Just when you thought the world of fashion has gotten too out of hand, the men’s industry took it up a notch. Man chokers are officially on the market.
ASOS, a British online fashion and beauty store, is in the news after debuting a new line of chokers for men on their website. That’s right, chokers for men is apparently a thing.
The greatest part of this entire ordeal is that the website actually never said “male chokers,” they just had male models showcasing them in the ads. People are taking matters into their own hands and assuming they’re for men only. ASOS has yet to release a statement on if it was intentional or not.
I’m not going to lie to you when I say this, but when the man bun became popular I thought it was stupid. But this trend is absolutely absurd and makes no sense. There is no difference between a regular choker and a men’s one except for the model in the photographs. A choker can be worn by literally anyone with a neck! Even your dog theoretically wears a choker for crying out loud. This is not something to get choked up over.
Everyone is entitled to wear what they want and for some men, chokers look decent. I don’t think this is as revolutionary as the website is making it seem, especially because men have been wearing chokers for years.
Apparently, the “trend” is also starting to catch on because since then release on January 2, Etsy has several choker designs men can wear too now, and it’s rumored that other large online stores will follow as well.
And of course the Twitter world is very torn about this news as seen here by a few tweets and threads:
— ERNEST-O (@emacys) January 3, 2017
"man purse" "man bun" "male chokers" is y'all masculinity that fragile that you need to insert the word "male"/"man" in front of everything?
— 💅🏽 (@itsnicbih) January 3, 2017
wtf is a "male choker" gays have been wearing chokers since forever this isn't the first time lol stop giving a gender to clothes you freaks
— charles (@buffcoyote) January 4, 2017
chokers r already physically unisex ,, all they did wus use a male model but masculinity is too fragile for that https://t.co/W8MmQbPuFA
— :(( (@_gillizn) January 3, 2017
ASOS is simply selling select chokers on its men's site and showing them on male models.
I think it's a good thing. pic.twitter.com/1vhXfFEseC
— Black. Queer. God. (@Adamant_Yves) January 2, 2017
I genuinely thought "mens' chokers" referred to when men apply excessive aftershave… https://t.co/m1PZwAysRl
— Adam Walker (@MaleStylist) January 4, 2017
— ♕Alec Lorraine♕ (@aleclorraine) January 3, 2017
stop the press,,, asos are selling male chokers. look i dont like gendering shit but also YASS MEN WEARING CHOKERS RISE?
— its a meme laura (@thebadguyswin) January 2, 2017
No matter if you think this is a good idea or bad, ASOS has done a great job at creating a conversation about the “issue” at hand and gender equality. And of course, getting their name out there. Surely I’m not the only person who didn’t even know this site existed before this story broke, right?
So wear what you want and break boundaries. As long as you’re staying true to yourself who cares? Do you boo!
Featured Image via GQ.