How to Wear Different Necklace Lengths


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There are many necklace lengths, and it can be difficult to visualize where they will lay when shopping online. Understanding the standard measurements can help you know where to start when it’s time to find your perfect fit. Here are some basics you should know when it comes to necklace length. 


14 inches

Placement: Tightly around the neck; a common length for choker necklaces 

Worn Best With: Open necklines such as scoop, V-neck, off-the-shoulder, and boatneck 

16 inches

Placement: Around the base of the throat 

Worn Best With: Almost everything 

18 inches

Placement: On or just below the collarbone; most common length 

Worn Best With: Almost everything 

20 to 24 inches

Placement: Between the collarbone and the bust 

Worn Best With: Higher necklines and collared shirts 

28 to 36 inches

Placement: On the bust or an inch or two below 

Worn Best With: Most necklines; depending on the necklace, wear with boho or elegant looks 

36 to 42 inches

Placement: Wrapped to sit on or just below the center of the bust 

Worn Best With: Elegant business and evening wear 


18 inches
Placement: Base of neck for a smaller man

20 inches
Placement: Collarbone; most common size

22 inches
Placement:  A few inches below the collarbone; a pendant can be added

24 inches
Placement:  Above the breastbone