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How To Pick The Perfect Necklace To Suit The Neckline Of Your Dress

Choosing the Right Necklace Length for You


To create awe-inspiring looks choose a necklace that suits your neck size, face, and personality. You would have acquired a number of necklaces over a period. There are a few pieces that you rarely wear. There could be just two reasons why you never wear those pieces.


 (1) It does not go well with your overall wardrobe.


 (2) It does not give you a look that you want to create.


Here we help you select the perfect necklace to suit your neckline to enhance your look. To know the size of your neck, use a sewing measuring tape. Wrap it around the neck to find the neck size.


Traditionally, there are standard necklace lengths measured in inches. The gold chains can be cut to any length as per the requirement of the buyer. It’s a fact that women have a lot of choices whereas men have very few. The information below will give you the information about the standard necklace length options for women, the Styles in Neckpieces, KaratCraft,in recommended placement and our Designers advise on how it should be worn.




12-13 inches       Collar Style                 Worn tightly around the neck. Usually this necklace usually has single to multiple strands. Jewellery looks best with  Open-neck blouses and dresses such as scoop necks, V-necks, off-the-shoulder tops, single shoulder and boat necks.


14 -16 inches       Choker Style -  It’s  a classic necklace that nestles at the base of the throat. It’s a versatile necklace that can be worn with traditional apparel as well as western wear. Perfected when the necklace is in Gold and Diamonds.


17 to 19 inches Princess Style -  A popular necklace length that falls gently below the throat on the.  Add a pendant with a matching pair of earrings to give an eye-catching effect. This is worn best with all types of outfits, and a fantastic Gift for your wife or mother, Jewellery forever.


20 to 24 inches Matinee Style -  This falls between the collarbone and the bust, this is mostly worn with a business outfit, perfect jewellery in gold for office and corporate meets. However, it can also be worn with casual wear or for a evening out with friends.


30 to 36 inches Opera Style -  On the bust or an inch below, worn as a double strand. This necklace is a perfect piece to be worn with crew necklines. An amazing piece that can be worn with any  evening wear.


36 to 42 inches Rope Style - It’s is the longest chain. It lies on or just below the center of the bust and above the belly button. This  necklace is also known as bib  necklace because it can be turned into a multi-strand necklace.  Can be worn with traditional or western wear. Also worn elegantly with business as well as evening outfit.


Generally, men don't have the same concerns regarding their wardrobe or body type. Therefore, men have fewer necklace options. However, these days both brick 'n' mortar and online jewelers have chains and pendants for men also.

Finding your dream wedding gown is just the first step in putting together a beautiful look for your big day. That's because the right accessories are needed to complete any bridal outfit, as they add extra polish, glitz, and sophistication to an ensemble. This includes obvious items like shoes and hair pieces, but also jewelry, especially necklaces, which are on full display all day and night.

In general, the perfect necklace is a piece that complements your gown and works well with the neckline of your dress. So when shopping for this particular accessory, you want to be sure the types of necklaces you're considering blend well with any other jewelry you've chosen to wear (like earrings, bracelets, etc.), and ones that will fit the overall vibe of your entire look and celebration. With so many options out there, though, this task can feel a little overwhelming, which is why we enlisted help from a professional stylist.

Ahead, read on for the best tips on how to find the right necklace for your wedding day, according to an expert. Be sure to take notes!

Meet the Expert

Grace Thomas is a professional stylist and former buyer for brands like Nordstrom. She is the owner of Built Gracefully, a site meant to help users enhance their personal style.

The Importance of Choosing the Right Wedding Necklace

A necklace might seem like a small part of your wedding day, but it can add a lot to your overall look. This is especially true if you're wearing a very simple and minimalist gown, or if you're wearing something with a low or plunging neckline. That doesn't mean your necklace has to be a statement piece, it just means you should look for something that works well for your overall ensemble.

"Accessories are just as important to an outfit as the dress," says Grace Thomas, professional stylist and owner of Built Gracefully. "They can either complement or take away from your overall look." Thus, she recommends not waiting until the last minute to find a necklace (it's easy to forget about picking jewelry, considering how many other things are on your to-do list).

Thomas also adds that necklaces are "a great way to show off your personality, wear something that has meaning, or lean into fashion trends." For example, a hand-me-down necklace makes a perfect "something old," while a diamond and sapphire piece can serve as your "something blue."

Photo by Tracy Burch

The 7 Most Popular Types of Wedding Necklaces

Given that there are many types of necklaces to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start when embarking on the shopping process. Before you get overwhelmed, though, we're here to say that you can (and should) pick whatever works best with your personal style.

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Whether that's your favorite simple gold necklace you always wear on special occasions, a splurge item for your big day, or your grandmother's pearls she wanted you to wear, the options are truly endless. And while many brands will make "bridal jewelry" designed with brides in mind, here are the most popular styles you're likely to come across as you shop.

