Halterneck is a style of women's
clothingwith a single straparound the back of the neck. This can refer to either a dressor a separate shirt, called a halter top. The latter is a type of sleeveless shirtsimilar to a tank top(by the American English definition). The term "halter" comes from the German word for "holder", as in "Büstenhalter", which literally means "busts-holder" and is equivalent to " brassiere".
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.
In another model of the halter top (not pictured), there is only a narrow strap behind the neck and a narrow strap behind the middle of the back, so that it is mostly backless. This design resembles many
bikinitops, although it covers the chest more and may cover some or all of the abdomenat the front. Halterneck garments are generally considered more provocative because they leave the upper or upper and middle back free, exposing the shoulder blades. As such, some institutions that otherwise permit casual attire (such as many American high schools) prohibit the wearing of these garments (along with spaghetti-strapped and other revealing clothing).
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