How to Select Your Right Necklace Length

The worth of a necklace isn’t just measured by how sparkles and expensive of the beads or how unique the charms and pendents it uses, but naturally also by how good it looks on the person wearing it. Finding the proper necklace length is important, not just to ensure that it fits, but also to see how it affects the overall aesthetic appearance of its wearer.



Collar — 12/13 inches
Collars are usually made up of three or more strands and lie snugly on the middle of the neck. It has a length of 12-13 inches and is very Victorian and luxurious. Collars go best with elegant V-neck, boat neck or off the shoulder fashions.



Choker — 14/16 inches
Those who are not comfortable with wearing a necklace so close to their necks as the collar type necklace would be might prefer wearing a choker instead. A choker is perhaps the most classic and yet versatile of all the single strand lengths. Running 14-16 inches in length, it attracts attention to the area of the body just below the neck where it hangs.A simple choker can go with virtually any outfit from casual to fancy evening wear, and just about any neckline imaginable.


Princess — 17/19 inches
The most popular necklace length is the so-called princess length, which runs from 17-19 inches. This style looks good either hanging below a higher collar or when worn over a lower collar that clears the way for it. The princess length necklace is best suited for crew and high necklines. It also complements low plunging necklines.
Hint : it is a perfect support for a pendant.

Matinee — 20/24 inches
At a length of 20-24 inches, the matinee style necklace is longer than the choker and just a bit shorter than the opera length that goes well with both casual or business dressing. It’s a right choice for necklines that are either high or extremely low. However, one should be advised against wearing it with a blouse or shirt that has decorations on it as they would clash with each other.


Opera — 28/34 inches
The opera necklace at a length of 28-34 inches is the queen of all the lengths which can always bring out an air of elegant sophistication to any evening gown or formal wear. When worn as a single strand, it is refined and perfect for high or crew necklines. When doubled upon itself, it serves as a versatile two strand choker.
This is the most common length for a necklace.


Rope or Lariat — Over 45 inchesThe rope necklace runs at more than 45 inches in length, but can be shortened by double or triple-stranding them. For those looking for the complete wardrobe, this length is a must which draws eyes to its wearer’s torso in order to emphasize their voluptuous curves.
Lariats are at last 48 inches long, with the ends left unattached for knotting or wrapping around the neck.

Choosing the right necklace length, it serves to accentuate the rest of its wearer’s body. Therefore, make sure that the size that you have chosen is suitable for your own body proportions and should look appropriate with the style of fashion that you would be adopting.