Necklace Lengths: How to Choose the Right One for You

Hey sparkle-lovers! After conquering the worlds of rings and bracelets, it's time we put our focus on that neckline. Yes, we’re talking about necklaces! Choosing the right length can be the difference between a jewelry hit and a fashion miss.

The Basics of Necklace Lengths

Let's start simple. Generally, necklaces come in lengths ranging from 14 inches (choker style) to 36 inches (opera length) and even longer. Each length offers a unique look, but not every style is suitable for every occasion or outfit.

The Choker (14-16 inches)

  • Sits Close: These beauties hug your neck and work well with low or off-shoulder tops.
  • Versatile: A simple choker can add a contemporary feel to both casual and formal attire.

The Princess (18-20 inches)

  • Most Common: It's the Goldilocks of necklaces — not too short, not too long.
  • Pairs Well: Great with almost any neckline, except maybe turtlenecks.

The Matinee (22-24 inches)

  • Sophistication: Ideal for business casual or layered with other shorter necklaces.
  • Neckline Beware: Best avoided with high necklines.

The Opera (28-36 inches)

  • Glamour: Perfect for adding drama or for doubling up for a layered look.
  • Caution: Avoid shorter necklines to keep the focus on your necklace.

Special Mention: Lariats and Y-Necklaces

  • Variable Lengths: These are often adjustable and add a unique flair to your outfit.

How to Measure

You can measure a necklace you already own or use a measuring tape around your neck to decide what lengths work for you. Here at Shiny Magic Rocks  we always encourage customers to know their numbers.


From chokers to opera-length pieces, choosing the right necklace can elevate your style and highlight your features. Stay tuned for our next article where we'll go into the intricacies of earring types and sizes. Until then, keep shining!

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