The Long and Short of It

actual_lengths We often feel that necklace lengths are a matter of personal preference, but we have encountered so many customers recently asking us what lengths are considered standard that we decided to write up some tips & guidelines regarding how you can decide what length is best for you. Keep in mind, fashion rules are made to be broken, and by no means do we consider ourselves to be the Fashion Police. We promise we won’t get mad if you decide to shake things up a bit. It is hard to go wrong with truly “classic” looks, but we also love how gorgeous necklaces can look when layered together and worn in fun & funky ways!

When folks ask us what is an “ideal” necklace length is, we typically tell them somewhere between 16 and 20 inches. A necklace in this range sits just between the base of the throat and the collarbone (for most people). Sixteen inches is usually the shortest most women are comfortable wearing, although collar-style necklaces can be as short as 14 inches. For men, 18 to 20 inches is considered short, while 21 to 24 inches is considered medium length.  For children’s necklaces, 14 to 16 inches is standard. However, keep in mind that everyone’s body dimensions differ, so if you are unsure of what length is most comfortable, grab a flexible measuring tape and spend a bit of time in front of a mirror to find your ideal necklace length.

Hot look: mixing and matching short & long necklaces with open-collar shirts.

Hot look: mixing and matching short & long necklaces with low-neck shirts.

Now comes an even trickier part: determining how long your necklace should be to compliment your outfit. As a rule of thumb, if you are wearing clothing with a high neck, long necklaces look best; a short necklace draws the eye up, and a necklace so close to your clothing neckline cane look a bit tight. Long necklaces are also nice for those who prefer to draw attention away from their necks, and they can add a very sophisticated look to an outfit. The longer the necklace, the more dramatic the look!  However, short necklaces look nice with a wide variety of necklines, including V-necks, open-collar buttoned blouses, scoop-necks, boat-necks, and more.

Below are some looks we love on ladies, as well as some shots of one our fave jewelry-wearing gentlemen: Johnny Depp. Johnny’s been rocking awesome jewelry for as long as we can remember, and he looks darn good doing it! Whatever your size, age, gender, shape, or style, we hope you’ve found this post helpful in finding your perfect necklace length. Like we said before: break some fashion rules, and — most of all — have fun with your jewelry!

One of our in-house artists wearing a simple, yet stunning piece that we designed for her.

One of our in-house artists wearing a simple, yet stunning piece that we designed for her.

We like the idea of mixing short, bold necklaces with longer, more delicate ones. Why choose between them, when you can wear them all?!

We like the idea of mixing short, bold necklaces with longer, more delicate ones. Why choose between them, when you can wear them all?!

Maria Menounos knows how to add some pizazz to a plain, open-collar shirt.

Maria Menounos knows how to add some pizazz to a plain, open-collar shirt.

Selena Gomez dresses up a simple black turtleneck with a dramatic silver necklace.

Selena Gomez dresses up a simple black turtleneck with a dramatic silver necklace.

Early '90s Johnny. Gotta love his grunge-chic look!

Early ’90s Johnny. Gotta love his grunge-chic look!

Even today, Johnny loves his beads & chain. And we love YOU, Mr. Depp! ;)

Even today, Johnny loves his beads & chain. And we love YOU, Mr. Depp! 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credits in order from top to bottom:
Photo 1 courtesy of alenasoriginals.blogspot.com
Photo 2 courtesy of stelladot.com
Photo 3 courtesy of Sarah Wakida of Cloth & Nail.
Photo 4 courtesy of alixandracollections.tumblr.com
Photo 5 (Maria Menounos) courtesy of glamour.com
Photo 6 (Selena Gomez) courtesy of makeupandbeauty.com
Photo 7 (Johnny Depp) courtesy of fashionoverreason.blogspot.com
Photo 8 (Johnny Depp) courtesy of listal.com

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