Necklace Size Guide

When it comes to accessorizing a look, the length of a necklace can make or break an outfit. Whether you are looking for a classic choker, a statement piece, or something in between, measuring your necklace lengths correctly is essential for achieving the desired effect. Let's take a look at how to do this with precision and poise. 

How to Measure Necklace Length

It is always a superb idea to know your numbers before you go necklace shopping at a store or online. Here are some ways you will be able to prepare yourself to buy a new necklace for your collection:

  • Use measuring tape: Taking a measuring tape and wrapping it around your neck is the simplest approach to determining the length of a necklace at home. Just adjust it to the desired necklace length, and you're done! For the record, be sure that you measure in inches rather than millimeters or centimeters.
  • Wear necklaces you own: If there is a necklace you want that looks a bit similar to one you have, compare them! This will help you have a good idea of how the new necklace will fit you. 
  • Ask the jewelry store: If you are not prepared with your measurements by any chance, don’t be afraid to approach a jewelry store for assistance. They should have a measuring tape that will help figure out the right necklace length for you. 

Tips for Choosing the Right Size

types of necklaces

Before getting started with the tips, here is a chart with standard necklace sizes for you to understand how each size should fit you: 

Necklace Chain Length

Necklace Placement on the Body


Fits tightly around the neck


Fits around the base of the neck


Falls to the collarbone


Falls between the collarbone and the top of the bust


Falls between the top of the bust or just below


Falls between the bust to the stomach


Stick to shorter chain lengths if you're shorter, so the necklace doesn't overpower your style. Alternatively, you might wrap a longer chain around your neck if it is too long. Taller women seem to have it easier. You can just pick and choose what you want to wear without having a major impact on how you appear overall.


You'll most likely purchase a necklace whose length complements the item you're wearing. Consider wearing a necklace that hangs over the first button you use if you are wearing a button-up shirt to the office. 

If you're wearing a sweater or turtleneck and it's chilly outdoors, think about getting a longer chain so that others will see your shiny item.

Neck Size

If you have a thinner neck, your necklace will fall lower on the body, while a thicker neck allows the necklace to fall higher. As stated above, using a soft measuring tape will help you understand which necklace size can fit better for your neck.

Most importantly, choose a necklace that enhances your features. If your face is more on the oval or diamond-shaped side, you'll absolutely rock a shorter necklace. On the other hand, if you've got a round or heart-shaped face, consider going for a longer necklace, such as the chic opera or versatile rope style, to balance out your lovely features.


How Long Should Your Necklace Be

The neckline of your garments should determine the length of your necklace. If you are wearing a low-cut item, consider longer chains and pendants so that they will be visible when worn. A great rule of thumb is to measure the circumference of your neck and add two inches for every inch of fabric exposed in the neckline (i.e., if two inches are exposed in the neckline, add four inches). 

If you are looking for a classic choker style, opt for pieces that measure 12 - 14 inches in circumference. For more modern looks, try pieces that measure 15 - 18 inches in circumference. For statement pieces that hit below the bust line, look for pieces that measure 20+ inches in circumference—these will have maximum impact when worn with plunging necklines or off-the-shoulder tops! 

When measuring necklace lengths, remember that less is often more—so don't feel obligated to purchase an extra long chain just because it looks "more fashionable"! Opt for pieces that flatter your figure and complement your style—there is no single "right" length; rather, it depends on personal preference and what works best with each wardrobe.  

The Takeaway

Always consider the fabric exposure of the garment when selecting necklace lengths; shorter chains work best with high-necked items, while longer chains are perfect for low-cut necks! Finding just the right accessory can take time, but once you find one that works for you, it will become part of your signature style! 

If you're looking for the perfect necklace to complete your wardrobe, then look no further than Heidi Daus. Heidi's range of statement necklaces come in all lengths and styles—ensuring that you can find just the right piece to add a touch of glamour to any outfit! With her bold designs and intricate details, Heidi has crafted an exquisite collection that will make a statement.


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