beateau-neckline-bridalwear

The bateau neckline is as classic and timeless as they come, and speaks of feminine minimalism. Running horizontally (both front and back, the neckline almost touches both shoulders to highlight a beautiful neck and accentuate a well-shaped collar bone.

Also known as a boat neck, this style was first seen in the making of blouses or sweaters for sailors – traditionally of a fabric with navy and white stripes. The reason for this choice of wide, plain neckline was simply to facilitate quick removal of the clothing should a sailor fall overboard.

We can go on for days talking about the splendour of this flattering neckline, but what you really want to know is: How do I accessorise it? Here are a couple of options and tips:

  • If you want to wear a necklace, opt for a shorter choker-length necklace that won’t “break” the neckline.
  • Keep it simple with minimal jewellery and a natural hairstyle, and let the dress speak for itself.
  • Bateau dresses usually don’t have a lot of detail on the bodice, so use the opportunity to add a little sparkle around your neck with gemstones.
  • Alternatively keep the neckline bare and stick to earrings, delicate bracelets and hair bling.

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