Currently Trending: Halter Dresses and How to Wear Them

Maybe the last time you wore a halter dress was at a middle-school dance, but we’re making the case that this silhouette is poised for a major comeback. 

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  • Not only does the frock show skin in an unexpected way by highlighting your collarbone and shoulders, but the conservative neckline also allows you to get adventurous with your hemline or opt for a low-cut back, all the while maintaining a sophisticated look. Check out some of our favorite ways to wear this alluring number, and shop our editor-approved picks.

  • Miranda Kerr
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    Miranda Kerr

    If anyone can pull off a body-con dress in the boardroom, it’s Miranda Kerr. The model’s Alexander McQueen Jourdan Butterfly Jacquard Dress ($676) worked for a meeting at Cosmopolitan in New York City because of the high-neckline/low-hemline combo.

  • Amanda Seyfried
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    Amanda Seyfried

    The actress channeled the ‘20s in an Art Deco-inspired dress by Bottega Veneta at the National Board of Review Awards Gala in New York City this month. Alexander Birman strappy sandals and Norman Silverman jewelry completed the shimmery peach ensemble.

  • Jessica Hart
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    Jessica Hart

    Perhaps it’s because we’re in the dead of winter and insanely jealous, but we had to share the white-hot dress Hart wore to the opening of PAMM at Art Basel in Miami. A Charlotte Olympia clutch and heels complement the skin-baring look that’s perfect for South Beach.

  • Shailene Woodley
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    Shailene Woodley

    Woodley may be a relative Hollywood newcomer, but she carried off her Calvin Klein Collection halter dress from the S/S 14 collection like a red carpet pro at the 2013 Gotham Independent Film Awards.

  • Jamie Chung
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    Jamie Chung

    Think of your dress as a blank canvas to show off your best necklaces. The high neckline means baubles of any length will work, and you can even layer multiple strands, like Chung, in a Zara dress, did with a Stella & Dot necklace at the Big Star Jeans x Yeah Yeah Yeahs concert in Las Vegas.

  • Jena Malone
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    Jena Malone

    A styling lesson courtesy of Malone: offset voluminous ruffles at the hem by highlighting your figure with a slim belt. The waist-defining accessory completes the Dora Abodi dress and Brian Atwood heels she wore to the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere in Toronto.

  • Georgia May Jagger

    Just in case you had forgotten what a bombshell Jagger is, we bring you this photo of the model wearing a killer Just Cavalli dress with a peek-a-boo lace panel and nude strappy heels at the Delete Blood Cancer Gala.

  • Jourdan Dunn
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    Jourdan Dunn

    We’re suckers for a polka-dot print so Dunn’s Juan Carlos Obando gown at the CFDA and Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists Celebration had us at hello.

  • Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor
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    Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor

    The dress code at the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show can be defined by one word: sizzling. De Cadenet Taylor nailed it a bondage-inspired Versace dress and Christian Louboutin strappy pumps.

  • Leigh Lezark
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    Leigh Lezark

    The high neck on Lezark’s Emilio Pucci Eastern-inspired frock balances the provocative low cut back at the Swarovski Crystal Palace dinner in Miami.

  • Carey Mulligan
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    Carey Mulligan

    The best part of Mulligan’s Alexander McQueen dress at the Inside Llewyn Davis premiere in New York City was the bejeweled neckline, which doubled as an accessory and meant she only needed a pair of understated Lanvin pumps to finish off her look. Try recreating the look yourself with a bold choker and black halter dress.

  • Elizabeth and James Avanel Silk Halter Dress ($395)

  • Pim + Larkin Lace Halter Dress ($45)

  • Proenza Schouler Printed Silk-Georgette Dress ($1125)

  • Reformation Cambridge Dress ($218)

  • Helmut Lang Halter Midi Dress ($360)


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