Thursday, April 23, 2009


Summer's coming, and one thing's for sure -- halter's never go out of style. I read somewhere once that Elizabeth Taylor wore a lot of off shoulder type dresses in the 80s because, as her stylist said, "women with curves have beautiful shoulders," or something to that effect. You know what that means? Any one of us can get away with a halter look, no matter the size or shape.

Halters have been around for a long time, long before my sisters and I were turning scarves into halter tops in the 70s -- something that appalls my conservative, jeans and Tshirt daughter. Thinking back, maybe it was rather bare, but things were different then, and girls showing backs and shoulders then were still showing considerably less than many of the girls nowadays.

The question is, can a working woman get away with a halter look at work, and the answer is a definite yes! Take the pattern pictured above, for instance. This is a wonderful example of a day to evening look. If you wore it as pictured with the jacket while you're at the office, no one would be any the wiser. It's a great look for someone like me, who is usually chilly in office air conditioning. Got a dinner engagement after work? Just take the jacket off, add some gold bracelets, and you're ready to go! It's a timeless look from the 30s that will carry you right into the 21st century without skipping a beat.

Got a favorite halter top or dress? Tell me all about it in the comments. Click on the image to purchase the pictured style, or search keyword halter at the Vintage Fashion Library -- we've got tons of styles there to please everyone.

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