You Heard It Here First—This '90s Trend Has Finally Returned


(Image credit: Courtesy of Nensi Dojaka; Courtesy of Chanel; @annawinck)

We're fresh out of runway season, and I spent the entirety of February with my eyes glued to the fashion shows to find out what trends I should expect to blow up next. As I watched the models sashay down the runway this season, there was one common theme that I hadn't seen in a while that I felt had an overwhelming presence—the choker.

Around 2016, I remember '90s fashion being at its peak, and everyone had a velvet choker around their neck at every social gathering I attended as a college student. Afterward, the trend disappeared for a while, but it's back and better than ever in 2022. Fashion designers have moved on from the velvet approach and are now using bold metals, pearls, and embellishments to create chokers that feel very right now.

I'm officially sold on "the new choker" and will be wearing it as much as possible to finish off every look I wear. Basically, I'm letting you in on a little shopping hack. In some cases, just $20 can take your outfit to the next level if you just add a choker. So what are you waiting for? Scroll through my picks that surely won't disappoint.



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Chanel knows best, so seeing this dainty bow choker has me sold on the trend. 

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We've been seeing a reemergence of "bad girl" fashion—think heavy-duty leather, spikes, and chains. This choker is next on the list.

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Bring on the Cuban links. Any bold silver moment is right up the alley of an on-trend fashion person.

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I'm here for the summer vibes that go along with seashells and beading.

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The aughts are calling, and they want their choker back.

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If Dua Lipa thinks it's cool, I think it's cool.

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This trend made its way from the '90s to Y2K, and if you want to get that early 2000s look, try adding a heart.

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Elegant and chic, I love this simple layered look.

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Streetwear vibes will fit right in when you choose a choker that is loud and fun.

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A little nameplate action always gets the best of me, and I'm loving this one right now.

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Associate Editor

Sierra Mayhew was always destined to work in fashion, but she didn't know it at first. Growing up with no choice but to wear a rotation of school uniforms and activewear, her love for fashion really blossomed when she moved away for college and was able to finally define her very own personal style. Shortly thereafter, she interned at Elle magazine and instantly knew that editorial was for her. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she worked for ShopBazaar, contributing regularly to, and finally made her way to Who What Wear, where she is an associate editor. When she’s not working, you can catch her always trying to catch a flight, rollerblading through New York City traffic, or exploring the latest luxury vintage boutique.