What's a Boat Neck?
A boat neck wedding dress features a neckline that runs almost perfectly straight across the collarbone, from shoulder to shoulder. (Also know as the Bateau neckline
, which is French for boat
The design of a "true" boat neck displays the same depth in front and back, however many dresses with the design elements of the boat neck in the front, will have a much deeper cut in the back, providing added visual interest.
The boat neck is quite similar to the Sabrina neckline
, but is straight across, while the Sabrina is slightly curved in front and back.
The Boat Neck Wedding Dress
Benefits of the Boat Neck:
A boat neck wedding dress is very flattering on small frames
A boat neck wedding dress has a very classic look (think Old Hollywood glamour)
A boat neck wedding dress provides full coverage to the collarbone, making it a modest, yet chic style
Things to Consider:
The Sabrina Neckline
The bateau neckline is not the most flattering style for those with a large bust
The bateau neckline may not be the most flattering style for full-figured brides, as it will generally serve to widen the frame.
(For more information on this style, see: Sabrina Neckline
The Sabrina neckline is quite similar to the boat neck, but features a slightly deeper curve (the boat neck is only slightly rounded).