According to Wikipedia, a boat neck is also known as a bateau neck or Sabrina neckline. It’s a wide neckline that runs horizontally, front and back, almost to the shoulders and across the collarbone. It is traditionally used in nautical-inspired knitwear but is also used in more elegant cocktail boat neck dresses and evening gowns.
The way of wearing this type of neckline is derived from sailor blouses or sweaters, often with wide, dark blue and white horizontal stripes. The wide, smooth neck came in handy when a sailor should fall overboard quickly.
Today we’re going to see how this neckline finds its way into fashion. The boat neck dress and sweater are among the most popular staples with this type of neckline. It’s a perfect opportunity for you to see how to style this dress as a casual or elegant staple.
Scroll down to see what I have prepared for you.
White summer dress
Just like Olivia Palermo, you can walk the streets of your city with a dog or alone in this beautiful white boat neck dress.
She manages to style this lovely white piece with strappy sandals, just a few accessories and look absolutely amazing. You can recreate this look very easily. Put a belt around your waist, choose interesting high-heeled sandals and you’re good to go!
Dark blue maxi dress
Every girl needs a casual maxi dress in her wardrobe. It will be your savior on many different occasions when you don’t really feel like dressing up smartly.
With just a few details, this dress can turn into a beautiful, flattering dress. When you add a gold necklace and a couple of rings you get a whole new look.
When it comes to shoes, you can choose both flats and heels. Choose your show attire based on the events you are planning.
Open back dress
I love dresses that have an interesting cut. They are always your ace in the hole when you need a wonderful and exciting outfit.
The front is very classic; The straight cut is always a good idea. You can wear this outfit for many different occasions. The black color is very versatile and can be paired with white pointed toe stilettos.
This outfit is a great option for late night dinners or cocktails in a chic city restaurant.
Embroidered, sheer dress with a boat neckline
Embroidery took the hearts of many girls (count me there). It appeared on skirts, jeans, jackets, and dresses. Almost everywhere! It was also a big part of the accessories – bags, shoes and hats.
However, this dress is a mix of different materials and prints. As you can see there are polka dot patterns along with white embroidered flowers. In addition, the top is made of pure material that is very modern.
You can style this dress for different occasions. However, keep it only for elegant and formal events.
Polka dot dress
Now that I mentioned the polka dot pattern, let’s look at a lovely dress made entirely of this print.
If you didn’t know, that pressure is coming back through the big door. So now is the time to shop for a boat neck dress with that lovely retro print.
You can combine it with dark blue flats or opt for high-heeled sandals with high heels.
Emerald green dress
If you’re not that into prints, don’t worry. I have something very demanding for you.
This beautiful silk dress is great for many occasions. One thing is certain; You will feel very comfortable in it. This model is great for working hours. It looks very glamorous even though it’s very simple.
Pair this dress with high-heeled strappy sandals.
This is a perfect white summer dress. It can be your best friend in many situations when you want to look nice but effortless.
This dress is beautiful and very flattering. The sleeves have nice tie details that look very chic and interesting. You can style this dress for everyday wear or combine it with elegant details for elegant events.
Ladylike Black Boat Neck Dress
The boat neckline was originally in elegant and retro dresses. Then it found its way into modern shirts and dresses. Olivia Palermo loves this retro style. She wears this beautiful black boat neck dress combined with simple but elegant stilettos.
You can wear this dress for elegant occasions like weddings, birthdays or Christmas dinners.
Sweater dress (bodycon)
Is there anything better than a figure-hugging sweater dress on cold winter days? No if you ask for my opinion. I have a friend who is a big fan of clothes in general, so she wore them on those cold winter days too. This can be a good choice for them.
This beautiful boat neck dress is striped and knitted. It’s very warm and flattering. You can combine it with over-the-knee boots or ankles. When spring comes, you can wear it with flats too.
Blue striped summer dress
If you are looking for the perfect maxi dress to wear to the beach, this is the great one.
This beautiful baby blue striped dress is ideal for your seaside vacation. You can style it with strappy sandals and a straw or mesh bag for a super trendy summer look.
Colorful boat neck dress
I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of colors. Finding something big enough like this dress isn’t always easy, however. A beautiful mix of colors and a comfortable boat neckline are two of the strongest features that describe this dress.
You can wear it as an everyday dress or style it for elegant occasions.
Red dress with boat neckline
This sleek and elegant dress is ideal for work wear. It has short sleeves and midi length. It’s very sophisticated and glamorous. You can combine it with pointy patent leather heels and add a tote bag or shoulder bag.
I hope you enjoyed reading this style guide. Be sure to read all of the other outfit posts we’ve prepared for you.