How to Choose the Right Necklace Length
Do you know the length you need for a necklace? Read our guide to find your necklace length based on the size of your neck and your preference.
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Did you know that the average woman has a jewelry collection worth over $7000? This high sum makes it clear that style-minded women view accessorizing as an important form of self-expression.
Unique timeless jewelry is essential when you want to look and feel confident, and necklaces are some of the best options. They go with everything. However, you'll need to determine the necessary length of the necklaces that you purchase.
Here, we're going to talk about some of the chain lengths that you should look into. Read on for a necklace length guide that will have you feeling awesome about all your future jewelry purchases.
Think About Your Personal Style
Before you purchase any jewelry, it's important to think about your personal style. Look at the apparel in your wardrobe and notice any consistencies in the styles that you choose.
Do you like to wear deep v-neck blouses? You'll want longer necklaces that settle into the v-neckline on your collarbone or chest. If you're a scoop-neck or square-neckline kind of girl, you'll want something a bit shorter.
You also should think about the overall aesthetic that you go for on a daily basis. If you're someone who likes to look simple and minimalistically classy, a short strand of pearls will go with every outfit. On the flipside, if you like to feel bold with large shapes and colorful patterns, you might prefer a long statement necklace.
If you're unsure of what kinds of jewelry will work best with the clothes you own, that's okay. Take to the internet and look at the necklace length women's clothes like yours go with. Pinterest is your friend here, as are product photos on the brand websites that you got your favorite outfits from.
Consider the Situations You'll Wear It In
While you likely have an underlying style or color scheme that you prefer, it's likely that your wardrobe choices will vary depending on the situation.
If you're looking for pieces that you can wear socially, long chains are generally ideal. You can get huge astrology-sign medallians in a variety of metals of large jewels and gemstones. These make for awesome conversation starters and make you look bold and daring.
In the workplace, however, 'bold and daring' isn't a great look. You'll want to select something more professional. A short chain with a single gemstone will go great with the small neckline of a power suit. You can get an adjustable chain and vary the length of your piece if you choose to wear a deeper-neck blouse with a pencil skirt.
Face Shape and Necklace Length
No matter the situation, however, there are some necklace-length do's and don'ts. These rules generally depend on your face shape. You need to get something that flatters the shape of your face so that you don't look disjointed and incongruous.
Oval-faced women have it good: you can wear any necklace length that you like. This means that you should buy literally anything you want, especially adjustable chains. Congrats!
If you have a rounder face, you can wear most things. However, you'll need to make sure that everything is in the mid/long necklace length range. Chains that fall above your collarbone will make your face look rounder and you'll look younger than you are.
On the flip side, chokers and short necklaces are perfect for women with heart-shaped faces. They create the illusion of a wider chin and accentuate your best features. The same applies to oval-faced gals- shorter chains soften your face.
Know Standard Necklace Lengths
It's critical that you understand women's necklace lengths before purchasing from an online venue (which, let's face it, is the best way to buy jewelry). You'll be able to read the length of the chain on the webpage, but it's important that you can translate this into practical lengths.
Here's a necklace length chart to help you when ordering designer pieces online:
- 14 inches (38 cm) → Short choker
- 16 inches (40 cm) → Tight against the base of the neck
- 18 inches (42 cm) → Collarbone-length
- 20 inches (45 cm) → 'Standard' short necklace, between the collarbone and the bust
- 22 inches (50 cm) → Just above the top of your chest
- 24 inches (60 cm) → 'Standard' chest length
- 36 inches (80 cm) → Below the chest ('long' necklaces)
Get an Adjustable Chain
Getting an adjustable jewelry chain or five is a great way to ensure that you always have the right necklace length. Whether you want to wear a classy chain on its own or thread a favorite gemstone charm around it, you will be able to wear your favorite necklace in all situations.
This is ideal for those who like to wear a signature piece with every outfit. You can also get a few adjustable chains and slip different charms on them depending on what you want to wear on a given day. It's also awesome for women who want to experiment with different lengths before committing to buying a lot of pieces in a couple of different ones.
Adjustable chains come in multiple hues because there are many different types of metal. Whether you want a silver Milan twist or a rose gold one, there's an option that perfectly suits your wardrobe color choices. Just make sure that you wear matching metals on your Milan bracelets, earrings, and anklets- you don't want to clash!
Shop for Unique Timeless Jewelry Today
Now that you know what necklace length you need to purchase (and why an adjustable chain is an amazing option), it's time to get started and express your personal tastes.
Browse our online necklace shop to view unique timeless jewelry that works for every occasion. Our designers pride themselves on creating jewelry for all personal styles and situations in which accessorizing is essential. Because we're committed to ensuring that you look and feel your best, we look forward to working with you soon.