How to measure your ideal length for a short necklace

Rather like scale, the length of a necklace and how it sits on you can make or break your look. Here we will look at how to measure your “ideal length”, personal to you.

We are all built differently and therefore how the same necklace sits on two people may vary considerably. Upper body length, chest depth, neck shape etc will all affect where the necklace will ultimately sit around your neck.

Why is this important? It is all about symmetry and ratio. We unconsciously see symmetrical things in nature and consider them beautiful. The reason is because the measurements are equal, and therefore balanced. It can be halves, thirds or quarters - what is important is that they are equal.

The high street offers standard lengths of 16, 17, 18, 20 inches and longer, and a simple chain extender is an inexpensive and easy way of enabling you to adjust these lengths in small amounts to bring the necklace in line with where it fits you best.

On this particular model, the ideal length would be 20”, so how do we work this out? All you need is a mirror, wear a vest and have a tape measure to hand.