Necklaces have made staple adornments for ages and they keep evolving. They have come from the bead and shell ages to myriad variations available today made even with precious metals and gemstones. The good thing about necklaces is that they can be worn by anyone; you just need to pay attention to the style and length to select the one that is most suitable for you.
The common styles
Pendant necklaces – Pendant necklaces make very desirable options, especially because it is possible for the pendant to be removed. Some necklaces have pendants included while others don’t but because the pendants are readily available, you can buy as many as you want and use them on the same neck chain to achieve different looks. Think about clasp ends when choosing pendants so you get the perfect fit.
Station necklaces – They feature large design elements like a bead or pearl link or discs that are separated using short thinner chain lengths. The tin cup necklace remains a very popular style among station necklace styles.
Lariat necklaces – This type of necklace comes in long lengths and open ends that lack a clasp. The absence of a clasp gives these necklaces versatility because they can be worn in different styles including knotted or doubled just like you would wear a scarf. You can achieve so many configurations with this necklace type making it a necklace that you can wear with any given outfit, whether casual or formal and for any given occasion for that matter.
Bib necklace – It features a series of nesting beads or chains connected to a single chain. The layered elements are designed in such a way that they rest against the wearer’s chest in different lengths. The chain holding them together begins round the collarbone top and can run around the neck back. Layered chains have gained popularity and feature large sized decorations to give a plain-looking, solid color outfit a touch of elegance and flair.
Common necklace lengths
Choker – This kind of necklace is usually 14 inches to 16 inches and embraces the collarbone. It is an attractive, youthful length with pearl chokers making some of the most popular and versatile pieces.
Collar – They are very short hugging the middle part of the neck and are worn with multiple strands. They are best worn against skin compared to over clothing. The term is generally used to describe bead or pearl necklaces.
Matinee – These necklace lengths are sophisticated and sexy and usually measure anything between 20 inches and 25 inches. They are classic and very popular because of how refined they look when worn with the right outfits.
Princes – It is probably the most popular length measuring 18 inches. The fall of the necklace is several inches below the collarbone and pearls are very popular with this length.
Sautoir – It is any length that is longer than 37 inches. It is also known as the rope and can be worn tripled or doubled depending on the type of layering you want to achieve or the trend that you wish to achieve.