Sometimes I re-think my style choices. I used to think “halter top” and images of exposed brassieres and Trailer Trash Barbie raced through my mind. (Then there’s the strapless bra issue, but that’s another post.) I never wore them much.
A few weeks ago, I saw Rear Window on the big screen at Goma’s Alfred Hitchcock Retrospective (if you’re in Brisbane, check it out, they’re showing films to the end of the month). I’d seen Rear Window before but the big screen and chuckling audience transformed the movie. It was so alive.
One thing that struck me was this ensemble worn by Grace Kelly. Very pretty, very chic, very demure.
Then Bam. She took off her jacket. I thought- Grace Kelly wore a halter top and she looks good. Still well dressed and tasteful, perfectly unimpeachable in her jacket. When she takes it off, she’s still well-dressed and tasteful. I started looking into 1950’s Halter styles.
I recently made a halter-back cotton dress, and I have to confess I’ve taken to wearing it around the house. It’s hot here right now. Worse, it’s still and humid (though not yet mid-summer humid).
The ease-y, backless dress in a cool fabric is fantastically comfortable in this weather. I tend to wear summer jackets for sun cover. This evening, as I swanned about in my Terra Incognita dress, the penny dropped.
Strategy: make a few backless shirts/blouses for summer and possibly channel the Grace Kelly “tasteful and comfortable” look more than the other “too casual” look I used to associate with halters.
I don’t wear jackets in the house, and when I go outside I’m covered anyway. No one would necessarily know (or care) I’m backless, but I would feel cooler and comfortable.
Once again, I dug around Vintage Pattern Wiki to see if I could find “shirt/blouse” fronts with halter backs. Click on any image in this post to view the source.
I have this pretty pink houndstooth. It’s cotton and from a quilting range, but the hand is more what I’d think of as “shirt.” A shirt which would be smart, yet comfortable and wearable with the charcoal summer suit that’s marinading in the back of my mind.
So- can a halter top, worn well, be a chic addition to the tropical lady’s wardrobe, or have I been too much in the sun? What design details from these patterns jump out at you? Do you have any more classy-suit-halter design inspiration for me? Articles?