When you see boat neck, you probably think Meghan Markle’s Givenchy wedding dress. If you follow her wardrobe choices over the past years, you will notice that she loves boatneck dresses.
A boat neck is also know as bateau neck or Sabrina neckline, is a wide neckline that extends towards almost to the shoulder points and across the collarbone. It is traditionally used in sweaters but is also used in elegant dresses. The style inspired by from sailor’s blouses and often with stripes.
Coco Chanel made the boatneck popular in the 1930s. She took inpiration from sailors.
In 1954, the boatneck got another fashion boots thanks to Audrey Hepburn and designer Hubert de Givenchy. Givenchy designed the black dress for her role in Sabrina. That’s why the boatneck is also known as the ‘Sabrina neckline’
Audrey Hepburn wore white lace belted boat neck dress in 1954 Oscars. It was Givenchy’s design.
Audrey Hepburn also wore boatneck dress in ‘Breakfast at Tiffanny’s.
According to Pinterest, boatneck dresses became prominent since 2017s, thanks to Meghan Markle.
I personally adore boat neck dress. It is simple and something between the crw neck dress and the off shoulder. Some of them are wider neck and the other ones are more crew neck. I prefer wider neck versions.
The boat neck let you show your collarbones in a elegant way. It is sexy but low key way.
How to wear it?
The boat necks are very easy to combine. You can pick polka dot flare dress version and complete your look with pair of ballet flats. It is a reat casual look.
You can choose black boat neck dress and pair it with nude heels. It is a simple and elegant look.
Many people prefer to show skin for formal events but looking sexy doesn’t mean showing so much skin. You can pick wider boat neck flare dress and complete your look with a pair of heels.
For more feminine look, you can choose boat neck bodycon midi dress.
What do you think about boat neck dresses? How would you style boat neck dress?
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