The effortless halter summer dress is one of those no-fail pieces that no woman should be without come summer - especially if she wants to show off great shoulders and/or a fabulous golden glow. Both stand out in one of these sexy dresses that wraps around the neck and ties at the back.
In addition to its warm weather-practicality, the halter dress boasts a vaguely '50s style retro vibe and channels a bit of an old school appeal. They're great for petite women who want to create a taller illusion, and styles with thick straps support women with full busts beautifully. They're also genius for women who are ruler-shaped; they instantly produce a curvier silhouette thanks to the shoulder-baring, waist-cinching design. Check out a few halter summer dresses we love:
Easy, breezy and so characteristic of laid-back Tommy Bahama, the Festival Lawn halter dress ($118) is figure flattering thanks to its flowing skirt. The back is elasticized for a snug fit, and it's available in a range of hues. We're big proponents of a crisp white with gold sandals - what could be more summery?
Offering a slightly different take, this White House Black Market halter dress ($79.99) features a demure print against a strong red backdrop. The way the straps cross at the neckline, the slightly swooshy hem and the tie waist all lend it an irresistible appeal. It's the perfect summer halter dress for more formal occasions.
Perfect for a stroll along the boardwalk or a super casual date, this chic BCBGeneration front tie summer halter dress ($78) is a sleek choice easily dressed up with bold accessories. Whether you go simple with flip flops and a straw hat or take the more glamorous approach with heels and jewelry, you'll look (and feel) like a mil.
Find comfort and a flattering fit in this Y-back knit summer halter dress from Lane Bryant ($49.50). Perfectly cut for a full figure, it features a stylish surplice neckline that pulls around the neck and meets at a "Y" along the back. The shoulder-baring style is great for drawing (and keeping) the eyes' attention upward.