Halter dresses are our favorite "risqué" to take. Luckily, this classic hubadera silhouette has made a comeback over the last few years. Thanks to the Spring/Summer 2021 collections of Rick Owens, Bottega Veneta, and Miu Miu to name a few, the backless frock is experiencing a renaissance like no other. The style is so trendy that both international and local celebrities have bought into it almost instantly. But did you know that it was first conceived back in the 1930s?
Halter necklines are one of the most popular styles that keep coming back in the fashion cycle for a myriad of reasons. It was a staple pièce de résistance in the '70s and slowly crept back into everyone’s closets come the zany 2000s. You can say that halter frocks defined multiple eras thanks to its versatility and chameleon-like nature depending on the fabric and cut these dresses are made.
If you have yet to find the perfect frock to flaunt for your next OOTD, we’ve rounded up a list of styles you should definitely shop!
8 Flattering Halter Dress Styles to Add to Your Wardrobe
1. Deep V Halter Dress
If you’re attending a soirée, make a daring statement with a low neckline frock. The deep V accentuates both your décolletage and waist, giving you a slimming silhouette.
2. Maxi Halter Dress
Want to look casual yet elegant? Try on a flowy full-length halter dress! This closet staple is a versatile piece you could wear anytime and anywhere
3. Mini Halter Dress
A halter mini dress is definitely an essential for any vacation trip! If you ask us, be sure to pick one in a cheery hue or a summery floral print. Besides that, this is the perfect length to flaunt if you’re petite!
4. Bodycon Halter Dress
Level-up your next OOTD photo by flaunting your curves with a bodycon piece that’s also flirtatiously short!
5. Wrapped-Around Halter Dress
Looking for a halter dress that’s more feminine than sexy? Here’s a (literal) twist you’ll love! Go for a wrapped-around frock that looks undeniably fresh.
6. Cowl Neck Halter Dress
A cowl neckline simply looks sultry and expensive no matter your outfit! The extra fabric placed on your cleavage accentuates your collarbones and shoulders, if those are the body parts you prefer to flaunt!
7. String Neckline Halter Dress
A different take of the halter dress trend is by opting for a string neckline! If you want to show skin, this is the perfect dress to try on. This silhouette is also flattering for girls with broad shoulders.
8. Scoop Neckline Halter Dress
Take a break from the plunge and wear a scooped neckline instead. Opt one with a slit to show off some leg that will ultimately elongate your look.
10 Ways to Style a Halter Dress, According to Celebrities
1. Wrapped-around halter dress with cutouts + leopard print sunnies + brown handbag + ankle wrap heels
A monochromatic outfit is always a good idea. Here, Hailey Bieber looks stunning in head-to-toe beige for an understated yet elegant look she can easily wear from day-to-night. The trick is to wear a piece with clean cutouts that bare your mid-section if you’re sporting a dress in a neutral and muted color. This way you show off a seamless amount of skin in photos.
2. Sunflower-print “apron dress” + handbag + square-shaped toe sandal
This simple yet sexy frock on Isabelle Daza is more than meets the eye from the back. Though it has a covered up neckline, the low back adds to its unique cheekiness. This is the perfect kind of frock to pick if you’d like to keep things casual yet with a little more oomph. The actress matched it with strappy sandals and a mini handbag, to complete the look.
3. Silk midi halter dress + silver jewelry
Got an evening dinner with your beau? Here is Ariana Grande’s perfect date night outfit! The singer wore a dreamy chocolate brown silk midi dress with ruching details on the bust. This helps add curves to the singer’s petite and svelte frame. To keep it simple, go for silver jewelry pieces to keep your look chic and effortless.
4. Deep V halter dress + heels
I guess most of us had our breath taken away when Zendaya hit the red carpet in an archival piece from Versace’s Spring/Summer 2003 collection. The beauty of this look lies in the color palette that complemented her tan skin perfectly. When wearing a flimsy frock like this, it’s also best to go with a clean beauty look and streamlined accessories.
5. String neckline halter dress + sneakers + mini bag
A cotton knit dress is perfect for a day out—no matter what you plan on doing. But instead of wearing heels, choose your most comfortable and go-to white sneakers, then add a vintage mini bag to spice up the whole look, as seen on Andrea Brillantes.
6. Mini halter dress + shoulder bag + tinted sunnies
Toni Sia is all about the hot girl summer aesthetic! Take cues and pick a frock that comes in a fun print and color—in this case, tie dye is the way to go! Be sure to match your accessories to your dress for a harmonious color palette from head-to-toe. Don’t forget to add tinted sunnies to keep yourself fashionable yet protected from the sun!
7. Bodycon halter dress + thick-rimmed sunnies + chunky rings
Ashley Garcia looks straight out of a 2000s chick-flick in this white body-con halter dress that’s also beach-ready. As minimal as this dress can be, you could never go wrong with white when you want to look fresh in a noughties-inspired frock. Finish off your look with thick-rimmed sunnies to keep to the Y2K aesthetic.
8. Polka dot midi halter dress + pearl necklace + gold accessories
Bela Padilla is making a case for polka dots and we’re honestly all for it! This retro-looking piece is perfect for date night and more depending on your accessories and preferred beauty look. Here, she dresses it up with pearls and a bold red lip.
9. Cowl neck halter dress + clear stilettos + drop earrings
Take inspiration from Jane Oineza’s fiery outfit when you want to stand out. This red cowl neck and drawstring piece is perfect if you want to make a bold hubadera statement. Opt for barely-there stilettos to elongate your legs even more, while a striking lip will add some sultriness to your look.
10. Scoop neckline halter dress + beaded necklace + hair clamp
If you’re looking for something feminine, a pastel mini dress will definitely do the trick. We love this knitted ombre frock that’s as sweet as can be. The scoop neckline is relatively modest, but shows enough skin if you still want to bare your décolletage. Put your hair up using claw clamps like Isabella Sung to keep things playful!