The choker is back for an encore

STYLE FILE

November 30, 1997|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,Sun Fashion Editor

Once upon a time, a swan-like neck was considered a more valuable attribute than taut buns. Those were romantic times, when softness was the essence of feminine allure, and gala balls and banquets presented great displays of dewy shoulders and plush decollete. Fashion again looks to the old days with interest as designers revive antiquities like corsets and bustles. A choker worn with a holiday dress seems to strike just the right note now.

In its heyday from the 1880s to 1910, the choker was the jewelry basic of grand dames, and great jewelers of the world strung together diamonds and pearls in as many as nine strands for a dramatic show. These wide bands were designed to have a velvet or silk ribbon backing and to be tied in a fetching bow at the nape of the neck. Poor girls without diamond means took to wearing just a velvet ribbon, and that idea still suggests romance and flirtation.

Multiple-strand necklaces in faux pearls, crystals and jet are now showing up on jewelry counters. They're a fresh way to accessorize. A girl could also triple up her matinee-length pearls or hit the ribbon counter.

Pub Date: 11/30/97

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