There are so many different styles, lengths and trends in jewelry these days, and necklaces are the easiest and most popular style to wear. Here’s a quick guide to teach you the terminology of necklace styles so you can look and sound like a jewelry pro!
Choker—14 inches. A Choker will typically sit high and tight on the neck. The ideal neckline for a Choker is a strapless silhouette – so wear them with your summer sundress at the beach, OR your fancy cocktail dress!
Collar—16 inches. The Collar will ideally will fit perfectly around the base of the neck. A Collar is ideally worn with an open neckline or a strapless top – but it really works with a little Italian business suit too, so get that corporate look ready!
Bib—16-18 inches. A Bib necklace, also known as a Statement necklace, is usually a standout. You can wear it with most necklines, but keep your top simple. This necklace usually draws all the attention!
Matinee—20 inches. The Matinee necklace falls a few inches below the collar bone and sit just at the bust line. Traditionally the Matinee Necklace was a single strand of pearls, but more modern styles include layered necklaces. This necklace is versatile – wear it with a low neckline or a turtleneck
Long/Opera—24 inches. The Opera Necklace or Long Necklace also includes Pendant Necklaces. We all have a bunch of these – wear them with sweaters and tee shirts!
Rope/Lariat—30-36 inches. While the Rope Necklace is a long single strand, a Lariat is a long open-ended necklace. Both can be worn long, wrapped or added to other necklaces for a layered look. Knot them, double or even triple them for extra impact!
Of course, everyone has necklace styles that look better on them – some women may not like how they look in chokers, and shorter women may not like themselves in really long necklaces. Choose a style that frames your face, accentuates your best features – and then go rock them!