fashion . Styling Tips

These Tops With A Twist Step Up Your Style Game

A twist on a classic

Twisted halter neck tops are the new “It” items to have in your closet. With the resurgence of Y2K fashion and halter tops dominating various Resort 2022 collections, searches for these designs have gone up 24% in mid-June. Since we live in Southeast Asia where it's sunny almost all year round, we can rock these trendy back-baring tops any day of the year — not just for holidays. If you want to be ahead of the pack, we've curated some picks and tips to help you ace the styling game for these pieces.

Go for pastels


Pastel rainbow twisted halter neck top

(Left) Pomelo O-Ring Halter Neck Top, ~USD21.49 (pomelofashion.com) (Right) Pomelo Purpose Flared Ruffle Pants in Beige, ~USD43.72 (pomelofashion.com)

If you want your wardrobe more fun and summery, then vibrantly coloured twisted halter neck tops are the way to go. The Pomelo O-Ring Halter Neck Top from their Songkran 2021 collection has a scarf-like quality to it — another up and coming trend — that just makes you think of lounging somewhere sunny. Its triangular hemline also elongates your silhouette.

Pair it with: Some loose linen trousers for an instant beach-inspired aesthetic.

Look for breezy material


Breathable, lightweight twisted halter neck top

(Left) Love, Bonito Lana Halter Neck Top, USD30.9 (lovebonito.com) (Right) &REA by Love, Bonito Yael Barrel Trousers, USD46.9 (lovebonito.com)

Living in a tropical, humid climate, we must have breathable material like linen and cotton in our closets. It's why Love, Bonito's best-selling Lana Halter Neck Top is such a hit. Made with breathable materials like linen and rayon, this is a comfortable and stylish blouse that's perfect for our ever-changing weather. While our personal pick is the Sage version, it also comes in white and periwinkle colours to mix and match with the existing pieces in your closet.

Pair it with: Loose, cream- or khaki-coloured trousers for a polished work-from-home, Zoom-ready ‘fit.

Snap up a printed crop top


Printed twisted halter neck top

(Left) Pull & Bear Printed Halter Crop Top, ~USD26.08 (pullandbear.com) (Right) Pull & Bear Denim shorts with turn-up hems, ~USD32.12 (pullandbear.com)

Fitted crop tops are the perfect length for this trend. It shows off your figure and lends a more youthful vibe. The Pull & Bear Printed Halter Crop Top has a cool tropical print and simple twist neckline that shows off your shoulders to perfection. You can wear the crossover halter straps in a more traditional V-neck style, so it’s like getting two tops in one.

Pair it with: A pair of high-waisted jean shorts or skirt for a casual day outdoors. You can keep it casual with a pair of sneakers or dress it up with some strappy sandals.

Keep it simple


Plain twisted halter neck top

(Left) Reformation Ozella Top, ~USD88.92 (thereformation.com) (Right) Wanderlust & Co. Meadow Heartseeker Hoop Earrings, ~USD48.23 (Wanderlust & Co.)

For those who prefer simpler cuts, a fine knitted top with a simple neckline is perfect for your days off from work. The Ozella Top has adjustable spaghetti straps — so you can wear it as tight or as loose as you please — and a figure-hugging bust design.  Word of the wise, though: its jersey-like fabric will require ditching any undergarments in favour of nipple tape.

Pair it with: With minimalist accessories that make an impact. We're talking small hoop earrings and a bracelet or a watch that creates a sleek, classy moment.

Explore cut-outs and details


Twisted halter neck top with buttons and cutouts

(Left) ASOS DESIGN halter cross neck crop top with button detail in light gold, ~USD34.82(asos.com) (Right) Gentle Monster Dans M01, USD280(gentlemonster.com)

Aside from fun animal prints and multi-coloured fabrics, put a spin to this trend by choosing a top with interesting details. This light gold ASOS DESIGN halter cross neck crop top has a row of buttons keeping its lower half snug around your torso and cheeky front key-hole cutout for a subtle sexy moment.

Pair it with: Your signature statement sunnies. It certainly adds to that cool girl vibe, doesn't it?

Which of these twisted halter neck tops will you be willing to try?

(Cover photo from: lovebonito.com)

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