There's something distinctive about a choker necklace. Maybe it's their perpetually pastiche quality, that it has always existed and always looks new and dangerous. Maybe it's the eroticism of fabric tied around the neck that brings even innocent outfits to currency. They've been around forever, being recycled and updated. I've thrown together some images here, some to get inspired by, and some just for nostalgia's sake.
I meant to write a post about this a while ago, and maybe I still will, but I'm currently a fashion intern. It is an interesting time in my life, having stopped acting and having to start at the bottom in a new industry. The long and short of it, though, is that I'm happy and I'm enjoying my life again. The absolute, greatest, bestest part of it all is that I can wear whatever I want; a constant grievance of mine while acting was that I never felt I could express my style when I was auditioning, and certainly not in rehearsal unless the outfit also happened to be in character (or functional to dance in or whatever). But as a fashion intern, I can express myself.
There are some outfit requirements, though. None imposed by my employer, but ones that I've figured out myself. (And oops... maybe this should go in my Unsolicited Advice section.)
1) Comfortable shoes are a must. I'm usually walking around the garment district all day, making pickups and deliveries, checking samples, buying trims, etc. Being on my feet is crucial, so heels are definitely out.
2) Pockets help. I carry a list of tasks in my pocket, and am always writing new ones down that my boss texts to me, crossing off the ones I've done, and making notes for myself. Also in my pocket is my cell phone and a pen. It's just super handy not to have to open my purse when I need to check a text or remember what style number I'm supposed to be finding care labels for.
3) Dressing for the weather is vital. When I first started, it was freezing outside and sometimes snowy. So obviously a warm jacket was a must, but I couldn't layer too much because I was constantly in and out of buildings and then I would get sweaty, and then I would be even colder when I went outside. Now that it's warmer out, I can be comfortable and layer free.
4) Try to stay within the style of the brand. I feel that it's respectful to whatever brand you are working for to represent them. I can't take this too seriously, because I don't actually own that much clothing that's close to the style of the brand, but I try. But let's say I worked for an older, very established company, I would dress a little bit sleeker, more sophisticated. If I were at a young, hip, quirky brand, you KNOW I'd go all out with my style. But where I am now is a "luxury lifestyle" brand, that happens to have an easy-going, understated elegance. It's a relatively new brand, and most of the people that work there are in their early 30s, I think. So for me, that means that I can wear anything I'm comfortable in, while staying away from holes in my shirt, or my bra showing, or looking sloppy. So yeah, basically just don't look like a slob.
So, within these self-imposed guidelines, it has been a fun little challenge getting dressed every morning for both function and style.
Shirt: American Apparel // Jumper: The Vintage Twin // Shoes: Sam Edelman
Choker necklaces are in. Well, I guess they've never really been out, but I feel like I've been seeing them everywhere lately. More than usual. It's like the 90s all over again. So, of course this trend has permeated my imagination and I finally figured out a way to make it my own.
I have all these stone pendants - quartz, tourmaline, almadine - that I put on different necklaces interchangeably, but it gets monotonous to just keep putting them on the same chains. Last time I went to my parents' house to clean out some old drawers, I found this cute and simple shoelace... yes, a shoelace... that I couldn't put down. It was just a perfect little thing that seemed like it would be a waste to throw away. The color was unique and it already had plastic on the ends. I feel SO weird going on like this about a piece of shoestring, but welcome to my world.
So, I put two and two together, and made my own idyllic version of a choker necklace - adjustable, kitschy, and found (not store-bought).
Here's 3 different ways I'm wearing it.
This is what sparked the original idea. I love that the stone is pink and the cord is purple - they're such childish colors, but the setting on the stone is really sophisticated.
Silver + gold + shoestring + mother of pearl. Why not just throw all the colors in there at once?
I just put all my favorite stones on this thing. If you're also into the properties of gemstones, you know how good it feels to keep the stones close to you. I often carry stones with me in my pockets, in my purse, and almost always on jewelry, but it's rare that the stones can actually make skin contact all day long. You know, with rings there's metal in between the stone and your hand, and most necklaces fall on fabric. Wearing them this way keeps them as close as possible. Plus it looks chunky and cool and homemade.
Sometimes you don't have to go far to find inspiration for your closet. Necessity is the mother of invention, after all, and if you're stubborn like me and don't like to buy new things, you've got to get creative. I'd love to see the ways that you guys dig up everyday items and turn them into something new and stylish! Send pics, if you feel so inclined.