How to Style Boat Neck Dress: 15 Chic Outfit Ideas

best boat neck dress outfits

A boat neck dress is simply something between the crew neck dress and the off-shoulder dress. Some people may simply view it as a wider-neck version of a crew neck dress and think it doesn’t make too much of a difference. Indeed, since the boat neck cutting lets you show your collarbones, the difference is actually huge and the result is a low-key sexy look. To show you some beautiful ways to style it, I have collected some of the best boat neck dress outfit ideas and put them into a list below. Let’s jump right in now.

Black and White Polka Dot Boat Neck Dress


To start off the list, I am going to show you this lovely black and white boat neck polka dot fit and flare dress. The dress looks so adorable and eye catching in its own right that you really don’t need to do too much to style it. Simply wear it with a pair of black ballet heels and you would have a great looking casual outfit.

Black Boat Neck Cutout Shift Dress

white boat neck cutout shift dress

Here is a simple black boat neck shift dress that emphasizes your beautiful collarbones. It also has some small and nifty cutout details. Simply pair the dress with nude ankle strap open toe heels to create a simple and elegant look.

Navy Half Sleeve Wavy Neckline Skater Dress

navy half sleeve wavy neckline skater dress

Not only that this navy half sleeve skater dress is a boat neck dress. The neckline is a creative wavy neckline. To build an elegant and minimal outfit around this beautiful and creatively design dress, simply pair it with silver ankle strap open toe heels. This outfit would be perfect for wearing to cocktail parties and proms.

Rose Gold Silk Fit and Flare Midi Dress

rose gold silk fit and flare midi dress

For a cocktail party, many people try to look their best and dress in a very sexy way, showing a lot of skin. Looking sexy doesn’t always require showing much skin. For example, you can wear this gorgeous rose gold silk flare midi dress to showcase you collarbones and still look sexy. Pair the dress with a pair of open toe heels that has the exact same color to complete the outfit elegantly.

Grey Plaid Belted Flare Midi Dress with Black Blazer

grey plaid belted flare midi dress black blazer

Here is an outfit that demonstrates how to wear a jacket with a boat neck dress. In this case, a grey plaid belted midi dress is paired with a black blazer. Pair them with black ankle strap open toe heels to complete a beautiful business casual outfit.

Red Boat Neck Bodycon Midi Dress

red boat neck bodycon midi dress

For a hot and eye catching look, a red bodycon midi dress is an obvious and popular choice. Adding a the boat neck cutting to the classic red dress will only make the outfit look hotter. For the shoes, black ankle strap open toe shoes would be the best choice. As an alternative, you can also go all red.

Navy Fit and Flare Boat Neck Dress

navy fit and flare boat neck dress

It you want to look more mature and more low profile in a cocktail party or a prom, here is a good looking but low-key dress that may suit you. It is a navy fit and flare boat neck dress. You can wear silver heeled sandals to add an elegant touch to the outfit.

White Bodycon Dress with Yellow Open Toe Heels

white bodycon dress yellow open toe heels

Having mentioned a red bodycon dress a little earlier, here an alternative for you if you don’t like the color of red. It is a simple and plain boat neck white bodycon knee length dress. What is a little surprising about this outfit is the yellow open toe heels. Although this way of pairing is not very usual, it is definitely fun to wearing something with intenese contrast every now and then.

Grey Lace Cap Sleeve Scalloped Hem Dress

grey lace cap sleeve scalloped hem dress

As simple as this dress looks, it actually has a lot of interesting and beautiful details. For example, the cap sleeve cutting make the dress look cuter, while the dress is made of lace, giving the dress some feminine feel. Not only that, the scalloped hem design also makes the dress look more unique. Pair the dress with silver ankle strap open toe heels to look elegant.

Black Short Sleeve Boat Neck Sheath Dress

black short sleeve boat neck sheath dress

This has to be one of the most simple cocktail party outfit I have ever seen. But since the black boat neck sheath dress is such a timeless design. The outfit is not shabby at all. Pairing the dress with black ballet heels makes a very simple and clean outfit.

Navy Bodycon Dress with Black Strappy Heels

navy bodycon dress black strappy heels

This is a mature and feminine outfit that you can both wear it to the office or cocktail party. The outfit consists of a navy sleeveless boat neck bodycon dress and a pair of black strappy heels. To add some more colors to the outfit, you can wear a brown leather purse and a silver bracelet.

Navy Fit and Flare Ruffle Midi Dress

navy fit and flare ruffle midi dress

This is a very classy look that is relatively easy to pull off. To achieve the look, you can wear a navy fit and flare ruffle dress with a long silver necklace. Pair the pieces with silver open toe heels to look classy and elegant.

White Belted Boat Neck Flare Dress with Felt Hat

white belted boat neck flare dress felt hat

This white belted boat neck breezy dress is perfect to wear in the spring. To make this an all-white refreshing outfit, pair the dress with white sandals and a white felt hat.

Boat Neck Black and White Striped Bodycon Dress

boat neck black and white striped bodycon dress

The black and white striped t shirt is such a beloved an versatile item. Let’s see how it looks when the design is transferred to a dress. This is a black and white striped boat neck bodycon dress that looks feminine, beautiful and low-key sexy. You can pair it with black ballet flats and a black choker to add a stylish touch to the look.

Grey Boat Neck T Shirt Dress

grey boat neck t shirt dress

A t shirt dress looks very casual yet stylish. This grey one with the boat neck cutting has just the right amount of details that make it look great. Pair the dress with white sneakers to achieve a remarkable and simple casual look.

If you have reached this point of the blog post, you should have realized that these beautiful boat neck dress outfits are actually very easy to pull off. So, just give them a try and have a lot of fun styling.