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Bateau Neckline

What is a Bateau Neckline?

The bateau neckline runs almost perfectly straight across the collarbone, from shoulder to shoulder. (Bateau is French for "boat," thus it is also commonly known as the "Boat Neck".)

A true bateau neckline will display the same depth in the front, as in the back, however many dresses with the design elements of the bateau neckline in the front, will have a much deeper cut in the back, providing added visual interest.

The Bateau is also very similar to the Sabrina neckline, but the Sabrina features a more rounded opening in front and back.

The Bateau Neckline
The front of Bridal Gown Pronovias Icaro is a great example of a wedding dress with a bateau neckline:
Pronovias Icaro
Bridal Gown Pronovias Icaro

Benefits of the Bateau Neckline:

  • The bateau neckline is great on thin, straight figures
  • The bateau neck gives a beautifully classic look (think Old Hollywood glamour)
  • With full coverage to the collarbone, the bateau neckline is a modest, yet chic style

Things to Consider:

  • 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.

The Sabrina Neckline
(For more information on this style, see: Sabrina Neckline.)

The Sabrina neckline is quite similar to the bateau, but features a slightly deeper curve (the bateau is only slightly rounded).

Casablanca 2004 Bridal Gown provides a perfect example of the Sabrina neckline:
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Casablanca 2004 Bridal Gown

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