Guide to Necklace Lengths

I get a lot of people asking me about what different lengths of necklace really look like and giving demonstrations. So I thought I’d share this little picture I found to help illustrate. Of course all of this depends on your body type and the size of your neck. This is what it would be on an average sized woman.  My personal favorite length is 17-18″ depending on the necklace. I like simple necklaces that are above the neckline and I don’t were very low cut shirts so they are not very long.

Girls Guide to Necklace Length

Choker Necklace

A little more relaxed than the collar, and more comfortable for those of us with thicker necks, the choker gives you a little more breathing room. This 14-16 inch length is great if you want to draw attention to your long lovely neck. And that hollow.

Princess Necklace

Now that just sounds right. And it often is. This 17-19 inch length is very common and the main thing to be aware of is that you choose the appropriate clothing. This necklace length works well with higher or lower necklines, just be sure that your clothing and necklace don’t fight over the same spot.

Matinee Necklace

This necklace length is traditionally thought of as sophisticated. Good for business wear, for formal wear with higher necklines or for dressing up casual clothing. The matinee should fall to the top of your cleavage and is 20-24 inches long.

Opera Necklace

The opera, 28-34 inches in length falls just below the breast bone and draws attention to your chest. Sound unnecessary? Well for those of us who no longer want to draw attention to our necks, this is a good option.

Rope Necklace

The rope necklace usually 45 inches or more in length.



Kendra Goodrich

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