Chokey, chokey

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by Leandra Medine
April 30, 2013
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This is not Ms. Trunchbull’s Chokey.

Ladies and g’s, a moment for Ms. Trunchbull and her ineffable chokey.

Okay! Glad that’s out of the way.

Today TMR takes you on a brief, rather slight journey back in time, but only to one really regular day in the early 1990s when my grandmother laid eyes on a seemingly simple white belt, made interesting and unique only because of a series of metal studs in varying shapes and sizes and different colored rhinestones, following the same shape and size suit, permeating said belt in a manner that all but cried Elvis.

The old adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” does not apply to my grandmother. As far as she is concerned, every knick, knack, and bona fide tchotchke that she has ever purchased in the history of her personal wealth forever maintain their status as treasure. Most days, I am slightly embarrassed by her just-diagnosed-by-me hoarding disease. On others, however, I am inordinately pleased to find that deep inside the trenches of her ever growing cabinet of Turkish curiosities, there are almost always conquests from her scavenge as an American citizen that might actually render trash in her eyes, sheer treasure in mine. Case in point: this belt, which is not Isabel Marant and will not be worn as a belt.

Now, I’m not sure if my shorter hair has elicited this neo-interest in wearing chokers or if Tommy Ton’s capturing post-catwalk models, Givenchy’s–and likewise Dior’s–entire spring shows and the previous records of Nina Ricci’s collections have. Either way though, I want them. All of them. And what’s better than buying them? Making them, duh. So why don’t you find an old ass belt and wrap that shit around your neck?

My only outstanding advice is don’t kill yourself.

Men’s Sandro blouse, Rebecca Minkoff jeans, Giuseppe Zanotti booties, photos by Naomi Shon.

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  • Laura

    I noticed those collars too and I really like them! You had a great idea with the belt, and thanks for the advice!
    http://www.laurablogmode.com

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  • Camille

    Looking good L-dog!

  • the narrator

    whenever i hear ‘choker’ i immediately think of those choker necklaces in the 90’s. you know, the ones that resembled tattoos. i insisted on wearing mine for months at a time, without removing it, ever. soccer practice included.

    glad to see the choker is back and actually cool looking this time. your grandma sounds pretty awesome !

    http://www.girlsongrovest.com

    • Leandra Medine

      YEAH. I WISH SOMEONE WOULD MAKE THOSE IN 18K GOLD.

      • Cat

        Haim? you hear that? wink wink?

    • brunetteletters

      I remember those!! Now I see them and they seem ugly to me haha…wish someone would make those in 18k gold as well haha

      Brunette Letters Blog

    • Lilli

      i had one in rainbow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! where can i re find these??

      http://www.downalexander.com

    • Tegan

      The checkout chick at Woolworths who served me the other day was wearing one! I had to call people to tell them!

  • Natali

    Awesome pants and choker!!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  • http://www.farandwildjewelry.com/ abigail lind

    my only problem with chokers is that, in the words of mitch hedberg, i feel like i’m getting strangled by a really weak guy all day. but for a look this good i’ll suffer through it.

    abigail
    http://www.farandwildjewelry.com

  • http://www.fellowthreads.wordpress.com/ Fellow Threads

    A thousand points to you for the Matila/Trunchbull reference.
    And with my luck, I’d probably end up strangling myself, but on the bright side, at least I would look cool!

  • monkeyshines

    fantastic trend!

    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  • Princess Anne

    on chin-length hair, and chokers, there’s something to be said of the suggestion of dismemberment that those ol’ tudors, and 20s flapper-chicks were into. surreal (the arty-farty sort). LOVE THEM HEADS, Y’ALL.

  • Danielle Davi

    dying @ “So why don’t you find an old ass belt and wrap that shit around your neck?” ummm, ok!

    http://east-coast-toast.blogspot.com

  • Nico

    I love your pants but I don’t really like that collar!

    http://lowbudget-lowcost.blogspot.it/2013/04/random-pics-time.html

  • Jennifer

    I’m not sure those are for me lol

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  • http://cirquedelatelier.blogspot.com/ Cirque de l’Atelier

    Oh… David Carradine

  • http://www.fashionsnag.com/ Fashion Snag

    Great grandmother to have around!

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

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  • Dandy

    I hate people touching my neck, don’t think I could deal with a belt wrapped around it. Looks awesome though!

    http://www.thewhatiwores.blogspot.com.au

  • Cynthia Brizuela

    Seriously Leandra, you have -yet another time- pulled off the unthinkable, not in my craziest dreams would I have thought about using my grandmother’s Elvisy belt -not that I have one- as a choker, but this new thing you created is really growing on me. Too bad I have a fat neck and chokers really choke me, maybe next life.

    http://www.isayinspireme.blogspot.mx/

  • Mariah

    Men, you are crazy! Amazing! KKKKKKK! I like know you!

  • MGF

    This is perfectly adquate to what I expect from a blogger : do great things with “les moyens du bord”, whatever you have under your palms. And look great for sure.

  • Michèle

    I so love that you don’t care about your face in pictures that much. love the grimace one so much!!

    http://www.thefashionfraction.com

    https://www.facebook.com/TheFashionFraction

  • anna

    In scandinavia people think jews have a very strange face, especially the nose is very bad-looking,kinda scythe-like they say, . They call it ” Ful nasa”. the word “ful” is pronounced like the english word “fuel”. i kind of feel sorry for them, but maybe its the testosterone.. i´ve heard it increases the tissues inside the nose, especially bone mass.

    It´s intresting to note that the hebrew work “nasa” can mean both “to marry” and “to lift” and “to desire” among many other verbs..

    In scandinavia people think jews have a very strange face, especially the nose is very bad-looking,kinda scythe-like they say, . They call it ” Ful nasa”. the word “ful” is pronounced like the english word “fuel”. i kind of feel sorry for them, but maybe its the testosterone.. i´ve heard it increases the tissues inside the nose, especially bone mass.

    It´s intresting to note that the hebrew work “nasa” can mean both “to marry” and “to lift” and “to desire” among many other verbs..