Whether you want to wear a chain by itself or with a charm or pendant, chains are some of the most popular jewelry around. They can be individualized and customized to match ones personality.
What Length of Chain to Buy?
Many times it is challenging to determine how long a chain to buy. If possible, you always want to measure. You take a string make it about the length you want the chain to be (making sure it isn't too loose or too tight) and then measure the string with a tape measure.
However, sometimes measuring is not possible. If this is the case, then first you want to decide if you want to buy a long chain or a short chain. Generally, shorter length chains look best with button down shirts, tank tops, halter tops and shirts with larger neck openings. Longer chains shine when wearing a turtleneck or higher neck blouse though some people wear these chains next to the skin anyways.
- Short Chains: For women with small necks, a 16 inch length chain is great. If the women has a larger neck, then buying a 18 inch (or larger) necklace is recommended. For men, a 18 inch chain is usually the smallest one should even consider. However, most men are more comfortable with 20 or 21 inch chains.
- Medium Chains: 24 inches is considered the "standard" size for a medium chain.
- Longer Chains: If you want to fit it over the head without using a clasp 27 or 30 inch chains are recommended. For larger builds, you may wish to buy up to a 36 inch chain.
- Waist Chains: Generally waist chains (or belly chains) are somewhat adjustable -- often ranging from 26 inches to 40 inches. You can extend these with a short bracelet chain is needed though you will need to match chain type and design if possible. Some belly chains can be worn with (or without) a belly ring.
Whatever type of chain you choose, have fun and enjoy. Add a pendant or beads if desired when the mood hits. Change styles when you are looking for something different.