Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The secrets behind choosing the right necklace length

Pin It Do you often wonder what necklace length or style would go with a particular neckline then wonder no more, in the first of 2 posts I'll help you to uncover the secrets!!  

The jewellery and accessories you choose completes your look and can make or break an outfit!!!  The right necklace can draw attention to areas that you don't like or help to conceal them.

The first stage in choosing the right necklace is to know the circumference of your neck.  Use a soft measuring tape and make sure it’s a snug fit to determine your size.  Keep in mind that clasps will add length and are often not included in the measurements quoted (I do usually include them in mine though).

Once you have your neck's measurement you should add at least 2 inches if you are buying a tight fighting necklace.  Use the following measurements as a guideline but remember to add on extra if your neck is bigger than 14 inches.

Necklace Lengths
14-16 inches. The choker, also called a chain or strand is supposed to wrap loosely around the neck, never restricting your neck when you take deep breaths.
18 inches. Usually called princess necklaces, these pieces of jewellery are designed to sit on the collarbone.
20 inches. Sitting just below the collarbone, a 20 inch necklace is called a matinée and is usually the standard length for adding lockets and pendants.
22 inches. Landing at the top of the bust, this also falls into the matinée category.
24 inches. A necklace this long should be at the centre of the bust or just below it.
28-38 inches. Hanging below the bust, a necklace in this region is either an opera necklace (30 inches), or a lariat (36 inches). The term rope refers to lariats without a clasp.
40 inches or more. At this length, necklaces hang below the navel and are usually worn wrapped around the neck, either two or three times.
You should also keep in mind what body shape you are and the neckline of your outfit but I'll post more about that next week....

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