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How to Choose the Right Chain Length for Custom Name Necklace

Posted by Jeniffer C on

While choosing a custom necklace, you still have to decide what length of chain you'd like and the length can depend on things like the style of necklace you're wearing to the size of your neck.  Ultimately, though, it's really a matter of personal taste.

There are some basic guidelines for you to choose the chain length. And just like style, the correct length for you is based on personal taste. It's also nice to have different sizes and styles of necklace on hand for different occasions.

Standard Necklace Lengths for Women

We offer necklace chains range from 14 to 22 inches and anywhere in between and the following are the necklace lengths and where they fall on the average female body:

Necklace Length

Position on the Body

14 inches

Wraps closely around the neck

16 inches

Wraps loosely around the neck

18 inches

Sits on the collarbone

20 inches

Sits just below the collarbone

22 inches

Lays at or above the top of the bust


Factors to Consider Before Buying Necklaces

Depending on your neck size, 10- to 14-inch necklaces wrap very closely around the neck. These necklaces may also be referred to as collar necklaces. If you want your necklace to sit at the neck, but with a looser fit, consider purchasing a 16-inch necklace, which typically sits just above the collarbone. Sixteen-inch necklaces are sometimes referred to as chokers, chains, lockets, or strands.

Eighteen-inch necklaces sit at the collarbone. Even though 18-inch necklaces are longer than typical collars or chokers, they will still appear to sit quite close to the neck. Pendants attached to 18-inch necklaces will typically lie above the breastbone. Eighteen inch necklaces are the most common necklace length and are often referred to as princess necklaces. If you want a necklace that sits just below the collarbone, but above the neckline, consider a 20-inch necklace. The 20-inch necklace length is common for many chains, strands, and lockets. Twenty-inch necklaces are also known as a matinee.

Twenty-two-inch necklaces sit at or just above the top of the bust. This necklace length may also be called a matinee.

Extended Chain

All custom necklace offered by ABCNecklace.com contains a 1 to 2 inches extended chain, and the chain length excluding the pendant size.

Standard Necklace Lengths for Men

Necklace chains for men typically range from 18 to 22 inches. Like women’s necklaces, most men’s necklaces are found in even-inch lengths. The following are the most commonly sold male necklace lengths and where they fall on the average male body:

Necklace Length

Position on the Body

18 inches

Sits at the base of the neck

20 inches

Sits at the collarbone

22 inches

Falls a few inches below the collarbone


Factors to Consider Before Buying

The smallest necklace size available for men is typically 18 inches. An 18-inch necklace will sit at the base of the neck on the average male. If you are looking for a slightly longer necklace, consider a 20-inch necklace, which will lie directly on the collarbone of the average male. The 20-inch necklace is the most common necklace length for men.

If you are looking for a necklace that falls below the collarbone, consider a 22-inch necklace.

Choosing the Right Necklace Length for Your Body Type

Varying necklace lengths are an excellent way to accentuate certain body features and minimize others. For example, if you would like to subtly accent the bust, select a necklace that is 20 to 22 inches in length, as it will draw attention just below the collarbone or above the top of the bust. Alternatively, if you are flat-chested, long, thin chains will look graceful and elegant on your body frame.

If you have a full-figured body, do not wear necklaces that sit on or below the breast line, as this length necklace will not hang properly. Instead, try a necklace that sits slightly higher on the body, such as an 18- to 22-inch necklace.

Still need help? Feel free to contact us or email us: support@abcnecklace.com

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