different necklace lengths - choosing the correct one

Quick & Easy tips: How to choose a necklace length

While necklaces are mostly designed to fit just about everyone, there are a few tricks to keep in mind to help when deciding what necklace length would go best with a specific outfit.

One would never want your precious piece to compete with the style of neckline you're wearing - after all, that necklace you so thoughtfully picked out should be seen, not hidden underneath or covered up by your outfit!

Let's have a look at the different necklace names and lengths that are available;

 

choosing the correct necklace length

 

Choker/Collar - these 2 are very similar in length, the choker may sit slightly higher on the neck, while the collar would rest lower on the collarbone. This style works well with open necklines such as;

    • strapless, off the shoulder
    • v-neck or scoop
    • square
    • cowl neck
    • princess cut necklines 

 Princess - this length is the most common and works well with;

    • collared shirt or button down
    • crew neck
    • halter neck
    • sweetheart necklines

Matinee - a great length for both business and casual wear. This style works well with;

    • collared shirt or button down
    • scoop neck
    • boatneck
    • crew neck

Opera - an elegant length for evening wear, this works well with;

    • scoop, ballerina
    • boatneck
    • crew neck

Rope - these are sometimes seen as more formal, or statement necklaces. This style works well with;

    • turtlenecks
    • boatneck
    • scoop, ballerina

Lariat - great for elegant business, or evening wear, or wrapped around more choker style for a trendy look. This style works well with;

    • turtlenecks
    • boatneck
    • scoop, ballerina
    • strapless, off the shoulder

 choosing the right neckline

More helpful hints;

For square necklines - look for pendants with an angular finish to harmonize with the angular neckline - like the moon phases necklace

For asymmetric necklines – look for necklaces that are also not symmetrical, try for a necklace that has it’s own asymmetry, different sized or shaped beads to off set the design - like the dreaming of the sea necklace

Halter necks – since these create a narrow V neck, try something with a narrow pendant with a sharper end - like the to the point necklace

V neck – look for smaller pendants or a necklace that mimics the V shape - like the mystic triangle choker necklace 

Collared shirt (button down) – since there isn't a lot of room between the collars, look for either a choker necklace or a dainty/slimmer style pendant that sits above the last open button - like the free bird necklace

Boat neck – look for a long necklace or layered strings which would look ideal with this neckline - like the focus feather pendant necklace

Cowl neck – this neckline already has a lot going on, so look for a choker or shorter style necklace - like the radiant sun choker necklace (or opt for a pair of longer statment earrings instead of a necklace - like the eclipse earrings )

 

As each person is unique and has their own preferences, body type and chest size which will affect how a necklace drapes and hangs on the body, it would be a good idea to try various lengths to see which size and style you like best. If heading to a jewelry store or handmade market is not accessible - using a piece of string can make a great stand in to help you find the perfect length(s) for you. Alternatively, if you already have a favourite in your jewelry collection - simple take a measurement of it's size to know what to look for the next time you are out and about! 

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