How To Choose The Perfect Necklace Length

Our handy guide will make it easier for you to decide on the ideal necklace length to choose. Learn what the most flattering chain length is for the shape of your face, your chosen garment neckline and even for your height.

Choosing a necklace length



  • Choker - 12 inches
  • Collar - 16 inches
  • Princess - 18 to 20 inches
  • Matinee - 24 to 28 inches
  • Opera - 30 inches
  • Rope - 36 to 44 inches

Face Shape

Round or oval

Princess and Matinee length necklaces will elongate the face and create a 'V' shape to draw the eye downward.

Square or rectangular

Shorter necklaces to soften angular features and to accentuate a long neck.

Heart shaped

Shorter necklaces like chokers are ideal for softening the shape of the face and giving a sense of a fuller jawline.



Wear a long necklace, for example opera or rope, to create the illusion of vertical lines and additional height.


If you're between 5.4" and 5.7" then you can easily wear all necklace lengths.


Longer length necklaces will accentuate tall frames and when choosing a shorter necklace, make sure it complements your face shape.



Shorter and choker-style necklaces will draw attention to the neck and away from the stomach.


Slim pendant necklaces will help draw attention to the chest. 

V neck

Angular pendant necklaces that match the length and shape of the V in the top will work best. Avoid necklaces that are too long as these will pull the eye away from the neckline.

Square necklines

Angular pendant necklaces to soften the angles of the neckline, whilst ensuring the necklace length doesn't fall below the neckline.

Scoop necklines

Chunky statement necklaces or pendant necklaces will help fill the space.

Collared necklines

If you have a long neck, you can choose a choker for added definition. For shorter necks, choose a necklace length that sits above the last open button in your top.

Crew necklines

Opt for a shorter necklace, like a choker to accentuate the neck.