Forget everything you thought you knew about halterneck dresses—since Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex of course, stepped out in a sleek Stella McCartney halterneck dress for her second look of the royal wedding, the rules have been reinvented. If you’re often on the hunt for outfits that look expensive and styling tricks that make your wardrobe look far more fancy that it is, you need to explore the Markle take on halternecks.
Since the royal wedding in May, London label Galvan has seen two of its key dress styles fly out of stock, and the reason is all down the super-chic high-necked design. Unlike a plunging halterneck, high-necked designs have the effect of elongating your upper body and adding a polished, put-together feel to any outfit. Add a slinky fabric like satin or silk to the mix, and you’ve got a dress that’ll immediately elevate your wardrobe (and belie its price tag, even if you bagged it on the high-street).
Style Notes: Meghan’s not the only one who knows the power of a high-necked halterneck. Millie wore this slinky dress by bridal designer Kate Halfpenny during a chic vacay to Monaco.
Style Notes: Galvan’s sellout halterneck silk gown with a twisted neck dress is named the Pandora after Pandora Sykes, who wore a red version to the British Fashion Awards.
Style Notes: You’d be forgiven for thinking this dress was designer. In fact, Aimee Song bagged this £45 number from ASOS.
Style Notes: You know it’s a trend when a Hadid is all over it. Bella wore a metallic Elie Saab halterneck on the red carpet at Cannes, just days before Meghan cemented the look.
Style Notes: Another Galvan fan, Karlie Kloss is no stranger to the halterneck, often harnessing its chic vibes for walking the red carpet.
Style Notes: Okay so this is a jumpsuit rather than a dress, but Freddie Harrel looking a million bucks in J.Crew is yet more evidence that you need this neckline this in your wardrobe.
Style Notes: The right halterneck can even make your poolside coverup look super fancy, as demonstrated by Karoline Dall.
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Naturally, this Galvan dress started flying off the racks after the royal wedding.
A similar look, but short and sweet.
The slinky Galvan Sienna dress is another of the label’s most popular styles right now.
This print is perfect for wedding-guest outfits.
The Sienna dress in a midi length.
A red-hot option that looks way pricier that its sub-£40 tag.
Embrace the rainbow stripes; they’re a key look for 2018.
From weddings to sunset dinners, this dress will see you through any occasion.
Just add chunky gold earrings.
A casual option for bringing the halterneck to your everyday wardrobe.
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