Tips for Choosing the Most Flattering Necklace and Chain Length

You can make any outfit look amazing with a statement necklace, but first you must decide which length and style works best for you.

Slim a round face! Pick a slightly longer necklace that forms a V pointing toward your waist.  This will elongate your face.

Soften a square jaw! Offset an angular face with a shorter necklace with round beads that forms a semicircle to frame your face.

Show off a petite frame! Make sure you pick out a necklace that isn’t too long. Your necklace should hit no further down than five inches above your waist.

Show off your cleavage for an evening out! Wear a drop-style necklace with a pendant that hits slightly above the bust line.

How to choose the right necklace length? An important question for both designers and consumers. As a designer, the length of a necklace determines where it will lie on the chest, hence effecting how we design a necklace and what kind of materials we use. As a consumer, necklace lengths impact our overall styles and can enhance our outfits. You can also use accessories to hide imperfections and accentuate your most beautiful parts. So choose wisely! Accessories can make or break outfits…..

12 inches – Collar

This type of necklace lies very close to the middle of your neck, like our Byzantium Phrenite Choker, or  Byzantium Citrine Choker, or Byzantium Amethyst Choker, or Byzantium Fan Necklace, or  Byzantium Oliva Necklace   For an elegant and classy look, wear it with V-neck, boat neck or off the shoulder outfits. Occasionally you might be able to wear it with turtle necks too. However, if you have a rounded face shape, or if your neck is short,  then this style may not be the most flattering for you.

16 inches – Choker

This is probably one of the most versatile and commonly worn lengths. It can go with any outfit from casual to fancy. An everyday style could be simple, like our  Classique Silvertuft Necklace, or you coud awear something more fancy, like the Del Lago Trio Necklace, that makes a statement wherever you go. A choker style is my personal favorite because it really flatters my neck line. If you are thinking about buying someone a gift, or if you’re simply torn between different necklace lengths, 16″ is the way to go. You can never go wrong with it!

18 inches – Princess

This is another popular necklace length, which is great for crew, high and low plunging  necklines, like our Classique Sungold Necklace,. This length is great for a pendant. Depending on what you wear, a 18″ Princess could be a good choice. If you think about seasonality, this is also be a good choice because you can wear them with turtle neck in winter when it will add an elegant touch to your outfit.

20 / 24 inches – Matinee

Both 20″ and 24″ necklaces are called Matinee. These necklaces sit right above your chest and are elegant for casual and business dressing, like our Classique Loop Necklace. Just be careful when you wear this type of necklace and make sure your outfit is not too overpowering. You want either your outfit or your necklace to pop, not both.

30 inches – Opera

This is the most flexible of all lengths. You can wear it as a single strand, or you can double it up to create a layering effect, like the Del Lago Citrine Necklace . A lot of women who work in officeds like this necklace length because they can wear it differently during and after work. It’s almost one of my personal faves!

36 inches – Rope

The super-long 36″ Rope also gives you the same flexibility as the 30″ Opera. You can wear it as a single layer, double or even triple, like the Del Lago Silver Necklace! As great as it sounds, Rope is not for everyone. If you have a petite body frame, Rope might not be good for you because it may make your already petite body look even more petite. Just pay extra attention to the materials when you’re choosing. Ropes are another one of those make-or-break-your-outfit type of necklace.