Today we wanted to talk about the different types of necklaces and how to choose the perfect one for your neckline. Necklaces come in six lengths which are collar, choker, princess, matinee, opera and rope/lariats. The length of each necklace depends on where it falls on your chest. In general, longer lengths accentuate bust while shorter lengths accentuate the neckline.
This above illustration demonstrates how necklaces of different lengths will hang on your neck. Always keep in mind your neck size and the width when deciding what length to choose from. Here is a brief explanation of each type of necklace:
Collar (12-13 inches)
Collar necklaces fits tightly around the neck. They can be made out of one or multiple layers or strands. Collars look great on a long, slender neck.
Choker (14-16 inches)
A choker lays just above the collarbone and is a versatile length. Chokers will complement just about any size neckline but make sure that the width of your choker is appropriate to the length of your neck. A very wide choker will only exaggerate a short neck.
Princess (17-19 inches)
The princess necklace hangs over the collarbones. It is the perfect choice if you are not certain which length is most suitable for an occasion. It is also best suited for high necklines as well as low plunging necklines.
Matinee (20-25 inches)
The matinee necklace generally falls to the top of one’s bust. A matinee pearl necklace is an ideal choice for a chic professional look. A necklace with some length, 20 inches or longer, can draw the eye away from the chin and neck area to create a leaner appearance.
Opera (26-36 inches)
The opera necklace hangs over the bustline and has many different options. It can be worn as a single strand or multi-layered. It can also be knotted at the neckline or above the bustline to create a stylish look.
Ropes & Lariats (45+ inches)
A rope necklace can be worn hanging close to the navel or doubled as a 2 strand necklace. Lariats are another type of long-length necklace and it suits all body shapes and every neckline you can imagine.
A lariat is a very long variation of the rope, also without a clasp, often wrapped around multiple times around the neck. It is like a scarf, the ends can be crossed over, looped, or knotted in various ways.
The type of necklace to wear also depends on which clothing you are wearing. Here’s some help with which length necklace works best with your neckline. Please keep in mind that it’s not a hard and fast rule, you can get away with a lot depending on the look that you’re after.