Last month's neckline post covered five fairly basic necklines. Refer back to Part I HERE This month I cover five more neckline choices.
First is the Boatneck. or Bateau neckline. This is a great choice for active wear as well as for dresses. This style has a slight crescent shape and elongated cut to the shoulders creating a very slight drape. It was made popular by such icons as Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn.
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The next neckline is the Florentine. The Florentine is basically a Square neckline.It extends from the shoulder straight across the front and/or the back . It can be square or be rounded just slightly.
The Florentine style originated during the Italian Renaissance which began in the 14th century and extended into the 16th century. Many examples of this neckline can be seen in gowns of this era.
The Horseshoe neckline is a modified U neckline. The Horseshoe widens at the base and sits closer to the neck. The flare at the base can be very slight. Popular in the 1940's on jumpers and weskits.
Next is Sabrina. It's basically a Boatneck or Bateau but named after Audrey Hepburn's movie character Sabrina (1954) She wore a black dress with a bateau neckline with shoulder ties. She, as usual, looked stunning.
The last one, for this post, is the Keyhole neckline. A split neckline with the top drawn back in to form an opening. The opening is traditionally teardrop shape but anything goes. The Keyhole has endured over the years but was most popular in the 1940's.
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By Mary Beth