Necklace Length Guide: How To Measure & Choose The Perfect Necklace Length

Differ from shopping offline, you could try the necklace on to know it’s perfect length or not; however, orderining online a necklace When ordering a necklace online, you might spend days agonizing over choosing the right length.

Necklace Length Guide: How To Measure & Choose The Perfect Necklace Length

How To Measure & Choose The Perfect Necklace Length

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>> Necklace length guide

This article written to give you the guidlines in selecting the right necklace length that will best showcase your necklace, highlight your facial and body features and suit your outfit.

This comprehensive guide will focus on:

  • How to find your necklace length
  • How to choose the right necklace length for another person

DIFFERENT STYLES OF NECKLACE LENGTH

First, to understand the different length of necklace types, you need to research on how your look will be when you are going for with your necklace. The chart of standard necklace lengths below will give you the ideas on it. 

Standard necklace lengths for women

Standard necklace lengths for women

Standard necklace lengths for women

In general, there are 6 standard looks that are based on variants of necklace lengths, the most common are choker and princess lengths. However, it’s a good ideas to know the less common ones when considering necklace lengths.

This standard necklace lengths chart for an average female explains for the different women’s necklace looks:

Length Style Position on body Worn best with
13 – 15” Collar Tightly around the neck Any clothes with open neck such as V-neck, scoop or boat necks and off-the-shoulder.
15 – 17” Choker Sit at the base of the neck Almost everything
17 – 19” Princess On the collarbone (the most common necklace length for the average women) Almost everything
20 – 24” Matinee Between the collarbone and the bust Great for both business and casual wear
28 – 37” Opera From top of the bust to a couple of inches below High necklines and evening wear
37 – 60” Rope From the center of the bust to the stomach Elegant business and evening wear

Standard Necklace Lengths for Men

Standard Necklace Lengths for Men

Our Engraved Necklace For Him
Our Engraved Necklace For Him

This standard necklace lengths chart for an average male explains for the different men’s necklace looks:

Necklace Length Position on body Worn best with
17-19″ Sits at the base of the neck A crew neck t-shirt. Popular for beaded necklace which sits right above the shirt collar.
19-21″ On the collarbone (the most common necklace length for the average men) Almost everything if worn over. If you want it to sit on the skin, low V-neck or unbuttoned dress shirt is great choice. 
21-23″ A few inches below the collarbone Almost everything worn over or under.
23-25″ On the chest This style is best for either religious or meaningful pendant to be worn under the shirt close to the heart, or to make a fashion statement by wearing over the shirt such as a dog tag necklace.

HOW TO MEASURE NECKLACE LENGTH FOR YOURSELF

blankOur Name Necklace worn at princess length.
Our Name Necklace worn at princess length.

When measuring the length for yourself, it would be much easier if you could find a similar necklace (same thickness and similar style) to the one you are considering.

If you do not have an existing necklace with similar style, let’s measure by wrapping a cord or string around your neck and adjust the length so that the string falls the way you want, and mark on the string for the length you love.

Lay the string flat on a surface and measure the length – it should be your necklace chain length.

SELECT THE RIGHT NECKLACE LENGTH FOR ANOTHER PERSON

Similarly, the best way to find the right necklace length for someone else is to measure one of their existing necklaces with same style and thickness which falls how they like. As this is not always feasible, so the best solution is usually an educated guess at both the style they want and their neck size.

If so, consider a couple of things:

Most common average necklace length

If you are uncertain, the best choice will be the “princess length” for women and the “on the collarbone” for men as their length mostly suitable with anyone else. Nevertheless, if your guess falls a little short or long, the necklace may be completely unwearable.

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Our Handwriting Necklace worn at choker and princess length.
Our Handwriting Necklace worn at choker and princess length.

Typically, for women, 16″ is good for petite ladies, 18″ for the average woman, 20″ for those curvier and 22-24″ for a tall and wider body frame.

For men, skinnier ones with smaller frames will be 18-20”, average men will be 20-22”, the larger built will be 22-24” and the really tall guy and well built will need 24”.

Extender is a safe choice

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Our Necklace Extender
Our Necklace Extender

Although all above guesses are the best, selecting a gift, you should consider to add an extender which allows the wearer to choose the most suitable length.

Rest assured that it can be adjusted longer or shorter once you add the extender length to the estimated necklace length.

Example, if the estimated necklace length is 19″, choose a 18” with 2” extender or a 17” bracelet with 3” extender. Don’t order 19” plus extender – it will be too long.

Consider your facial shape and body build

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Drop bar necklace with a long chain will help elongate a short face
Wearing drop bar necklace with a long chain to elongate a short face like how this coordinates necklace is worn

The suitable necklace length is the one that compliments your facial shape (see table belows). In general, a person with longer face should choose a necklace that helps balance out their shape with a shortter necklace, meanwhile, a rounder face may consider a necklace that helps lengthen their features. If it’s too complicated, the classic princess length could be suitable for any facial shape.

Facial shape Suits Avoids
Round Princess, matinee, opera, rope Collar, choker
Long Collar, choker, princess Matinee, opera, rope
Heart Collar, choker, princess Matinee, opera, rope
Oval Almost all Almost none

The petite people should avoid longer-style necklaces as they might swallow a small frame. 

How to match your wardrobe with the right necklace length

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The combination of our Sterling Silver Monogram Necklaces at princess length and a button down shirt.
Our Sterling Silver Monogram Necklaces worn at princess length with a button down shirt.

>> What is a monogram?

The necklaces which you are considering should be incoroprated with your wardrobe. Ex, if you wardrobe is full of turtlenecks, the best suit will be opera necklace and you should avoid choker, princess or collar. 

The table below will help you imagine the suggestions better for your wardrobe.

 
 
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