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Choker Necklaces For Men Are Now a Thing (and it Must Be Stopped)

If you’re a fashion-forward female, you’ve probably had a choker necklace or two in heavy rotation for the past year or so.

The 1990s trend (think: Britney and Christina in their hey day) made a comeback earlier last year, with stars like Gigi Hadid, Taylor Swift and the Kardashian/Jenner clan making them a ‘thing’ again.

But now, apparently, the choker necklace could be the next big trend in men’s accessories – and one we must stop before it catches on.

Who’s on board with us?

The trend first emerged in the spring, when male Louis Vuitton models donned chokers for the spring 2017 Paris show, as the New York Post reports. Other designers to clad make models in chokers in 2016 include Gucci, Phillip Lim, Canalli, Dsquared2 and Casely-Hayford.

Image: Getty Images
Image: Getty Images

Now, stars like the Today Show’s Matt Lauer are standing up in support of the choker, who declared his approval of the trend on Wednesday morning’s show.

Lauer joked that he has been “wearing a choker for years” and unbuttoned the collar of his shirt to reveal a black ribbon choker.

Not surprisingly, the reactions to Lauer’s dedication to the cause have been mixed on social media. While some share the same sentiment as we do (please, no!), others hail the male choker trend a step in the right direction when it comes to contradicting gender stereotypes.

While we’re all for the shattering of such stereotypes and gender fluidity when it comes to fashion, this is one trend that only a select few types of men can pull off.

So, please, let’s not make it a mainstream thing, okay?

One thing is for sure, if you’re wearing a choker in your Bumble or Tinder profile picture, it’s likely that we won’t be swiping right.

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