Whilst enjoying Coachella over the weekend, Taylor Swift took to Instagram to make a surprisingly shrewd style observation: “I feel like maybe chokers are the new flower crowns?” noted the prominent gang leader, photographed alongside just five of her many disciples/best friends forever as they all put their respective neck accessories on display.
She’s not wrong: While the humble choker necklace is, indeed, far less intrusive than the aggressively “boho” flower crown, its sudden ubiquity as the thing all the cool kids are wearing does recall the regretful period during which you were as good as invisible without a flower crown perched atop your head. Where the flower crown is meant to allude to the fact that you’re the free-spirited reincarnation of Janis Joplin had she been reborn without the clap, the Tumblr-favorite choker is grittier, a means of channeling a downtown, ’90s vibe beloved by teen goths and Shannen Doherty before she got kicked off “Charmed.”
A photo posted by Martha Hunt (@marhunt) on Apr 16, 2016 at 11:10am PDT
But the cultural connotations of the choker are neither here nor there: They’ve been appropriated and made newly popular by street-style stars and the Kylies, Kendalls, and T. Swifts of the world, and that’s all that matters. Taylor is right; chokers are the new flower crown, whatever that means. Shop the eight above, then go ahead and buy your plane ticket to Indio. (JK, it’s way too late for that.)