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