At one point or another, you probably got hooked on, or at the very least has experienced, the gamechanging power of statement neckpieces—bejeweled ones, chunky editions, intricate metal models—it was your default accessory, perhaps one too many times, because of how easily it makes you stand out even if you’re just in a classic ensemble.
But as fashion moves more and more into minimalist and raw territory, making a statement has taken a whole new meaning, one that spells quiet confidence rather than look-at-me panache. In the neckpiece department, big bold creations step aside to make way for today’s accessory du jour: The ribbon choker. Yes, it is what it is—a no frills choker made of a strip of ribbon or cloth.
Black is its color by default and arguably its most elegant version, reminiscent of chokers of generations past (those of our great great grandmothers' and Old Hollywood stars'). The ribbon choker’s statement-making power lies in its simplicity.
It can boost the chic factor of even the simplest of outfits, like Janella Salvador’s and Jessy Mendiola’s.
It’s a great way to highlight the female form as it gives the illusion of a longer, more graceful neck (see how it contributes to Coleen Garcia’s overall sexy vibe?).
This choker is best worn with off shoulder tops, like how Liza Soberano did it, so you really maximize the attention drawn to the face.
But it also works well with regular tops—thicker versions are available, and when done in a material like suede a la Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach’s or leather, it gives more dimension to your outfit.
It’s also your best friend if matchy matchy is your thing. Get or have one made in the same material and color as your outfit (your peg: Kathryn Bernardo) for a seamless look. And as you can see on Kathryn and on Coleen, it’s a match made in heaven with deep V neck outfits, too.
Don’t you just love how versatile this accessory is? Even better, you can actually make your own ribbon choker not just from ribbon; you can also create chokers out of different fabrics and materials, as you fancy—easy, inexpensive, and versatile, any fashion lover's dream come true.
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