Summer's hottest new neckline is here

Parlez-vous bateau? Aka, your sophisticated shortcut to summer dressing...
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Summer's hottest new neckline is here

In fashion, details can make a huge impact – and the difference between something being ‘meh’ or major. And so it is that we’ve come to crave boat necks right now (except we’re calling them bateau – everything sounds better in French, non?). Wide, high necklines that follow the collarbone and finish at the shoulders, they’re a subtle but effective switch-up.

The beauty of the bateau is that they perform the double whammy of being both of-the-moment and easy (revealing the décolletage and shoulders is universally flattering); the perfect nod to summer, especially if you don't want to shed your sleeves entirely. 

Brock Collection SS18

An elegant upgrade from those Bardot tops, which are now ubiquitous summer wardrobe fodder, the bateau neck is also known as the Sabrina. Why? A nod to Audrey Hepburn’s costumes in the 1954 film of the same name. And as with anything Audrey, the bateau is not flashy, or difficult, but quietly stylish. Think of it as a sophisticated short cut to summer dressing.

Look to the catwalk for inspiration: from Brock Collection’s heart-flutteringly romantic dresses to Jacquemus’ directional take on South of France dressing. Though we’d be lying if we didn’t admit a certain white Givenchy dress might have a little something to do with their renewed appeal.

Jacquemus SS18

BEAUTY TIP: Glow for it

Before you get your clavicle out, invest in a good highlighter. Yep, collarbone strobing is all the rage. The easiest way to do it is with a liquid highlighter, like Fenty Beauty’s Lava Body Luminiser which contains micropearls that deliver a light-bouncing effect with a bronze wash of colour. Just buff along your collarbone with a kabuki brush.

Prefer a powder? Estée Lauder’s Bronze Goddess Illuminating Powder Gelee in Heat Wave, will sculpt without being sparkly, and deliver that flawless golden glow.

Photos: Jason Lloyd-Evans