The Sabrina, or bateau neckline is a major trend in wedding dresses this year. Why? You may recall a certain royal wedding earlier this year in which Meghan Markle wed Prince Harry in an iconic bateau neckline gown.
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With her simple, chic custom bridal gown from designer Claire Waight Keller, the Duchess of Sussex set the wedding fashion world afire with a new infusion of Sabrina neckline style.
If you’re a bride who must have this dainty and elegant collar option for your wedding gown design, here are some tips to style the look for maximum impact on your wedding day.
Heavy Earrings, Light Necklace
When accessorizing a bateau neckline with jewelry, it’s a good idea to balance the look with dangling statement earrings rather than a heavy necklace. The Sabrina neckline is very feminine and showcases the collarbones and curve of the neck. Heavy statement necklaces or thick chokers tend to detract from the suggested delicacy of the neck and shoulders. Do not wear any necklaces that extend past the neckline onto the bodice.
For this reason, keep neck jewelry light and emphasize the curve of your neck and shoulders with elegant dangling earrings. Or you can take a page from Meghan Markle’s book and stick with a pair of classic studs.
Sweep the Hair Off Your Neck
The same principle mentioned above also applies to your bridal hairstyle. While you can absolutely wear your hair down over your shoulders, this tends to detract from the defined curves of the neck and collarbone that the bateau neckline reveals. For maximum impact, style your hair in a low chignon or a high updo. This will showcase the feminine neckline, delicate collarbones and sensuous curves of your neck on your big day.
Any Veil Will Do
The wonderful and versatile thing about a wedding gown with a bateau neckline is that any veil will pair nicely with the neck. Some veil styles look strange or too busy with more ornate necklines, but this simple design will showcase any style with ease. A short birdcage veil on a fascinator will look equally as stunning as a flowing mantilla veil with lace edging.