How to Pick the Right Necklace&Chains Lengths

Buying a new necklace is exciting but before rushing into any purchase it is important to factor in not only the look of the pendant but the length of the chain. It is necessary to consider the chain length that fits factors beyond your outfit and personal style.

Standard Necklace Lengths for Women/Men

Standard Necklace Sizes for Women Standard Necklace Sizes for Men
  • 16"- Choker Length
  • 17-18"- At collarbone
  • 20"- A few inches below collarbone
  • 22"- At or above neckline
  • 24"- Below the neckline
  • 18"- Base of the neck (for smaller neck sizes)
  • 20"- To collarbone (most common length for average men)
  • 22"- A few inches below the collarbone
  • 24"- A few inches above the sternum
  • 30"- At the sternum

Choosing Chain Lengths for Women

Consider where the wearer is likely to wear the necklace and the clothing that is likely to be worn with it. Some women may wear different lengths for different occasions and seasons. A choker style may look wonderful with a cocktail dress with a scooped neckline but may not fit over a turtleneck sweater. Many women opt for longer necklaces in the winter as bulky clothing may require the extra length. Take the wearer's size into account. A 24 inch necklace on a petite woman may hang down too far just as the same necklace may be ideal for a larger woman. In general, the shorter the necklace, the more important the size. Necklaces that are too short may not fit at all.


Choosing Chain Lengths for Men

Most chain lengths chosen for men typically fall at the collar bone, which is usually around 20 inches in length. If the necklace includes a medallion, cross, or dog tag, a slightly longer length is suggested. Multiple chains of varying lengths may be worn for a layered look.


Make Sure and Measure

Prior to placing an order, or making a purchase, it's vitally important to correctly size the wearer's neck. A man's neck size corresponds to his shirt's collar size. But measuring neck size for women is generally necessary as size is often unknown. You can take a measurement at home using a soft measuring tape. If you do not have a soft measuring tape, you can use a ribbon instead. First, wrap the ribbon around the base of the wearer's neck, and mark the spot where the ends meet. Then, lay the ribbon against a yardstick or ruler to determine approximate neck size.

After a measurement is obtained, its a good idea to opt for a necklace size that is at least the second size up from your neck size.

Final Thoughts

Choosing the right necklace is similar to shopping for the perfect pair of jeans. It’s important to consider what flatters your body type and not jump to buy solely based on what’s currently on trend. At VESSFUL we feature a range of chain lengths and styles of necklaces you are sure to love,check out now!