How to Properly Measure Necklace Lengths

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. 

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How to Measure Necklace Length

If you want to measure the necklace, the best way to do this is with a ruler or measuring tape. Take the length of the necklace you intend to wear and measure it from end to end. The resulting number will be in inches, so if you're looking for a longer length, take that into account before making your purchase. 

If you are measuring yourself, use a soft measuring tape or a piece of string to wrap around your neck and measure the circumference. This measurement will give you an idea of how long the necklace should be.

Different Types of Necklaces

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When it comes to the types of necklaces you can purchase, there are a few standard sizes:

Collars and Chokers (12-16 inches)

Collars and chokers are ideal for a youthful or alternative look. These close-fitting necklaces are ideal for highlighting your neck and collarbone and drawing attention to your facial features. Make sure your necklace isn't too tight, so you can comfortably turn your head.

Princess length or mid-length (17-19 inches)

This length is the most common size for women and looks good with almost any neckline. This length is perfect for adding a bit of glamour to your look without being too much. This length is perfect for complementing other statement pieces you might be wearing but with the perfect design, it can also be the star of the show.

Matinee (20-24 inches)

A matinee-length necklace is great for those who prefer a versatile piece that can look good in both business and casual settings. This length looks great with higher necklines and can help to add an extra sense of elegance to your look.

Opera (26-36 inches)

An opera-length necklace is a dramatic piece and can make a bold statement when worn correctly. This length is ideal for those who want to elongate their silhouette and draw attention to their collarbone.

Rope or lariat lengths (36-48 inches)

Rope and lariat lengths are perfect for those who want to experiment with different looks. These necklaces can be worn long, draped over the shoulders, or wrapped around the neck several times for a truly individual look.

Remember to factor in the design, the color, and the outfit you are pairing it with for an unforgettable ensemble.

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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