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How to Recreate All the Fashionable Looks From “Halston”

How to Recreate All the Fashionable Looks From “Halston”

How to Recreate All the Fashionable Looks From “Halston”

American fashion designer Halston defined ’70s style through his collection of elegant yet vibrant dresses, which became popular during the disco era. For him, clothes should be “practical, glamorous, functional, and spare.” But don’t let the simplicity of his designs fool you—these looks were often the most complicated.

During the heyday of Halston’s career, he made the most iconic styles that many women still wear to this day. This includes the halter dress, caftan, and a faux suede shirtwaist dress, which he called Ultrasuede; all signature looks for his muses (or Halstonettes as he called them). He was a genius in his own right and was recognized for offering his designs for a wide range of women and body types.

In addition to his captivating and chic dress styles, Halston also created skirt suits for more professional settings. He also popularized asymmetric collars and incorporated them into shirts and dresses as his signature flair. “It’s very graphic. With all the business and luncheons taking place across a table, this is something that attracts attention,” said Halston in an interview with WWD in 1977.

With all these style inspirations, we took the liberty to recreate his stunning looks from the ’70s and ’80s with Stein Mart pieces. Wear them to an evening party, formal dinner, or a getaway trip!


The Halter Dress

It would be a crime not to mention Liza Minnelli’s dazzling red halterneck dress. It was so simple yet very luxe and almost regal. Today, there are modern iterations available that still have that minimal appeal.  Emulate her style with a drapey silhouette like a dress or top with matching pants. Finish the look with heels and gold or silver jewelry.

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Shirtwaist Dress

Halston had function and glamour in mind when he made the Ultrasuede shirtdress. It combined the utilitarian style of the ’50s with disco-esque details, resulting in a no-frills look that allowed women to move freely and style the dress however they want.

Recreate this style with a button-down dress or oversized pieces for a more urban look. Opt for cotton or linen fabrics for comfort and breathability. Wear flats and sunglasses to complete your outfit.

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Halston loved two things when it comes to dresses: a good neckline and metallics. One of his first fashion shows in Paris featured an array of metallic gowns in dreamy silhouettes. And since he always had a flair for the dramatic, metallics became one of his signature looks.

If you love to make an entrance, a metallic dress, top, or skirt is your best bet. Keep the rest of the outfit simple with classic sandals, minimal jewelry, and a sleek clutch.

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Only legendary designs like Halston’s could end up at The Met, and his caftans are no exemption. First worn by one of his muses, Elsa Peretti, he used batik textiles and shimmering fabrics to create a dress that will later launch his career to elite status.

Caftans are perfect for summer. They’re flowy, breathable, and elegant. Style them with flats or espadrilles for a casual look, or amp it up with heels for an evening ensemble.

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Structured Skirts

Halston was one of the pioneers of unisex fashion. But as much as he adored pantsuits, skirts were also a must in his collections. They were more feminine but still practical and comfortable, especially for professional occasions. Style a midi or maxi skirt with a ruffle blouse, or keep it classy with a crisp button-down.

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