Halterneck Definition for the Clothing Industry

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Halterneck refers to a type of women's clothing with a single strap around the back of the neck instead of straps over each shoulder. This can refer to either a dress or a separate shirt, called a halter top. The latter is a type of sleeveless shirt similar to a tank top (by the American English definition).

Halterneck garments are generally considered more provocative because they leave the back free, exposing the shoulder blades. If a bra is worn with a haltertop, it is generally strapless, as to avoid exposing the back straps of a typical bra. Some garments with halternecks may tie at the back of the neck, as is often seen in bathing suits. The term "halter" comes from the German word for "holder," as in B'stenhalter, which literally means "busts-holder" and is equivalent to "brassiere".

The above article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halterneck).   Article modified by Apparel Search.  6/9/07

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