What Is a Bateau?

A bateau is a dress or outfit that has a wide neckline that runs horizontally, front and back, and almost to the shoulder points and then across the collarbone.

Traditionally it was used in nautically inspired sweaters and knitwear but has since featured in more elegant cocktail dresses, evening wear, and wedding dresses.

Key Points

  • This fashion was prominent in the 1920s and was popularized by Coco Chanel in the 1930s.
  • It can make for an unforgettable wedding dress.
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