CHOOSING THE RIGHT NECKLACE LENGTH
CHOOSING THE RIGHT NECKLACE LENGTH
WHAT IS THE RIGHT NECKLACE LENGTH FOR YOU?
Selecting the right necklace length is important to consider when choosing jewelry. The jewelry industry has standard necklace lengths measured in inches, which are more often even numbers than odd. However, chains can be cut to any length, and custom-designed pieces can be whatever the designer decides.
A quick way to figure out the perfect necklace length is to measure the extended length of the necklace you wear most often (or the clasped length, then double it). That's likely the most flattering length for you, or the one that works best with your wardrobe.
Refer to these guides below for options for women and men:
14 inches: Placement - Tightly around the neck. Worn best with - Open-neck clothing such as scoop necks, V-necks, off-the-shoulder and boatnecks.
16 inches: Placement - Tightly against base of throat; usually called a choker. Worn best with - Almost everything.
18 inches: Placement - On the collarbone; most common size. Worn best with - Almost everything.
20 to 24 inches: Placement - Between the collarbone and the bust. Worn best with - Great for both business and casual wear.
28 to 36 inches: Placement - On the bust or an inch or two below. Worn best with - High necklines and evening wear.
36 to 42 inches: Placement - Wrapped to sit on or just below the center of the bust. Worn best with - Elegant business and evening wear.
NECKLACE LENGTH AND SIZE CHART GUIDE
While it may seem like jewelry is one-size-fits-all, different lengths are suitable for different purposes - and different people.
If you're stressed about finding the right necklace length for you, never fear! We're here to help with some handy tips.
WOMEN’S STANDARD NECKLACE SIZES
When worn correctly, jewelry can draw people to look at your best assets and focus away attention from the features you would rather not flaunt. Our chains do not include the size of the pendant, you need to take into consideration between 1-2 inches when selecting it.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING YOUR NECKLACE CHAIN LENGTH
Choosing the Right Necklace Length for the Female Body
The right necklace can really pull any outfit together and be the focal point of a woman’s body. It is therefore important to consider how the length of the necklace will compliment your body. When selecting the correct chain length for your necklace it is important to consider such features as your neck, your height, your body type and your face shape.
If possible, take the time to measure your neck before purchasing any necklace and most importantly a choker. The easiest way to measure your neck is to gently take a soft measuring tape and wrap it closely around your neck. Whatever your neck measurement is, add two inches to that and that’s a comfortable length for chokers which are usually sized at 16 inches; add four inches to that and that’s a great length for a pendant or name necklace which is usually attached on an 18-inch chain for women. Chokers work best for people with long necks while short necked individuals are better off staying away from it.
Your height is another factor to consider when choosing the perfect necklace chain to flatter your body type. Women below 5’4” look best in 16 to 20 inch necklace lengths. A long necklace tends to overwhelm a smaller frame. Women who fall between the height of 5’4” to 5’7” can wear necklace of any length. Taller women who are 5’7” or above can wear any length necklace. Longer chain style necklaces look best on taller women as they accentuate a tall frame.
In terms of necklaces, remember that people’s eyes will stop at the point where your necklace ends so if you don’t want them looking at that part then, avoid necklaces that end there. For women with smaller bust, a long thin chain or long layered chains would look great on you. The kind of necklace that sits below the breast line should be avoided by full figured women as this length necklace will not hang properly. Instead, try a necklace that sits slightly higher on the body, such as an 18- to 22-inch necklace.
Another purpose of necklaces aside from being an accessory is that it actually helps frame your face. As with the body type, a necklace can help you accentuate your strongest facial features and alter the way your face is perceived by others.
Women with round faces should avoid short necklaces or chokers as they will accentuate the roundness of her face.
Those with oval shaped faces can take advantage of any necklace fad since they can wear almost any shape, length or type of necklace.
For those with a long-shape face who may want to broaden and soften the shape of their faces, should wear shorter necklaces. Short, round necklaces will keep from adding length. Look for choker and princess necklaces, measuring between 16” – 18”.
Heart shaped faces look great with chokers or any short necklace as they create an illusion of fullness and balance out a narrow chin.
Choosing the right necklace is similar to shopping for the perfect pair of jeans. It’s important to consider what flatters your body type and not jump to buy solely based on what’s currently on trend. At oNecklace we feature a range of chain lengths and styles of necklaces you are sure to love. Better yet, they are all personalizable!
8 inches: Placement - Base of neck of smaller man.
20 inches: Placement - Collarbone; most common size.
22 inches: Placement - A few inches below the collarbone; medallion can be added.
24 inches: Placement - Above the breastbone.
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