  1. Chokers: Chokers sit close to the neck, but some iterations can have a bit of length. According to Thomas, they are generally 14 to 16 inches long.
  2. Pendants: "This style is simple, with a chain and a charm or gem hanging at the bottom," Thomas explains. They are generally 18 inches in length but can vary widely. Pendants are lovely if you want something easy, classic, and versatile.
  3. Lariat: This style ranges in length and can be designed up to 34 inches long. "It creates a hanging pendant and the shape of a 'y' with the chain," Thomas says.
  4. Multi-strand: Multi-strand styles are usually a set of multiple chains that range between 14 to 24 inches long, Thomas explains. These strands can feature gemstones, beads, and/or pendants.
  5. Princess: Hanging around 16 to 18 inches, princess necklaces have more of a "bib-like design to it, with multiple strands of gemstones or beads draping across the collarbone," Thomas says.
  6. Collar: "This style hugs around your neck instead of hanging," Thomas says, and are usually 12 to 14 inches in length.
  7. Graduated: Graduated necklaces feature beads of different sizes, generally with the smallest beads at the clasp and the largest in the center. They're usually between 14 to 16 inches in length.

How to Choose the Best Wedding Necklace

As mentioned above, your dress and necklace should complement each other, which is why it's a good idea to wait until after you find a gown to secure a necklace (if you find the necklace first, you'll have to select a dress that works with your accessory, which is much more complicated).

"Don't compete with your neckline, instead compliment it," Thomas adds. "For example, avoid a chunky princess necklace with a narrow V-neck dress." Aside from that, here are several other tips to remember when finding "the one" necklace.

Based on Your Neckline

For brides wearing a strapless gown, Thomas recommends bolder necklaces, like a collar, choker, or multi-strand piece. Since more of your collarbone and shoulders are showing, your accessory will allow you to make a statement without detracting from your gown. This also applies to dresses with an off-the-shoulder and boat (or bateau) neckline.

Wearing a V-neck silhouette? According to Thomas, keep things simple with a small pendant. Similarly, gowns with sweetheart necklines also pair well with pendant necklaces, which have a similar drop as the "sweetheart shape."

Lastly, if opting to sport a gown with a high neckline, it's probably best to forgo wearing a necklace altogether. "It may snag on the fabric or take away from the neckline of your dress," Thomas notes. The same goes for a halter silhouette.

Based on Your Dress Style

If your gown is embellished with gems or pearls, Thomas recommends matching those embellishments with your necklace. For example, opt for a pearl necklace if there are pearls on your gown and a diamond accessory if your look is embellished with crystals.

On the other hand, brides wearing minimal or non-embellished looks have a bit more freedom when it comes to choosing a necklace style. If this is you, lean into your personal aesthetics, and let the neckline of your dress dictate your final decision.

Photo by Carl S. Miller

The Top Wedding Necklace Trends to Know

You certainly don't have to opt for a trend when it comes to your wedding necklace, but knowing what's popular at the moment may help guide you in the right direction. Specifically, one trend that's huge right now is pearl jewelry. "Pearls have taken over in the past couple of years and still maintain the top of the list," Thomas says. "This is a great time to incorporate vintage finds or pearls in many shapes, tones, and sizes." Pearls are also a nice change compared to diamonds or other gemstones.

What's more, unique shapes are also popular in the wedding world today. "Incorporating shapes like flowers and hearts within jewelry is a [current] trend," Thomas says. "Brides are having a bit more fun playing with these shapes, instead of traditional looks."

Lastly, colored gemstones are having a moment and have been for a few years. While you don't need to go crazy with a bunch of different colors (in fact, that might look like too much), incorporating a unique gemstone is a fun way to add color to your day-of ensemble. Something blue, anyone?

Additional Tips for Choosing a Wedding Necklace

Still not sure where to start? Keep these shopping tips in mind.

Start by picking a metal.

Your most common metals are going to be yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and sterling silver, Thomas says. Opt for the metal that goes nicely with your gown, especially if it's embellished. Additionally, think about the other accessories you want to wear. If your headpiece has silver and pearls, for example, you might want to stick with that theme.

Consider making your jewelry your "something old."

Instead of buying a new necklace, see if you can borrow one from a close family friend. This is a sweet way to show off an heirloom or a piece that feels really special to you.

Avoid too many colors.

A colored gemstone can look really beautiful on your necklace, but you may want to avoid anything too bold or colorful. With a white or ivory dress, something too multi-colored may clash.

Buy a necklace that matches your earrings.

If you can't find a matching set, you may want to try and keep your earrings and necklace similar. Only mix metals if you're comfortable with it, and if not, stick to the same metal and similar embellishments. You can also opt for statement earrings and a delicate necklace, or vice versa (two statement pieces may distract from the gown).

Overall, pick a necklace that works well with your neckline and your dress style—remember that you want it to complement the look rather than compete with it. This should be a way to show off your personal aesthetic and/or put an emphasis on the vibe you're looking to achieve on the big day.

How To Pick The Perfect Necklace To Suit The Neckline Of Your Dress

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