Kristin Cavallari: I ‘like to think’ I started the choker trend ‘in my Laguna days’


Kristin Cavallari has her hand in many pots at present. She is, as we know, mother to three kids aged one to five, a lifestyle author, a shoe designer and a jewelry designer. She is also a fashion innovator, according to Kristin. It is because of her ‘signature look’ that we are seeing chokers in every department store, presently – because Kristin believes she started that trend when she was wearing her black suede strap back on her days on Laguna Beach/Hills.

The choker necklace is really having a moment right now — but don’t forget, the simple black strap has been Kristin Cavallari’s signature look since 2004. 

“I like to think [I started the trend] in my Laguna days,” Cavallari, 30, exclusively tells Us Weekly at the West Hollywood pop-up celebrating the Uncommon James Fall/Winter Collection. “I wore this black suede band essentially and never took it off and that’s cool now! Everything comes back around.”

Over a decade later, the Laguna Beach and Hills alum has dreamt up an elegant take on her high school wardrobe staple as the designer of her own jewelry brand, Uncommon James, which sells, among other items, dainty gold choker necklaces.

“I’m such a huge choker fan. I love that they’re such a hot trend. I love doing it in a more subtle, minimalistic way,” the Balancing in Heels author notes. Her favorite way to wear the look now: “I love layering.”

In fact, layering chokers is the perfect way to have your jewelry mimic your wardrobe as the colder months approach. “Fall is my favorite [season] because of layering!” shares Cavallari. “It’s all about layering for me… Boots, hats, scarves — the whole thing. I love it so much.”

[From Us]

Hello, Kristin? Cleopatra called, she’d like her credit please. I wanted to be generous to Kristin and say that she’s just talking about bringing it back around in the early aughts. But she sounds like she’s saying that the choker trend today is a throwback to what she started in 2004. Even if we ignore the amulets worn by the Sumerians, Mesopotamians and Egyptians or the famous pearl ‘B’ choker worn by Anne Boleyn because they’re a different style, the type of choker Kristin wore ‘back in the day’ has huge historical significance. French women in the late 1700s wore red ribbons around their necks to honor those who’d been guillotined. It was later adopted by ballet dancers and prostitutes. By Kristin’s logic, I’ll take credit for maternity clothes because I wore them a decade ago and since then, I’ve seen a bunch of pregnant women wearing them.

Speaking of saying stupid things, Kristin is in a bit of hot water for a rather insensitive comment she made the other day. Kristin’s husband, Jay Cutler, came out of ‘retirement’ when he got hired by the Miami Dolphins. Jay moved to Florida for the season but Kristin and the kids remained in Nashville since they had just gotten settled. In an interview, Kristin referred to herself as a ‘single parent’ for the next five months. Needless to say, it did not go over well. Again, I tried to be generous and say that it was just a very stupid joke but she later went on to say that, “it actually hasn’t been as hard as I thought it was going to be, being a single parent.” I really don’t need to go into how insensitive these comments are, especially since so many single moms have done it for me.

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  1. lisa says:

    and i started the coffee trend this morning

    you’re welcome

    • k37744 says:

      Girl I feel you on this one. Just had a cup.

      It’s gonna catch on.

    • Amy says:

      I’m starting the margarita trend in about 20 minutes if anyone wants to hop on board this bandwagon.

      • ncboudicca says:

        I’m here for the margaritas – check out this thing I invented where I put some lime juice on that glass rim and then roll it in salt. You’ll love it!

  2. justcrimmles says:

    Cat hair and granola crumbs? That was all me.

  3. Rachel says:

    Oh, Kristin. We know you don’t have the capacity to do any actual thinking.

    • Sabrine says:

      Why is anyone still posting this dumb airhead’s photos and comments like she has any intelligence or relevance? Her 15 minutes are long gone. I can’t even remember what show she was on that got her any attention in the first place.

  4. detritus says:

    You can thank me for underpants. I’ve been wearing those things since kindergaarten. (Prior to that I was a nudist, you can thank me for that as well nudists).

  5. KLO says:

    I remember the time for chokers was the 90s? How did she start anything?

    • HH says:

      Exactly. She would have grown up in the 90s. I don’t know how you go through 90s and not remember chokers. While she played up her persona on laguna beach and the hills, she’s not exactly likeable either.

    • Imqrious2 says:

      Try the Sixties, too. I remember wearing one as a kid in the late 60s. And yes, it was a black velvet band (both thick and thin ones). We also used leather bands and braided bands, and beaded bands (hand made, btw!). Good grief, why do these “branding” people think they invented the wheel?? And btw: GET OFF MY LAWN *grumble grumble * 😂🤣😁

      • minx says:

        Same, 60s and early 70s.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Yes, 90s style is a deviation of the 70s. 80s style is a deviation of the 40s. Nothing is new, everything is recycled. Pant waists go up then then come down. Pant legs get tight then they get loose. It’s all recycled.

      • Bridget says:

        I really hope that the super super low waists on the early-mid ’00s don’t come back.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Sadly, I think they will in about 5-7 years.

        Really, “new” fashion comes from technology and advances in textiles (laser cut outs are one of the most recent advances). Hopefully before the super-low crotch-grazing waist lines become popular again, they will be improved upon by some yet-unknown discovery.

      • Lisa says:

        I was going to say the sixties too!

