Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Necklace Lengths

What necklace lengths are available and which one should you choose?

Collars necklaces are usually about 12 to 13 inches in length and are designed to fit snugly, but comfortably on the middle of your neck, above the collarbone. Collar necklaces are often made up of three or more strands and tend to convey a style of Victorian elegance. This length is not a good option for anyone who feels self-conscious about their neck, since it will call extra attention to that area. Best suited for formal occasions, collar necklaces pair well with off-the-shoulder and V-neck necklines.

Despite the name, a choker necklace should never choke you, but should fall just to the base of your neck. At a length of about 14 to 16 inches, a choker is longer than a collar necklace and more versatile. A simple and classic choker can go with virtually any outfit. If you prefer modest necklines, a choker can be the perfect solution since other lengths may fall too long and become lost. It's also a beautiful choice for brides and bridesmaids.

The princess length necklace rests just over the collar bone and is a very popular length ranging from 17 to 19 inches. This style works well with crew and high necklines but it also complements low plunging necklines,especially when paired with a bold pendant. This is an excellent option for women who want to draw attention away from a thick neck.

The matinee necklace is 20 to 24 inches long and adds an elegant flourish to business or casual clothes. It should drape to the top of your bust line. Make sure there's no decoration on your blouse to clash with it. It flatters bigger busts and complements professional attire such as blazers and button-up blouses.

The opera necklace drapes elegantly to the mid-section at a length of about 28 to 34 inches. Opera length necklaces add a feeling of lavish extravagance to a formal gown or blouse.
This style will draw attention to your bust and is perfect for de-emphasizing a round face. The impressive length may also allow for you to double or triple the strand and wear one necklace in several different ways.

Rope necklaces are usually 45 inches or longer and cause the eye to sweep down your torso, emphasizing your curves. A stunning and sensual look, rope necklaces are wonderful to dress up a classic black dress. The rope necklace is also an effective way to add an element of drama or intrigue to your look. Some rope necklaces include extra clasps, making it easy to transform their length.

The Lariat is a long string of beads (without a clasp) which can be looped, wrapped or draped, according to the wearer's whim. This style is typically 45 inches or longer and delivers a romantic wraparound look. Lariats look best with low necklines and off the shoulder styles, and work especially well with a frilly blouse.


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