If you're like me, you may love scrolling through Instagram or other social media and seeing different shops and and people posting pictures with cute gear. Which then may lead to you wanting gear of your own, which sometimes may be too expensive for you at the moment. Luckily, there are different routes you can go for purchasing inexpensive starter gear which I will be discussing.
So, how do you get the cute appeal of ears and collars in a generally cheaper and more accessible way? Well fortunate enough, more and more places are starting to sell chokers that can work as a simplistic choker, as well as the continued popularity of 2D cat ears. Hot Topic in particular seems to be selling more and more chokers that lean more into resembling collars. Hot Topic as well as many other stores sell cute 2D cat (and sometimes other animal) ears.
If you want a choker/collar to fit your personality more, you can always purchase charms or bells from a craft store to add onto any preexisting chokers to give them a personal touch. You could also go the route of making your own chokers/collars if that'd be something you're interested in.
Finally, if you have a little bit more money you can also search for a more simplistic collar from gear shops online., as there are actually some less expensive collar options available. This is a good idea if you want to get higher quality gear than a choker from a store while still not spending a ton of money on a more extravagant collar. A lot of shops have a simple/basic starter collar that's generally much less expensive than their more customized collars. So just find a shop you enjoy that has a collar within your price point and enjoy!
This was just a quick little guide but I hope to those that are just looking into purchasing gear this could give you some ideas!