    • Josie says:

      Yep, it was the 90’s, 93 or 94, and that was when fashion was repeating the late 60’s/early 70’s. I found some of mine when I was clearing out some stuff recently.

      But these comments are nowhere near as bad as her irresponsible anti-vax stance. That puts other kids at risk, dumb woman.

  6. Neelyo says:

    Didn’t she also start the oh so trendy anti-vaccination fad?

  7. StormsMama says:

    😂😂 she’s such an idiot.
    I rarely insult someone’s intelligence bc part of knowledge and wisdom is knowing what you don’t know. The more you know the more humble (generally) one would be.
    Why she has any platform at this point is beyond me. What a spectacular moron

  8. Annabelle Bronstein says:

    My mother taught me to always say something nice about people, so… she’s really good at losing baby weight. That’s all I’ve got.

  9. minx says:

    Glad she and her husband have left Chicago.

  10. BobaFelty says:

    Yeah, the only trend she help parents think they know more than doctors and stop vaccinating their kids.

  11. Wren says:

    Chokers were all the rage with me and my friends in the 90s. By the aughts, they were so over. So, yeah. Bless her heart. I used to claim I’d invented flying unicorns, but then again I was 5.

  12. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Chokers have been around throughout the years and decades (and yes, millenia lol) . How preposterous she is.

    The time for chokers seems to be whenever we put one on.

  13. magnoliarose says:

    I like to think I am the Queen of Magnoliaroseland but that pesky thing called reality sets in.

    Just so you know I am responsible for the ponytail. No more messy hair that was me. You’re welcome.

  14. nicegirl says:

    I like to think I invented post-its.

  15. HK9 says:

    People who actually start fashion trends don’t care if you know that they started them. They are usually on the next trend by then. Do you see Rhianna/Kate Moss etc saying ‘I started that”…no because they’re too busy being fabulous to care. Gawd…

  16. Lukie says:

    I was a Bronx girl wearing chokers and Doc Martens at 13 after falling in love with Classic Rock, British Punk, Post Punk and British Pop music.
    She is 30.
    I am 45.
    She’s welcome 😉

  17. Máiréad says:

    Yeah, you’re such an innovator, Krissie 🙄 (Gainsborough, 18th century) (Renoir, 19th century).

  18. Kitten says:

    LC 4-EVA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Elizabeth says:

    As someone whose entire clique worshipped at the altar of Laguna Beach in high school, I can confidently decree that Kristin was seriously one of the least fashionable girls on that show. There was of course LC and Lo, Taylor, heck even Casey. You were either an LC or a Kristin, and you did not want to be a Kristin.

    • Erica_V says:

      At the time I thought Lo looked ridiculous but watching old episodes back now she was actually really adorable and ahead of her time. Esp with the high waisted/paperbag pants with tank tops.

  20. Wasn’t she the Regina George of Laguna Beach? I’ve never liked her

  21. Yup, Me says:

    I started the accent nail trend and I’m also the inventor of gel polish. With the power of my imagination and wishful thinking. Everybody tap your nails on a hard surface to thank me.

  22. kb says:

    wtf, i’m 31 and i swear i wore a suede one in first grade with my little peasant dress for a thanksgiving play. there’s no way she started it. that stuff was in delia*s when i was growing up.

  23. meh says:

    OMG she looks so much like Tracy Anderson in that last photo, it’s crazy.

  24. Kriz says:

    I’m so tired of this black and white world. A c section is lazy in her opinion. She feels like a single parent in HER opinion. We are bashing each other too quickly in search of an elusive congruency. Let’s all get comfortable holding our own opinions while tolerating others’. It’ll make for a more interesting world. Unless it’s about Trump 😜

  25. EG says:

    Such a nasty, unintelligent, awful person. I suppose I can understand why she’s still famous, but…ugh. She is one of my love-to-hate celebrities. Just as vapid and narcissistic as they come.

  26. leidub311 says:

    Lord this chick is an idiot. Completely privileged, tone-deaf, stupid idiot. How is this person relevant and who gives their money to anything she’s involved with? Sheesh. Insert Miranda Priestly voice here, “That’s all.”

  27. D says:

    I invented the comma, you’re welcome

  28. D says:

    I wore a black suede leather chockef back in the day as did EVERYBODY. 1987 bitches lol

  29. Adele Dazeem says:

    I can’t even.

    this chick is CRAY.

  30. aenflex says:

    Meh. She’s sorta dumb. But I don’t find her super offensive, she’s not smart enough to be.

    My husband is gone half the time. Or 60%. Oftentimes I feel like a single parent. Not financially, but in every other way.

    I think she worded it insensitively. But whatever. Choose to be offended or don’t.

  31. pascha says:

    Did she invent Post-It notes too, or did she help Michele invent a special kind of glue?

  32. ValiantlyVarnished says:

    Girl, bye. The choker trend started in the early 90’s when I was a kid (showing my age), long before Laguna Hills came along. The struggle for relevancy is real for reality TV people, I guess.

  33. beckymae says:

    Errrr, we were wearing chokers when this bish was an embryo! 1993-1996 were the Golden Years of chokers…..shout it out LOUD!

  34. Mylene-Sauvageau says:

    Oh Dear, Britney did it before you …

  35. Parigo says:

    B*tch, please. Chokers are so 90s, not mid aughts. Wasn’t that more the period of wearing tons of long necklace? She was such a basic blonde beach betch, never a fashion anything.

  36. Jordan says:

    Bitch pls.