Different Ways to Tie a Halter Top

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Different Ways to Tie a Halter Top
A halter top is a playful and versitile way to spruce up a wardrobe. (Female Posing image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.com)

The halter look is versatile enough to go from pool side to party with the addition of a few accessories. It can be a part of the perfect travel wardrobe. Scarf fashion is popular, and using different methods to tie a scarf is challenging. Since many of the colourful, popular silk scarfs are expensive, many halter top styles have been used or developed to gain mileage from the scarf.

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Use the scarf or fabric in the basic square shape, tying two ends around the neck. Take the loose ends at the bottom and fold them up until the fabric reaches the waist. Pull the ends tight around your waist and tie the ends at the back of the torso. If there is a lot of length left at the back, wrap the ends back around to the front as a belt. The cowling effect in the front makes the halter wearable under a blazer or jacket for a dressier effect.


Fold a big square scarf into a triangle. Tie a knot in the tips of the triangle of the folded scarf. Place the knot at the base of your nape and the scarf should drape on the front of the chest. This serves as the halter of the top. Finish it off by tying in the back.

One-Shoulder Look

Bring the ends of one corner of the scarf over one shoulder and tie it into a knot at the back of the neck, leaving one shoulder exposed. Bring the other two ends together and secure them at either the back of the torso or at the side of the waist.


To convert a T-shirt to a halter, cut off the sleeves and neck, then turn the shirt over and cut across the back, armpit to armpit, but only through the back layer. While still on the back of the shirt, cut down the centre from the back neckline, making two flaps of fabric. Turn shirt to the front and cut a small V-shaped slit into the front neckline. Now, turn the shirt over and trim the flaps made in the back into strap shapes. These will be tied behind the neck.


Use a sturdy, chunky craft necklace and a large handkerchief or scarf to make a halter.

Fold a square scarf into a triangle and wrap it around the torso area, tying it in the back. Create separate gathers of fabric at the top of the handkerchief halter and pinch the ends through the base of the necklace, making sure to centre the cloth. Knot the ends of the cloth around the necklace and clasp the necklace around the neckline.


One variation is to knot a ribbon loosely and draw one end of the handkerchief across it so that it forms a triangle on either side, hanging through the ribbon. Place the knotted ribbon around neck and adjust the handkerchief so that it gathers at the bosom around the ribbon. Tie the loose ends of the handkerchief beneath the armpits at the back of the torso.

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