How to Choose the Right Necklace Length

When it comes to accessorizing, a well-chosen necklace can effortlessly elevate any outfit. However, with an abundance of necklace lengths available, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Fear not! In this blog post, we'll explore the various necklace lengths, their ideal uses, and how to ethically incorporate them into your jewelry collection. Whether you prefer high-quality 14k gold-filled or sterling silver necklaces, we've got you covered!

How to choose necklace length

Keep in mind that every body is different. Neck sizes vary greatly. These are general statements and should be considered a starting point. For the best fit, use a piece of string to measure the length you'd like your necklace to be.

1. Collar Length (14-15 inches)
The collar-length necklace is the shortest option, hugging the throat like a delicate choker. It is perfect for adding a touch of elegance to low-neckline dresses or accentuating a high neckline. This minimalist and sophisticated length is ideal for formal occasions and looks stunning when layered with other necklaces, creating a chic and versatile ensemble.
2. Choker Length (15-17 inches)
The choker length necklace falls just below the collarbones, making it a classic and timeless choice. It beautifully complements V-neck and off-shoulder tops, adding a touch of femininity to any outfit. For a trendy look, consider layering a choker with a longer necklace or two. A 16" length necklace is often the best length for gifting and most common.
3. Princess Length (18 inches)
The princess length necklace is the most common industry standard length. Lucky for you, at Sela Designs we let you choose the length that works for your body. This length will typically hit at the middle of your chest.  It works well for both casual and formal settings and effortlessly complements an open neckline or thicker sweater. Choose a pendant or gemstone necklace for an eye-catching effect.
4. Matinee Length (20-24 inches)
The matinee length necklace falls between the collarbone and the bust. It pairs well with high necklines and dresses, adding an air of elegance to your look. This length is particularly stunning with intricate chains or layered with shorter necklaces for a bohemian-inspired style.
5. Opera Length (24-30 inches)
The opera length necklace falls below the bust and creating a chic and glamorous statement. It complements scoop necklines and heavier sweaters. Don't hesitate to mix textures and chain types to enhance your outfit's visual appeal.
6. Rope Length (35 inches)
The rope length necklace extends down to the navel. This length offers versatility as it can be worn as a single long strand or doubled up for a layered look. Experiment with different chain sizes and styles to achieve a personalized and fashion-forward look.

Tips for Layering Necklaces: 

Layering necklaces by Sela Designs

Pictured: 16" Rope Chain, 17" Chloe, 18" Link Charm Necklaces

Layering necklaces are having a moment. They can elevate your style and add depth to any outfit. Follow these tips to create a trendy, fashion forward layered necklace look:

  1. General tips: necklaces in the shorter to medium lengths: 15-18 inches work best for layering. Using a necklace separator will keep your chains from getting tangled. A necklace extender makes getting your lengths right a breeze. 
  2. Start with a Choker or Collarbone Length: Begin with a choker or collarbone length necklace as your base layer. Choose something delicate, without a pendant.

  3. Add 1-2 Inches for Each Additional Necklace: Gradually increase the necklace length as you add layers. This creates a cascading effect that looks effortlessly chic. 

  4. Mix and Match Textures and Chain Types: Don't be afraid to experiment with different textures, chain types, and sizes. Combining delicate chains with chunky ones or incorporating pendant necklaces can result in a stunning and unique look.

Choosing the right necklace length can transform your entire outfit and show off your personal style. From the graceful collar to the statement rope length, each option offers its unique charm and appeal. Embrace ethical and sustainable choices by opting for high-quality 14k gold-filled and sterling silver necklaces from Sela Designs.

Remember, layering necklaces allows you to express your creativity and individuality. So, go ahead and mix different lengths, textures, and chains to curate a captivating and chic look that truly represents you. Happy accessorizing!