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Neclace Sizing Guide

Necklaces and chains are available in different lengths and styles. You should choose length and style of necklace or chain based on your neck size, personality and clothing.


Neck Size Measurement

Neck size can be measured easily by using a sewing (soft) measuring tape. You need to wrap this tape around the base of your neck and find out the neck size. But if you don’t have a soft measuring tape then you can also use a yardstick, ruler or stiff metal measuring tape. In such a case, you need to wrap a ribbon around the base of your neck, mark the spot where it meets, and then lay it against the yardstick or metal measuring tape to determine neck size.

Types of Necklaces Based on Length

Necklaces traditionally come in six lengths. Depending on the length, the necklace will hang to a different part of the wearer’s body.

  • Collar

    Length: 12 to 13 Inches

    Collar necklace worn tightly around the neck and usually consist of multiple strands. One should wear this type of necklace with V-necks, boat necks and off–the–shoulder clothing.

  • Choker 

    Length: 14 to 16 Inches 

    Choker gives very classic as well as versatile look and falls perfectly around the base of the neck. Chokers look beautiful on all types of outfit.

  • Princess

    Length: 17 to 19 Inches

    Princess offers the most popular necklace length and falls just below the throat. It comes in between choker and matinee length. A pendant can also be added for a bold and eye-catching look. Princess necklaces also look beautiful on all types of attire.

  • Matinee

    Length: 20 to 24 Inches

    Matinee style also offers one of the most popular necklace lengths and it comes in between princess and opera length. Matinee necklaces look stunning on casual or business attire.

  • Opera

    Length: 30 to 36 Inches

    Opera necklace comes in a stretched length which ranges from 30 to 36 inches long. You can wear this as a single or double strand. It is perfect for high or crew necklines and gives ease and versatility especially to evening wear.

  • Rope

    Length: 40 to 45+ Inches

    Rope necklace comes in the longest length and it offers a different and astonishing look. Usually rope necklace looks elegant on any type of clothing. Often this necklace can be transformed into multi-strand necklace and when it is worn with strands of graduated lengths, it is known as bib necklace.

Most Common Lengths for Necklaces / Chains

Following table shows the most common necklace / chain lengths depending on the wearer. 

Wearer with
Average Neck Size

(in inches)





Adult Women


Adult Men


Necklace Length Comparison Chart

You can use below given necklace length comparison chart which illustrates where necklaces / chains of different lengths will hang on a person with an average neck size. 

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