Generally, halter dresses can be made of any type of fabric with the exception of heavy winter fabrics such as wool or fleece.
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Halter dresses typically describe backless dress that is secured at the back of the neck and the waistline. This type of dress is usually worn as summer clothing or evening wear. Halter dresses can be purchased in varying lengths including mini, tea, and floor length. Mini halter dresses is typically considered dress with hemline that is well above the knee, while tea length dress describes dress that just touches the knee.
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Summer halter dresses is usually made of soft, cool fabrics such as linen, cotton, and cotton blends. They can be purchased in both solid colors and prints. Halter style dresses that are designed for daywear are usually very casual, but they can be made more formal by adding lightweight summer jacket or wrap. Some styles of halter dresses are designed as beachwear and are often made using large tropical prints.
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In many cases, it may be necessary to wear slip or petticoat underneath summer halter dresses, because the fabrics used are often semi-sheer. Semi-sheer describes fabric that can be seen through in certain types of direct lighting. While the bodice of halter dresses is usually lined, only more expensive ones come with lining in the skirting.
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Halter dresses are popular designs for both winter and summer evening wear. Evening wear fabrics for summer halter dresses might include lined chiffon and lightweight silks and satins. Winter gowns might be constructed of velvet, taffeta, or heavier silks. In many cases, the bodice of the gowns are embellished with embroidery or beading.