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From a style stand-point, I am exceedingly grateful to the Duchess of Sussex for exhibiting the simple sophistication of the bateau neck – also known more commonly as the boatneck or Sabrina neckline (aka Audrey Hepburn’s neckline of choice).
On display Saturday were many smart, thoughtful stylish details reminenscent of Meghan’s style inspiration Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy – simple, timeless, seemingly effortless and intelligently sophisticated to allow the woman in the dress to shine.
Interestingly enough, the wedding gown’s design house Givenchy (now under the direction of Briton Clare Waight Keller) was the designer Audrey Hepburn is most associated with. The namesake, founder and creative genius of Givenchy, Hubert de Givenchy, worked for decades with Ms. Hepburn – elevating both of their careers and their working relationship lasted until her death in 1993.
There is something traditional and demure, but also mysterious and assured about the bateau neck. Whether a blouse, a sweater or a dress, there are few this neckline does not complement.
As one TSLL reader expressed to me on Instagram, I would be elated if this neckline takes a prominent presence in the upcoming season for both fall and spring. Designers, I have a feeling, are taking note from the response, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
Below I have shopped more than a few blouses, sweaters (even one sleep dress – white, just below on the right), as well as a couple of dresses.