The Ultimate Necklace Length Guide: Matching Outfit to Necklace

The Ultimate necklace length guide- match outfit to necklace - Eshly Jewellery

Necklaces can be a beautiful form of self-expression. They gently hug a wearer’s neckline, creating a front-and-centre accent or statement to an outfit. 

But sometimes after thinking you’ve found the perfect piece when you’re out shopping, you get home and try it on only to find that it keeps getting caught in your collar. Oops.

Necklaces can be challenging because there are so many different necklace lengths, and you have to consider how the neckline of your garment is going to interact with it.

Finding the right necklace chain length for each neckline may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Eshly Jewellery has created this easy chain length guide to help you review the most popular necklace lengths, their names and the necklines to which they match best.

Know the Standard Necklace Lengths for Women

Standard necklace chains designed for women come in 7 basic sizes. For most women, these sizes will fall around the same place on the body - but this depends on the thickness of the woman’s neck. There’s a quick method for measuring your neck size so you’ll know if you’ll need slightly longer lengths when buying short necklaces.
Standard necklace lengths- Eshly Jewellery

1. Collar necklace 

  • Typically 14 inches (around 35 cm) in length and fits firmly around the neck. 
  • This type of necklace works beautifully when worn with an open-necked top such as scoop, V-neck, off-the-shoulder and boat neckline. 
  • This length especially flatters a longer neck and looks stylish for both casual and formal attire.

2. Choker necklace

  • Typically 16 inches long (around 40 cm) and worn firmly against the base of the throat. 
  • The 2nd most popular fashion choice (after the princess necklace) because it pairs well with just about everything. 
  • This length looks best with necklines such as strapless, off-shoulder, collar, asymmetrical, T shirt and boat. 
  • Because a choker can give the illusion of a shorter neck, it’s best suited to those with long, thin necks.

3. Princess necklace

  • Typically 18 inches in length (around 45 cm) and sits delicately on the collarbone. 
  • This length is the most common necklace length and is considered the average necklace length for women all over the world due to its ability to go with just about every outfit. 
  • The princess length best compliments strapless, off-shoulder, collar, V-neck, halter and square necklines.

4. Matinee necklace

  • Typically 20 inches (around 50 cm) in length, sitting classically between the collarbone and the bust.
  • Suitable for both business and casual wear. 
  • This length is perfect for elongating the neck, making it appear more ‘swan like’, and an eye-catching pendant will make it even more flattering, drawing the eye down the torso. 
  • The matinee length is most flattering with necklines such as plunging, halter, square and sweetheart.

 Princess necklace - Eshly Jewellery

5. Opera necklace

  • Typically 24 inches (around 60 cm) in length, which falls on the bust or a couple of inches below. 
  • This length will look elegant when paired with a turtleneck, boat or high neckline.
  • This necklace can be worn as a large single strand or doubled up to create a stylish two-strand choker style necklace. For a vintage look, try knotting this necklace at the bust. 

6. Lariat necklace

  • Typically 30 inches (around 75 cm) long.
  • A linear style necklace with a decorative dangle hanging down the middle - whether it be a tassel or bar or a string of beads. A lariat is sometimes referred to as a Y necklace because it resembles that shape. 
  • A long-dangle lariat is elegant and sophisticated, making it the perfect accessory to wear with a plunging or sweetheart neckline. 
  • A short-dangle lariat gives a more casual look which pairs well with a V-neck.

7. Rope necklace

  • Anywhere between 32 and 60 inches (around 80 cm) in length and can sit on or just below the centre of the chest.
  •  This necklace can be worn beautifully doubled or tripled as part of elegant business attire. 
  • Long rope necklaces are usually a great option for turtleneck, boat and high necklines.

Matchy, Matchy! Best Necklace Lengths for your Neckline

Want to know what necklaces to wear with T-shirts? Looking to pair a necklace with a collared dress? Wondering what type of necklace to wear with a V neck?

Here’s a quick guide to figuring out which necklace lengths match your outfit’s neckline:


Necklace Lengths

Strapless Neckline

Choker or Princess

Plunging Neckline

Matinee or Lariat

Off-shoulder Neckline

Collar, Choker or Princess

Collar Neckline

Choker or Princess with short pendant


Collar, Lariat, Princess with pendant or Bold Princess (coming to V-point)

High Neckline or Turtleneck

Opera or Rope

Asymmetrical Neckline

Choker or no necklace with statement earrings

Crew or T shirt Neckline

Choker or Collar

Boat Neckline

Collar, Choker, Opera or Rope

Scoop Neckline

Bold Collar or Choker

Halter Neckline

Princess or Matinee with slim pendant

Square Neckline

Choker, Princess or Matinee with angular pendants

Sweetheart Neckline

Lariat or Matinee

Cowl Neckline

No necklace with Statement earrings

For more ideas on how to extend and improve your jewellery collection, check out our article on how to choose the best earrings for your face shape.

The Best Advice for Getting it Right

No necklace guide is fool proof. If you’re preparing for an upcoming special occasion, whether it be a wedding, photoshoot, or job interview, make sure you conduct a wear test.

It’s important to make sure your jewellery pairs well with your garments if either is new. The worst is discovering that your necklace keeps clicking on your big buttons as you’re already half-way out the door; this can cause a great deal of stress and detract from your enjoyment of the event. A dry run can prevent this from happening.

Without Fashion Faux Pas,You Can Shine Brighter

When your necklace is the correct length, you don’t have to worry about being upstaged by any necklace mishaps. You can head into your event looking confident, relaxed, and dazzling. Speaking of dazzling, check out these necklace ideas we think will complete your outfit and compliment your inner-glow.

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