The Cover Up-How to Style an Arm Baring Halter Maxi Dress

In a previous post I featured a 70s dress by Cuban designer Don Luis along with a bit about his background. This designer has been under the radar for a while. But more and more vintage enthusiasts are discovering it.  His dresses are a great alternative if you love Emilio Pucci designs, but not the price tag.

I recently unearthed this 1970s Don Luis maxi halter dress from the far reaches of my closet when I was looking for things to pack for my trip north this summer.  No idea why I had forgotten about it. Just goes to show that I must have contracted a severe case of wardrobe overload-itis.  It’s a major fashion fail that I had neglected this beauty all this time.

The print is so striking it makes me feel like I’m wearing a piece of wild psychedelic art.

Though I do love the look of the halter style bodice, it’s not always practical.  Whether it be a cooler summer evening or restaurants that have frigid AC,  I had to figure out a way to cover up.

I have a nice floaty navy voile scarf that has embroidered flowers in the same color as the dress. So I take that with me if it’s a hot night, but I’m going out to eat where there’s a chance of very cold air conditioning.

For cooler nights,  my other option is to wear a white shirt over it, knotted just a tad above the waist line. It’s reminiscent of a cropped jacket. Tying it shorter provides a figure flattering silhouette, as it elongates, emphasizes the waist and  creates balance.

I really mixed it up with the jewelry, opting for a beaded 50s bracelet that complements the mango and chartreuse colors in the dress. A 60s navy and white enamel daisy pin and 60s goldtone filigree ball dangle earrings.  And added one of my favorite summer purses, a straw Italian clutch from the 60s.

Styling a sleeveless or halter style maxi this way also works for gals who don’t feel comfortable baring their arms for whatever reason.  So, no reason to ever pass on a perfectly fabulous sleeveless maxi dress. This is a quick fix!

Till next time….






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  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell October 5, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Donna, glad you enjoyed the post A white shirt is such a simple piece, but can really transform an outfit. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!

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    Donna Walmsley October 4, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Oh i so love this idea – not so much to keep warm but more because I prefer to cover my arms because of lymphodema following breast cancer surgery. The shirt tied over the top of the dress looks fun and relaxed too, which I love!! And you’re right that this dress truly is a work of art, particularly on your fabby figure!!
    Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🙏

  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell September 9, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Thanks Vix! It does resemble an African wax print, which I absolutely love, especially the bright colors.

  4. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell September 9, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Thanks Jess! I do love that color combination. The orange is a pretty mango shade in person. As far as the overload-itis I’ve been trying a new system. For anything I bring in, something has to go!

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    Jessica A Jannenga September 5, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Wow, I love the style and the bold pattern of this halter dress on you! The orange and blue colors are fab together. I do like the halter style and on you it looks wonderful. The piping at the waist shows off your small waist. I love the ways you have shown to add style and cover- the white blouse witth the brooch looks great and I love the kimono. About overload-itis, I’ve gone through my Fall winter clothes and have 2 bags of donations to make, I did this in the spring too, leaving what I love left on the hangers. It is a job though!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

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    Vix September 5, 2019 at 11:03 am

    That dress is gorgeous – it looks so contemporary and the print is very much like an African waxed cotton! I love halternecks and love the bared armed look of all your outfit suggestions. xxx

  7. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell September 3, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Thanks for the compliment and for stopping by!

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    mireille September 3, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    What a beautiful dress! I love the print! Adding the brooch to the white shirt was the perfect touch!

  9. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 27, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    Ouch! Well, I can certainly understand that. There is only so much suffering that one should be willing to accept in the name of fashion!

  10. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell August 27, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks, Ann. Being a fan of unique prints, as I am, I had a feeling you may like this one! I love to discover mid century designers that did quality work, but are more affordable than some of the big names.

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    Ann August 27, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    What an amazing dress, Theresa! It’s so vibrant and that print is utterly fabulous. It’s got a great Pucci vibe indeed, but I must admit that I hadn’t heard of this designer before. I love how you styled it with that floaty scarf, and that clutch is right up my street as well! xxx

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    Suzanne August 27, 2019 at 11:16 am

    What a fabulous dress! The tropical colours look wonderful on you.

    I will quickly admit that I’m not one to wear halter dresses. My fibromyalgia makes wearing anything around my neck too painful. I do so love the look on others though and your tips for covering the arms are smart. I like it with the white blouse and jewellery. Very Audrey.


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