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It’s the item that can be sporty, sexy or downright chic – halter neck tops are one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you could add to your fashion collection this summer. And since there were over 170 appearances of halter neck tops at the Spring 2021 designer catwalk shows (and presentations, when IRL shows were off the schedule) there has been a predictable flurry of this sweet style of top into the shops.

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When a tank top feels too basic – even if you give it a TikTok inspired glow-up – halter neck tops are the ideal choice now we are allowed Out Out. While the patterns, prints and fabrics you choose can give your halter neck a totally individual vibe, having your shoulders and back on show definitely feels more glamorous than if you were wearing a basic white t-shirt. The halter neck is the ideal choice for after dark outfits, particularly if you add a pair of statement earrings or gold hoops.

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You can make a halter neck minimal with a silky bias cut skirt and strappy mules or take them totally Y2K with baggy cargo pants and chunky trainers. Jersey or cotton versions work with denim shorts and sandals for a day at the beach – or in the park – and a halter neck top should be your number one choice to add to jeans for the perfect pub garden ‘fit.

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If you’re in the market for a wear forever investment buy, we love this slinky chain detail halter neck from Dion Lee and Gucci’s striped crochet version. If you’re searching for a less expensive style update, Bershka’s gingham halter neck top will work for every summer occasion and Urban Outfitters crochet option ticks the cottagecore trend.

See, we told you there was a halter neck for every occasion and style! Now, which one will you pick?

Scroll through our edit of the 19 best halter neck tops for summer 2021 below to choose your favourite.

Read more from Glamour UK Fashion Director at large Alex Fullerton here or follow her on Instagram @alexandrafullerton