No doubt, chokers have definitely made a comeback--and come a long way from the grungy bike-chain styles of the early ’90s. But even though the necklace trend is far more delicate this time around, it’s still a scary experience to try it for the first time, which is where we come in. Here are five ways to wear a choker like a grown-up.

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Go for delicate styles

A thick gold collar may seem like your most on-trend option, but in reality, it’s pretty hard to pull off with your everyday wear. Instead, start small with dainty, refined pieces and layer them with your normal-length necklaces to keep things light and playful.

Get the look: Nordstrom ($28); Jenny Bird ($125); Jennifer Zeuner ($220)

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Try a looped lariat

You can do the same thing with thin pieces of suede. How to properly pull of this look: Simply loop it around a few times and knot it (or tie it in a bow) in the front. Pair with a white collared shirt to alleviate some of the drama.

Get the look: BP. ($18); Vanessa Mooney ($48); Free People ($78)

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Keep it minimal

Or tie the knot in the back and keep your décolletage area clean and minimal. It’s the perfect way to punch up a silk blouse without going overboard.

Get the look: Forever 21 ($7); Bauble Bar ($36); Cam ($140)

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Or rock a super-short chain

Still not sure you can pull off the look? Ease into it with a thin gold necklace that looks just like your everyday chain--but is short enough to be considered in the trend territory.

Get the look: Gorjana ($50); Nashelle ($70); Martha Calvo ($110)

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Loop a long skinny scarf

Oooooh, we can’t get enough of silk scarves. And a skinny one (looped once around the neck) channels a choker without all the commitment. It fits perfectly into your night-out repertoire, but we also recommend adding one to your workwear wardrobe when you’re itching to switch things up. 

Get the look: Zara ($13); Chan Luu ($69); Rockins ($145)

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