You should always consider your body frame, height and the neckline of your outfit or shirt when selecting a chain length. The average adult woman’s neck size measures between 14 and 15 inches. The average adult men’s neck size measures between 16-18 inches. If your neck circumference measurement is significantly different than these averages, be sure to add or subtract length for the necklace to fall as desired.
|Women’s Standard Necklace Sizes
14” necklaces - Choker length
This length will sit snugly around the middle of the neck. Choker length necklaces work well with off-the-should apparel.
16” necklaces – Collar length
This necklace length usually sits on the hollow of the base of the neck, just above the collarbone. This length emphasizes the neckline of women with a petite to medium build. For plus size women it may feel more like the choker length.
18” necklaces – Princess length
This is the most common necklace length for women. It is a popular choice for adding pendants or wearing it by itself as a statement item. For those with a larger neck or broad shoulder, the princess length will fit more like the collar length.
20” necklace – (Princess length)
For most women this necklace will fall a few inches below the collarbone. The length is perfect when wearing a low, plunging neckline or when wearing a turtleneck.
24” necklace – Matinee length
This length usually hits mid-sternum, following below any neckline.
|Men’s Standard Necklace Sizes
A shorter length that falls just around the base of the neck. For most men, this length sits just above a crew neck t-shirt.
The 20” necklace is the most common length for men and usually sits at the collarbone. A pendant featured on this length will hide under a crew neck shirt or show completely with a low v-neck or unbuttoned dress shirt.
This longer length sits just above the sternum and is used to hide pendants under the shirt.