Choosing The Right Necklace Length

December 27, 2018 4 min read

Choosing The Right Necklace Length

Buying a new necklace to add to your collection is exciting but before you press that BUY NOW button, it’s important to factor in not only the look of the necklace, but the length of the chain as well. Chain length is very important on a necklace as it can alter the style and fit of the jewelry itself. Necklaces and chains come in industry standard lengths; Five for women, and four for Men. This guide will help you with selecting the right necklace that will accentuate your best features and even focus attention away from features you’d rather steer gazing away from.

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Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Necklace Chain Length

First we’ll learn where different necklace lengths fall on your body. This will help you in choosing the chain length you most desire.

Standard Necklace Lengths for Women

Women’s necklaces are sold in even-inch lengths. Follow this handy chart to learn where each necklace length falls on the average woman’s body.

Necklace Length Position on the Body
14" Necklace Fits like a choker and wraps closely around the neck
16" Necklace Falls perfectly around the base of the neck like a collar. On a petite woman it hangs loosely around the neck and falls just at the collarbone. On a plus size women it might sit more like a choker.
18" Necklace A common choice for women that sits elegantly on the collarbone.
20" Necklace Will fall just below the collarbone.
22" Necklace Falls at or just above the top of the bust

Standard Necklace Lengths for Men

Follow this guide to see where different chain lengths fall on the average size male.

Necklace Length Position on the Body
18" Necklace Sits at the base of the neck (for smaller neck sizes).
20" Necklace Reaches the collarbone (most common length for average men).
22" Necklace Falls a few inches below the collarbone.
24" Necklace Reaches just above the sternum.

Choosing the Right Necklace Length for the Female Body

Believe it or not, the right necklace can really pull any outfit together and be the focal point of a woman’s ensemble. That’s why it’s important to consider how the length of the necklace will compliment your body. When selecting the correct chain length for your necklace it’s important to consider features such as your neck, height, body shape, and face shape.

Neck Size

This may sound crazy, but we recommend measuring your neck before purchasing any necklace and most importantly a choker. The easiest way to measure your neck is to gently take a measuring tape and wrap it closely around your neck (just be careful doing this). Whatever your neck measurement is, add two inches to that and that’s a comfortable length for chokers which are usually sized at 16 inches; add four inches to that and that’s a great length for a pendant or name necklace which is usually attached on an 18-inch chain for women. Chokers work best for people with long necks while short necked people are better off staying away from it.


Your height is another factor to consider when choosing the perfect necklace for your body type. Women shorter than 5’4” look best in 16 to 20 inch necklace lengths. A long necklace tends to overwhelm smaller frames. Women who fall between heights of 5’4” to 5’7” can wear necklaces of any length. Taller women who are 5’7” or above can wear any length necklace too. Longer chain style necklaces look best on taller women as they accentuate a taller frame.

Body Type

Remember that people’s eyes will stop at the point where your necklace ends so if you don’t want them looking at that part, avoid necklaces that end there! For women with a smaller bust, a long thin chain or long layered chains would look great on you. The kind of necklace that sits below the breast line should be avoided by full figured women as this length will not hang properly. We recommend trying a necklace that sits slightly higher on the body, such as an 18- to 22-inch necklace.

Face Shape

Other than being a simple accessory necklaces nicely frame your face. As with body types, a necklace can help accentuate your strongest facial features and alter the way your face is perceived by others.

Round faces should avoid short necklaces or chokers as they will accentuate the roundness of your face.

Thankfully Women with oval shaped faces can take advantage of any necklace fad as they can wear almost any shape, length or type of necklace due to the subtle framing of the facial structure.

Women with a long-shaped face who want to broaden and soften the shape of their face should wear shorter necklaces. Short, round necklaces will keep from adding length to the face. Look for choker necklaces measuring between 16” – 18”.

Heart shaped faces look great with chokers or any short necklace as they create the illusion of fullness and balance out a narrow chin.

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Choosing the right necklace is just as important as shopping for the perfect pair of shoes. Always consider what flatters your body type and don’t jump to buy solely based on what’s currently on trend. At GLITIC we feature a range of chain lengths and styles of necklaces you’re bound to fall in love with. And the best part, they are all personalizable! Shop Our Collection Now

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