What to Wear Over a Halter

Alexa Ray Joel stuns in a black halter dress with a wrap on June 12, 2011 in New York City.

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When you want to slip into that stunning halter top or dress, but you don't want to bare your back indefinitely without a cover-up, you do have options. Depending on the type of halter you choose to flaunt, you can go from a sexy, daring look to a more demure one within seconds just by throwing on something cute and stylish or funky and fabulous over the top. Just make sure to pick something that adds to your halter and the overall look of your outfit for a perfect fashion win.

Jacket with Sleeves

Countless jackets are available as a cover-up for a halter. If you're sporting a fancy halter with jeans, add to the casual chic theme by slipping into a tailored leather jacket. Or go for a jacket that buttons at the waist to cinch you in and give you a shapely silhouette. Embroidered jackets can pep up your style, while open-weave styles can keep you cool and comfy while covering your skin. Sport a black blazer over your halter with some menswear-inspired slacks to create an outfit with backbone.

It's a Wrap

The look of a wrap draped across your shoulders can give you a sense of style and elegance that no other cover-up can create. Anything from a sensuous silken shaw with fringe to a plain garment can do the job. Just remember, you'll have to be the custodian of the wrap because it won't stay on your shoulders without help. Secure it around your shoulders by pinning it with a pretty brooch in the front.

Small and Simple

Go for a cropped bolero jacket in a solid color for the perfect cover-up for an embellished halter. Or if you're into vests, you can find success if you slip into one and cover up your bare back. Think denim with frayed edges. A shrunken sweater with ruched sleeves or a stylish shrug can also top off your halter with a smart sense of style.

For Cardi Lovers

If you love the look and feel of a cardigan, but you're afraid of looking like someone's grandma in your get-up, go funky. Find a cardi with a metallic weave or some fun buttons to add some fresh fashion sense to your outfit. If your halter is spare on the details, look for a cardigan with plenty of details such as embroidery or sequins to make a statement.

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