We’re five days into 2017 and already the world is melting down over a complete non-issue: whether men’s chokers are a ‘thing’ or not. Hell yeah, baby!
Obviously, chokers enjoyed a big resurgence in 2015-16, alongside dark lipstick, crop tops, and other cherry-picked relics of 90s-era fashion.
The choker was an easy way to update literally every single outfit in your closet, and in bonus money-saving ways, could be bought for $11.99 at every cheap-o jewellery store.
It also gave rise to one of my favourite (and repeatedly stolen) memes of 2016:
But three days ago, online retail behemoth ASOS launched 10 or so chokers in their men’s jewellery vertical and people had some very strong opinions on the matter.
ASOS have started selling men’s chokers ?? can already tell 2017 is gonna be a shite year pic.twitter.com/QrWiIfBLtT
— aZ (@aaronlxd) January 2, 2017
That tweet started it all, so RIP your mentions, @aaronlxd.
A couple days later, a host on ‘The Today Show‘ (the US one, not the Aussie one), Matt Lauer, wore a choker on television, and catapulted this thing into the mainstream.
What a time. pic.twitter.com/ygKf8AiJ70
— Maura Brannigan (@maura_brannigan) January 4, 2017
Like, this bloke wearing a piece of jewellery is headline news:
Men’s chokers have been coming in via high fashion for the last six months. Louis Vuitton, Casely-Hayford, Gucci, Phillip Lim and Canalli have all sent men down the runway adorned in a statement choker, or else with a scarf tied real fuckin’ high.
But now the argument of ‘we were so preoccupied with if we could we never stopped to think if we should‘ argument has spilled over into the mainstream media.
GQ published an article calling to ‘Stop Men’s Choker Necklaces Before They Start‘, while Huffington Post counterpointed with ‘Sorry Internet, But Men Have Been Wearing Chokers For Decades‘ (although some of their examples are David Bowie and Prince, not exactly stellar examples of hyper-masculine, mainstream fashion).
Weirdly enough, however, turns out The OC‘s Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie) was himself partial to a necklace that could *very nearly* pass as a choker. Who’da thunk it?
So here we are, five days into 2017, arguing if men can get involved in a major female-focused fashion trend that’s definitely past its critical mass stage.
Y/N? C’est la fucking vie, tbqh.
Photo: ASOS; The Today Show.