By now, we’re more than familiar with the power of the Meghan Markle effect — it’s led people to blog about her outfits for a living, and caused countless pieces to sell out. With each public appearance, everyone is watching to see (besides whether she and Prince Harry will show a little PDA) what The Duchess of Sussex does wears next. And lately, we’re willing to bet it will include a bateau neckline.
The silhouette first made an appearance with her wedding dress, custom Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy gown. Weeks later, she wore similar-style dresses back-to-back, first with an olive green Ralph Lauren look to her nephew-in-law Prince Louis’s royal christening on Sunday, second with a black Dior piece to the 100 anniversary celebration of the Royal Air Force on Monday. As to be expected, the visibility Markle is giving this particular neckline, which is traditionally reserved for wedding gowns, is going viral. Glamour is reporting searches for ‘bateau necklines’ increased by 104% since 2017, while searches on eBay jumped up 830% from last November to June 2018.
But the history of the silhouette runs deeper than the Royal Wedding. The neckline was …read more