How to Pick the Perfect Length of your Necklace

How to Pick the Perfect Length of your Necklace

Necklaces come in all shapes and sizes, and finding the right one to complement your style and wardrobe is important. When ordering a necklace online, keep in mind the style and effect you wish to create. Here are some ways to figure out necklace length and find the right fit.

Standard Necklace Lengths

First, it’s useful to get familiar with the standard necklace lengths and their corresponding names. These are:

  • Collar (12-14 inches): Sits right against the throat, often in multiple strands. This type of necklace goes great with boat necks, off-the-shoulder, or V-neck tops.
  • Choker (14-16 inches): Sits at the base of the neck. A classic choker can be paired with virtually any outfit.
  • Princess (18-20 inches): Falls just below the throat at the collarbone. This length is ideal for pendants and is extremely versatile.
  • Matinee (22-24 inches): Lies a few inches below the collarbone. This length is great for casual or business attire.
  • Opera (28-36 inches): Hangs below the bust or can be doubled over to act as a choker. It’s great for high necklines and evening wear.

For the right choice of length, consider the following 

Body Type and Neck Size

One of the most important factors when choosing a necklace length is the wearer’s body type and neck size. For example, chokers typically look best on people with long, slender necks. If the neck is on the shorter or wider side, a princess or matinee length necklace might be more flattering.

Business or Formal Style

A formal look is both minimal and elegant. Most shirts and tops that match a suit allow the central part of your collarbones to show. So, chain and pearl necklaces should be slightly below or above your collarbones. Classic white pearls take all outfits to the next level. Minimal diamond and stud chains bring a mix of elegance and charm to any suit. Chains and paperclip chains are also incredibly attractive and sophisticated at that length.


To create formal and informal looks does not necessarily need lots of different necklaces. Our company offers key pieces and chains that fit both formal and informal attire. The matinee necklace either pearl or chain is a perfect pick for both formal and informal attire. This necklace falls about 2 inches below the collarbone. Its versatility and layering opportunities make it a favorite style. For a great layering piece, the small diamond chain offers that flexibility. If you like gemstones and want to give your outfit a pop of color, our clip chain with amethyst pendant is a great choice for both styles. Also, the Xlong Venice box chain is a stylish option for casual or formal wear. You can layer it with other chain lengths depending on your outfit and your build.

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