Sales of boat neck dresses and tops are soaring thanks to the Royal Wedding

One of the most beautiful details of the Duchess of Sussex’s Givenchy wedding dress was the neckline.

Not quite a bardot (which is more off the shoulder), the very wide boat neck Meghan wore was testament to designer Claire Waight Keller’s tailoring. Cut higher on the chest, it’s a shape that shows off your clavicles and the very tops of your shoulders without showing too much skin.

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Now that Meghan has shown the world exactly how chic a dramatic boat neck can be, sales of boat-neck dresses and tops have spiked by 41% since the Royal Wedding, according to retailer JD Williams. (Similarly, they saw sales of halter neck dresses go up by 20%, after Meghan stepped out in her Stella McCartney dress for the wedding reception).

Whether you want a show-stopping occasion dress, or a casual top to wear with jeans at the weekend, you can rock a boat neck – all you need is a decent strapless bra (although a  little highlighter dusted on your collar bones can look nice too). Because the neckline is clean and away from the face, a broad boat neck is great with this season’s statement earrings – giving your tassels space to shine. For added ‘wow’, wear you hair up to show off the nape of your neck.

The bardot neckline, the more revealing cousin of the boat-neck, has already gained popularity; and you may find bardots that are cut to sit a bit higher up. Hugging the shoulders, rather than further down your upper arms, will actually re-create the look.

Ready to show off your clavicles? Take a look at out favourite boat neck beauties…

Paper Dolls cream and navy dress £43.50, Dorothy Perkins

Katya frill maxi dress, £143.20, Monsoon


Yumi lace dress, £49, House Of Fraser

Apollo tie waist dress, £85, Harvey Nichols

Blue stripe puff sleeve top, £22, JD Williams

Orange rib tie-waist midi dress, £36, River Island

Genevieve jumper, £70, Boden