Halter Bridesmaid Dresses

Look stylish and sexy in a halter bridesmaid dress. The halter neckline is a clothing strap for women that runs from the front of the outfit and around the back of the neck. This neckline style leaves most of the back uncovered. The name halter originates from the livestock, halters.

The halter style is popularly used with swimsuits to maximize the sun exposure at the back for a perfect tan. The style was adopted in bridesmaid dresses and shirts to create a backless dress or top. The halter is also a popular neckline choice in wedding outfits. The neck strap of a halter bridesmaid dress can be covered with the bridesmaid’s hair to create an impression from behind that nothing is holding her dress up. [Continue reading..]

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When wearing halter bridesmaid dresses, bridesmaids may wear a bra that is either strapless or of a halter-neck design to avoid exposing the bra straps at the back. The halter top is similar to a tank top but with straps tied behind the neck of the wearer. Bridesmaids can also choose a halter top with a narrow, thin strap tied behind the back of the neck and another strap tied behind the middle of the back, creating a backless look. A traditional halter neckline bridesmaid dress provides ample chest and stomach coverage.

History of Halter Neckline and Dress

The halter neckline made its marked in fashion when it was designed by French designer Paul Poiret in the 1920’s and his colleague, Madeleine Vionnet in the 1930’s. Actress Marilyn Monroe’s pleated white halter dress in the 1955 movie “The Seven Year Itch” became an icon of the film history. Her photograph in the white halter dress which she was trying to hold down in vain as the skirt blew up over her knees while standing above a subway grate in New York City became one of the iconic images of the 20th century.

American fashion designers Roy Halston and Geoffrey Beene created the disco look in the 1970s and made famous the halter neckline in matte jersey dress. Another example of the iconic status of the halter neckline in fashion was when the cartoon character of Betty Ruble made a blue halter dress her signature look in the Stone Age in the television animated series “The Flintstones.”

The appeal of the halter neckline came from the fact that it eliminated the need for straps that may spoil the back detail of the dress, to leave a visual view of an uninterrupted area of the skin to expose to the sun by day and display by night. Some of the most iconic images in modern fashion featured the halter neckline. Think of actresses Nicole Kidman in a red halter dress at the 2007 Oscars, Angelina Jolie in white silk designed by Marc Bouwer in 2004 and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Jason Wu designed halter at the inaugural ball in 2009.

Halter Bridesmaid Dress Basics and Recommendations

Aside from the wedding gown, the bridesmaid dress is one of the most important decision for the bride to make. A bridesmaid dress is one of the key pieces to her dream wedding that will make her fairytale come to life. The neckline can be one of the most significant details about a bridesmaid dress and there are many options to choose from.

The halter bridesmaid dress is one of the most favored necklines among brides who want their bridesmaids to look modern and sensual without sacrificing modesty. A halter bridesmaid dress can be sexy with deep armholes and backless design.

Bridesmaids can choose between thick or thin straps, which can be considered formal or casual. They can also opt to be bare and straight or adorned with embroidery or stones. The neckline shape can mimic the cut of the straps to make the halter bridesmaid dress a perfect fit for bridesmaids with small or big busts.

The halter style bridesmaid dress will complement bridesmaids with narrow shoulders when designed with a smaller space inside the neck and wide straps. Many halter bridesmaid dresses are made from a satin fabric with necklines adorned with beads or pearls and other glittering details to add glamor and sophistication.

A halter neckline looks fabulous on some silhouettes. A floor length sheath halter bridesmaid dress with illusion lace halter neckline and straps will exude an air of timeless class while a high neckline halter bridesmaid dress in crepe is perfect for bridesmaids who want to elongate their silhouette.

Bridesmaids look flawless in an A-line halter bridesmaid dress while a flowing chiffon dress with lace appliques with a halter neckline leading to an open back will give off just enough sex appeal, perfect for a sophisticated choice and for most weddings.

Halter necklines are also great for ball gowns and even short bridesmaid dresses. Brides who are fashion savvy and want their personal style to shine through the dresses of their bridesmaids can also opt for two piece halter bridesmaid dresses.

The versatility of the halter neckline bridesmaid dress is one of the reasons why it has been a popular choice for many brides. This trend has transcended generations and there is no sign that the popularity of halter bridesmaid dresses will wane anytime soon.

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