Traditionally, necklaces come in seven lengths. When choosing one of my handmade necklaces or bead pendants, remember that the length will determine where it falls on your chest. In general, longer lengths emphasize the bust while shorter lengths accentuate the neckline.
The diagram below illustrates how necklaces of different lengths will hang. Keep in mind that a necklace's length can vary according to your neck size and the width and flexibility of the necklace. Feel free to shop my beautiful collection of designer beaded necklaces offered here at Crystal Allure.
|Necklace Lengths Guide|
Collar (12-13 inches)
Collar necklaces encircle the middle of the neck and can be made up of one, two, three or more strands. Collars go best with elegant V-neck, boat neck or off-the-shoulder fashions.
Choker (14-16 inches)
A choker is perhaps the most classic and yet versatile of all the single strand lengths. It lies just above the collarbones and emphasizes the neckline. Chokers are a beautiful choice for many bridal and bridesmaid dresses.
Princess (17-19 inches)
The princess length necklace is the most common necklace length and hangs over the collarbones. It is best suited for crew and high necklines. It also complements low plunging necklines. Pendants, lockets, charms or other embellishments are great ways to add to the allure of a handcrafted princess necklace.
Matinee (20-26 inches)
The matinee necklace falls to the top of the bust and looks wonderful with a variety of necklines. It is an ideal choice for casual or business attire, looks best with high necklines and adds sophistication to a professional look. The matinee necklace also flatters bigger busts.
Opera (28-36 inches)
The opera's impressive length allows for a variety of wearing options. When worn as a single strand, it is refined and perfect for high or crew necklines. When doubled, it serves as a versatile two strand choker. It can be knotted at the neckline or just above the bust for yet another look. Traditionally, opera length necklaces are worn with eveningwear, although using them to accessorize more casual attire has become a fresh, cutting-edge fashion statement.
Ropes and Lariats (45+ inches)
The luxurious ultra-long rope necklace can be both elegant and sexy. It can be made with several clasps placed in various locations around the necklace which enables it to be broken down into different necklace and bracelet combinations, or doubled and even tripled to create a stunning multi-strand choker.
Lariats are another long-length necklace that are unattached at one end so that you can tie them in various ways to deliver sexier results. Lariats look best with low necklines and off the shoulder styles.