it's perfect for a fancy evening fete--and Lanvin's beautiful Strass & Crystal Tutti Frutti Choker ($1590), which is a timeless piece you can treasure for many seasons to come.--Jessica Baker