The lines a necklace creates can be used to visually, highlight, alter, or mask body features. In other words, your body's structure will determine which necklace looks best on you. Below are considerations you should take into account when selecting a necklace.
Choosing a necklace that fits your body and facial features
Face shapes can be categorized as oval, long (rectangular), round, or heart-shaped.
Heart-shapedShorter 12”-16” necklace lengths work best with a heart-shaped face. Chokers and collars are especially effective since they create an illusion of a broader chin.
RoundLonger 26”-36” necklace lengths help elongate the look of a round face. V-shaped and Y-shaped necklaces work especially well. Avoid chokers, collar necklaces, bib necklaces, and other short-length necklaces that will make an already-round face appear even rounder.
Long (rectangular)A shorter 12”-16” necklace can help broaden and soften the appearance of a long, narrow face.
OvalOval faces can wear any necklace length with no impact to appearance.
Mid-size20”-22” necklaces help accentuate the bust line. Women with smaller bust may opt for a long, thin chain or layered chain necklaces.
Full-figured bodyFull-figured body types should lean toward necklaces that sit higher (i.e. shorter necklace lengths).
Wide necks/broad shouldersWomen with wide necks or broad shoulders should avoid chokers and other extremely short necklaces. Such necklaces will make the neck look even wider.
Long and short necksWomen with long necks look best with choker type necklaces. Conversely, chokers can make a short neck look stubby.
Women under 5’5” should work with necklaces 16”-20” in length. These help elongate the neckline which adds the appearance of taller height. In contrast, a long necklace overwhelms a shorter frame.