A necklace plays a big role in dressing up, it can show your temperament and taste, a right necklace will be the icing on the cake. Since there are various necklace sizes for women and men ，choosing the suitable chain length can be a “science”, we should know men’s and women’s necklace length chart and know things to consider when we picking a chain so that to pick the necklace that fits.
Necklace Lenght Chart-Standard Necklace Sizes for Women
There are many different types of necklace lengths for women than for men, several women’s necklace lengths are below:
|12-13||Tightly around the neck|
|14-16||Around the base of throat|
|17-19||Below the throat and sits on collar bones|
|20-24||Falls between the collarbone and the bust|
|28-34||Falls below the bust and near the rib|
|45||Sits on the belly button or below|
Collar (12”-13”) Tightly around the neck.
It is not suitable for people with thick necks. The width of the collar can be thick or thin. A thin collar is elegant and a thick one can be cool. This necklace would be great with a low-necked outfit.
Chokers(14”-16”) Around the base of throat.
Chokers are versatile, they can be worn for both daily life and work. V-Neck matching perfectly with a choker.
Princess(17”-19”) Below the throat and sits on collar bones.
Like chokers, a princess necklace goes well with almost everything, you can carry it every day without thinking about which cloth to match. Necklace length in the position of the collarbone or the position above the collarbone is the best with low collar clothing.
Matinee(20”-24”) Falls between the collarbone and the bust.
The length that hangs over the chest is perfect for people with short necks for it can make your neck appear longer. It can be layered with other jewelry if you don’t want the bust to be the focus of attention.
Opera(28”-34”) Falls below the bust and near the rib.
It can be worn with a turtleneck as a single necklace or twisted into a stylish double-strand necklace.
Rope/Lariat(45”) Sits on the belly button or below.
The rope necklace is even longer than the opera necklace, a rope necklace is suitable to be worn to dinner parties or be layered with other jewelry. It can also be worn as a double necklace.
Necklace Lenght Chart-Standard Necklace Sizes for Men
A man’s necklace length usually sits near the collar bones. The average necklace lengths are 18inch, 20inch, 22inch,24inch, 26inch, 28inch, 30inch.
|18||Around the base of the throat|
|20||Falls at the collar bone|
|22||Falls 1-3 inches below the collarbone|
|24||Reaches just above the breastbone|
|28||Slightly below the breastbone|
18” Around the base of the throat
Based on most of a man’s neck circumference, an 18-inch man’s chain size would probably look like a choker. Except for a man who has a smaller neck, this length might be a little tight for most men.
20” Falls at the collar bone
20-inch is the most common necklace length option. It falls at the collarbone, this length is neither too long nor too short. If the necklace has a pendant, you can either hide it inside the collar or wear it outside.
22” Falls 1-3 inches below the collarbone
22-inch necklaces can also be paired with anything. It sits about 1-3 inches below the collarbone. This length is the best choice for men who want a longer necklace but don’t want it to be too long.
24”-26” Reaches just above the breastbone
A 24-inch necklace falls just above the sternum, this length of the necklace is usually worn outside the clothes or with some meaningful pendants close to the heart.
28”-30” Slightly below the breastbone
They can be worn outside of a shirt, usually without any pendant for 30-inch is the longest standard men’s chain length.
Factors to Consider While Choosing Necklace Lengths
A necklace will draw more people’s attention to your neck and greatly impact the outfit and your personal style, so the right necklace lengths really matter. Before we choosing a necklace size, think about your neck size, your face shape, your height, your body shape, and your dressing style. Once these personal features are taken into account, the necklace length is no longer difficult to choose.
In general, thick neck, need to choose a longer length of a necklace, for longer necklace will elongate your neck visually;
A short necklace such as a choker will make your neck look thicker. If you have a long neck, choose a shorter necklace, a choker will be okay, it will visually reduce the length of the neck；
If you have a “swan neck”, then you can choose any length you like.
The chain length choosing should also consider your face shape. There are six principal face shapes: oval, round, heart, square, triangle, and diamond.
Basically, a round or square face shape is more suitable for a long necklace, for these two faces have wider mandibles, and a long necklace can smooth the angle of the mandible. A short chain will exaggerate the roundness of your face.
Triangle, heart, and diamond face shapes are perfect for a short or round necklace, it will smooth out the angles of pointy chins, while the long necklace will add your face length.
If you have an oval face shape, congratulations, any length of necklace looks good on you.
If your height is below average height, shorter chains will avoid overwhelming a smaller frame; People with average height can choose any length you want; if you are a tall person, the long necklace will accentuate your tall frame, yet a short chain can also work well.
Curvy people can opt for a necklace length above the chest, while slim people look good on a long necklace, for peoples’ eyes tends to stay at the end of the necklace, so choose the length depending on which part of your body you want to highlight or which part of your body you don’t want to draw attention to.
Except for the four factors above, dressing style should also take into consideration while choosing chain length. The length of the necklace should match the style of the dress, for example, a long necklace chain length will be better for turtlenecks; chokers are suitable for avant-garde clothes or low-necked dresses.
If you think it’s too much trouble to think about the length of the necklace, then an adjustable necklace is a good option, the length of the dangling elements is adjustable, so you can personalize the necklace according to your taste.
No matter which necklace lengths to choose, your personal features and your outfits should be taken into consideration so that to make it works best on you or avoid buying it once and never wear it again. Hope this necklace length guide will help you with choosing the right necklace length that fits you.
FAQ About Necklace Lengths:
Find a string or a piece of paper (less than 1-2 centimeters wide) but long enough
Wrap around your neck to where you feel okay
Use a pen to make a mark on where the piece of paper or the string overlaps and forms a circle.
Using a ruler, measure the length from the beginning of the string or paper to the point marked.
Use this scale and choose the right size for you.