How to Choose The Right Necklace Length

Elevate your style with the perfect necklace length! Find expert tips on choosing the right fit, ensuring your accessories complement your look with grace and charm.

Women's Necklaces

The perplexing puzzle of necklace lengths—you think you've got it sorted until you realize that your chosen chain might be an inch too short or perhaps too long. 

But fear not, style seekers! 

Today, we're galavanting through an eye-opening odyssey of necklace lengths, where more than just glitz and glamour reign. 

We're talking real-life compatibility here. 

So pour yourself a generous splash of your preferred potion—be it coffee, wine, or a fizzy soda—and settle in! 

Your journey toward becoming a necklace maestro starts now.

The Mysteries of Standard Necklace Lengths

Necklace lengths are not a one-size-fits-all deal. 

There's a smorgasbord of options, each offering a unique stylistic voice to your look.

The Great Divide: Lengths for Men and Women

Men, you are not just bystanders in the world of necklaces! 

While many necklace lengths are unisex by design, some are particularly well-suited to accentuating the masculine physique. 

Take a 22-inch chain— it's just the right length to underscore your inherent ruggedness without overwhelming your style. And for those who vibe with a more laid-back, artsy feel, a longer piece can radiate a sort of bohemian cool. 

This isn't about maintaining gender norms; it's about embracing necklace lengths as an accessory for all. No exceptions!

The Encyclopedia of Necklace Lengths

Collar (14 inches)

The collar necklace—a scintillating embrace for your neck that's snugger than a hug from your grandma.

Best Worn With: Imagine a collar necklace accentuating the curve of your neck as you sport an elegant Bardot top or a classic boatneck. But don't be fooled—this isn't just for the evenings out. 

A simplistic collar can send your casual ensemble into the style stratosphere. So go ahead, live a little and let that collar necklace make your outfit sing.

Choker (16 inches)

Ah, the choker—your ride-or-die in the necklace world, your "there through thick and thin" type of companion.

Best Worn With: Seriously, is there a neckline this baby doesn't get along with? Nope. 

Try layering it with necklaces of different lengths, and you’ve got yourself an ensemble that screams depth and complexity. It’s not just a choker; it's a cornerstone of countless styling possibilities.

Princess (18 inches)

Here we have the Princess length, sitting elegantly on your collarbone as if it were throne-bound.

Best Worn With: This is your universal soldier, capable of taking on all kinds of necklines—high, low, and everything in between. 

Tack on a pendant or a cherished charm, and you're not just wearing a necklace; you're wearing a story. Consider adding a locket for an extra sprinkle of sentimentality.

Matinee (20 to 24 inches)

Ladies and gents, let's chat about the Matinee—an artistic blend of formality and laid-back grace.

Best Worn With: Matinee length necklaces aren't just accessories; they're the unsung heroes of your weekday-to-weekend wardrobe transitions. Got a monochromatic outfit? 

Break it up with a Matinee statement piece. Layering your clothing? Add a Matinee for an additional layer of texture and color.

Opera (28 to 36 inches)

Behold, the Opera—a length that redefines elegance and takes it up a few notches.

Best Worn With: This is the crème de la crème for formal occasions and high necklines. This length allows for versatility too. Double it up for an entirely new aura. 

Embellish it with pearls or gemstones, and you’re not just making a statement; you're making "the" statement.

Rope (36 to 42 inches)

Last but not least, the Rope—the ultimate Swiss Army knife in your necklace arsenal.

Best Worn With: This is your go-to for high-stakes business gatherings or extravagant galas. But wait, there's more! 

It's so versatile that you can loop it multiple times for a tiered effect or even knot it to create your version of a lariat. The world is your oyster with a Rope necklace.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Necklace Length

Neck Size

Knowing your neck size is crucial; it's the foundation upon which your necklace style will be built.

Take a moment to measure your neck before you start shopping. This simple step can save you from uncomfortable fits and unflattering looks.


The length of a necklace can change the perception of your height.


If you're petite, shorter lengths can flatter your frame, while taller individuals can effortlessly rock longer styles.

Body Type

A necklace can direct attention to your best features or create a sense of balance. Consider your body shape when picking a necklace.

Hourglass figures are versatile, but if you have an apple or pear shape, longer lengths can create an elongating effect.

Face Shape

The necklace length you choose can either complement or counteract your face shape.

Oval faces are versatile, but for round faces, longer lengths can be elongating. Angular faces can be softened by rounded necklaces at shorter lengths.

Wardrobe Considerations

Necklines and Outfits

The style of your neckline should complement your necklace and vice versa. Different textures and materials can either clash or harmonize. A silk blouse might pair beautifully with a delicate gold chain, while a chunky sweater invites a sturdier, more robust necklace.

Seasonal Styles

Layering in Fall/Winter offers a fantastic canvas for showcasing longer, more elaborate necklaces in cooler climates. In the hotter months, simplicity is key. Opt for lightweight and shorter necklaces that speak to the season.

Formal vs Casual

The setting often dictates the style of necklace you should wear. For casual outings, opt for shorter, more playful lengths. On the other hand, formal events are a perfect stage for longer, more elegant pieces.

Congrats! You’re Officially a Necklace Aficionado!

By now, you should be oozing confidence and brimming with insights on how to pick the perfect necklace length. 

Remember, you're not just buying jewelry—you're investing in pieces that will make your unique personality shine through. 

So go ahead, treat yourself to that dream necklace; you've more than earned it, savvy shopper!

Ready to find your dream necklace? 

Whether it’s a delicate pendant, statement chain or string of pearls you’re after - we’ve got you! 

There really is a necklace out there for everyone. 

Check out our latest necklaces in all their glorious shapes, sizes and lengths online or in our showroom - we’ll get the bubbles ready!

Peter Manka Jr

Peter Manka Jr. - Owner at Ben Garelick

Peter Manka Jr. is a passionate member of the family business who joined Ben Garelick in the early 2000s after working in product licensing for Sesame Workshop & The Jim Henson Company for many years. He obtained a degree in diamonds and jewelry from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in order to sharpen his jewelry skills. He takes great pride in providing exceptional customer service and helping clients find the perfect piece of jewelry.

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