Necklaces are fun to wear and they come in a wide variety of styles and lengths, making them among the most desired and popular fashion jewelry choices. Because there are so many options, you may be wondering what size necklace works best for you. Measuring necklace length is the easiest way to answer this question. But how do you measure necklace length?
How to Measure Necklace Length
You can measure the length of any necklace by following three simple steps.
Step 1. Take any necklace you want to measure and open its clasp, so that you can lay the necklace onto a flat surface. Pull both ends to get it as straight as you can.
Step 2. To get an accurate measurement extend a tape measure from the necklace clasp to the end connector, ignoring any charm or pendant that may be attached (do not measure these).
Step 3. Jot down the measurement or make a mental note for future necklace buying. If the measurement is a tad longer, but under a full inch, you can round up to the next inch.
Finding Your Best Necklace Length
You can get more enjoyment out of wearing the necklaces you buy when you choose a necklace length that is most flattering for your unique measurements, body and face type.
Measuring Neck Size
The size of your neck plays a key role in knowing what necklace sizes look best on you. Below are standard neck measurements and suggestions for choosing necklace lengths that work well with those measurements.
Neck measures 13 inches to 14 1/2 inches. A 16-inch choker and an 18-inch necklace are good choices.
Neck measures 15 inches to 16 1/2 inches. The 20-inch necklace is a good go-to size.
Neck measures 17 inches to 18 1/2 inches. Choose the 22-inch size as a standard length.
Necklace Length and Height
Did you know that your height can also help you select necklaces that are going to look awesome on your physique? Simply, use the below guide to see what necklace lengths are proven to be the most flattering for your height.
If you are under 5 feet, necklaces between 16 inches and 20 inches are most flattering.
If you are 5 feet to 5 feet 3 1/2 inches shorter necklaces that are 18 inches on the short side and 20 inches on the long side should be your standard lengths.
If you are somewhere between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 7 inches, you look best in any necklace length.
If you are 5 feet 7 inches or taller, your standard necklace length should be 22 inches or longer for the most flattering look.
Body Type and Necklace Length
Choosing certain necklace lengths can accentuate certain areas or the body and/or flatter your physique. This is an optional thing to consider after following the above suggestions for measurements.
Thin/Slight physique. Shorter and thinner necklace chains flatter your frame.
Curvaceous/Full figure. Consider choosing necklace chains that are thicker and slightly longer.
Additional tips. For those who have a less prominent bust, you can achieve an elegant and flattering look with a longer 22-inch necklace. Alternatively, for those of any physique, if you want to accentuate the bust area, choose 20 to 22-inch lengths that fall just below the collarbone.
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