Choosing the Right Necklace Length

Necklaces are great pieces of accessory to collect. They can really add glamour to simple wardrobe and with chunkier pieces even change the look of your shirt or dress’s neckline. But one dilemma we often come across when choosing necklaces is on choosing the right length that suits yourself and your outfit.

Chain length may just be a thin/small part of the necklace compared to its pendant or maybe overall necklace design but do you know that finding the right necklace length actually depends on several factors? Aside from the neckline of your clothes, choosing the right chain length is also determined by your neck length, body type and even face and neck shape.

Measurements to Consider

According to sources I’ve read, in choosing the right necklace lengths and even the right neckline that suits you, you have to know your two balance points. Another article points out how measuring your neck is important in choosing the right necklace length. These are measurements you might want to consider in finding the best chain length for yourself.

The first one is by measuring the length of your face from your hairline to your chin using a string and once you’re at it, let go of the string that you’re holding on your hairline while keeping hold of the string you’re holding on your chin. The part of your chest where the string ends is one of your balance points.

The second one is by finding the widest part of your face and measure that horizontally. Once finished, keep holding the string on one side while bringing the other end of the string around your jaw line. Now hold that string in shape and continue to hold both ends and slowly move hands lower, down to your shoulder just around your neck and you got another one of your balance point right at the bottom of that U-shaped string.

Last trick to get the right length for a necklace that sits right above the collarbone like a pendant necklace, which flatters almost anyone, is by using a measuring tape to measure around your neck. Whatever your neck measurement is, add two inches to that and that’s a comfortable length for chokers which are usually sized at 16 inches; add four inches to that and that’s a great length for a pendant or name necklace which is usually attached on an 18-inch chain for women while for men, the average is at 20 inches.

Necklace Chains Depending on Body Type

Necklaces, as with any type of jewelry for that matter should accentuate your best features. Jewelry kind of creates that effect of drawing people to look at our particular assets and can really work well to anyone’s advantage when done appropriately. In terms of necklaces, remember that people’s eyes will stop at the point where your necklace ends so if you don’t want them looking at that part then, avoid necklaces that end there.

Pendant necklace is a great go to necklace for any body type because it suits almost anyone. Chokers work best for people with long necks while short necked individuals are better off staying away from it.

For women with smaller bust, a long thin chain or long layered chains would look great on you. This kind of necklace that sits below the breast line should be avoided by full figured women especially if they wouldn’t want to draw attention to that area.

For women with bigger bust size and would like to take people’s eyes away from it, then avoid wearing necklaces that sit right where your cleavage starts especially chunky necklaces which is just going to add volume to something that already has enough, on the other hand, chunkier necklace pieces like a bib necklace would be a great choice for those with small chests. To accent the bust, then you may want to certainly wear a piece that sits right below the collarbone or falls right on top of the bust area.

Necklace Chains Depending on Face Shape

Another purpose of necklaces aside from being an accessory is that it actually helps frame your face. As with the body type, a necklace can help you accentuate your facial assets and sort of change how your face is perceived by others.

For those with round or full-shaped faces, chokers and other short necklaces like a collar necklace and short necklaces that have rounded beads are something to avoid. You should find necklaces that add length to your face like necklaces that fall right below the collarbone. Layered small linked necklaces will also do the trick.

For those with a long-shape face who may want to broaden and soften the shape of their faces, any rounded gemstones or beads would work, like a string of pearls or chunky beaded chains. Avoid long, thin and small linked chains that can further elongate the way you appear.

Those with oval shaped faces can take advantage of any necklace fad since they can wear almost any shape, length or type of necklace.

Heart shaped faces look great with chokers or any short necklace as they create an illusion of fullness and balance out a narrow chin. Triangular shaped pendants or geometric necklaces that have a sharp end point may not work to your advantage though.

Last but not least, people with rectangular shaped faces will look great in longer necklaces, collar length necklaces that have round or circle pendants or collar length chains.

Choosing the most suitable necklace style for yourself may be something that you have figured out by trying on different styles and lengths of necklaces before. The above mentioned tips simply show that understanding and knowing your body type and facial features is worth it especially when it comes to enhancing your assets. This also explains the fact why certain styles we really love just don’t look great on us. Enjoy finding the perfect necklace length that suits you and be sure to use it to your advantage.