Measure and Evaluate Your Neck
1. Use tailor tape to measure your neck
Before buying a chain, it is necessary to know your neck width especially when you’re looking for a short one. Wrap a soft measuring tape around your neck, holding it close to your skin. Make sure the chain is 4 inches longer than your width, which allows a pendant to fit. Even if you want a choker, add two inches to your measurement to let you feel comfortable.
- Regular length for your neck:
Adding 4 inches to your neck measurement
2. Evaluating the length and width of your neck
If you have a short neck, cop with chain between 20 to 24 inches will make your neck look longer. For a long, slender neck, chains like choker and collar will look more flattering on you. If you have a wide neck, choose a thin chain than a thick one will make you look attracting.
3.Take a long chain to stand your collarbone out
If you have a wide or short neck, try to wear chain longer than 20 inches. Adding an eye-catching pendant or charm to the chain to take the emphasis off your neck area and place it more on your collarbone and bust area. This will naturally draw eyes to the jewelry and away from your neck.
Evaluate Your Body and Face Type
1.Consider you height
If you’re on the short side (below 5’4” or 162 cm), go with a 16 to 20 inch (40 to 60 cm) chain. Anything longer than that tends to overwhelm small frames.
Those of average height (between 5’4” and 5’7”) can get away with wearing almost any length of necklace.
Most necklace lengths flatter taller frames (5’7” or 170 cm and higher) as well, but long chains can look especially flattering since they accentuate height.
While someone with a tall frame can definitely pull off a short chain, keep in mind that this style may not stand out as much as you’d like.
If you’re short, try to avoid chunky necklace designs, which can overwhelm your frame as much as a long chain length.
2.Choose a length that will emphasize your best features.
A necklace emphasizes the area where it falls on your body. If you don’t want to draw attention to a certain area, avoid necklaces that end there.
For example, if you have a small bust, try something between22 and 28 inches (71 and 96 cm) in length that will flatter your body type. Those with fuller figures may want to avoid very long chains, so go for a chain that is between 18 and 22 inches (45 and 55 cm) in length, as these will sit higher up on the neckline.
3.Choose chain by your face type
Use your basic face shape as a guide for selecting the best necklace length for you.
For example, if your face is round, avoid chokers and other short necklaces, since these will emphasize the roundness of your face.If your face is long, a short chain (between 16 and 18 inches/40 and 45 cm) will soften and round off its appearance. For those with heart-shaped faces, try a choker or other short necklace style. Short chains will create the appearance of fullness and balance out a narrow chin.
Choose a chain by your closet
1.Choose a 18-20 inches one for a daily outfit
A necklace that is 18 inches (45 cm) long will fall at approximately the collar bone area and marry well with almost anything in your closet. You could wear it with a t-shirt or simple top just as successfully as you could with a dress or other formal attire.
2.Wear chain between 20 to 24 inches with suit
Chains that are between 20 and 24 inches (50 and 60 cm) in length are as versatile as 18 inch (45 cm) chains, since they can be easily styled with both casual and dressy clothing. These chains will end somewhere between the collarbone and bust area.
3 Pick your chain in right length by the neckline
Jewel neckline: Round neckline is very common and boring but super suitable for chain to stand out. Nearly all type and lengths of chains can fit this neckline and you can hardly pick a wrong size.
V neck: As V-neck clothes are the best choice to show off the collarbone, so with a shorter collarbone chain makes the whole vibe more delicate.
Scoop neck: This curved U-shape allows more skin to show so it can match two or three chains with length to line up nd create a sense of hierarchy.
Polo neck: Autumn and winter turtleneck sweaters are very suitable for matching exaggerated large sweater chains, long necklaces, etc. to break the dull atmosphere.
All in all: look in the mirror and decide how the chain looks on you; and if you like it, wear it!