The Specific Summer Dress Trend I'm Suddenly Noticing Everywhere

Meghan Markle's wedding reception dress may have reignited a halter-dress craze back in 2018, but the 2022 version of the trend includes a very specific detail: extra-thin halter straps. It's not a coincidence if this trend makes you think of that terry-cloth string halter dress from Limited Too you wore in middle school because Y2K trends are absolutely back in full swing these days. 

There are several different ways brands are interpreting the string-halter trend, ranging from shoestring halters to barely-there floss straps. Naturally, the trend also has plenty of celebrity and influencer fans, including Rihanna, Katie Holmes, Camille Charriere, Caroline Daur, and more. Scroll down to shop my favorite string halter dresses. 

Shop the Best String Halter Dresses


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Erin got her start as a Who What Wear intern over 13 years ago—back when the site only published a single story per day. (Who What Wear has since increased that number twentyfold.) She graduated magna cum laude from USC, which is how she ended up moving to Los Angeles from her hometown of San Diego. In college, she also interned at Refinery29, where she was promoted to editorial assistant and then assistant editor. After nearly three years at R29, she came back to WWW in 2016, where she currently holds the title of Associate Director of Fashion News (as well as the unofficial title of resident royal expert—in case you haven't noticed her numerous Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton stories). She spends her days trying to incorporate her idols, Anna Wintour and Roger Federer, into as many stories as possible. Outside of work, she loves tennis, classic rock, traveling, and smothering her dog with affection.