Halter dresses or halter tops? Whichever your preference, halter garments are a sexy, popular clothing style in mainstream women’s fashion. Not to mention a perfect look for the hot, lazy, luscious days of summer!

Halternecks, also known as halters or halter tops, is a style of strap that holds up clothing, which features a single strap of material that runs from the front of the garment, around the back of the wearer’s neck, and leaves the shoulders and back uncovered.

Halters make a perfect cut for warm spring and summer weather! One or two straps hold your halter together!


Halter dresses look fantastic when worn with high heels for a glammed up, gorgeous look. Halter tops can be dressed up or down, depending on what other garments you are wearing the tops with. A halter top and a form-fitted pencil skirt? For a lovely look, try a sexy strappy high heeled sandal or a pretty platform pump. A halter top with jeans or shorts? Flat shoes or flat sandals set off the casual yet chic look to sheer perfection. Another look that shouts adorable is to wear a high heeled ankle boot! Styling!

Halterneck Fun Fact: Halterneck garments are generally considered more provocative than other styles because they leave the upper back or both the upper and middle back uncovered, also exposing the shoulder blades. Some establishments that adhere to dress codes (schools, businesses, offices) prohibit wearing halter garments. If so, you can add a lightweight waist jacket or blouse over the halter, to cover the exposed skin.

You’ll remain styling even when a bit more modest! Honest!

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Halterneck Fashion Tip: Many halter tops and halter dresses are worn braless, or have built in bras. If you wish to wear a bra with the halter, invest in a strapless bra. Some people find it sexy to show bra straps when wearing tank tops, etc., especially when the bra straps are a different color than the tops. However, as for halters, since they are intended to be worn braless, halters do look better when no bra straps are visible.

High top fashion in a halter!

Halter dresses come in a variety of styles, from straight cut to A-line, full skirts. Halters look great and glamorous in knee-length dresses, miniskirts, and notably, evening gowns!


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Halterneck Fun Fact: The halter style is commonly used with swimsuits, which allows the wearer to maximize sun tan exposure on the back and minimize tan lines. Halter straps can be tied, snapped, buttoned, etc., depending on the make of the halter.

Shimmer and shine from head to toe, a halter is the way to go!

Halter dresses make for popular sun dresses, perfect to wear to outdoor brunches, bridal showers and baby showers, birthday parties and beach days! How do you wear your halter? Oh, there are so many exquisite ways!


Halterneck Fun Fact: The décolletage and spaghetti strap are two styles of wear that are similar to the halter. Halternecks come in a variety of fabrics, some being cotton, polyester, chiffon, satin, lace and silk.

Halterneck Fashion Tip: I prefer halters to be worn with a bare neck (no neck jewelry), however, if you do want to dress the look up, a choker works marvelously. Make sure the choker fits tightly around the neck and doesn’t droop or sag, to accent the halter neck line. A long, dangling necklace tends to get in the way of the alluring neckline that the garment creates on its own!


What the heck, deck yourself out in a glamorous halterneck!

“Your dress is darling. I love the neck.”

“This old thing? I look a wreck.”

“But you look stunning, and the dress brand new.”

“The straps hold the top up, the hem has glue.”

“Oh dear. I guess it’s time to buy a new dress.”

“Yes. I’ve been dying to purchase a new halterneck!”

Sensual and chic in a halter! Sweet!

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Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano


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Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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