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For other uses, see Choker (disambiguation).
A black ribbon used as a choker

A choker is a close-fitting necklace, worn high on the neck. This type of jewellery can consist of one or more bands circling the neck. Chokers can be made of a variety of materials, including velvet, plastic, beads, metal, and leather. They can be adorned in a variety of ways, including with sequins, studs, a pendant, or a cameo.

Historically, it is associated with high fashion, but takes on a different meaning under different circumstances. For example, a plain red ribbon choker has ties to prostitution, while a plain black woven/ribbon can signify secret lesbianism (a trend which rose in the Depression era).[1]


  1. ^ Aldrich, Robert (2006). Gay Life & Culture: A World History. p. 212.