Do you ever wonder why some people seem to be able to rock a statement necklace, while others look awkward? The key to wearing a statement necklace, or any necklace, is to understand proportions. The length and size of the necklace have to balance one another, and the necklace length needs to match the outfit. Confused yet? Let’s break it down to a simple size guide. Once you get used to the “rules” you can start experimenting with size, pattern, and ore.
Choker or Collar Length Necklace
These shorter necklace are 14-16 inches long. The choker necklace, typically 14-inches, sits tightly against the neck. The collar necklace on the other hand is 16-inches and it sits tightly at the base of your throat. These necklaces tend to go well with everything, especially the 16-inch length. A 14-inch necklace looks great with V-neck shirts and anything that is off the shoulder. It creates proportion and adds some length to your neck. Very pretty.
Princess Length Necklace
“Princess Length” necklaces are 18-inch necklaces and tends to be a very popular length. They sit on the collarbone and they go well with everything. These necklaces tend to be more delicate. You can find statement necklaces at this length (there were a few at the Oscars), however they are most commonly found as pearls, simple chains, and chains with a charm.
Matinee Length Necklace
The Matinee length necklace is a 20-inch necklace. It sits generally between your collarbone and your breasts. It’s a perfect length for business attire and statement necklaces. It’s best worn with clothing that matches or compliments the color and texture in the necklace. You can wear this length with anything from a white t-shirt to a blouse. It can draw attention to your chest, so if you’re busty, you may want to pay attention to how a statement matinee length necklace looks on you.
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Opera Length Necklace
Necklaces that are 28-36-inches, are called opera length necklaces. They are ideal for shirts with high necklines. The bottom of the necklace usually hits just below your bust. Again, these are often statement pieces with a lot of color, pattern, and even texture, depending on the materials. This length often looks more formal and can go well with evening wear. Keep in mind that 36 inches is a long necklace. If you are petite, it may be too long for your proportions.
Rope Length Necklace
If a necklace is longer than three feet, or 36 inches, then it’s likely going to be a rope necklace. Meaning that it’s wrapped once or twice around your neck. The rope is designed to sit between the bottom of your bust and your naval. They can look quite heavy, depending on the materials. The Lariat is a long necklace with a pendant at the bottom, which draws the eye down. This length necklace pairs better with higher necklines and when it sits against a solid colored top or dress.
Have fun with necklaces. Invest in pieces that you can wear with multiple outfits and occasionally splurge on statement pieces for a night on the town or a special outfit. Finding the right length isn’t difficult when you have a few guidelines.