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March 18, 2021 8 min read
The right necklace length can help flatter your natural shape, enhance features you want to accentuate, or distract from areas you’d like to minimize. Your necklace should complement you by showing off your shape, personality, and style. Whether shopping for yourself or a significant other, finding the most flattering necklace size shows that you have great taste and care about personal appearance. Our necklace size chart and style tips can help you decide which of our one-of-a-kind pieces will show you off best.
|Necklace Length Inches||Necklace Length Centimeters||Necklace Style|
|14 in||35 cm||Choker|
|16 in||40 cm||Collar|
|18 in||45 cm||Princess|
|20--24 in||50--60 cm||Matinee|
|36+ in||90+ cm||Rope|
To choose the perfect necklace, you’ll need to take your measurement and match it to the necklace size chart, consider how you want to style it, choose a necklace style, make your selection, and then show it off. In our collections, you’ll find many necklaces with adjustable clasps, giving you several styling options within the same necklace. We’ll guide you through the process to make sure you’re pleased with your choice.
What you will need:
You have a few options on how to measure necklace length.
Finding the right necklace chain size for men versus women requires different tactics. Men have wider necks and a larger Adam's apple, so their necklace measurements are slightly different. Men should first measure their necks and then add two inches to determine the shortest comfortable necklace.
Comfort and personal style are the two most significant deciding factors for men’s chain lengths. The collar or the occasion may also influence a man’s necklace purchase. Shorter necklaces look better with a collar and longer, without. If worn to a formal occasion, the necklace should also be a shorter length.
You can use necklace length to your advantage! Believe it or not, a necklace can correct a neckline and transform an outfit. Remember the general rule of thumb--longer necklaces lengthen and shorter necklaces minimize length. Here are five things to consider when styling your necklace:
An oval face is versatile and can pull off any length necklace. Long or rectangular faces look best with shorter necklaces, while round faces look best with longer necklaces. But “longer” is relative. For example, if you have a round face, short torso, and wide chest, then an opera necklace would be overwhelming. Your best option would be a princess or matinee length. Heart-shaped faces look great with short necklaces that don’t lengthen the chin.
Long matinee and opera necklaces lie nicely on tall or slender women. A longer length will also make a wide neck look slimmer. A choker does not suit short necks; they look best in a necklace that falls below the collar bone to extend the neckline. Also, consider your curves--if you want to enhance them, a necklace that falls at the rib cage to accentuate the waistline will do the trick. Princess or collar-length statement necklaces look great on plus-size women who want to draw attention upward to the face. Long necklaces may also be a nice choice for someone curvy since it lengthens the torso.
Types of stones, as well as their color and construction, are most significant when choosing the right necklace for an occasion, but length is also important. Usually, the longer the necklace, the more elegant it looks.
You probably know a choker does not look best with a turtleneck, but some wardrobe choices aren’t as intuitive. 14-16 inch necklaces look best with an open neckline, whether a V-neck, scoop-neck, or off-the-shoulder. For higher necklines, choose longer necklace lengths. If you want to add pizzazz to an oversized tee, go for a mid to long necklace to add a crease and create shape. You can also layer necklaces to create dimension.
A hairstyle can adjust face shape. If you’re wearing an up-do, pay special attention to necklaces that suit your face since your face shape will be prominent. If you are bustier but have long hair and are wearing it down, you may look great in a necklace that touches the bustline that otherwise might be more difficult to pull off.
Necklace styles allow you to customize or adjust necklace length. Before or after choosing a style, be sure to consider which type of chain you prefer.
Most common necklace chains:
Certain necklace styles give you the chance to change up your style, add flair, or adjust necklace length.
Choose a long necklace to knot or wrap for adjustable length.
Pictured: Our Spinel and Gold Necklace with a beaded chain in sautoir style
Pictured lariat sample: Black and Gold Avalon Wrap Necklace
Choose a necklace with accents for heightened drama or a little extra length.
Pictured: Our 7 Stick Iolite Necklace with a curbed chain in bib style
Choose a necklace with multiple strands for layering.
Pictured: Our 14k Gold and Ruby Necklace with a rolo chain in riviere style
Pictured: the Coin Pearl Wrap Necklace with a beaded chain in bayadere style
Pictured: Our Multi Strand Emerald Necklace with a beaded chain
Pictured: Our Silver Spinel and Baroque Pearl Necklace with a beaded chain and pendant
Pictured: Triple-strand Mixed Metal Long Bead Necklace with a rolo chain
Choose multiple necklaces for layering.
If you have multiple necklaces that complement each other, you can layer them. Just make sure the chains are the same style and that pendant shapes don’t clash. Also, avoid creating too many necklines by sticking to two or three different lengths.
Personalize with a pendant necklace for extra length and a unique touch.
Pendant necklaces range from delicate to dramatic and encompass many different necklace styles. Choosing a pendant can save a boring look, show off your unique personality, smarten up a casual outfit, and adjust necklace length.
Pictured: Our Element Pendant with a rolo chain.
Pictured: Our Circle of Fire–Silver Blue Sapphire Bolo Pendant with a rope chain in lavalier style
Pictured: Our 3 Stone Petal Pendant
Pictured: Our Blue Topaz Sapphire Slice and Topaz Pendant
Once you’ve determined the perfect necklace length for your style, shop our signature collection for a unique piece that speaks to you.
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