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Necklace Length


Choosing the Right Necklace Length

Whether you are trying to accessorize a more casual outfit with the perfect pop of color or add a minimalist touch, choosing your necklace length is key. 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. The following guide should help make choosing easier.

Neck Size

  • Before purchasing a necklace, take time to measure your neck. The easiest way to measure your neck is to use a measuring tape and wrap it closely around your neck. Add two inches to that measurement and that’s should be a comfortable length for chokers which are usually sized at 14-16 inches. Add four inches to that length and that’s a great length for a pendant, which is commonly attached to an 18-inch chain.


  • Height is another factor to consider when choosing the perfect necklace length. Women below 5’4” usually 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 more easily wear a necklace of any length. Taller women who are 5’7” or above can wear any length necklace, and longer chain style necklaces look great on taller women as they accentuate a tall frame.

Face Shape

  • Aside from being an accessory, necklaces help frame your face and can help you accentuate your strongest facial features. Women with round faces may want to avoid short necklaces or chokers because they can accentuate the roundness of the face. Those with oval shaped faces can take advantage of any necklace length. 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 the appearance of length to the face. 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.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Necklace Chain Length

  • The first step is it to learn where different necklace lengths fall on your body for either men or women. This will assist you in choosing which chain length you desire.
  • The circumference of your neck and size of the pendant will impact how your necklace sits. Large heavy pendants can pull a chain tight and cause it to sit lower.
Regardless of body shape and face shape, choosing the correct necklace length is also a personal preference and style choice! Choose what makes you feel amazing!
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Necklace Length Charts
LengthStylePlacementWorn best with
14 incheschokerTightly around the neck Open-neck clothing such as scoop necks, V-necks, off-the-shoulder and boatnecks
16 inchescollarTightly around the base of the throat Almost everything
18 inchesprincessOn the collarbone Almost everything
20 - 24 inchesmatineebetween the collarbone and the bust Great for both business and casual wear
28 - 36 inchesoperaOn the bust or an inch or two below High necklines and evening wear
36 - 42 inchesropeWrapped to sit on or below the center of the bust Elegant business and evening wear
18 inchesBase of neck on smaller men
20 inchesCollarbone; most common size
22 inchesA few inches below the collarbone; pendant can be added
24 inchesAbove the breastbone
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