How to Wear Choker Tops After 40

I’m all choked up when it comes to today’s trend in my Fab Fall Countdown series because I want to talk to you about choker tops. (lol!)  In case you’re not sure what I’m talking about, these are shirts, blouses, and knit tops with a band of fabric across the neck that makes it look like you’re wearing a choker.

While some trends are just old trends reimagined in new and interesting ways (hello red trend), choker tops really are different, possibly making them seem a little too out there for some of us gals over 40 to want to try.

Believe me; I get that. But keep in mind that fashion is always evolving and not going along on the ride leaves you standing still at best and on a quick trip to Frumpsville at worst. That said, there are some things you should keep in mind when it comes to trying this trend.

Here are some great examples of how to wear a choker top after 40.

Burgundy Choker Top Block Heel Booties


With the emphasis that the choker brings to the chest and décolletage, choker tops are inherently sexy. Like cold shoulder tops, they’re a way to show just a little bit of skin, so you look classy, not trashy.

This romantic choker top in Fall’s rich burgundy color and with balloon statement sleeves is a perfect example. I think it’s a very wearable type of choker top for most women and one worth a try.


Rust Black Tie Collar Black SKinny Jeans



Do you know how I just mentioned that choker tops bring attention to your chest and décolletage? If this area isn’t your best feature due to sun damage or gravity, you can still embrace the choker top trend by going with something like this sheer tie-neck blouse. You get the choker effect from the velvet tie but the parts you might rather leave uncovered stay that way.

This blouse with flats and skinny jeans is a pretty way to run around all day but swap the flats for heels and that, together with the sheer fabric, gives you an Ooo-lah-lah option for the night.


Olive Stripe Choker Top



Think of choker tops as self-accessorizing. The choker is like a necklace and speaks volumes itself. Anything else will just distract from the main attraction of the top. Instead, go for a pair of statement earrings or choose a choker top with a unique choker like the silver clasp and long, fluttery tie on this olive striped blouse.

Red Black Trim Choker Top Black Riding Boots



This is an interesting way to do color blocking. I really like the way the bright crimson color, v-neckline, and of course, the choker collar of this sweater, draws the eye up and places the emphasis on your top half. If you’re a gal who carries her weight on her bottom half, this will help balance things out nicely. I’ve styled it here with comfy leggings and riding boots for a smart, casual daytime look.

What do you think of choker tops? Are you going to give this trend a try or are you going to put a chokehold on this one?


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3 thoughts on “How to Wear Choker Tops After 40

  1. I like the new choker necklines. The style covers wrinkles around the neck. That’s great for us older gals. It’s very hip yet modest. I also like the longer sleeves. It’s all good.

  2. I like this trend, especially the olive top w/ the navy & red vertical stripe. I have a bigger chest and think this top would look great. Thanks for keeping me up on the trends! I love your blog.

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