Monday, April 11, 2011

Choosing the right necklace length

The length of a necklace is a matter of importance for both designers and consumers. As a designer, I take into consideration these factors: shapes and texture of the materials; necklace length and style; necklines of clothing; color trends; and the best occasion to wear it. As a consumer, a necklace length influences our overall style: it can enhance our outfit (or ruin it) hide imperfections or accentuate our beautiful parts. 

Collar (12-13 inches)
This necklace lies on the neck. It is made of two or more strands. For an elegant and classy look, wear it V-neck tops, boat neck or off the shoulder outfits. One reminder, if you have a rounded face shape, or if your neck is short, don’t wear it or it makes your face rounder or your neck shorter. It compliments an evening look.

Choker (14-16 inches)
Lies just below the neckline. It is made of single or multi strands. It can go with any outfit from casual to fancy. Perfect for any time of day and occasion.

Princess (17-19 inches)
This is a very popular necklace length. Great for crew, high and low plunging necklines. This length is great for a pendant. Depending on what you wear, a Princess necklace has a versatile length for both daytime and evening.

Matinee (20-24 inches)
This necklace sits right above your chest and are elegant for casual and business dressing. It compliments a higher neckline. Just be careful when wearing this type of necklace, make sure your outfit is not too overpowering. You want either your outfit or your necklace to pop, not both.

Opera (28-34 inches)
This is the most flexible necklace length out of all lengths. Ideal for classic or casual attire. It works with both high or crew necklines; and turtle neck in winter. A lot of office ladies like this necklace length because they can wear it differently during and after work.

Rope or Lariat (Over 45 inches)
A minimum of 45 inches with clasps placed in strategic locations. You can wear it as a single layer, double or even triple! As great as it sounds, a Rope length is not for everyone, and it is one of those make-or-break-your-outfit type of necklace.