Halter Neckline Bridesmaid Dresses

Nothing shows off the shoulders and back like a halter neck dress. Named for a type of harness that slips around the back of a horse’s neck, halter top dresses do the same.

Halter bridesmaid dresses come in a variety of styles. Some are gathered with a drawstring and tie around the neck, others cover the bust in triangles of fabric, creating a deep V-neckline. A traditional halter neckline bridesmaid dress leaves the back open to the waist, exposing the shoulder blades, though some styles sit higher on the back.

More comfortable than traditional shoulder straps, bridesmaid dresses with a halter neck will not dig into the shoulders. If worn too tightly though, it can cause a headache, so it is best to support the bust with a strapless bra if needed, rather than relying on the halter strap alone.

Though they have a reputation for being too sexy (banned by some high schools and offices), halter neckline dresses do not need to be revealing, and some are in fact quite modest.

The Allure 1261 halter neck bridesmaid dress for example has a high collar, accented by a cluster of rosettes, taken in at the shoulder, this look flatters the arms, and sits higher on the back than a traditional halter, for a more church-appropriate look.

Made popular in the seventies, the gathered halter neckline embraces the neck while a bib of fabric covers the décolletage, as demonstrated in the free spirited, empire silhouette, Christina Wu 22650 bridesmaid dress, with a neck ruffle and split-front overskirt.

The Dessy 2932 halter neckline bridesmaid dress takes on a 1950’s vintage flair, with its sweetheart halter and ruching through the bodice, reminiscent of swimsuit tops of the day.

HappyBridesmaids.com has well over a hundred bridesmaid dresses with halter necklines to choose from. Simply scroll to the side of your screen to select from an array of halters, and other fashion forward necklines in the Shop by Style.