There are actually quite a few different types of halter neck. The first one to be featured is my personal favourite, the 50s style halter neck where the neck straps originate to the side of the dress, almost at the armpit. This style gives you a fab vintage look and can help with support if larger in the bust area. A typical example of this style of halter neck would be this gorgeous repro dress from Tara Starlet.
The sweetheart neckline on this type of dress creates a structured shape to the bust area and can be flattering on both larger and smaller cupped ladies.
The inverted V shape created by the straps accentuates the shoulder and neck area and can provide balance whether you are small or large or even round shouldered. This style can be worn by most shapes as bust support is provided by the well fitted bodice not solely from the straps themselves.
Many halter neck styles are based on this one and are a favourite for red carpet dresses where I suspect some clever invisible body tape is used discreetly.
A downside to this style of dress is that it can often by backless making it necessary to invest in some clever underwear solutions.
Again, often backless, this style uses the cowl shape to give the chest area some volume and is a softer look as it creates a drape effect. This is a good halter neck style for those with a boyish straight up and down shape (see who can wear which dress Wednesday) It will give you a curvaceous look by creating those curves for you.
A similar style to the cowl drape is the round halter neck where the fabric is taken high up around the neck and fastened tight around the neck in a choker style. This type of halter neck is also a great look for those with a smaller bust or a boyish shape.
So, halterneck dresses take their rightful place under H in the A-Z of Fab Frocks and Gorgeous Gowns!
Finally, what post would be complete without a look at the gorgeous halter neck dresses currently available in Redressing's collection....!
|Size 10 H&M summer dress £10|
|Size 10 Next long dress £20|
|Size 10 Paisley spaghetti halter neck £15|
|Size 12 Be Beau cotton summer halter neck £15|
|Size 14 Marilyn style black halter neck £20|